We've all dreamed at one time or another of growing up to become a game designer. It used to sound so rad, up until we got a little older and discovered there's actual work involved, the kind of work that entails sitting in a dungeon hammering out code under the crack of the whip. Those fears were probably unfounded, and if you have the background for that sort of thing, LucasArts is looking to hire for three different unannounced gaming projects.
Out of all the recent high profile hacker attacks, Sony arguably stands out the most, both because it was targeted on more than one occasion, and due to the severity of the security breach. Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) went down for the count longer than anyone anticipated, including Sony, and everything from personally identifiable information to credit card numbers were compromised. Sony wants to make sure that never happens again.
Over the course of the next four years, the federal government will close some 800 computer data centers -- which works out to around 40 percent -- in order to save some nickels and dimes, and in an attempt to modernize how it uses computers to manage data, according to a report in The New York Times. Most data centers don't require a large staff, but even still, analysts estimate the closures will eliminate tens of thousands of jobs.
Thousands of soon-to-be former Cisco employees will have reason to sing the summertime blues as the networking specialist gets ready to cut 15 percent of its workforce. Along with selling a manufacturing facility, the cost cutting moves are intended to save the company in the neighborhood of $1 billion and turn around its financial future.
Cisco, the largest maker of networking equipment, is featured in a number of TV shows and movies, and fans of 24 will remember Cisco technology helping Jack Bauer save the world. "Welcome to the human network," is the company's advertising slogan, and according to a Bloomberg report, Cisco's internal human network is going to be cut down by as many as 10,000, or about 14 percent of its workforce.
A woman living in New York City suspects she was denied a job offer at Google because of her weight, a conclusion she reached after taking a test for an administration position, Jezebel.com reports. The woman passed a phone interview and was asked to come in and take a test. After doing so, her and six other heavyset applicants out of a pool of 20 were thanked for their time and shown the door.
Google has its proverbial fingers in a lot of pies, but one space they have yet to really investigate is gaming. If a new job posting is to be taken seriously, The Big G is about to change that. The company is looking for a product manager for a product called Games at Google. Can’t really get more clear than that.
If you're an IT worker looking for a job, there's no need to sing the summertime blues. While the recession took its toll on the number of IT positions available, jobs are now out there as U.S. firms look to slowly start hiring again for the second half the year as the economy picks up, according to a recent survey.
Stop us if you've heard the one about Best Buy terminating workers for not getting all in your face trying to get you to fill out a Best Buy credit card application. No? Now you have, so the next time you visit the brick and mortar electronics store to pick up some PC parts you just can't wait for, keep what you're about to read in mind should you encounter a pushy employee -- he might just be desperate to keep his job.