Alpharetta Jobs – March 2011

Approximately quarterly the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers are queried. The number of jobs advertised are tallied and trended against data going back over two years. The results are published to the Roots in Alpharetta blog and used by permission in the Appen Newspapers. These numbers were tabulated on March 26th and 27th. All attempts were made to maintain accuracy but some errors are possible.

I’ve run this column monthly for the past two years but am transitioning to a quarterly frequency.

The overall number of openings remains strong at over 700 advertised. 2011 saw strong hiring at HP and Siemens as they ramped up new projects in Alpharetta. The current number of openings at these two companies is down, possibly indicating that their staffing shortages are coming to an end.

Scientific Games in south Forsyth shows 41 openings, the most since I’ve tracked the company. Mega Millions is setting record payouts. Coincidence? Other companies showing an increase in job openings include software shops RedPrairie and Infor in Milton.

Largest Employers in Alpharetta - March 2012

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 166
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 40
ADP 51
E-Trade 11
Equifax 45
AT&T 8
Verizon 58
NCR/Radiant 41
HP 12
Alcatel-Lucent 1
UPS 20
Siemens 65
Traveler's 21
Metlife 3
Total 548

Mid-Sized Employers in Alpharetta - March 2012

Company Number of Jobs
Research in Motion 8
Ciena 10
RedPrairie 24
Exide Technologies not available
Ryder 20
Phillips 9
Outcomes Health 5
New York Life 0
GXS/Inovis 2
Infor 19
Hanjin Shipping 4
Scientific Games 41
VeriFone 7
Farmer's Insurance 5
LaFarge 2
Crown Castle 8
Amdocs 1
Total 166

Photo credit: Kevin Harber (creative commons)

4 Responses to “Alpharetta Jobs – March 2011”

  1. William March 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Dude, something seems a bit wrong w/you numbers. ??? I just do not see the figures as accurate? Ballys’/Holiday Inn up link center off Windward has more than the number of total here?? Is this new hires, replacements or what. Please hold me feet to the fire, in search of accurate #. ty

  2. Lee March 30, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    What do you see as incorrect? These are the number of open positions in Alpharetta as advertised on each company’s career website. I have no way of telling if these are new hires or replacements. Yet some of these companies have made news over the last year as they expand or take on new business (eg HP and Siemens).

    Please explain what you mean by “Ballys/Holiday Inn uplink center”. Are you talking about the small data center IHG operates off Windward?

  3. Tom Baley April 10, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Mr. Guy,

    Your short article is good as far as it goes, but is not really very useful beyond a 35,000 foot overview. Some links would have been very nice, especially since presumably you had to go to these web sites anyway to count things. I’m afraid all your numbers do is contribute to the myth that there are jobs going begging, which you and I know is far from reality.

    P.S. Mid-sized Employers adds up to 167.

  4. Lee April 12, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Tom – Yes, it is a rough and high level view of things. I’ve kept these numbers for over two years now and it is still a work in progress to try to make sense of them. In some cases, I don’t think companies are filling these positions. McKesson is one example just based on my personal knowledge of the company. In other instances, my numbers explained (or predicted) big hiring news. This was true with HP and Siemens last year. Both companies expanded their workforce in Alpharetta.

    Eventually this recession will turn around and companies will again fill up the vacant office space in Alpharetta. This report will make a lot more sense at that time.

    Thanks for the comment!

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