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Alpharetta Jobs – April 2011

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here, trending the numbers month to month.

We’ve eclipsed the 700 mark. Since creating this monthly column sixteen months ago, I’ve yet to see this many openings in Alpharetta. Equifax, McKesson, ADP, E-Trade and Red Prarrie all made modest increases in the number of openings posted to career sites. It all added up to 58 new jobs since this time last month.

700 seems like a lot of openings. Perhaps it is little consolation to someone with resumes out there and no call backs. I’d be interested to hear stories from those testing the Alpharetta job market. Leave me a comment or email at lee@rootsinalpharetta.com

Largest Employers in Alpharetta - April 2011

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 88
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 55
ADP 70
E-Trade 38
Equifax 44
AT&T 12
Verizon 39
Radiant 28
HP 81
Alcatel-Lucent 1
UPS 19
Siemens 65
Traveler's 5
T-SYS 14
Total 559

Mid-Sized Employers in Alpharetta - April 2011

Company Number of Jobs
Research in Motion 26
Ciena 18
RedPrairie 24
Exide Technologies 10
Ryder 20
Phillips 10
Outcomes Health 0
New York Life 3
GXS/Inovis 5
Infor 11
Hanjin Shipping 3
Scientific Games 6
VeriFone 3
AIG 5
Farmer's Insurance 0
LaFarge 1
Crown Castle 1
Total 146

Alpharetta Jobs – March 2011

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here, trending the numbers month to month.

The numbers look a little flat this month, but don’t fret. McKesson has always been an outlier in this report. Their number of openings dropped from 110 in February to 69 in March. However, the rest of the field made up for lost ground. I see increases in the number of job openings from Lexis/Nexus, E-Trade, Equifax, Radiant, Siemens, Infor and HP.

And as always, I’d love to hear from folks interviewing in this job market. I’m tracking nearly 650 job openings among Alpharetta’s largest employers. Is that translating into calls back on your resumes, interviews, job offers… or crickets?

Largest Employers in Alpharetta - March 2011

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 69
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 60
ADP 58
E-Trade 26
Equifax 33
AT&T 11
Verizon 50
Radiant 22
HP 92
Alcatel-Lucent 1
UPS 23
Siemens 63
Traveler's 6
T-SYS 10
Total 524

Mid-Sized Employers in Alpharetta - March 2011

Company Number of Jobs
Research in Motion 26
Ciena 13
RedPrairie 13
Exide Technologies 10
Ryder 15
Phillips 8
Outcomes Health 0
New York Life 5
GXS/Inovis 5
Infor 10
Hanjin Shipping 3
Scientific Games 4
VeriFone 5
AIG 5
Farmer's Insurance 0
LaFarge 0
Crown Castle 1
Total 123

Alpharetta Jobs – February 2011

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here, trending the numbers month to month.

Brisk hiring continues among Alpharetta’s largest employers. HP’s numbers are down slightly yet most of their openings have been posted in the last month. I believe their numbers will continue to trend at about a hundred openings. McKesson has added openings, the most I’ve seen on Marconi Drive in over a year. Yet the biggest gains are at Alpharetta’s telecom companies. Verizon went from 3 openings in January to 51 this month. I haven’t seen anything in the press about them ramping up operations here. Perhaps an announcement is forthcoming?

I’d love to hear from folks who have resumes out to some of these companies. Are you getting call backs? Interviews?

Largest Employers in Alpharetta - February 2011

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 110
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 53
ADP 55
E-Trade 22
Equifax 24
AT&T 14
Verizon 51
Radiant 16
HP 82
Alcatel-Lucent 0
UPS 26
Siemens 55
Traveler's 7
T-SYS 8
Total 523

Mid-Sized Employers in Alpharetta - February 2011

Company Number of Jobs
Research in Motion 22
Ciena 9
RedPrairie 18
Exide Technologies 10
Ryder 16
Phillips 6
Outcomes Health 1
New York Life 9
GXS/Inovis 5
Infor 4
Hanjin Shipping 3
Scientific Games 4
VeriFone 5
AIG 5
Farmer's Insurance 0
LaFarge 0
Crown Castle 1
Total 118

Number of the Month – Alpharetta Jobs on Twitter

Around the first of the month I publish the number of the month, a random or meaningless bit of local trivia.

120

The number of Alpharetta jobs advertised on Twitter in the trailing 24 hours.

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=+alpharetta+job+OR+jobs+OR+career+OR+careers

Alpharetta Jobs – January 2011

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here, trending the numbers month to month.

The last month has been extraordinary for the Alpharetta job market. It was one announcement after another, each one getting more and more attention. First was electronic payment processor Global Payments. They are moving forward with plans to build a data center along Deerfield Parkway in Milton. This got almost no attention in the media. Next came HP’s plans to bring potentially a thousand jobs to their Alpharetta campus on Windward. At first this was only reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle but was slowly picked up by the rest of the media. I believe my stats here may have predicted the announcement, as we were observing a spike in their job openings going back to October. I’m tremendously excited about the possibilities at HP.

Then came the announcement from Vesta and their plans to add 300 call center jobs. This got more attention than the HP announcement, even though their call center jobs pay peanuts… $9-$10 per hour. These types of jobs are trivial in my opinion. The employees can’t afford to live in Alpharetta, and probably not even in the surrounding areas.

And finally, the job announcement with the most sizzle of them all! ThyssenKrupp, a company I can’t pronounce, held a press conference with the Governor in Atlanta to announce they are moving IT operations to Alpharetta. That’ll be 110 jobs, not too shabby.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Macy’s. They recently announced plans to add 150 jobs to their IT operations on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek. I don’t give Johns Creek enough credit in this monthly jobs column. There are some large employers there including Ciba Vision, State Farm and Glenayre.

Largest Employers in Alpharetta - January 2011

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 99
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 46
ADP 64
E-Trade 15
Equifax 22
AT&T 3
Verizon 3
Radiant 15
HP 96
Alcatel-Lucent 2
UPS 14
Siemens 47
Traveler's 13
T-SYS 19
Total 458

I’m going to make some minor changes to how I report these numbers month to month. It was my original intention to report on only Alpharetta’s largest employers. I started adding smaller companies which was skewing my numbers. I’ve decided to split them apart.

Let’s define a large employer in Alpharetta as one who occupies a corporate campus or a single large building. Most of the big telecoms in town have a campus arrangement, as does HP. Companies like Traveler’s Insurance and T-SYS  lease entire buildings. A few like ADP and HP have a handful of locations scattered around town.

Mid-Sized Employers in Alpharetta - January 2011

Company Number of Jobs
Research in Motion 24
Ciena 23
RedPrairie 20
Exide Technologies 10
Ryder 10
Phillips 9
Outcomes Health 8
New York Life 5
GXS/Inovis 5
Infor 3
Hanjin Shipping 3
Scientific Games 3
VeriFone 3
AIG 2
Farmer's Insurance 1
LaFarge 1
Crown Castle 0
Total 130

What I’ll call a mid-sized company is one that might lease an entire floor of a building, say tens of thousands of square feet. They potentially have hundreds of cubicle dwellers, not thousands. These are a little harder to track down so I’m sure I’ve missed a lot. If you know if any I’ve missed, shoot me an e-mail.

And speaking of e-mail, I’d love to hear from folks testing the job market in Alpharetta. What has been your experience sending resumes to companies on this list? Are you getting interviews? Drop me a line at lee@rootsinalpharetta.com

Alpharetta Jobs – December 2010

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here, trending the numbers month to month.

I have a little confession to make. I work for one of the companies listed here in my monthly report. Which one really isn’t important. Keep in mind I don’t work for HR or recruiting or anything. The reason I mention this is just to report on an observation. It seems that the mood around our office is turning much more optimistic. Are we hiring like gangbusters? Hardly, but we are hiring. I’m seeing fresh new faces among the cubicles every week. It’s encouraging and it’s a trend I think is reflected in these hard numbers.

Some notes about December’s numbers… I’ve been doing this for twelve months now. What started out as something just to fill a curiosity is turning into what I hope will be a barometer of the job market here locally. I also noticed that I’ve failed to report on a few larger employers in Alpharetta, namely Siemens, Traveler’s Insurance, Exide Technologies and T-SYS. They are included in this month’s numbers, which has contributed to a spike over November’s numbers. Without the addition of these four, my graph would be fairly flat over last month.

I’m considering adding more medium sized companies to this list starting in January. What can I say, I enjoy my monthly data mining exercise! If you know of a business you think I should add to the mix, let me know. I’d also like to hear from others who work for Alpharetta’s big businesses. Do you agree with my assessment, that the overall mood on the corporate  campus is positive? Leave me a comment or email me privately at lee@rootsinalpharetta.com

Alpharetta Jobs December 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 67
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 46
ADP 64
E-Trade 22
Equifax 25
AT&T 11
Verizon 29
Radiant 13
HP 104
Infor 4
Phillips 8
Alcatel-Lucent 3
UPS 12
Siemens 49
Traveler's 19
Exide Technologies 10
T-SYS 20
Total 506

Attracting and Retaining Relos in Alpharetta

This is the fifth article in a series about Alpharetta’s ten year plan survey.

We’re nearing the end of my little series on the ten year plan survey. If there is a topic I keep coming back to it is that of jobs. There is no way to talk about attracting or retaining the residents of this area without talking about jobs. And more so than that, you have to frame this discussion against the context of Alpharetta being America’s #1 Relo-ville destination. I can’t take credit for that designation, Forbes Magazine bestowed that honor on us last year.

What attracts people to Alpharetta? Many times it goes like this…

Boss: “There is a new opportunity for you in our Alpharetta office.”

Soon-to-be-Relo: “Alpha what? I like living here in Peoria.”

Boss: “You’ll move to Alpharetta or you’re fired.”

Relo: “Um, okay. What’s there to do in Alpha..eat..ah?”

Boss: “Tennis. Oh, and you’re gonna need an SUV… a big one.”

The single best way Alpharetta can attract and retain residents is to maintain our position as the king of the relovilles. It is just about that simple, yes. Thanks for reading… goodnight.

Okay, perhaps not. We also get folks from other parts of metro Atlanta that want to move here. So let’s look at some of the survey’s questions on this issue…

Please rank the top ten (10) challenges Alpharetta faces in attracting and/or retaining residents with one (1) being the most important challenge.

And here is my list in ranked order…

  1. Creating more quality jobs
  2. Traffic congestion
  3. Infrastructure quality
  4. K-12 capacity, financing, and quality
  5. Quality development, planning, and land use
  6. A more vital Downtown
  7. More entertainment and recreation amenities
  8. Appearance of the city
  9. Cost of living
  10. More diverse housing stock (i.e., apartments, more choices of single-family homes)

Jobs of course, followed by traffic/infrastructure, schools, stuff to do, etc. I’ve beat the jobs issue to death. Let’s talk traffic. Over the long haul, the city needs to be careful not to turn Alpharetta into the perimeter area. The surface streets there are a clogged mess. Alpharetta’s GA-400 feeder streets need to be able to handle the longterm demands of cubicle dwellers coming and going. Beyond that, east-west commutes continue to be trouble for many working here. Much of this is beyond Alpharetta’s control.

Alpharetta also need to be careful not to sacrifice traffic flow for the sake of appearance and beautification. I’m thinking about their plans for Main Street and Milton’s thought on GA-9. But this is a topic for another article.

So I’ll turn the question to my readers… As a resident of Alpharetta, what can the city do to retain you as a resident? What can the city not do that might cause you to move?

Alpharetta Jobs – November 2010

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here, trending the numbers month to month.

November shows an impressive spike in the number of openings. Nearly all of Alpharetta’s largest employers added openings since this time last month. The biggest gains were at HP, who went from 73 openings to 105. ADP and Verizon both have the largest number of openings in their Alpharetta offices since I’ve been tracking this metric (which has been for eleven months now). If you’re an IT professional looking for work in Alpharetta, I’d be networking with folks these companies right about now.

I’d love to hear from anyone actively seeking IT employment in Alpharetta. No, sorry, I don’t have a job for you. I’m interested to hear of your experience in the job hunt. E-mail me at lee@rootsinalpharetta.com or find me on twitter at http://twitter.com/rootsalpharetta

Alpharetta Jobs November 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 81
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 43
ADP 75
E-Trade 12
Equifax 35
AT&T 10
Verizon 27
Radiant 14
HP 105
Infor 5
Phillips 6
Alcatel-Lucent 2
UPS 12
Total 427

Alpharetta’s 10 Year Plan – Jobs and Infrastructure

This is the second article in a series about Alpharetta’s ten year plan survey.

With apologies to Starship…

We Built This City on High-Tech Jobs!

Maybe that should be Alpharetta’s theme song. Or maybe not, considering the original was rated the worst song ever. But you get my point.

Each of north Fulton’s cities have an identity. Milton is the horse farm town that shuns development. Johns Creek is the hoity toity country club town. Mountain Park is the lake silt lawsuit town. Alpharetta is the high-tech corporate campus city. That’s not a bad thing, it’s who we are. Like it, love it, embrace it. It is the backbone of Alpharetta’s identity. The topics here cascade into the other areas covered in Alpharetta’s 10 year survey, which is why I want to address it first in my series.

I’ve only been here ten years, so I can’t remember the dirt roads and chicken farms. When I arrived I recall seeing all the four lane roads. There were wide roads here long before all the retail and office space filled in. It really stuck out to me, especially when you ventured just a little ways out of town into places like south Forsyth or Cherokee counties. Even today our neighboring burbs don’t have the surface street infrastructure that Alpharetta had more than a decade ago.

And then there are the offices. I work with some long-term Windward cubicle veterans. These dinosaurs teammates remember when Alpharetta’s offices were being built in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know how the city managed to attract businesses like McKesson, HP, Equifax, and the telecoms to open shop here. Nevertheless Alpharetta did, and they brought with them a hundred thousand jobs for college educated professionals. In short, Alpharetta’s previous generation of suburban planners served us well.

So let’s get back to Alpharetta’s survey questions. Here’s one about jobs:

The ability for local workers and families to find quality employment and build personal wealth is very important. Please rate the following statements. Do you feel that Alpharetta provides:

  • Access to jobs that provide a living wage
  • Access to jobs that provide health insurance benefits
  • Affordable housing options
  • Access to affordable education/training programs
  • Access to affordable child care
  • Access to affordable, reliable public transportation options

Um, hello, Mr. Consultant man. Did you copy and paste this question from another town’s questionnaire? Of course Alpharetta provides jobs that meet these criteria, every single one of them. Are you paying attention?

Alpharetta’s success in the next ten years hinges upon the jobs. And every other question on this survey, from education to attracting/retaining residents goes back to jobs. If the jobs go away, the entire house of cards crumbles. It’s why stuff like E-Trade’s recent announcement to renew its lease is a big deal. Municipalities around the country will attempt to lure Alpharetta’s companies away with deals galore. The single most important thing Alpharetta’s leaders can do in the next ten years is to attract and retain the corporate offices and headquarters that call this place home.

And if you still have that damned song in your head… my apologies.

Alpharetta Jobs – October 2010

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here. I trend the numbers month to month but otherwise I make little to no conclusions about the data. I’ll leave that up to my readers.

The number of jobs posted by McKesson continues to decline. But I have it on fairly good authority that they might not be filling these positions as fast as you might think. HP, ADP and Equifax have added job postings over last month.

I believe I’ve been making a mistake in calculating the number of openings at UPS. Their career website is not as intuitive in its navigation. So this month’s bump in overall openings is partially attributed to this mistake on my part.

Alpharetta Jobs October 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 69
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 38
ADP 59
E-Trade 21
Equifax 41
AT&T 10
Verizon 19
Radiant 17
HP 73
Infor 9
Phillips 8
Alcatel-Lucent 1
Oracle 1
UPS 16
Total 382

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