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Alpharetta Jobs – September 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.

Once again, this month’s numbers continue to climb. My numbers seem to quantify what I’ve observed recently at my employer. We’re hiring at a pace I haven’t seen in over two years. Are we seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?

If you’re looking for software/IT jobs, I’d be hitting up HP right now. They’re adding new listings faster than they are filling them.

Alpharetta Jobs September 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 84
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 39
ADP 49
E-Trade 27
Equifax 35
AT&T 21
Verizon 19
Radiant 20
HP 55
Infor 12
Phillips 6
Alcatel-Lucent 0
Oracle 2
UPS 0
Total 369

Alpharetta Jobs – August 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.

August’s numbers are the best so far with 355 positions advertised. HP added a lot of software jobs, as did McKesson. In other news, Coca-Cola announced this month that they are moving 400 call center jobs to a facility they have near Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. These jobs are not reflected in my report.

Alpharetta Jobs August 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 93
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 28
ADP 68
E-Trade 24
Equifax 33
AT&T 12
Verizon 10
Radiant 15
HP 49
Infor 10
Phillips 8
Alcatel-Lucent 2
Oracle 3
UPS 0
IBM 0
Total 355

Alpharetta Jobs – July 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 numbers in July are flat when compared to June. McKesson has fewer openings yet I see they have sixteen open positions in other northern Atlanta burbs. My numbers are only for their Alpharetta headquarters. LexisNexis is a problem. Their career website is down and won’t be back until next week. So for now I used June’s numbers for them. I’ll circle back on Monday and correct their numbers.

Alpharetta Jobs July 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 85
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 28 *
ADP 66
E-Trade 28
Equifax 35
AT&T 11
Verizon 14
Radiant 21
HP 33
Infor 12
Phillips 7
Alcatel-Lucent 5
Oracle 1
UPS 0
IBM 0
Total 346

Alpharetta Jobs – June 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.

So what do you think of all this? Feel like the job market is all doom and gloom? Are you surprised that there are 350 job openings in this area? Is that a lot, or too few? Is McKesson a statistical outlier, propping up the numbers? And are these companies actually interviewing and hiring for these spots, or are managers squatting on open job requisitions knowing that there is no budget for filling them? Let me know what you think!

Alpharetta Jobs June 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 103
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 28
ADP 56
E-Trade 38
Equifax 33
AT&T 8
Verizon 11
Radiant 18
HP 30
Infor 6
Phillips 6
Alcatel-Lucent 5
Oracle 2
UPS 0
IBM 0
Total 344

Alpharetta Jobs – May 2010

I feel like I should explain this series of posts for my newer readers… both of you. Once a month I survey Alpharetta’s largest employers, counting how many job openings they have in town. I tally them up and post here. Now that I’m a few months into this endeavor, I’m trending the data month to month. I don’t know what this data means. I slept through most of my statistics classes in college so I make little to no conclusions about the data itself. Maybe one day I’ll have a mountain of data that I can use as a barometer. Until then, I’ll just continue to post the numbers and let my readers decide. Here are May’s stats.

Alpharetta Jobs May 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 88
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 65
ADP 39
E-Trade 41
Equifax 41
AT&T 7
Verizon 11
Radiant 19
HP 20
Infor 6
Phillips 5
Alcatel-Lucent 6
Oracle 1
Hansgrohe 1
UPS 0
IBM 0
Total 350

Alpharetta Jobs April 2010

Around the middle of each month I survey the websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers.

April’s numbers show a nice little bump. LexisNexis, E-Trade, Equifax, AT&T, Verizon and Radiant all added jobs in the last month. Here’s your numbers…

Alpharetta Jobs April 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 98
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 65
ADP 48
E-Trade 27
Equifax 24
AT&T 14
Verizon 13
Radiant 12
HP 9
Infor 7
Phillips 4
Alcatel-Lucent 3
Oracle 2
Hansgrohe 1
UPS 0
IBM 0
Total 327

I will also start trending these numbers from month to month in a graph kinda like this. Ok, well really I’m doing this because my readers kept pestering me to do so! We’ll track this going forward.

Alpharetta Jobs March 2010

Around the middle of each month I survey the websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers.

I found a slight bump in the number of jobs posted this month. ADP, LexisNexis and E-Trade all added jobs since this time in February. McKesson continues to be an outlier. If I were looking for a technology job in Alpharetta right now, I’d be knocking on the door at Marconi Drive!

Alpharetta Jobs March 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 105
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 54
ADP 50
E-Trade 21
Equifax 13
HP 8
Radiant 8
Infor 6
Verizon 5
AT&T 5
UPS 4
Alcatel-Lucent 3
Phillips 2
Oracle 2
Hansgrohe 1
IBM 0
Total 287

I added Phillips to this list after their announcement last month. Also added Alcatel-Lucent, who I somehow left off the previous two months. If there are any large employers in Alpharetta that I’ve forgotten, please let me know!

Philips Moving to Alpharetta

The AJC is reporting that Philips is moving what’s left of their perimeter office to Alpharetta. There are already about 400 employees at the One Deerfield Centre office on Morris Road near Webb Road. They will look to hire about 22 customer care jobs during the move. These are fairly low paying jobs, so I would anticipate these employees would be commuting to Alpharetta and not living here.

New jobs in this area could also mean a boom to the restaurants on Windward near Deerfield. Many along this stretch of Windward have struggled in this recession.

Alpharetta Jobs February 2010

About a month ago I wrote about the current job offerings among Alpharetta’s largest employers. I thought I would make this a monthly post, the idea being that this could become a barometer of the overall job market here. So in February here’s what I found…

Alpharetta Jobs February 2010

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 103
ADP 33
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 32
HP 15
E-Trade 13
Equifax 13
Infor 10
Verizon 5
AT&T 3
Radiant 8
Sun Microsystems/Oracle * 1
IBM 1
Hansgrohe 1
Alltel 0
UPS 0
Total 238

* Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

I do my best to gather these stats by hand from the career sites of each of these companies. Some sites are easier to mine than others. Often times they will lump nationwide job offerings into the search results for “Alpharetta-GA”. I try my best to weed these out. I don’t guaranty the accuracy of these numbers by any means. And if there are any employers I’m missing, please let me know!

This is Where I Want To Be

I realized something after reading my first few blog posts. It is easy to come across in a negative tone about living here. A lot of people curse the burbs. Folks despise the relos, traffic, strip malls, chain restaurants, soccer moms, etc. I don’t want to come across as one of those people. To put it simply… I like it here. Yes, seriously I do.

Alpharetta Chose Me

I don’t like to think of myself as a relo, but I suppose I am. I sorta ended up here by accident. About twelve years ago I was a young bachelor living in the upstate of South Carolina. I enjoyed the pace of life up there and the job I had. But after getting a few years of work experience under my belt, I began to realize something. There were only a handful of companies up there that would hire someone with software experience. If I switched jobs every several years, I would simply run out of places to work before long. So I interviewed with a company in Atlanta, got an offer and moved down here in 1999.

Since then I changed jobs just twice. My work location moved from Norcross to Duluth then finally to Alpharetta. Not wanting a long commute, I moved here. I eventually married my sweetheart from South Carolina, cranked out a few kids, and here I am!

There are a lot of things I love about this area. Here are a few…

Jobs

As I mentioned recently, there are (still) technology jobs here. There are more high-tech jobs on Windward Parkway alone than in all of the upstate of South Carolina. Add to that Johns Creek, Duluth, Norcross and the Perimeter area (all within an easy commute). Even in the recession, this is a great place to be.

Traffic

Yes, this is a positive on my list! Most people around here won’t admit to this, but… you choose where you live and you choose where you work. I choose to have both of these in Alpharetta, and both fairly close to each other. I have a five mile commute; very atypical for an Atlanta commuter. I can come home everyday for lunch but I usually choose to eat out with my family. It is nice, and something I don’t take for granted.

Strip Malls

I love ‘em. Seriously. They have stores, dry cleaners, restaurants, veterinarians, and barber shops to name a few things. I like these things. I like that I have literally one hundred restaurants within range for lunch. I like that there are new Targets and Walmarts nearby. I like having a Home Depot open until 10:00pm. I like Chinese takeout. I dig all of this. You might call it sprawl. That’s fine. I call it stuff I like. I call it a job for someone, a business or entrepreneurial endeavor. Yay capitalism!

Schools

The schools up here rock. I would gladly enroll my children in the worst public school in North Fulton or South Forsyth over the best public school in the city of Atlanta.

Crime

…or lack thereof. Let’s face it, the streets are relatively safe here. Sure, someone is going to occasionally get a purse snatched at the mall. But violent crime is almost nonexistent here.

In my blog I’m going to write about all the craziness and contradiction that exists out here in the affluent burbs. But don’t take this the wrong way. I love this place. I didn’t wake up one day and decide to move here. But now that I’ve been here for ten years, I’m diggin’ it. If you don’t like our pace of life, our standard of living, our “sprawl”, our five bedroom homes and large SUVs, that’s fine. I’m open to all the good-natured ridicule you can throw at me.

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