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Old 04-19-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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My DH says there are more SW opportunities in this area than there are HW. He says once 'telecomm went out, the local HW jobs went with it'. Just passing that along. He advised staying in SV or Mass if HW is your specialty just because the opportunities are better if something happens to your position at one company. Unless you want to move into SW -- the opps abound here!

In response to 'where to live' question -- I think I read that the Indian community in Morrisville is so strong, the town has established Cricket as a sport at the local parks and rec! Yes -- you'd totally be welcome and find community and we find the humidity very workable here because so many places are air conditioned. I would not want to live here without air conditioning. Sometimes, the air is so cold inside, I wear warmer sweaters during the summer (inside) than I do the winter (inside!).
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:39 PM
 
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There is a sizeable Indian population here especially in Morrisville which is closest to RTP. Your commute wont be as bad as in Bay Area.
Housing is much cheaper and you have lot of choices.
It is a definitely a much slower lifestyle than Bay Area.

You did not mention whether you are trying to relocate with your company or looking for a job here. This area has more Software jobs and not much Hardware. Infact, most of the Engineering grads from local univs move to Silicon Valley sooner or later for better opportunities.
Austin Texas might be another area to consider for HW jobs.
Good luck !
I can pursue both options, will prefer moving with my current employer.

We checked Austin too but somehow we feel we will like RTP more.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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Thanks a lot for the reponses
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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My husband and I just moved back to NC from San Jose in November. We'd both lived here before. I'm from NC originally and he's from Mumbai.

My husband was pretty frustrated with the work culture in his CA position. I don't know that he works much less than he did in CA now that we're back, but he feels like his current company is more respectful of his time. He still works some weekends and spends time on work when he gets home. (He does go in a little later, though.) But folks here seem to ask if he needs to work overtime, and they have good reasons when they ask. That wasn't always the case before. That may just be a difference between his old team and current team or his old company and current company, though. I sense that the work culture is for the most part better from talking to other friends in tech jobs.

There are plenty of great restaurants here. Some of them have gotten national recognition. There aren't as many restaurants to choose from as there are in the Bay Area, but you can find most of the types of foods here that you can find there if you're willing to drive between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. There aren't as many Asian restaurants here as in San Jose, but if you have a craving for Thai, Vietnamese, etc., there are still some options.

I miss having a city like SF so close by, but the great thing about NC is that you can easily get to all of the major cities on the East Coast if you want a weekend excursion. DC's a 4.5 hour drive. You can drive to NY in around 7 hours or take a short flight. Downtown Raleigh is getting better every day and may fit your need for a monthly downtown trip. It's as good as any downtown in the South Bay in my opinion, but it's nowhere near SF.

The summer's sometimes hotter than SJ's daytime temps, and it's always more humid. Not sure where you're from in India, but it's still much more pleasant here even on the hottest day than it is in Mumbai in November. The great thing about the heat and humidity is that you can actually swim at the beach here. The beaches in CA are beautiful, no doubt, but the beaches here blow them away because they're so much more usable.

I wouldn't come here without a job, of course. And the job may dictate where you live. Most of the tech companies are in the RTP area, although Qualcomm is in Brier Creek (which is still pretty close to RTP) and Red Hat is moving to downtown Raleigh. There's not a huge difference in prices, though, from town to town or street to street like in Silicon Valley, because the school districts are for the most part county-wide. Chapel Hill and Carrboro are a little more expensive, but it's nowhere near the premium you'd pay in Cupertino or Palo Alto. That's probably because the other area schools are pretty solid and you don't have the wide variation in quality you see in Silicon Valley schools. (There is some uncertainty currently in Wake County that you can read about on this forum. But overall the difference between a top school in Wake and the other Wake alternatives is not the same as the difference between Silicon Valley districts. Most Wake schools are pretty even in quality.)

Hope this helps!
Thanks a lot, your response addresses lots of questions I had.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Just make sure you are informed about the bugs here. I moved from Seattle and heat was no problem. for me also but I had no idea how bad the bug situation is. Also if you have kids be ready to deal with ticks and all the goodies that come with them...
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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now don't go scaring them about our bugs and ticks....surely other places in this country have bugs and ticks. I've read some threads on here which make it seem like NC is the only state with insects.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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now don't go scaring them about our bugs and ticks....surely other places in this country have bugs and ticks. I've read some threads on here which make it seem like NC is the only state with insects.
There might be places worse than NC bug-wise. It is just that it has not been my experiance and also the op is not asking about moving to those places. I think it is fair to let people know about this problem along with all the great things about NC as it is kind of gurrantted one in your family will get a bite of it. If you don't know about ticks and disease they might carry then it can be a huge problem. My father got the Lyme disease last year and I pulled one from my 2 years old daughter's back this last weekend.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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Thankfully Lyme disease is a non-issue in NC for most people. You're much more likely to come in contact with it in the Northeast.

http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/resources/Re...ymeDisease.pdf
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