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Old 07-05-2007, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Hello,

I work as a software engineer and would like to get your opinion about high tech jobs in Oregon. I know this has been discussed in various threads before, but not really as the primary topic. So here goes.

1. What are the best areas for high tech work?

From what I have read in this forum and on job boards it seems to primarily be the mid to northern part of the state in areas such as Portland, Corvallis, and possibly Eugene. While the Bend area is trendy there does not seem to be a solid employer base, especially for techies. Also the Medford area seems pretty limited along with most of the coast. Although I am sure there are some jobs to be found in these other areas. They are probably fewer and further between.

2. Who are some of the better employers?

Some of the larger 'somewhat' stable companies seem to be Oracle, IBM, Google, Intel, Sybase, Nike and Sun. I think I have seen some high tech medical firms. I am sure there are some good up and coming smaller to mid-sized companies as well.

It seems like in the smaller towns along the coast and in the southern areas work would be geared more toward the lumber companies, casinos, tourism and civil service. Any other noteworthy Oregon companies to consider?

3. Does anyone know of good high tech contracting firms?

I see Comsys, Kforce and Adecco on some of the online job boards.

Thanks for the input.

- Derek
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Old 07-08-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Anyone??? Does my initial assessment sound accurate?
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Old 07-08-2007, 03:18 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Here's a link to the Portland Development Commission's map of area high tech:
http://www.pdc.us/pdf/maps/pdxmetro-...p_10-10-06.pdf
(and the paper it comes from: Target Industry Development )

Most of the firms are either in the Portland metro area or in Corvallis or Eugene, associated with the two biggest universities. There are some scattered jobs elsewhere, but not large employers.

This is a private (ie: not a company or a headhunter) web page, and she has links to a lot of area high tech resources:
Francine's Startup Page

This site (scroll down) lists many of the high tech temp/comtracting services.

**PORTLAND OREGON EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION**

Add Volt Temp to the list, they do a lot as well.
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:18 PM
 
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Hello,

I work as a software engineer and would like to get your opinion about high tech jobs in Oregon. I know this has been discussed in various threads before, but not really as the primary topic. So here goes.

1. What are the best areas for high tech work?

From what I have read in this forum and on job boards it seems to primarily be the mid to northern part of the state in areas such as Portland, Corvallis, and possibly Eugene. While the Bend area is trendy there does not seem to be a solid employer base, especially for techies. Also the Medford area seems pretty limited along with most of the coast. Although I am sure there are some jobs to be found in these other areas. They are probably fewer and further between.

2. Who are some of the better employers?

Some of the larger 'somewhat' stable companies seem to be Oracle, IBM, Google, Intel, Sybase, Nike and Sun. I think I have seen some high tech medical firms. I am sure there are some good up and coming smaller to mid-sized companies as well.

It seems like in the smaller towns along the coast and in the southern areas work would be geared more toward the lumber companies, casinos, tourism and civil service. Any other noteworthy Oregon companies to consider?

3. Does anyone know of good high tech contracting firms?

I see Comsys, Kforce and Adecco on some of the online job boards.

Thanks for the input.

- Derek
1) By far, the best is Washington County, which has several Portland suburbs with high tech jobs. Intel has its largest site in the world (based on number of employees) in Hillsboro, Oregon which is in the middle of Washington County.

2) Better is in the eye of the beholder. Intel and Nike are major employers in the Portland area. There are other firms as well, like Lattice and Triquent Semiconductors and a host of smaller firms with under 100 employees.

3) Sorry, I don't work in high tech and I can't help you out with this question.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Thank you guys/gals,

That confirms what my research so far has shown.

PNW-type-gal - That is a wealth of imformation. Great links to very relavant and helpful websites.

I hope this help other techies as I know it has helped me.

Thanks again,

- Derek
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