Austin's unemployment is well below the national average (3.4 percent compared to 4.8 percent). Perhaps that number's because of our city's abundance of career opportunities.
In the local tech sector, openings are especially plentiful, as startups mature and larger companies continue to build offices here. With that in mind, we dug up five tech companies with plenty of openings to consider for your next move.
What they do: With a growth rate of 25 to 30 percent every year since its launch in 1997, athenahealth develops cloud-based services for healthcare. Their solutions support a network of 87,000 providers and 85 million patients, offering electronic health records, medical billing, patient engagement, care coordination, secure text messaging and more.
Why you want to work here: With strong medical benefits, 401(k) matching, 10 paid company holidays, flexible time off, a casual work environment with beer fridges, a scotch bar, and an office kayak, athenahealth’s perks are top of the line. The company also fosters a diverse work environment, with athenaNation work communities like Asian Career Network, Black Career Network, iHispano, Women’s Career Channel and Out Professional Network.
A note from leadership: “We hire smart folks who like to solve interesting problems that have never been solved before relating to the healthcare space," said Sam Schatz, senior technical recruiter.
What they do: Golden Frog consists of a team of advocates for the open internet, bringing privacy, security and freedom to a space often threatened by government regulation and hackers. Their line of solutions includes secure personal VPN services and an encrypted messaging app.
Why you want to work here: Taking a horizontal organizational structure approach, Golden Frog tries to remove the levels of separation between executives and non-executives. This means collaboration across all levels, regardless of rank, and easy access to senior and executive leadership for support. As a result, many employees have been with the team since they first launched in 2009.
A note from leadership: "We're looking for people who are highly-motivated and want to work on developing innovative technological tools,” said Liz Kintzele, VP of sales and director of marketing. “But more than that, we're looking for people who are passionate about privacy and the internet, and want to deliver a better, more secure, internet experience to everyday internet users around the world."
What they do: Aceable's edtech app went after an academic subject where not many other learning platforms have ventured before: driver's ed and defensive driving. Their state-approved and certified learning platform has helped more than 300,000 students pass the courses.
Why you want to work here: Views! Aceable’s casual and collaborative office sits atop one of Austin’s highrises at 5th and Rio Grande street. Perks include a competitive salary and benefits, generous paid time off, parking for all employees (or a monthly transportation stipend) and catered meals at least once a week. And, staying true to its educational core, Aceable offers employees education stipends.
A note from leadership: “Empowering students to reach their life goals starts with the people who empower them — Team Aceable,” said founder and CEO Blake Garrett. “That’s why we only hire intelligent, ambitious and driven candidates who both demonstrate our company values and believe in our mission. We’re looking for people who will impact the lives of our students and their teammates.”
What they do: Yes, we're talking about the same Condé Nast that publishes and owns Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker and more. The publishing behemoth opened its digital innovation center in Austin last summer and has a team of engineers, product and designers dedicated to enhancing the company’s digital media presence.
Why you want to work here: In joining their team, you'd play an active part in the development digital media strategies that support over 40 brands and more than 80 million users. Sounds intense, but the Austin office makes sure to maintain a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with regularly scheduled Mario Kart tournaments, readily available cold brew and monthly team events.
A note from leadership: “We're looking for top engineers at all levels of the stack,” said Travis Swicegood, director of engineering. “We operate at the scale of billions, so solid fundamentals and a desire to have a huge impact is key to success at Condé Nast Austin.”
What they do: Signpost's AI-driven customer relationship management platform helps local businesses stand out in a sea of online competition. By collecting data from every online customer engagement experience, their system helps generate customers, five-star reviews, testimonials and brand loyalty.
Why you want to here: While Signpost's automated marketing system works round the clock, human employees can take a break with perks that include a flexible PTO policy, breakfast Taco Tuesday's, a cervesa-filled keggerator and endless snacks. To help drive some healthy competition, Signpost offers an uncapped commission structure, an all-expenses paid island vacation to top performers, and weekly opportunities to win cash, TVs, gift cards and more.
A note from leadership: "The reality is that Signpost is not for everyone, but for the right people, it is the opportunity they’ve been searching for. What we are looking for in a candidate is someone who isn’t afraid to work hard to create the lifestyle they want for themselves. The go-getters," said Liz Galarza, senior sales manager. "There are three attributes that we look for in our employees: attitude, competency and mindset. We want an employee who has passion for our organization and what we are trying to accomplish. We want an employee who has the right skills and capabilities to do their job well or has the ability and drive to learn them. We want an employee who understands the value of collaborating with peers — an employee who comes to work each day looking for ways to improve their performance and increase the impact they have on everyone around them. Signpost is not in the business of giving out jobs, what we are trying to do is help people build careers."