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Gasp, some companies are actually hiring. Here's who.



September 10, 2009 – Comments (13)

The headlines are filled with tales of companies and municipalities that are laying off employees...and rightfully so, the unemployment rate hasn't been this high in a long time and it's still rising (though much more slowly than it had been).

Having said this, looking at all of this doom and gloom can give one the impression that absolutely no companies in the world are hiring new employees right now and that simply is not the case.  I took a few seconds to look around for companies that are hiring people, rather than firing them and I came up with a short list.  Hopefully this list will put things in perspective, things are bad out there but not as hopeless as one might thing by reading the headlines everyday.  Heck, perhaps this list can even help point someone who is down on their luck in the right direction in their quest for a new job, contributing something positive to the CAPS community rather than just whining.


Who they are: An organization that provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders, according to the company Web site.

Whom they are looking for: "PwC looks for people with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Strong technical skills that are required to perform a particular role are important, but we want people who work well with others in a team environment," says Rod Adams, recruiting leader. "We're currently looking to fill roles across our organization. We have needs in each line of service -- audit, tax and advisory -- as well as our internal firm services organization, such as marketing, sales, HR and IT."

ITT Corporation

Who they are: A division of ITT's Defense Electronics & Services group that provides leading-edge product development, technology, engineering, research and project management services to government, industrial and commercial customers, says Steve Kotecki, recruiting manager.

Whom they are looking for: "At ITT, we are looking for talented people to develop and implement innovative solutions to complex problems. We are looking for candidates with long-term vision who enjoy working in a strong team environment," Kotecki says. "We will be looking to fill a wide spectrum of positions in 2009, which are both demanding and rewarding. Our primary focus will be on candidates with a strong engineering background or those with prior military experience."

Gentiva Health Services

Who they are: Gentiva offers a range of highly skilled in-home care services, including nursing, therapy, infusion, pharmacy, respiratory, orthopedics, cardiopulmonary, senior health, neurorehabilitation and hospice, says Angela McClure, assistant vice president of recruitment and staffing.

Whom they are looking for: "We have career opportunities for dedicated, compassionate nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other clinicians; as well as sales, management and administrative support professionals," McClure says. "At Gentiva, our clinicians have a lot of flexibility and autonomy, so they must demonstrate a high level of clinical excellence and customer service."

State Farm

Who they are: A provider of insurance and financial services products that insure more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., says Rich Garcia, director of enterprise recruiting and retention. It has 68,000 employees and 17,000 agents who service more than 78 million insurance policies and 1.9 million bank accounts.

Whom they are looking for: "In 2009, we will continue to look for a wide range of candidates with various experiences to fill internships and opportunities ranging from entry level to management," Garcia says. "Frequently posted positions include opportunities in claims, underwriting and systems/IT. We are also always looking for that next State Farm agent."

URS Corporation

Who they are: A provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world, says Marian Hyder, vice president of staffing for the EG&G division. URS provides services for power, infrastructure, industrial and commercial, and federal projects and programs.

Whom they are looking for: "We seek high quality talent in key areas of focus for our business and offer exciting domestic and global assignments for employees at every career point," Hyder says.

"In 2009, we will be looking for talent in key areas such as engineering, construction management, program management, power, environmental, health and safety, homeland security, logistics, operations and maintenance and more. Positions are available at all experience levels -- from new graduates to seasoned professionals."


Who they are: Banfield is the largest pet general veterinary practice in the world, says Mike Mason, senior director of team resources. It offers a full range of comprehensive medical services and a quality assurance program.

Whom they are looking for: "Banfield seeks associates who love pets and who share in our mission of treating pets like family and increasing the value of pets in families and communities," Mason


Tenet Healthcare Corp.


Affiliated Computer Services

EMC Corp.

U.S. Cellular

Boston Scientific



Perot Systems

United Surgical Partners

Parsons Corporation


TD Ameritrade

ACE Limited




Dresser-Rand Company



Novo Nordisk

Baxter International


McKesson Corp.


General Dynamics

You get the idea.  Things are bad out there, as bad as they've been in our lifetimes, but they are beginning to stabilize.  Don't let all of the fearmongers get you down.

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13 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 10, 2009 at 5:06 PM, UKIAHED (32.08) wrote:

Nice!  Always good to get some positive news.

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#2) On September 10, 2009 at 5:08 PM, brickcityman (< 20) wrote:

The only thing meaningful about a list like this is to compare it to another period of time... Otherwise you're just comparing against the presense of no jobs which is a straw man of the worst kind.


Is this substantially better than say the same period last year?  Or Say March 9th of this year?



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#3) On September 10, 2009 at 5:08 PM, jason2713 (< 20) wrote:

Can't be all doom and gloom all the time.

It's still bad though.

I'm glad some of these companies are finally hiring.  That's what we need.

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#4) On September 10, 2009 at 5:14 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

It is not that nobody is hiring....just a whole lot more are being fired or getting wages slashed. 

When you bleed to is not that you are no longer producing red blood are losing a whole lot more than you are producing which evenutually causes you to die.

The sole issue right now is whether we are bleeding to death or simply bleeding jobs all over the nation?

We lost another 550K jobs this week....and the city, county, and state layoffs are just beginning.....and now corporate layoffs are really starting to ramp up again like this one from John Deere:

EAST MOLINE, Illinois - Workers at the John Deere Harvester plant in East Moline are learning Thursday that 367 layoffs will begin starting next Friday.

Meetings are being held this afternoon to notify the workers. The layoffs will come after the regular fall shutdown, and will be based on seniority at the plant.

The plant is the largest most modern combine manufacturing facility in the world, according to Deere's website. It has been in operation since 1913.

As far as your list above, I have some friends in executive positions at a few of them and I can tell you with very high confidence that a number of them are firing a lot more than they are hiring!!!!

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#5) On September 10, 2009 at 5:20 PM, TMFDeej (98.36) wrote:

I'm know everyone.  Perhaps when you're hanging out with them and your famous athlete and economist friends over a few beers this weekend you can discuss the jobs picture and report back to all of us...if this weekend even happens (it is MOAPtember afterall).


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#6) On September 10, 2009 at 5:32 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

Wall Street analysts are predicting huge job cuts at Boston Scientific, including at the company's North Quincy distribution center, which employs more than 500 people.

Analysts who follow the company predict it will cut 2,000 to 3,400 people, or about 7 to 12 percent of its work force of 28,000, according to the Boston Globe.

We could go on and on and on.....optimism is one thing and should be applauded.....reality is also important to give optimism perspective.

FLASH: Boeing to layoff 4,000-4,500 at commercial airplane division ... Report this comment
#7) On September 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM, awallejr (57.04) wrote:

Rec to Deej just for out-Alstrying Alstry.  6 trading days to go until end of summer Alstry, your  DOW 5,000-2,000 is losing time. 

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#8) On September 10, 2009 at 6:36 PM, portefeuille (98.79) wrote:


UPDATE: EMC Financial Chief: Worst Of Recession Over For IT Cos

September 09, 2009: 06:30 AM ET
By Dhanya Thoppil

BANGALORE -(Dow Jones)- EMC Corp. (EMC) believes the worst of the global recession is over for information-technology companies as the pressure on clients' budgets is easing, the U.S.-based storage-equipment maker's chief financial officer said Wednesday.
But, "we are not predicting any rapid recovery," David Goulden told Dow Jones Newswires. "It'll be slow and steady, and the recovery will create some opportunities in 2010."
Goulden was in Bangalore for the inauguration of EMC's new facility and to announce its strategy in India.
Information-technology companies have been hurt by the global economic slowdown as their customers shelved projects and cut technology spending.
However, with recent economic data indicating the worst may be over, and some major global companies starting to give new orders, IT service providers are breathing easier.
"I am expecting stronger (IT) spending in the second half than in the first half" of 2009, Goulden said. "Corporate IT spending is on an upward path."
But, the U.S. economy isn't "yet out of the woods," he said. "What we have seen is stabilization. I don't think it is getting any worse."
In July, Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC said it has "better visibility and more confidence in the second half of 2009."
At the time, the company forecast earnings of 82 cents a share on revenue of $ 13.8 billion in 2009 after considering its planned acquisition of Data Domain Inc. (DDUP). For the third quarter, it forecast revenue to rise 2%-3% from the second quarter's $3.26 billion.
The U.S. is recovering faster than Europe, Goulden said.
John Mollen, executive vice president of human resources at EMC, said he expects Europe to likely show signs of recovery in the middle of 2010.
Mollen said EMC isn't looking at further job cuts.
In January, the company had said it was cutting 2,400 jobs to save $350 million. Then in April, it offered a 5% pay cut to employees in return of five days of leave.
As much as 85% of its employees had opted for the pay cut. The pay cut will be rolled back Jan. 1, Mollen said.
Goulden described the Asia Pacific as the fastest-growing market for the company and India and China as "big growing markets." The Asia Pacific "is a market with lower share (for the company) than the U.S. and Europe, so we have potential to gain market share there."
He declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report last week which cited people briefed on the plan as saying EMC and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) are in talks to form a new joint venture to provide technology services.
EMC said in a statement it plans to invest $1.5 billion in its India operations from 2010 to 2014 - three times more than its investments in the past five years.

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#9) On September 10, 2009 at 6:44 PM, portefeuille (98.79) wrote:



EMC closed today at $16.99.

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#10) On September 10, 2009 at 8:54 PM, russiangambit (28.96) wrote:

Of course, companies are hiring, but much less than they used to. The hiring freezes put as an emergency measure last year are now getting unfrozen. But very slowly. While my company is hiring, the IT department where I work still runs 10% understaffed and there is a consious choice not to hire the 10% back yet.

I read a jobs statistics somewhere, there are about 2-3 million jobs created each months, and 2-3 million people living jobs either on their own or being let go, the difference is the 500K that you see as increase in unemployement.In good times the difference is positive and bad times , like now, it is negative. However, the unemployement figer is just about 20% of the total job turn over in a month.

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#11) On September 10, 2009 at 9:40 PM, Secksuality (28.44) wrote:

Jobs open up for any number of reasons.  People quitting, retirement, death... not just a recovering economy

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#12) On September 10, 2009 at 10:07 PM, bullnada (< 20) wrote:

Im sure the hiring is for half the salary who they are firing.

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#13) On September 11, 2009 at 12:36 PM, tdb321 (< 20) wrote:

I know several people who have been hired at Whole Foods recently. They were all hired as part time workers, work 40 hours a week, and get no benefits. Thanks John Mackey. The economy must be improving. Right?

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