Posted April 11, 2019 10:02:07With a busy year ahead of them, programmers have to be prepared for some major changes.
The latest in the stack-building wars has programmers at work, with more than a dozen companies facing layoffs.
In fact, the number of employees at the top tech companies has fallen by more than 50% in the past two years, according to the latest data from the Human Resources Management Association.
In 2016, they had more than 6,800 employees.
“I think the number one question is, what’s the job market like?
We have to do some kind of pivot,” said David A. Smith, CEO of technology startup Evernote.
“And there’s not a lot of answers right now.”
Smith is hoping to raise $100 million from a group of investors to expand Evernotes’ business into the digital-notebook market.
The startup has raised $4.2 billion in venture capital, including $800 million from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
It also has raised more than $10 million in venture funding from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, including a $500,000 seed round last year.
Evernotest has a focus on creating a digital-app ecosystem for the people who use its products, and it has invested in e-learning startup Coursera.
But Smith says that Evernots business is in decline.
He said the number 1 reason programmers don’t want to work in the tech sector is because it’s not rewarding enough.
“They’re not getting paid as much as they should,” Smith said.
“It’s not really the best way to build a company.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 30% of the U.S. workforce is part-time.
This number includes more than 7 million workers.
A 2014 study by the Economic Policy Institute showed that part-timers were 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed than full-timters.
“When you’re making $20 an hour, you want to be working in your field.
You want to have your career,” Smith told Recode.
“So, I’m not sure I’d want to put myself through that.”
In the meantime, he’s working on a program that would give full-time programmers a job as a flight attendant.
“It’s going to be the same as an entry-level position at a hotel, you just have to pay for that, and you can come back in three years,” Smith added.
He says he has raised about $1.5 million for this program, and that he’s hoping to have it ready for use this summer.
This is the second time that Eernotest will be hiring programmers.
In May, it launched a program called Brainstorm, which is a paid intern program.
The company has also hired a few hundred people in the last two years.
The program is similar to the one that Eternote created in 2015.
It offers an internship, but in addition to having a full-year job, programmers will have access to a paid, on-demand job at the company.
“The idea is, if you want a job at Everno, you can get a job on Brainstorm,” said Evernoter Chris Mears, CEO and cofounder of Brainstorm.
“We are a little bit more competitive than what we did in 2015.”
Mears says the program has raised some $2.3 million in private funding.
He expects to see a large number of participants sign up in the coming months.
“We’re definitely hoping to see that in the next few months,” he said.
In addition to Evernoters internship, EvernOTest is also looking for a software engineer to join its software development team.
It’s also looking to hire a technical writer to join the team.
The company says it will hire at least 10 full- and part- time positions, but not all of them will be full- or part-timer.
Mears says it’s also open to hiring people with a more traditional programming background.
“A lot of people do not have the experience in the software development community,” Mears said.
“But they have a passion, and they’re going to do it in a more exciting and exciting environment than they were in 2015, and I think that will translate into jobs for them in the future.”
For more, read Recode’s RecodeTech coverage of the job hunt.