How Would You Like to Work at Zoom?
The video conferencing app announced Wednesday it will open Pittsburgh and Phoenix R&D offices and hire hundreds of software engineers.
In a viral video, comedian Julie Nolke appears to her pre-COVID-19 self and tells her she’s going to want to invest in Zoom.
“Isn’t that a conferencing app?” her past self asks.
“Yes. Trust me,” Nolke says.
Turns out, that would have been good advice to our past selves.
The video communications leader announced Wednesday it will expand and open two research and development offices, one in Phoenix and one in Pittsburgh.
“Both Phoenix and Pittsburgh have incredibly well-educated, skilled and diverse talent pools that are well-positioned to help support Zoom’s ongoing growth and continued success,” Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said in a statement. “We plan to hire up to 500 software engineers between these two cities in the next few years, drawing largely on recent graduates of the many local universities.”
The news was well-received in a time unemployment numbers are reaching record highs.
“We are so thrilled that Zoom is planning to establish a research and development center in Pittsburgh, a world-leading hub for engineering, computer science, and artificial intelligence,” Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian said in a statement. “With our visionary faculty and exceptionally talented students, Carnegie Mellon is catalyzing revolutionary work to accelerate digital transformation across markets and industries, and we look forward to partnering with Zoom to enhance their remarkable momentum in defining the future of virtual interactions.”
Mark Anthony Thomas, the president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the economic development affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, said he’s anticipating a “remarkable partnership between Zoom and the Pittsburgh community.”
“Being selected by Zoom as one of two U.S. engineering hub expansion sites endorses the region as a top destination to recruit, attract and invest in specialized tech talent and expertise,” he said in a statement.
“With the addition of Zoom, Pittsburgh continues to grow into its reputation as being the place where companies at the edge of what’s next need to be.”
The company is looking for office space near CMU.
If you haven’t seen Nolke’s video ⇓