is Austin, Texas a good destination to settle down for the next few years (5+ years)? I heard that several big companies moved from CA to Austin, TX. I don't wanna relocate to the Bay Area. Los Angeles is too ghetto to be honest, and there seem to be more crimes. Thanks.
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No big CA companies have "moved" to Austin, a few have opened offices there to staff auxiliary / support staff (customer service etc.) and perhaps some engineering as well. The same way Texas companies have opened offices in CA. For tech (and if you value natural beauty, good weather, good food, diversity and an open and inclusive environment etc.), CA will always be your best bet (especially over TX, where they can be openly hostile to non-Texans).
I would stay in San Diego, it's much more culturally diverse, more beautiful, better food and weather, a larger city, better traffic and also a much larger tech town than Austin (where most companies locate their lower-skilled / lower-paying jobs). There are literally thousands of biotech and technology companies in San Diego, making Austin look scant.
My company relocated me from San Diego to Austin and it was terrible. Austin is a backwater town in comparison to anything in CA. The weather is horrible and the people are full of themselves. There is no culture, the live music is just local bands (most major bands/concerts skip Austin). There is no ocean, forests or mountains. And the people are so full of themselves, thinking Austin is the epicenter of the world, however it is a cultural desert and though liberal for Texas, it is extremely backwards and conservative compared to San Diego or most placed in CA. Pay is less and most companies that have set up shop here move/open low-paying / low-skilled jobs, such as customer service, warehousing, accounting etc. Most of the innovation and high paying engineering / scientific jobs remain in CA or other states like MA. Texas is basically like Mexico, cheap land and labor, but lower skilled in general. While they claim great BBQ - and it's not bad - you will greatly miss the high quality cuisine and culinary diversity found in CA. Also natural/organic foods, fresh vegetables, berries, produce. I quite my job and moved back to San Diego within a year. As a side note, almost as many Texans have moved to CA as from CA to Texas.
Don't move to AUstin - it's full already.
If Austin had SD's weather, no one would be left in SD.
I have been in Austin for the last 14 years. I have worked for more than one semiconductor company here and am currently at Qualcomm. Do not hesitate. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family and unlike San Diego there is more than one employer to go around.
Not a very good job market in San Diego right now. Thanks Qualcomm Executive Management for making it worse!
dont come here. you guys are turning austin into san jose.
No STATE TAXES in: TEXAS, Washington, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota, Florida, Alaska! yet again, there are some trade-off in each state but "almost" any state tax is better than Cali's, and NY!
Well... how bad is bad?? In terms of quality of living and EE/Software opportunities..
Statewide, Austin most likely is better than Dallas/Forth Worth (which is like the LA of TX), Lubbock, El Paso, and than Houston. This last one is humid as $k! especially in the summer.
Regional: I think the Southwest and Pacific Northwest are the best regions. Good job opportunities, cost of living (maybe for the exception of Seattle, SF) and simply mother nature conditions are good in compared to Tornado Valley, freezing winter in Midwest, snowstorms in North East, hurricanes in Florida and South East region.
We don't hire H1Bs in Texas. It's unAmerican. Go away.
Don't let the connivers in. They'll turn your company into the next QC.
Parsippany, NJ rocks
How about Irvine? Ton of work here. Good schools. Close to the beach? Close to the metro area.
West Side LA is just fine
I moved to Austin 11 months ago from LA. I work in IT, my sister works for QC. Anyhow, here is my two cents: Weather is horrible, you'll miss SD. Night life is awesome, people are nice. The city is growing and you can feel the positive vibe, you almost feel that anything is possible. Many things are less expensive. Our traffic is horrible, you cannot imagine how bad it is (the infrastructure did not grow as fast as population). Housing was reasonable, not it's getting nuts. Everything is bigger in Texas. The best BBQ in the world, you'll miss your salads though. You'll miss your ocean breezes. You'll miss the diversity, but that's getting better (or if you are a bigot, you may not care about this - I am assuming you are a WASP though so I may be very much off here). Male/Female ratio is a bit off, if you are moving as a couple this may not be an issue. Taxes are generally lower, Real Estate tax is higher. There is a ton of tech work, wages are creeping up but you'll be paid less here. There is grunge element in every fiber of the city, hidden somewhere, if you look for it, you will see it, some people like it. If you like live music, there is no better place in the world than Austin. There is a ton of outdoor stuff available, you can shoot from a canon at certain location, blow up explosives, etc. It's all legal. If you are into it, you can own a tank or a Vietnam era copter fully armed (you'd have to confine it to your ranch). There is a long list of expat California companies that settled in the city, you may see some familiar faces from the neighborhood. People are proud, people have spine. The Chive moved here, if you are into Chivettes (like me), this is the place to be. I hope this helps.
bad BAD place. please dont come here.
YES! In my opinion, Austin is a very nice city but population and rise of rent/mortgages are increasing! Still, rent and mortgages are much affordable than any place in CA.
There are big tech companies such as: Intel, Broadcom, National Instruments, Dell. cough cough Samsung.