Late last year, Amazon announced its plans to construct a second headquarters in Queens, New York City (NYC). Months after the announcement, however, the tech giant canceled plans for its second headquarters (HQ2) project due to opposition from state and local politicians according to a statement released by Amazon.
Because of the HQ2 developments, Amazon recently finds itself at the center of front-page news. Here are more of the things you need to know about Amazon HQ2:
Planned Partition of HQ2
In its original plan, Amazon wanted to split its HQ2 between NYC and Northern Virginia. The NYC portion of HQ2 was supposed to measure four to eight million square feet. As of February 2019, Amazon decided for HQ2 to reside in Northern Virginia solely.
A 15-Year Project
As forecast, HQ2 would take about 15 years to complete at a whopping $3.7 billion. The project was set to include community facilities, artist workspaces, enough room for a public school, and a space open to the public.
Creation of 25,000 Jobs
Through HQ2, Amazon planned to bring in 25,000 jobs to Long Island City over the next decade. Before the project's completion, the company intended to hire 700 new employees in 2019 and 2,200 in 2020, followed by even more in the coming years.
Although HQ2 will no longer call Queens home, Amazon continues to reign in NYC as job listings in the area have gone up 83% since January. With a corporate office in Brooklyn, Amazon is reportedly on the search for more office space in Manhattan to accommodate its employees in the New York area. The most in-demand positions at Amazon currently include software development, solutions architects, and sales.
Software Development Jobs
Around 9,000 jobs in software development are open at Amazon, including:
- Software Development Engineer
- Quality Assurance Engineer
- Android Engineer
- Application Engineer
- Solutions Architect
In this area, Amazon is looking for a creative, self-starter, and open-minded individuals who'd love to own and develop innovative platforms, products, and solutions. The right candidates should also be able to work cross-functionally in resolving customer and business issues.
Sales, Advertising, and Account Management Jobs
Currently, 1,645 sales, advertising, and account management positions are open at Amazon, including:
- Account Executive
- Account Manager
- Sales Development Representative
- Advertising Manager
- Media Planner
- Inside Sales
A sales position at Amazon isn't your typical sales job. Rather than focusing on being particular in making sales, Amazon encourages employees to build and maintain relationships with customers.
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