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7 tech companies with big Austin ties make LinkedIn's 50 Top Companies list

7 Austin-tied companies made the LinkedIn Top Companies list this year.

Seven of the top 40 best places to grow your career have a significant influence in Austin, according to LinkedIn's 2022 Top Companies List.

The job-oriented social media site ranked each company based on seven pillars of LinkedIn data, including ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity and spread of educational backgrounds.

Here's what came out on top:

1. Amazon

As the second-largest employer in the U.S., e-commerce giant Amazon topped the LinkedIn list as it "continues to compete in recruiting and retaining top talent amid a competitive labor market."

Despite past labor disputes, the Jeff Bezos brainchild ranked highest on the list due to its plans to double its minimum base salary for tech and corporate workers. It also increased pay for more than half a million of its warehouse workers in late 2021 and is investing $1.2 billion in its education and skills training initiative over the next three years.

Amazon has a significant presence in Austin, with more than 11,000 of its 1.6 million employees located in the Texas capital. In addition to three offices at The Domain, the company also plans to lease a 330,000-square-foot office space at The Domain and will add 3,000 more employees across its locations in Austin, Chicago, and Phoenix.

2. Alphabet

Google parent company Alphabet came in second on the list, excelling in job growth and flexibility categories.

The giant, which owns Google, Youtube and more, added 6,500 employees last quarter. And it's not heading back to full-time office life anytime soon: Alphabet utilizes a hybrid work model and offers four 'work from anywhere' weeks per year as well as sabbaticals for long-term employees and 'no-meeting' days.

The world's biggest search engine has made a visible impact on downtown Austin: the sailboat-shaped "Google Tower" is in the works at the foot of Lady Bird Lake. Google will lease out the entire 35-story tower as well as a 150,000 square feet of space in a seven-story building in East Austin, opening opportunities to add thousands of employees to its 2,000-strong Austin workforce.

9. Apple

Apple boasts over 150,000 employees across 270 retail stores and other office locations in the U.S., and it's introducing some more initiatives to keep its workforce happy.

The smartphone company championed remote work during the pandemic and now hosts a three-day in-office hybrid schedule. It's also expanding on pay, benefits, sick days and vacation days for full-time and allows paid parental leave and discounted emergency childcare for its retail employees.

Three years after it set its sights on Austin as a new regional HQ, the company's new $1 billion Northwest Austin office campus is fully underway. Once finished, the campus will span 3 million square feet and include 12 office buildings, a daycare building, a six-story hotel and three-story conference center.

12. Meta

Despite its stock plummeting as CEO Mark Zuckerberg transforms the Facebook parent company into a "metaverse" corporation, Meta reached 12th on the LinkedIn list.

This year, the tech giant announced plans to lease all commercial space in what will soon be Austin's tallest tower. Facebook, which had 2,000 Austin employees as of July 2021, made downtown Austin's largest lease ever as it announced it will occupy 33 of the Sixth and Guadelupe tower's 66 floors.

In addition to the downtown tower, the company is hoping to add 400 more employees and retain its 256,000 square foot office in the Third + Shoal tower as well as its floors at the 300 West Sixth tower and Domain 12 tower.

14. Dell Technologies

Austin's first homegrown company to make the list, computer corp. Dell Technologies made the list thanks to its desire to employ "people who thrive in an environment with a diversity of people and ideas."

The company also recently created intelligent PCs, software and services to help support the future of hybrid work.

Headquartered in Austin, Dell has made a significant impact on the city's economic growth and transformation into a tech hub, and it currently employs 13,000 Austinites—more than any other tech company in the city.

27. Oracle

While the Austin location wasn't listed on the LinkedIn list, tech giant Oracle made a landmark shift to Austin as it moved its headquarters to its half a million-square-foot East Riverside campus in 2020.

The company employs over 130,000 worldwide, including 2,500 in Austin, and is expanding to healthcare as it broadens its Cloud and software services.

44. General Motors

The first non-tech company with big Austin ties to make the list, automotive company General Motors has made waves with its goal to be the “most inclusive company in the world.”

And it seems to be committed to that promise—while the number of women in the workforce decreased amid the pandemic, the percentage of women hired to entry-level IT roles at GM doubled in 2021.

And the company has gone a step further than the standard hybrid format, allowing employees to "work appropriately" and choose what works best for them.

Since 2015, GM has owned over 600,000 square feet of office space in North Austin and employs 3,200 Austinites at its IT Innovation Center.


Tesla says it will preempt "recall" with a software update pushed to affected vehicles


Tesla is not recalling almost 1.1 million vehicles because windows may close with excessive force and pinch a driver or passenger, according to a Tesla filing, which says the windows' automatic reversal system may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction.

The Austin company's internal testing revealed the issue in August. Tesla filed a "Part 573 Safety Recall Report" with the NHTSA identifying the issues, outlining a "recall plan," and listing affected models and years, including "certain vehicles":

  • Model S 2021-2022
  • Model 3 2017-2022
  • Model X 2021-2022
  • Model Y 2020-2022 (including some that were made in the Austin factory)
Instead of requiring vehicles to be serviced in-person, Tesla is pushing a software fix via an OTA (over the air) update. Similar to the process of an iPhone update, Tesla periodically modifies its vehicles' software systems with fixes and enhancements.

Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Nov. 15.

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