Lee Merrill, a Boston-area high-tech recruiter, used to make the drive from Beverly to Waltham in about half an hour. Now that the region has "an outstanding number of companies" on routes 128 and 495, said Merrill, that 30-minute jaunt more often becomes a 1.5-hour crush of frustration.
The price of success, it seems.
Merrill, director of Clear Point Consultants, said the Boston area is seeing "unbelievably strong" demand these days for technical talent, particularly software engineers. To sustain the growth rates, some companies may find themselves settling for a "lower standard" of candidates, Merrill said. "The most marketable candidates are generally employed already.
"We really don't like to accept B-list candidates," Merrill said. "We would like to give companies the top-notch people, but you have to set expectations that there would be fewer candidates to look at."
Viridien Technologies (Boxborough) is a contract engineering firm specializing in software for telecom and datacom. The company says it has a number of full-time positions to fill, including an embedded SMP engineer "to analyze the performance of a quad-processor, SMP data communications chip." Applicants should have at least two years of experience in embedded systems, SMP, performance characterization, PCI, datacom and C/C++.
Viridien is also looking for an architect in datacom/embedded with an EE or CS degree. "This person will be responsible for developing platform solutions for Viridien tier-one datacom companies," the job posting states. "The candidate will be involved in the project beginning with design specifications through acceptance testing. Project functionality may include any of the following disciplines: NT/Win95 network and device drivers; and device drivers and board support packages for VxWorks, pSOS, Chorus and other embedded real-time executives. Projects may also involve extensions to the client products to support high-availability features such as hot swappability and hot pluggability, network management enhancements to support specific platform devices, interprocessor communications, remote procedure calls or other miscellaneous control mechanisms to coordinate platforms." Applicants should have experience with VxWorks, pSOS or Chorus.
Storage vendor Quantum Corp. has a slew of openings in Shrewsbury. The company needs an ASIC design engineer with a BS or MS in EE, CE or CS and 10 or more years of experience in ASIC design. "Experience with Verilog coding and simulation, synthesis tools, leading-edge ASIC vendor CAD flows and disk controller/microprocessor/memory interface design/SCSI interface/Fibre Channel interface is highly desirable," the posting states.
The company is also looking for a lead CAE engineer with similar degrees and five or more years of experience in "EDA tool evaluation/support and ASIC design. Experience with Verilog simulators, synthesis and timing tools, Unix shell scripting and leading-edge ASIC vendor CAD flows are all highly desirable."
Quantum is also seeking an electrical engineer with a BSEE and at least 10 years of experience in digital design, to perform what it describes as "technical reporting on new design efforts, as well as problems encountered with current product designs; EMI-level reduction by design; and working cross-functionally with mechanical, firmware, DVT, reliability, quality and F/A engineering groups." Qualified applicants should have the "ability to apply schematic entry, simulation, microprocessor emulator and logic analyzer tools. Experience with Viewlogic and electromechanical systems would be helpful."
Finally, elite sound system maker Bose Corp. (Framingham) has a wide range of hardware and software engineering vacancies, with titles ranging from electrical engineer to research engineer. In its Automotive Audio group, Bose has an opening for a mixed-signal hardware engineer with a BSEE and five or more years of experience in circuit design and product development. "Analog circuitry, data conversion, digital circuitry and design for EMC are desirable," the posting states.
The speaker company also needs a DSP engineer again for its auto operations with either a BSEE and one or more years' experience in real-time DSP software development, or an MSEE "with emphasis on DSP and digital wireless communications. An understanding of analog circuits and systems is helpful."