As the unemployment numbers in the U.S. continue to climb at a history-making rate, it’s easy to assume that the hiring efforts of most companies — much like the economy and our lives as a whole — are on pause. But while it’s true that a staggering number of companies have ceased hiring, there are plenty of organizations out there that are still growing, in spite of or even because of COVID-19.
Some of these companies specialize in services that are in high demand right now, like connectivity and essential goods. Others may need your help with introducing new products and services that will improve people’s lives during the pandemic. And still others have made a commitment to continue hiring and to avoid laying off workers as a way of doing their part for the nation’s economy. Whatever the reason may be, each of the following eight companies is still hiring right now — a lot.
By now, you’ve likely heard of Instacart, if not used it yourself. The company has grown in popularity in recent weeks as a key means of safely and reliably getting groceries and household items during the pandemic. Last week, the company’s order volume was up more than 400% year-over-year, and its shopper community has grown to more than 350,000 active shoppers. Recent events have led the company to quickly reprioritize its entire roadmap, launching over 15 new product and support features while also adapting and growing its workforce to meet the current customer demand. Instacart is currently hiring across the company, especially for Product & Engineering roles, and more “full-service shoppers” are needed, too.
"As more people look for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities during this time, we hope that Instacart can be an additional source of income for those looking to earn while also delivering for the communities in which they live," Instacart Founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta said.
DTCC was established more than four decades ago to reduce risk in the financial markets by centralizing and streamlining the processing of securities transactions. And today, the financial firm’s services are still very much in demand, with open positions in tech, client services and more.
“As a critical market infrastructure… we also have a responsibility to seamlessly execute for the industry and provide stability for the financial system – a role that is magnified during times of crisis when markets are extremely volatile, and our clients and others are looking to us to safeguard the system,” Michael C. Bodson, DTCC President & CEO, said. “Despite the unpredictability of the markets, our firm is steadfast.”
Unlike the thousands (and thousands) of companies across the U.S. that have been forced to undergo layoffs and hiring freezes, Vice Chairman Anne Finucane has assured staff that the company “won’t be doing any layoffs or job reductions in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus.” In fact, Bank of America plans to be doing more hiring, having already brought on an additional 2,000 new workers in March alone. The bank has also said that 3,000 new teammates will join them this year through their summer internship and Campus recruitment programs. Additionally, the bank announced it had raised its minimum wage for U.S. workers to $20 an hour.
“It’s because of (our staff’s) continued focus to making financial lives better that we can keep the wheels turning and be there for our millions of clients. That’s why we won’t be doing any layoffs or job reductions in 2020 as a result of coronavirus,” Finucane said. “We are also protecting critical benefits, like 40-hour workweeks, paid sick leave and paid time off, and providing access and special allowances for child- and elder care.”
Medidata Solutions is transforming clinical research enterprise software in order to help organizations worldwide to execute clinical trials. The tech company, which works within the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics space, is currently running more than 6,000 studies on its platform and is also developing new software solutions that will enable “virtual trials” and remote participation. They’re hiring for a slew of technical roles, especially.
“Bringing healthcare and technology together is ultimately creating more efficient and more successful ways to develop new drugs for patients at risk,” Christian Hebenstreit, Senior VP and General Manager for EMEA at Medidata, said. “We are adapting platform concepts within life sciences and healthcare, especially where we are utilizing a unifying and data-driven approach for areas like clinical research, personalized healthcare and precision medicine.”
Giving companies the ability to not only survive but thrive in a near-exclusively digital world is of paramount importance to the nation’s economy. Equinix is helping organizations break through old technology constraints and deliver value in new ways, enabling customers across the world to advance their data transfers and exchanges. And as businesses rush to scale their remote work capacities, Equinix’s top network, cloud, and service providers are ready. The company is hiring for many technical roles but also especially in sales.
“In addition to being laser focused on the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners – the continuity of our services remains front and center,” Charles Meyers, President & CEO of Equinix, said. “This is of special importance when it comes to infrastructure supporting the health, financial, government and technology sectors critical to maintaining public health and stabilizing the economy.”
Increasing people’s access to safety has always been the cornerstone of Allied Universal’s mission. The leading security and facility services company has only seen an uptick in that need since the pandemic began, and they’re seeking to hire more than 30,000 security professionals and administrative staff across the country within the next two months as a result. A totally virtual interview process has already been deployed, and company execs say that while prior security experience is always a plus, it isn’t mandatory.
"Our clients, and the public at large, rely on us to keep our communities and businesses safe and secure especially during these challenging times," Steve Jones, Chairman and CEO of Allied Universal, said. "Our security professionals play a pivotal part ensuring facilities can continue business as usual and other businesses that had to close can rest assured that their assets will remain protected."
In these challenging times, Qualcomm wants to provide as much support as it can, from the corporate to the community level. And as a major force behind the advent of 5G technologies — an arena that’s only becoming more relevant in our connectivity-dependent world — Qualcomm’s workforce has already increased in size since the pandemic began. And they’re planning to do a lot more hiring, with a wide range of roles currently open, most especially in tech and product.
In a recent conversation with the San Diego Union-Tribune, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he believes there’s significant reason to be optimistic about Qualcomm’s continued growth potential as more companies “put their foot on the gas” in their demand for 5G.“We are very excited about the future. We just have to get through this period of time,” Mollenkopf said, noting the company’s on-the-ground efforts to support its communities during the crisis. “For me, you make all these investments in culture as a company. You think about when is it important? It is important now. You are actually reaping the benefit of years, decades of doing the right things with respect to culture in an environment like this.”
Connectivity during these times is paramount. Spectrum has committed to hiring thousands of new workers, ranging from customer service to sales and tech roles. Not only does the company’s leadership recognize how essential it is that they’re able to provide uninterrupted, top-quality service for customers during this crisis; they also believe in rewarding employees’ for making that essential service possible. Around the country, Spectrum is making headlines for increasing its hourly wages for field operations and customer service workers, with a goal of lifting its minimum wage to $20/hour by 2022.
“Now more than ever, our essential workforce continues to provide the critical task of helping customers stay connected during this very challenging time,” Lara Pritchard, Spectrum’s senior director of communications for the Northeast region, said. “People are out of work, and we have jobs available that will help us to continue to deliver and support the communities we serve.”
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