Amazon aims to hire over 10,000 corporate and technology personnel on the Eastside, divided between Bellevue and Redmond.
This summer, the Seattle-based tech behemoth expects to reach a significant local workforce milestone.
In addition, the firm intends to establish two additional office buildings in Bellevue this year, with a total capacity of over 2,000 people.
John Schoettler, the company’s vice president of global real estate and facilities said: “Amazon first opened an office in Bellevue in 2017, and we had about 450 people in the city at the time. As customer demand increased through the years, we continued to hire and grow in the Puget Sound region.”
“And in 2020, we announced plans to invest much more on the Eastside — bringing 25,000 jobs, and making Bellevue and the Eastside the location of our future growth in the Puget Sound region.”
Tahoe, one of its Bellevue offices, is now open, with personnel from the Devices teams quietly pouring in.
Amazon already employs over 9,100 employees in Bellevue and slightly over 1,200 in Redmond.
However, this does not distinguish corporate and technology workers from retail and warehouse labor.
Redmond is primarily the headquarters for Amazon’s Project Kuiper activities, which include low-Earth orbit satellites that provide broadband internet connectivity.
The corporation has no facilities in Bellevue or Redmond, although it does have an Amazon Fresh store in the Factoria section of Bellevue.
When finished, the company’s Bellevue footprint will be within a 15-minute walk of the downtown light rail station, which is expected to open in 2023 or 2024.
The expansion towards the Eastside and Amazon’s concentration on development outside of Seattle is not an exodus from Seattle.
The company has emphasized that its headquarters are now in the Puget Sound area, rather than just in Seattle.
Its headcount in Seattle likewise considerably outnumbers that of any other city, and it is still hiring to staff its offices. In Seattle, Amazon employs around 61,000 people.
When the firm declared last year that it was going on a global recruiting drive, it had over 12,000 unfilled positions in Seattle, which has since swelled to over 15,000.
There are over 2,100 vacant positions in Bellevue. These positions are a mix of new positions and backfills for attrition.
Source: The Business Journals