Designer in Austin

Microsoft visionless
Sep 20, 2017 26 Comments

I've been strongly considering moving to Austin. What are some of the best places to work as a product designer? I'm particularly interested in startups.

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  • SurveyMonkey envelope
    IBM has a huge design team there
    Sep 20, 2017 0
  • Microsoft RogerFed
    Have few friends working at IBM design. From what I hear it's fast paced and unlike the rest of the company. Also an Austin $ can go way further than a Seattle $.
    Sep 20, 2017 0
  • Microsoft cassini
    Facebook has an Austin office
    Sep 20, 2017 5
    • Ponderosa Advisors / Eng
      StoneZone

      Ponderosa Advisors Eng

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      McGraw-Hill Education
      StoneZonemore
      Woah didn't know Facebook was a startup 😑
      Sep 20, 2017
    • Microsoft visionless
      OP
      So do Google and Apple, and these would normally be considerations, but from what I've seen none of them hire designers in the Austin location.
      Sep 20, 2017
    • SurveyMonkey envelope
      As for startups, you’ll have to stroll the scene— do a ton of googling. Hit up TechStars if they are there and ask them.
      Sep 20, 2017
    • Microsoft visionless
      OP
      I've been doing a lot of googling but didn't think to check out TechStars. Thanks!
      Sep 20, 2017
    • Atlassian / Design Grown
      Facebook doesn’t hire design positions in Austin. I’ve been through that with their recruiting team several times
      Nov 18, 2017
  • Microsoft visionless
    OP
    Update: got a few offers in Austin, accepted one and was able to negotiate roughly the same comp I had at Microsoft. It’s possible!
    Dec 25, 2017 2
    • IBM Gus
      Where’d you go?
      Jan 1, 2018
    • Microsoft visionless
      OP
      Small startup, don’t want to reveal too much on here.
      Jan 11, 2018
  • RetailMeNot amdx04
    RetailMeNot
    Sep 20, 2017 0
  • Microsoft RogerFed
    IBM
    Sep 20, 2017 0
  • Q2 awNtq
    Q2
    Sep 20, 2017 3
    • Hubspot Enps
      What's q2 ? More deets pls
      Sep 22, 2017
    • Chase / Design
      Nope-

      Chase Design

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      CVS Health
      Nope-more
      R2 D2
      Sep 22, 2017
    • Q2 awNtq
      Q2 is a tech company in north Austin that provides a mobile and online banking platform for credit unions and regional banks. Consistently one of the top places to work in Austin.
      Sep 23, 2017
  • Microsoft visionless
    OP
    I've been hesitant to consider IBM because I ultimately want to work for a faster paced, more agile company. What is the design culture like there?
    Sep 20, 2017 2
    • Chase / Design
      Nope-

      Chase Design

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      CVS Health
      Nope-more
      We actually just hired a guy for my team from Austin IBM
      Sep 22, 2017
    • The reorgs happen frequently. So that's one kind of agile.
      Jan 30, 2018
  • Cisco / Eng codeape
    Why Austin?
    Dec 14, 2017 1
    • Microsoft visionless
      OP
      Sun, lower cost of living, easier commute
      Dec 25, 2017
  • Atlassian / Design Grown
    Atlassian, Indeed, Bazaarvoice, Athena Health, and Civitas are all in Austin. There’s not a ton of product design work with the amount of agency work there but there are some and it seems to be growing.
    Nov 18, 2017 1
    • Microsoft visionless
      OP
      What do designers work on in the Atlassian Austin office? Was interested but they weren’t hiring.
      Dec 25, 2017
  • Microsoft DaBeeber
    Star citizen game...what ever their name is
    Bazaar
    Sep 29, 2017 0
  • Microsoft visionless
    OP
    Another question - from my research on Glassdoor, salaries tend to be lower. Would it be unlikely for a company to match my Microsoft compensation? (Thanks for all the answers so far.)
    Sep 20, 2017 0

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