NEW ORLEANS – Last week, GE Capital reached an important milestone when it secured its 100th IT professional for the GE Capital Technology Center New Orleans. The hire keeps the company on pace to employ 150 IT professionals by the end of the year. By 2015, GE Capital plans to produce a total of 300 jobs with salaries ranging from $60,000 to $100,000, plus benefits, that will support the company’s continued growth as a leader in New Orleans’ growing technology sector.
“We are aggressively looking to bring more dynamic IT talent to New Orleans. This city is truly one of the nation’s unique treasures. New Orleans is an exciting place to work due to the spirit of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, its rich culture,” said Mike De Boer, chief information officer, GE Capital Technology Center New Orleans.
GE Capital’s most recent hire, a native of New Orleans, is representative of the rich talent pool New Orleans has to offer GE Capital. Among recent accolades, the city was named “No. 1 Metro for IT Job Growth in the USA,” and the New Orleans metro area was named second “Best Big City for a Job” by Forbes.
With more than half of GE Capital’s hires coming from Louisiana, the company is continuing to recruit qualified candidates from the state and the New Orleans region. Additional recruitment efforts also include a national campaign highlighting New Orleans as a dynamic place to work and live.
The GE Capital Technology Center is located in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District on the30th floor of Place St. Charles. The first phase of the technology center, dedicated in April, has 24,000 square feet of operational workspace. The second phase of construction, encompassing 20,000 square feet, is currently underway on the 32nd and 33rd floors and should be operational by the end of October 2013. By 2015, the company plans to build out a total of 70,000 square feet of space, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, collaborative workspaces and breathtaking views of New Orleans.
The IT industry is becoming one of the economic drivers in New Orleans. GE Capital is motivated to continue developing this important segment of New Orleans industry and is currently hiring experienced IT professionals in the following categories: business solutions, system administrators, data management, enterprise and networking services.
“This milestone is an exciting one for the GE Capital Technology Center New Orleans. “Knowing we can recruit qualified talent to work and live in this exceptional city reaffirms our decision to build our Technology Center here.” said Martha Poulter, GE Capital vice president and chief information officer.