The first phase of construction at Oracle’s new campus in Austin, Texas is quickly approaching completion. Plans to construct the 560,000-square-foot technology campus were first unveiled in 2015, and now employees, as well as the Austin community, anxiously await the January 8, 2018 opening. Located just outside downtown Austin, the East Riverside corridor had not seen extensive development prior to Oracle’s decision to build in the area. Other businesses have since joined Oracle in developing the corridor.
Oracle’s investment in the Austin campus creates new opportunities for the city and further highlights Austin as an emerging technology hub. Rated as this year’s “Best Place to Live” by U.S. News, Austin’s unique culture, music, and outdoor recreation draws many graduates and young professionals to the area.
Oracle’s move into cloud computing has been accompanied by strong growth in hiring cloud sales professionals. Much of the company’s expanding sales force is part of the Class Of program, which recruits recent graduates from top-tier universities across the country. First launched a few years ago by Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, the program offers new recruits hands-on training, the chance to shadow experienced sales professionals, and opportunities to improve networking and professional skills as they learn about Oracle products and sales processes.
The Class Of program is an attractive option for recent graduates, and markets including Austin make the program even more appealing. Many of the first phase of employees moving to the new Austin campus will be Class Of program participants.
“At Oracle, we believe in growing our own talent,” says Hurd. “We believe it’s a smart investment to find and train young professionals. Recruiting heavily from college campuses worldwide helps us identify and hire the top software engineers and business professionals before our competitors do.”
The first wave of employees will move in to the new campus on January 8. The new campus also provides a housing option for employees – an onsite apartment building – which Oracle hopes will generate additional interest among recent graduates.