In 2006 HostGator.com moved from Boca Raton, FL. to Houston, TX. We made the move because we could not find enough employees in Florida, also we ran out of space in the tiny office we occupied at the time. We are proud to announce that we once again are faced with this problem and are expanding even more! We have chosen Austin, Tx as our newest location.
We closed on a 102,000 SQFT office building on the East side of Austin and have already started working on getting the office setup. We have been working diligently this past week closing on the office and getting everything in line, just as we did here in Houston back in 06.
When we moved to Houston a lot of our employees stayed in the office for the first few months. We are going to be doing the same in Austin as long as zoning permits it. We are already looking to add a special area called ‘tent city’ for employees to sleep until they get situated in Austin. If you have never bunked with 10+ System Administrators you are missing out! Brent himself will be staying in the office if zoning permits.
Our plan is to be setup in Austin by at least the end of July. Obviously we have a lot of work to do based on the pictures above. The office needs to be wired, cubes setup and at least 50 workstations ready to go before we can get some employees in there. Our IT manager has his hands full with this one to say the least.
I wanted to write this blog post to answer some common questions that you as a customer, or employee of HostGator might have.
When will you be hiring in Austin?
Right now, we are taking applications for every position. Just check out our jobs page; http://www.hostgator.com/jobs.shtml Keep in mind the office will not be ready till July, but hey if you want to go ahead and get on board then fill out the application. Currently we are hiring for Chat/Phone agents and System Administrators. You must be eligible to work in the United States.
Are you going to have servers in Austin now?
We are going to continue to use theplanet as our datacenter. They have been great since day one and we are proud to have our servers hosted there.
How many people will you be hiring?
We are going to have 200 cubes in our Austin office, at first we will be running this office Monday thru Friday 9-6 then expand to 24×7 once we have enough employees. So we are looking probably around 400-500 employees in all.
What does this mean for HostGator Customers?
Quicker chat times, Phones answered quicker and ticket response times lowered.
And what about the awesome people in your Houston office?
Houston will always be our headquarters, the office will continue to grow and will be hiring also. We have a lot of great people that work for our company in Houston and we are very proud of all the work that they have put in to make HostGator (in my opinion) the best hosting company around. We must take what we’ve learned over the years and apply that to our Austin location and continue this growth. Houston will always be a home for HostGator and our dedicated employees here will continue on with their outstanding work.
I know that there are a lot of questions that you might have out there that I have not answered in this blog post. I invite you to leave a comment with your question and we will be glad to answer.
The Case of the missing 4 Million dollars.
On April 20th 2010 we were going to close on the building in Austin. At that time we were at a baseball game here in Houston when Brent informed me that our bank had sent 4 Million dollars for the purchase of the building to an unknown source. It delayed our closing on the building by about 2 days. While this turned out to not be that big of deal, you would think that the person in charge of the “BIG RED BUTTON” to transfer 4 million USD would have double, triple and quadruple checked.