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Facebook Plans to Open Engineering Office in New York City

In an announcement made on Friday, Facebook said that it is determinant to expand its engineering operations to the East Coast of United States and for this reason committed to open an engineering office in New York City.

The statement issued by the company reveals that the NYC office will start operations early next year. The company is already accepting applications to fill different positions at facebook.com/nycjobs. The Vice President of Engineering at Facebook Mike Schroepfer said, “New York has a strong history of innovation and is home to thousands of talented technical people, and we want them to help us solve the challenges of designing and building the next generation of Facebook.”

The Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, who was also present in the press event, announced the new office, saying in an arrogant tone that this is Facebook’s first engineering office outside of the West Coast. A longtime Facebook Engineer, Serkan Piantino is directed to lead the company’s engineering operations in the New York City.

The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg was also present in the press event conducted by Facebook’s Head of Engineering Mike Schroepfer, US Senator Charles Schumer and Mayor Bloomberg in the company’s Manhattan Headquarters.

At one instance, Schoepfer said, “We are looking for the smartest folks. And after detailed analysis, the best place by a large margin was New York.”

The Mayor Bloomberg encouraged other tech companies to consider New York City for their operations saying, “I think you’ll find this is the best place to recruit and retain the world’s top talent. Don’t wait for your competitors to move here and get the best talent.”

Sheryl Sandberg stated that moving outside the West Coast is a certainly a big initiative for the company and also appreciated the assistance provided by the elected members of the states. She said:

“Building an engineering presence outside the West Coast is a big step for us, one we would take only if we found the right combination of talent and community support. We’re particularly grateful for the encouragement and assistance of New York’s elected leaders, who understand what it takes to build a climate where technology can fuel economic growth and the creation of high skilled jobs.”

She further added that the company didn’t know exactly at the moment how many engineers they would need for its new office. However, she explained, “We’ll hire as much as we can…thousands in the next year.”

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