Citrix To Hire 337 Workers For File-Sharing Business

Citrix Systems plans to add 337 positions to its file-sharing business in Raleigh, N.C., over the next five years.

The expansion plans follow its October acquisition of ShareFile, which offers a service designed to allow companies to send large files over the Internet securely.

Although no decisions have been made about how many technical jobs will be added, a Citrix spokeswoman says the company is looking for software engineers, support staff and salespeople.

“Everybody kind of has their hand in the air to beef up their teams,” she says. The company expects average salaries to reach $70,695, well above the Wake County, N.C., average of $45,396.

ShareFile’s initial staff  has grown to 150 employees from 80 people prior to the buyout. It’s also felt fortunate that Citrix plans to keep its location in in Raleigh, rather than moving it to the West Coast.

Citrix, along with Red Hat, received state incentives to grow their businesses in Raleigh.  In Red Hat’s case, the open source company announced last fall it planned to move its headquarters and 750 workers to downtown Raleigh. Citrix, meanwhile, is reportedly looking for office space of between 80,000 and 100,000 square feet in the downtown tech area.

In addition to Citrix and Red Hat, Raleigh is home to more than 50 companies working on technologies to make electric, water and gas utilities more efficient. Meanwhile, more than  40,000 people work at nearby Research Triangle Park, which houses operations for companies such as IBM, Cisco, Avaya and EMC.

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