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Central Indiana software firm faces engineer crunch

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A software company based in central Indiana is going on a 10-city recruiting tour in search of applicants to fill 150 engineering jobs by next spring.

Representatives of Columbus-based LHP Software said they will start the tour Dec. 8 in Indianapolis, with stops later in Detroit and Minneapolis.

Company president Dave Glass told The Republic of Columbus that it and similar companies are struggling to find qualified software engineers because the field has relatively few college graduates each year. Glass said LHP had recruiters visit 22 universities in the fall.

The company now has some 200 workers and develops software that it says helps run computers in equipment such as cars, phones and hospital beds.

LHP launched a subsidiary in 2007 that has grown with the help of joint ventures with Chinese companies.

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  • Community
    I've been a developer for 13 years. 8 in the state of Indiana. Indiana has a great software developer community. The user group meetings are full of 100s of developers each month. Even outside of Indy like Gary, Ft Wayne, Bloomington, and Evansville. I'm assuming that LHP has a bad reputation as a place to work or they wouldn't be recruiting outside the state. Indiana is a great place to develop software and full of great companies to work for. I wish LHP luck but I hope they look at creating a good work environment because then the developers will come, without all the expense of recruiting outside of Indiana.
  • Look elsewhere...
    I have to wonder how this company is looking for talent. If you look through their website, the majority of the jobs they have posted are going to require people that have experience in the field; I don't see why they would look to colleges for that talent. Well I do...but that's another story. It really suprises me, with the decimation of the midwestern automotive industry, that this company cannot find engineers. Maybe part of the problem is the company? I think there's a lot more to this story and IBJ is telling...

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