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Santa Clara, CA

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Recommendation: Not Recommended

Santa Clara, CA Area Overview

Santa Clara is part of the San Jose, CA area.

About California

California is also known has the ‘Sunshine State’ and brags about its weather. Forget that along the bays in San Francisco and San Diego it is extremely cold in July. If you stay up late and can catch a baseball game from one of the cities in the bay, you will notice several people bundled up like they are in Lambeau Field in December. The climate in California varies depending on which part of the state that you are in. The desert in the east and south part of the state is much warmer than the coastal areas.

California has an outrageously high state income tax along with other socialist taxes which usually no one can explain. For the amount, an IT contractor should be compensated expect your overall tax rate to be around 60 percent. California’s State Sales Tax is one of the highest if not the highest in the United States. Most companies in California do not pay the National Market Rate for salary and hourly which makes California even more non-enticing to take a position if offered. Companies then claim no one wants the jobs.

Tourism is one of California’s largest industries, however there are several other industries where IT jobs are plentiful. Government Run Program’s are the largest industries outside of Silicon Valley. Healthcare like everywhere else is in huge demand.

California does have one of the highest unemployment payment amounts in the United States, should you have to file which I hate to say is the best part of California. The employee has more rights in California than any other state, which if should have problems with an employer will put a lot of options in your court.

The employment reemployment assistance website for California like other states is incompetent if it is working so if you must file you will probably have to do by mail.

If you are from certain places you will no be looked upon very unfavorably especially those from Texas and the Southeastern states. If you are from Texas do your best to not let anyone know or else you will suffer abuse of you which you probably never thought was possible that you would have to endure in your life. Cars keyed, people intentionally shoving shopping carts into your vehicle are just a few things some Californians will do.

As for college football, there is a radio station in San Diego who openly campaigned that the University of Texas should not to be allowed to play in a bowl game played in San Diego thou by some agreement with the bowl schedulers, Texas’s finish in the regular season placed them in that game. However, there are a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans.

Overall, California is a nice place to visit but you do not want to live there and does not rank very for work environment.

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