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Sunnyvale’s Technology Giants

Five companies have more than 15,000 employees in their Sunnyvale offices

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There's a reason why Sunnyvale is considered the heart of Silicon Valley. Sure, Google is just up the road in Mountain View, and many innovative companies work out of San Jose and Santa Clara. However, it's hard to argue with Sunnyvale's roster of big-name tech companies. Let's meet five high-tech movers and shakers that help make Sunnyvale what it is.

Yahoo!: At this point, we all know what Yahoo! is. It's that OTHER Internet giant founded by Stanford graduate students. Starting off as a mild-mannered web directory, Yahoo! has grown into perhaps the definitive portal for online, well, everything. Sports, games, news, email, and just about everything else is available on Yahoo! Its buildings at the end of Mathilda Avenue are Bay Area icons and can be seen clearly from those driving on Highway 101.

NetApp: The former Network Appliances, NetApp is an industry leader in data storage devices and a Sunnyvale giant. It's also a great place to work, as noted in Fortune Magazine (rated top 10 best place to work for seven years in a row). NetApp has buildings around the world, but its headquarters is right in Sunnyvale on the appropriately named East Java Drive.

Applied Materials: It might be considered cheating to put Applied Materials in here, as their headquarters is in Santa Clara and their buildings are scattered worldwide. Still, Applied Materials -- a semiconductor giant, among other things -- has a significant footprint in Sunnyvale with more than 1,100 employees at its Sunnyvale offices. There's a good chance you'll meet someone who works at or has worked for Applied Materials when you go out in Sunnyvale, so that's why it makes this list.

Juniper Networks: Juniper Networks is a multi-billion dollar network hardware company. In other words, it's clearly a giant in the industry, and in fact, Fortune Magazine tabbed Juniper as fourth in its 2009 industry categories for most admired companies. There's a good chance you've used Juniper products without even realizing it, as their networking hardware (routers, switches, and more) has been used worldwide since 1996.

Lockheed Martin: Lockheed may not officially be considered part of the Silicon Valley motif, since they're an aerospace company. Still, Lockheed is a known innovator in many things, with their fingers in aerospace, electronic systems, communication, and information systems. While a lot of that goes into top-secret government work, you can be sure that the outcome has helped push technology forward -- and that's a key trait among Silicon Valley giants.

These five companies have more than 15,000 employees in their Sunnyvale offices. That's a lot of traffic -- and revenue -- for the city, and it's helped leave a significant footprint on what Sunnyvale stands for. To learn more, check out our links on local industries and job openings.

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