While there has been a lot of buzz about Boston’s Innovation District and Cambridge with its Cambridge Innovation Center and major tech and pharma/biotech heavyweights, there is another city in Greater Boston that often falls under the radar for many young professionals – Waltham.
Waltham is a thriving and historic city hungry for talent. Many fast-growth companies are hiring and new grads, soon-to-be-grads and experienced professionals are flocking to the suburbs to further their career.
Here are five perks to working in Waltham, and why you should check it out:
Work at the Epicenter of Innovation
- Not many cities can claim being the center of the Industrial Revolution (okay, so London did and had a long song and dance about it during the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympic Games), but here in the US – it’s Waltham, boasting the first modern factory and is credited with staring the Industrial Revolution
- Also home to the Steampunk Movement, where imagination, history and ingenuity continues to be celebrated annually
Fill up on Quality Cuisine from Restaurant Row
- The Elephant Walk - Cambodian and French cuisine, a rare yet delicious fusion
- TEMPO – updated American fare at retro prices, per The Phantom Gourmet
- Watch City Brewing Company – a fine local brew with Watch City-inspired pub grub
- Solea – to satisfy any tapas cravings
- Il Capriccio – fine dining, outside of the city
Have the Convenience of Life’s Necessities in Close Proximity
- In Waltham, unlike Boston, you could run all your errands such as have your car fixed, pick up dry-cleaning, go grocery shopping and hit up the dentist all within a 10-15 minute drive of each other
- Live close to the city, and a fraction of the cost; new and modern apartments are popping up like crazy
Considering B-School? Some of the Nation’s Top Grad Schools are Conveniently in the Neighborhood
- Bentley – The Princeton Review named Bentley one of the nation’s Best Colleges and Universities and one of the "Best Northeastern Schools" for 2013
- Brandeis – Have big plans for working in business internationally? The Financial Times (for the second year in a row) ranked Brandeis’ Lemberg Masters degree in International Economics and Finance (MAief) as No. 1 in the U.S.
Hip, Innovative Companies are Growing – and Hiring
- Technology start-ups such as CloudLock and Actifio are just a couple that are growing like gangbusters, keeping an eye out for the best talent, and call Waltham home.
Gil Zimmermann is CEO of CloudLock, a cloud data security company headquartered in Waltham, MA.
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