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Specialized will hold job fair in Portland

Posted by on January 30th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

The big, happy, Specialized family. (Photo: Specialized)

This Saturday (2/2), Specialized Bicycle Components will hold a Job Fair at the Marriott City Center hotel in downtown Portland.

According the announcement sent to me by human resources rep Nicki Humphrey,

“The Recruiting team will be on hand to personally collect resumes, share detailed job descriptions, and answer questions about the exciting employment opportunities with Specialized… Coffee drinkers and dog lovers are encouraged to apply!!”

If you’ve always dreamed of working in the bike biz (and come on, who hasn’t!?) and wouldn’t mind relocating to sleepy and quaint Morgan Hill, California (south of San Jose), this could be your big shot.

Here are the details:

    Specialized Job Fair
    Saturday, February 2
    10-3:00 Marriott City Center
    520 SW Broadway

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    Stripes January 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Not sure Specialized would be my first choice of employer after that rather bizare \”cease and desist\” campaign not long ago. Still, I\’ll be the first to admit that gorgeous, warm California sunshine sure does sound pretty darn amazing on a grey, cold, wet, windy day like today! 😉

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    Torfinn January 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    So, they aren\’t going to be hiring for local Portland positions?

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    Joe January 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I lived in San Jose and just Norcal most of my life remember when Specialized was dinky, they really broke off into the market with high end stuff. I don\’t think i could move back to norcal again, Ca is a hard life these days.. Oregon really has some sweet life. 🙂 regardless of people complaining of the rain..

    how may parked cars do you need to jump to get the jobby?? hehe j/p

    Joe

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    Laura January 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Just don\’t bring your Stumptown Coffee Roasters cups into the room, or they might try to sue Duane!

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    Cyclist January 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I can\’t wait to meet the HR team from Specialized! I have heard nothing but great things about the company!!!!
    I have actually been to sunny Morgan Hill, CA. and I would pack up my bikes any day and take the move!

    I am SPECIALIZED….well at least hope to be 😉

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    jimmy January 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    no, I AM SPECIALIZED, not the corporation thriving on coerced labor and lax environmental restrictions. a litigious, crappy, innovate or die, concept store oriented, outsourced, feel good big ole S. very few companies have done for se asia labor issues what specialized has done. now we\’re letting them come to portland

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    jimmy January 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    F-U-S-B-C

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    mike January 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    are they trying to recruit all the guys who lost their jobs at mountain cycle when specialized bicycle corporation forced them out of business? over brand issues with the cross bike called the stumptown? and now they\’re recruiting in stumptown? wait…can\’t compute…system shutting down….

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    Just Me January 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    No wait, I AM SPECIALIZED. I stand on no moral high ground, so Im perfect for the job. I know how to get ahead in business. I, like Specialized, believe that you should sue the small bike brands. Sue them no matter what the truth or the legitimacy of the predicament. Afterall, if you have the money, you can swamp them in legal fees. You dont have to be right, you just have to have the money. Its a great way to get rid of competition… And with all the money they make taking advantage of poor children in China, they have what it takes…

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    Fritz January 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Wow…so many experts on the bike industry….what a bunch of twits.
    Go if you want, don\’t if you don\’t.

    I do know that they are working very hard, as most large importers of bike goods are, to come up to speed and higher standards on their corporate responsibility policies and practices.
    If you\’re so sure they\’re evil then you shouldn\’t buy their products. Simple no?

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    Daniel (teknotus) January 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Know anyplace I can get a stumptown sticker to put over the specialized logo on my bike? I would love to get a few bikes like that together for a photo.

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    Just Me January 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Fritz,
    yes, I do know the bike industry VERY well.
    Lets leave the personal name calling for the playground. Not a twit, just telling the truth…
    we are talking about more than responsibility and practices, we are talking about the intentions of the people who run the business. When you sue a company over something that you got called out for two years prior (forget the fact that Specialized was guilty of using the EXACT same name, not a VERY small veriation of one. also forget the fact that Specialized wouldnt even respond to the cease and desist letter they got til the news media was contacted) you shouldnt be throwing stones. Additionally, they are guilty of a lot more crappy stunts than just the Stumptown story.
    To be as successful as Specialized, is to give respect and courtesy back to those customers and healthy competitors that helped get you there. Apparently $900 million ,or whatever similar amount Specialized makes every year isnt enough. They have to be so greedy as to go after EVERY bit of income or competitive edge they can get no matter whether they legally deserve it. But then we go back to the idea that if you can out-fund someone you dont even have to make it to the court system to prove legitimacy. Specialized has proven more than once that they are right, because they have money….

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    ben capron January 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I can\’t believe I worked for these guys.

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    Madeline January 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Get over it and get informed! Specialized is not the first company to trademark a name and it would appear Stumptown Coffee Roasters has done just fine. Maybe they should have tried to be more creative when choosing a business name.

    Some of you must be suffering from seasonal affect disorder; get out and ride more. If you\’re not intersted, don\’t show up. There is a reason Specialized is an industry leader and they support many positive green initiatives. If you think you\’re riding a bike that was not manufactured in Asia than start walking.

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    mike January 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Madeline…maybe you should check out NAHBS! It will be taking place in Portland, OR Feb 8-10. Guess what NAHBS stands for – North American Handmade Bicycle Show! That\’s right, none of the featured bicycles were built in Asia? Yes, there are alternatives to Specialized, yes, Stumptown is an alternative to Folgers. I\’m begging you to \”Get over it\” (your love for Specialized) and \”Get informed!\”

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    Jingo January 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Hello Madeline. Actually, none of the 8 or 9 bikes in our house are made anywhere but the US. Express your opinions about Specialized – perhaps they do some good things – but please refrain from asserting you know more about my bikes than I. Thanks!

    Oh, by the way – you might need to take your own advice. The \’Stumptown\’ issue has nothing to do with coffee.

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    Just Me January 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Madeline,
    work for a Specialized dealer???
    same thing to you I said to Fritz, why the personal attacks? lets speak about real issues.
    the thing is, Specialized didnt trademark Stumptown. Actually, come to think of it, they didnt trademark Stumpjumper. And last I knew, those weren\’t the same names. However, three years ago when Transition Bikes sent Specialized a cease and desist letter for using the name \”Transition\” in their triathlon bike lineup, Specialized wouldnt even respond to Transition. When asked by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News what the story was, Specialized said, \”obviously they are different bikes, we dont see why we cant peacefully co-exist.\” So, why wouldnt Specialized peacefully co-exist with Mtn Cycle over the Stumptown name, especially when they werent sharing the same name? Furthermore Mtn Cycle was using a name that is public domain.
    Specialized may be supporting green initiatives, but who isnt these days? I only have to wonder if their motivation mightve been to cover up the bad press they were getting. Pretty good timing if not…..

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    Michael R January 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Relocate to San Jose? Not a chance.

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    ian January 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Madeline, you might want to do a little research before you start spouting off. by the way the bikes in my house were made in Portland, Santa Cruz, CA and Waterford, WI, not China.

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    kyle January 30, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    It\’s sad there is so much animosity directed at one another when we all clearly love the same sport/pastime. I think there are more important issues to get upset about than a bike company coming to Portland to pitch their jobs.

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    Jamie January 30, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Kyle,
    I think that is the point that is trying to be made. why does Specialized do negative things towards others when they have so much to be thankful for? Especially when they litigate over frivolous issues. Its just causing unwarranted troubles within a feel-good industry that is made up of positive people trying to do good things in many ways.

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    Bike-a-lot January 30, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    \”feel-good industry\”??! That\’s an oxymoron; industry is war–man vs. man on the socio-economic battlefield, which obviously negates friendship, and any warm fuzzy feelings. Do you think that just because you are at peace on a bicycle also means that that serenity extends into the market-place which forged the device? You have some serious homework to do, because such wolfish behavior actually makes-up the history of the industry, and such competition has also lead to many advances in the mechanics of the bike.
    (Read-up on Colonel Pope, for just one example…) It still angers me that SPZD put under an independent, locally owned & run buisness, and I certainly wouldn\’t work for them, but that\’s–unfortunately–the nature of a Capitalistic beast…

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    gabriel amadeus January 31, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I\’m very glad to see we haven\’t forgotten that idiot move on specialized\’s part. Way to go to Portland, support local!

    Besides, I never liked anything about their bikes.

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    Annoyed! January 31, 2008 at 10:36 am

    You all need to GET OVER IT!!!
    Rock on Specialized!

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    Jerrod January 31, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I doubt your average paying job with them will allow you to afford a house in Morgan Hill.

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    Patrick January 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Daniel,
    Cyclepath has:
    \”I\’d rather push my Stumptown than ride a Stumpjumper\” Stickers.

    They\’d be more than happy to give you one for your rig.

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    Evan January 31, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I\’d like to work in their warranty department. That way I could sit around all day and do NOTHING. Just like David Spade in those TV commercials where he just says no to everybody.

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    jeff January 31, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    One thing is for sure – Specialized\’s commercial with Paolo Bettini is awesome.

    San Jose? No way! 🙂

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    jamie January 31, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    support local. Madeline and Fritz – go get a job with douchelized, leave portland and don\’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

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    broMan January 31, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    It\’s too bad that specialized put Mtn Cycles out of business.

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    T-rex January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    If any of you do happen to move to Morgan Hill, just don\’t let your children drink the water. It used to be a munitions dumping ground and the water is laced with toxins. I have 3 family members who, having lived there, got cancer… just beware.

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    Jack January 31, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    All you Oreganians need to stop dwelling on the PAST.
    Copyrights, Trademarks and building a better product is all part of a sucessful business. If you don\’t support Specialized then don\’t buy it and quit your bitching; go play in the rain!

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    Anonymous January 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I think it was lame that Specialized put the screws on Mountain Cycle, too, but weren\’t they already owned by Kinesis at that point? Doesn\’t excuse that pointless litigation, but it might make it a bit less of a \”global vs. local\” issue.

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    David Feldman February 1, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Remember that Specialized puts a lot of money and energy into bike advocacy, trail preservation, race sponsorship, etc. And remember that when you talk about a big corporation in the bicycle industry, you are talking about a goldfish in the shark tank by comparison to most other US based businesses!

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    steve February 1, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Also remember that Giant produces virtually all Specialized bikes.

    Not so special anymore, huh?

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    Jamie February 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    David,
    I dont go excusing a company for nasty things they do because they back it up with a few nice things. this sort of behavior only makes a person question whether they are doing the good stuff to offset any negative PR they get. Im sure for Specialized they are doing trail maintenance and sponsorship almost solely because its good business sense. And lets face it, most companies in the industry give back in many ways, but not all of them make sure their face is plastered on every square inch of the event. I think its giving when you dont try and gain something from it that shows good intention.

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    rachel February 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    so much hatred in portland. must be reallllly boring there.

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    Jim February 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    It is sad that people who love the same sport have so much hatred for a brand that has done so much good for the world of cycling!
    You all need to remember……SAME TEAM!

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    Jim Bo February 1, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    It is sad that people who love the same sport have so much hatred for a brand that has done so much good for the world of cycling!
    You all need to remember……SAME TEAM!!!!!

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    Jamie February 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    I mutilated that last sentence. I meant to say; giving while youre not at the same time trying to gain something shows true good intention. otherwise its really just advertising. its tax deductable and ultimately the public pays for it in taxes and the cost of goods sold.

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    Nelson Muntz February 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    How many bikes are truly local to begin with? What defines \”local\” or \”domestic\” these days? Considering most high quality tubing, carbon fiber, groups, and components are made by overseas producers, does an American wheelset, headset, bearings or an American doing the frame welding suddenly make a bike \”local\” and therefore morally and environmentally superior?

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    Jamie February 1, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    when Specialized acts over and over again with hatred instead of good sportsmanship, yes they deserve to be called out. complacency is getting the better of you people who want to believe Specialized is this wonderful brand. I give respect to those that deserve it, not those that act maliciously every chance they get. if you think they are such a wonderful brand youre not paying attention! vote with your dollar. tell these strongarm big companies you want them to act fair and do business with morals and integrity. earn the business by having a good product, not by bullying competitors out of the market because they cant afford the frivolous lawsuits you subject them to.

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    Jonathan Maus (Editor) February 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I just want everyone to know that the comments from \”Rachel\” \”jim\” and \”jimbo\” above are coming from the exact same I.P. address.

    whoever that commenter is, please refrain from making up fake screen names. thanks.

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    Anonymous February 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    When Specialized acts over and over again with hatred instead of good sportsmanship, yes they deserve to be called out. complacency is getting the better of you people who want to believe Specialized is this wonderful brand. I give respect to those that deserve it, not those that act maliciously every chance they get. if you think they are such a wonderful brand youre not paying attention! vote with your dollar. tell these strongarm big companies you want them to act fair and do business with morals and integrity. earn the business by having a good product, not by bullying competitors out of the market because they cant afford the frivolous lawsuits you subject them to.

    Nelson, go to NAHBS next weekend and find out for yourself. Yes, there is something called locally manufactured. but you have to do your research. It takes effort to be what Id call a good consumer, but yes, it does make a difference. You help develop a living wage for an individual doing something she/he\’s is passionate about, you put less pollution into the atmosphere by not trekking things across the world, you keep your dollar local and that has an amazing rebound effect on our economy, you help keep business and politics seperate, you give money to someone that is buying his materials locally and is more than likely buying local items in his personal life. It makes a huge difference. the reason so many things things are falling apart in our world, such as the economy and our environment is because we deal with companies that dont care for anything but the money they make and where they can go to get their products built cheap so they can make even more money. Nelson, when you give Specialized your dollar (or others such as them) you take one more step away from having that local product and the great benifits that come along with it. Dont buy that local product so you can go around taking a high stance, buy it because of what it represents. I guarantee you it makes a difference.

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    Jamie February 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Nelson, go to NAHBS next weekend and find out for yourself. Yes, there is something called locally manufactured. but you have to do your research. It takes effort to be what Id call a good consumer, but yes, it does make a difference. You help develop a living wage for an individual doing something she/he\’s is passionate about, you put less pollution into the atmosphere by not trekking things across the world, you keep your dollar local and that has an amazing rebound effect on our economy, you help keep business and politics seperate, you give money to someone that is buying his materials locally and is more than likely buying local items in his personal life. It makes a huge difference. the reason so many things things are falling apart in our world, such as the economy and our environment is because we deal with companies that dont care for anything but the money they make and where they can go to get their products built cheap so they can make even more money. Nelson, when you give Specialized your dollar (or others such as them) you take one more step away from having that local product and the great benifits that come along with it. Dont buy that local product so you can go around taking a high stance, buy it because of what it represents. I guarantee you it makes a difference.

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    Jamie February 1, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    sorry about my last couple of posts. there have been weird things going on with the connection when I submit. So, the large anonymous post was mine and was the complete post of what I thought got hacked in two

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    Jamie February 1, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Jonathan
    in terms of the IP address issue, there is always the possibility that two people are sharing the same computer…

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