AT&T this week said it is planning to revamp its downtown Dallas headquarters to accommodate an influx of new hires.
The carrier said it is working with the city of Dallas on a blueprint to renovate its downtown headquarters and turn the area into a destination with greenspace, food, retail shops and free Wi-Fi.
According to AT&T, the area would be known as the AT&T Discovery District and would be an “urban-tech center” featuring shopping, dining and relaxation opportunities for employees, residents and visitors.
The carrier said it has already spent more than $100 million renovating the interior and exterior of its four-building headquarter complex, but noted additional work would help it accommodate an additional 1,500 employees. AT&T said it currently has around 5,700 people – including employees, executives and consultants – who work in its Dallas offices. The carrier is looking to boost that figure to 7,200, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
AT&T did not specify what departments the new hires would be working in.
“We added 500 people already this year, and we expect to add 1,500 more,” the spokeswoman said. “We (also) have more than 66,500 customers, business partners and community partners who visit us each year. This plan improves access for everyone, offers a vibrant and exciting environment to work, collaborate, and foster innovation and new ideas.”
As of June 30, 2016, AT&T said it had approximately 277,200 employees, up from 250,730 employees the year before.
The announcement follows news of a similar HQ and new hire bump at Sprint prepaid brand Virgin mobile earlier this year.
In July, the carrier announced it would shift its main offices closer to Sprint’s home base in Kansas City and hire approximately 50 new staff in a range of roles ahead of the brand’s relaunch.
Back in May, Verizon also said it would be taking on a number of additional employees as part of a new contract with striking union employees. The carrier agreed to hire an additional 1,400 workers, including 1,300 employees to staff East Coast call centers. Verizon, though, recently laid off an unspecified number of retail employees as part of its efforts to streamline workflow in its stores.
As of June 30, 2016, Verizon had 162,700 employees, down from 178,500 employees the year before. Approximately 9,300 Verizon employees in Florida, California and Texas left the company in the first half of this year when it closed its deal with Frontier Communications; the remaining 6,500 employees were lost through a combination of attrition through retirement and negotiations, a spokeswoman said.