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Xored exists for 10 years, and during these years we can say that we learned how to hire engineers:
- 24 employees on Jan 1st, 2013
- 42 employees on Jan 1st, 2014
- 75 employees on Jan 1st, 2015
…and build very capable Engineering Teams. In our company developers are responsible for technological choice, for tools and processes in their projects. They communicate with customers by themselves. We call it semi-autonomous engineering teams. It’s time to build Software Engineering companies around the world, relatively stable structures around 80 employees per location (office). New territories with a lot of talented engineers become essential to keep growing. So, we’re opening a new office in the Czech Republic.
Will the Prague office differ from the Russian one somehow? And what specialists do we need there? One of our Vice Presidents of Engineering Ruslan Mustakov will answer to all these questions. Ruslan and his team are the first to go to Prague and build Xored there. He is going to lead the office in Prague and he is especially interested in hiring new employees who have ability and desire to relocate to Prague from Brno or Europe.
Ruslan’s career is really interesting and inspiring. In less than 3 years, he has worked his way up from intern to vice president. Thanks to his efforts and ideas, our company has new ways to expand. We think that Ruslan’s story is not just an example of a career advancement system at Xored. It is an example of how people can move this system forward.
Office in Prague – impressive. How will the company develop in this direction?
We are inspired people. And our inspiration brought us to Europe. It is the first step in conquering the world. The software world, I mean :)
It will be a set of teams that work on different projects for different customers. We don’t want to separate ideologically or functionally the Prague office from the one in Russia. It will have the same structure, the same corporate culture. I’m sure that there are a lot of good software engineers in the Czech Republic who can become a part of Xored’s team and develop it.
We’re looking for software engineers who have willingness to take advantage of future growth and opportunities to impact on information technology in general. In my opinion, if a person has a good basis from the university and is inspired by software engineering, it will be easy for him or her to succeed.
What does career advancement at Xored depend on?
Firstly, on your progress. Your team lead, as a person who has been working with a big number of engineers, evaluates your growth in contrast with other software engineers. Xored creates a special atmosphere for junior software engineers to grow, learn and improve their skills. We build very capable semi-autonomous engineering teams. Programmers can move among these teams in order to get experience in different fields.
We’re not a typical service company blindly performing tasks for customers, we’re innovating in many areas, like Tooling, Programming languages, Databases, different frameworks and other cool stuff done in the past years.
Talking about the atmosphere, I must say that in Xored we have warm relationships within the collective. We have adequate deadlines and team leads always help and guide engineers, so you won’t get stuck on one task. That’s why I’m sure that junior software engineers have great opportunities for career advancement in Xored. Besides, we offer an excellent salary depending on the professional level.
What about you? How did you get the job at Xored?
At the beginning of the 4th grade, I decided to make up a profile in a professional social network. I didn’t have much to write there except for the basic things that I’d learned, and the fact that I was going to graduate from university with honors. Surprisingly, two days later I was invited to a job interview at Xored. The head hunter from Xored told me that they were looking for young specialists who could improve their skills and become good software engineers.
To prepare myself for the interview, I read the company blog and realized that Xored had extraordinary thoughts about software engineering. And it cardinally differed from what I was used to. Everybody expressed their opinion openly, I really liked that. I understood that I had to do my best to get the job. The day after the interview they hired me as an intern.
It is important to say that Xored has an innovative environment where programmers can learn and grow. Xored’s culture pushes you to apply your knowledge and further develop the concepts you have learned while solving and challenging real problems.
How come that you are the youngest employee in the company to become a VP in three (!!!) years?
Two years and three months, actually :) At first I worked on small proof-of-concept projects by myself, then I entered a team that worked with a particular customer – Spirent. Moving to another level is always associated with growing responsibility and leaving your comfort zone. If you understand it, you deliver a very qualitative result. So our customers were highly satisfied. And in a year I became a team lead. It is a great feeling when you know how to make a product from the very beginning till the end, from the idea till the sensible result, which you pass to the customer. And, what is more, you know how to help your team to achieve the best result.
It’s good that at Xored your growth is obvious to your colleagues and your team lead. And that’s how you get the promotion. That’s how I started to not just lead a single team, but to oversee multiple teams and became a VP.
Xored for you is…?
Xored is… great! It is a place where my work is appreciated. A company, where I can self-realize my potential. It’s my dream job.
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