In the corporate sector, having a healthy work culture is more important than ever. Especially, for IT companies, a good work environment is one where developers and engineers rally around common goals; high-quality output, improving continuously and having fun at work.
Based on research, a whopping 3rd of all employees plan to quit their job after 12 months and the three primary reasons identified are unfair compensation, too much overtime, and unreasonable workload. In simple terms, a bad work environment.
No matter whether you are an employer or an employee, a healthy work culture helps both to achieve a bright future as well as in career growth without disturbing work-life balance.
In this blog post, we are going to cover some tips that you should follow before joining your next IT company as a software engineer.
Skill Development and Training Policy
Employee training and development has been a principal area of discussion among software engineers while looking for a new job.
With the starting of the digital revolution, things are changing more quickly than ever and if you don’t keep up, your skills can be obsolete in about 3 years and job opportunities start closing off for you.
As a software developer, you would be spending at least 40 hrs/week working with the same tech, and probably won’t have a lot of spare time to learn and upgrade your skills or learning new language and frameworks.
Always prefer to choose a company that has a training and skill development policy to emphasize skill development and has a strong focus on new-age technologies.
Before starting with this point, Let’s understand the Pareto Principle?
Pareto Principle states that for many outcomes roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of the causes (the “vital few”).
Following this principle, 80% of employees will consider work as something they do between 09:00 am to 05:00 pm. The rest 20% will invest time and energy in developing new skills beyond this 9 to 5 limit. Here, companies can decide either to foster employee development or neglect it.
Let’s understand this with an example:
A developer was selected to speak at a premier web and mobile development conference.
The company director supported him by paying all his expenses for the conference and later rewarded him in front of everyone to recognize the time and effort he invested to master the skill.
A developer was selected to speak at the largest conference on ever-changing IT Trends.
To speak at this five-day conference, the company gave her just two days paid off. The conference covered her trip expenses, but she paid for the hotel and food.
By comparing these two instances, you will get a clear idea about the company culture. So, when you are looking for a software engineer job, make sure to do a background research about the company culture and whether or not they invest in employees’ development.
Work Flow and Quality Control
Quality Assurance (QA) is an instrumental part of a software development life cycle. QA ensures that the code is bug-free and none of the bugs goes undetected.
Usually, companies have a dedicated QA team and a Version Control System workflow (VCS) but some of the IT companies take this as an opportunity to save company expenses and do not hire QA staff. As a result, the programmers have to test their own codes. This results in a significant reduction in code quality and increases the chances of app failure in the production stage.
Let’s take an example for this as well.
Suppose a software release was pushed to production without testing. The updated code resulted in a website crash. Luckily, the website was rolled back because developers have backups.
The real problem, however, starts when the team lead and the entire team have to work overnight for several days to find the bug and fix it ASAP. Eventually, it results in a poor work-life balance, conflict of thoughts inside the team, and negatively impacts the team work spirit.
So, when interviewing with a company, always talk to a developer and ask about the QA process, workflow management, and some of the instances when a bug was reported in the production code how they fixed it.
In simple terms, work-life balance is a comfortable state of equilibrium between the professional and personal responsibilities of a working professional.
Always ask the interviewer about the benefits the company provides in terms of vacation, leave policy in-case of an exigency, etc.
The leadership and work environment of a company reflects the work culture within a company. No matter whether you are experienced or a fresher, your one decision can make or break your career. The points mentioned in this blog will help you to broadly evaluate the working culture of a company so that you can decide if it aligns with your career goals or not and make a better choice.
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Why Join Us?
- Mediclaim & Group Life Insurance Policy
- Leave Travel Allowance Policy
- Training Reimbursement Policy
- Open Work Culture to promote the overall growth of employees
- Fun Corporate Team-Building Activities
- Regular Training & Certification programs for Skill-Development
- Breakfast & Snacks on the house