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Modern HR Approach to a Tricky Software Engineers' Market
15 December 2011
Modern HR Approach to a Tricky Software Engineers' Market

Modern HR Approach to a Tricky Software Engineers' Market

Aurigas General Manager, Andrey Pronin, shared his views on recruiting and HR development practices, tips, and Auriga know-how in an exclusive interview with Software Russia.

Its a well-known fact that finding reliable and qualified software engineers has become a tricky task in todays modern world.  Whether you want to establish a high-tech start-up or just launch an innovative software product, finding great talent is all that matters at the end of the day. Consequently, youll need to grow your talent from scratch, poach it, or engage a software-services provider, like Auriga, that helps clients solve such issues. The abovementioned problem is global in naturewhether you are in the U.S., Europe, Russia, or India, it cannot be completely ignored. So how do outsourcing providers solve this recruiting task for themselves? Aurigas General Manager, Andrey Pronin, talks about the right recruiting processes, employee-development approaches, and labor-market trends in an interview with Software Russia.

Auriga is proud to be one of the best customer-rated service providers in the world. Providing such service requires engineers and managers that not only have the right technical skills, but also possess the right attitude and culture. Traditionally, we have preferred to take on more experienced employeesno matter whether they came to us from the labor pool or from another company. Currently, no more than 10 percent of our engineers have less than a years experience. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit people that possess the necessary technical skills, and who also match our corporate culture. So now, we are moving towards another model and looking for more junior staff with brief experience in other companies. In this case, we can not only provide them with necessary skills but also instill our approach to challenge handling, client interaction, and similar matters.

Besides the right attitude and culture, Auriga considers a sense of the development process as one of the most important skills in the modern R&D world. Usually, the term process is interpreted too narrowly, so I need to explain what I mean. Overall, we are talking about the ability to obtain new and relevant information quickly, to learn new systems, to understand unfamiliar architecture, and to compare multiple platforms in order to choose the best for the project. Obviously, proficiency in these practices comes with time, but the basic foundation should be laid during the initial training.

As the education system provides little help in teaching the students those essential skills, Auriga works on developing those qualities in freshers through the internal training system. Graduates of technical universities go through the initial training period, consisting of intensive courses focused on a specific engineering area, and working under the supervision of a formally assigned mentor, [this] takes about three months [...] the result of these efforts is just a good, junior-level engineer who can already be used in real-life projects, but who still has a long way to go.

In addition to the training courses offered by the company, English language proficiency is also something that Auriga looks for and then helps its employees develop. The knowledge of English is much better than it was seven to ten years ago. [] a basic level of English is obviously not enough, unless a person intends to stay at the junior level for years. As a part of its training program, Auriga partially subsidizes the cost of training, with the remainder being paid by the employee to encourage motivation. When someone invests their own moneyeven a small amountthey treat the process more seriously.

To read the entire article in English, please visit the Auriga web site.

About Auriga:

Auriga (www.auriga.com) is a software R&D and IT outsourcing services provider incorporated in the U.S. and operating development centers in Russia and Lithuania. The list of provided services covers all aspects of software product engineering for a broad range of knowledge areas from embedded and mobile software to enterprise and Web applications. Auriga combines top engineering talent with flexibility, cultural proximity to clients, and focuses on clients interests and convenience as its main driving strategy.

Founded in 1990, Auriga was the first Russian company to provide offshore/nearshore services to EU/US customers. Auriga is among top 10 outsourcing providers in Eastern Europe and Russia, and a worldwide leader in such services as R&D, OPD, software testing and QA, and such verticals as high-tech, healthcare, telecom. Auriga is constantly included in Global Services 100, Global Outsourcing 100, The Black Book of Outsourcing and other global industry ratings. The client list combines industry majors, leaders in their segments, and innovative start-ups, including IBM, Draeger Medical, LynuxWorks, Dialogic, Actel, BroadVision and many others.


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