Three years ago I accepted a job at Nearsoft. What I didn’t know then, was that the “worst” was yet to come.
If you’re like me, you are coming from a more traditional office environment. With the new job I was excited about the pay increase and the flexible schedule. (Yes! No more early mornings, night owls. No more working late at night, early birds.) That’s all good and well, but I also found a lot of scary stuff around here.
The first 30 years of adolescence are the most difficult ones.
You’ll Be Treated Like an Adult
Nearsoft’s culture is all about being responsible, you are your own boss.
Its culture doesn’t make you feel like a disposable employee but it encourages you to be self-managed and self-disciplined. You have to learn how to administer your time, how to start projects from scratch, how to build good relationships, and how to grow your team.
You have to own your projects.
Feedback is the breakfast of champions
Continuous Two-way Feedback
Nearsoft is all about being self-critical. We help one another learn this skill.
We are constantly giving and receiving feedback and you don’t have to schedule something formal to give feedback to your peers.
We do have two formal, peer-driven performance reviews twice a year. Your team will let you know about what you’re missing in order to accomplish your goals; they will also give you recognition for the things you’ve accomplished. At the end of these feedback sessions we set ambitious goals for the upcoming months (and yes, everything gets written down).
We hold each other accountable, so the goals that aren’t accomplished will haunt you for the rest of your days, like unaccomplished goals tend to do.
Saying I can’t or I don’t know isn’t received well
No More Alibis
Nearsoft encourages you to make mistakes, so you can learn.
There are no more “I don’t knows” allowed, but a “let me give it a try, I’m sure I can learn” will do nicely.
We’re encouraged to learn new technical stacks and to experiment with trending topics like Machine Learning, VR, AI, and IoT among others.
We’re also challenged with non-technical activities such as dancing lessons, gaming contests, communication classes, English classes, psychotherapy sessions, and running clubs.
The more you practice, the less your fear of failure, and the more confident you are to start something from scratch.
Leadership development is self-development
Don’t Expect Someone to Tell You What to Do
Whether you are a natural born leader or tend to be a follower, the culture at Nearsoft will take you out of your comfort zone.
As you watch your teammates gain exposure, give workshops and talks around the world, work back to back with famous devs and speakers, contribute to Open Source, and experiment over and over with new ideas and technologies, it’s easy to get swept up in the company momentum.
It’s true that it may take some time for the Nearsoft’s seed to grow inside you, but before you know it, you will be part of it.
Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
The trade off is that along the road you get to work with people from different cultures, many product owners, managers, Scrum Masters, designers, developers, etc.
If you are smart enough to take advantage of it, you’re provided with a lot of opportunities to learn and to come up with your own, smarter way of doing things.
These days, software devs are on high demand. Having experience working with clients in Silicon Valley and from all over the United States helps make you a good candidate for almost any job anywhere in the world.
Why I Stayed
While some may have chosen to leave for more money, I’ve come to value the technical and soft skills that I have acquired in the continuous learning environment that is this Nearsoft. Here I am simultaneously a teacher and a student. This is worth more to me now than triple the amount of money that I earn.