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Dmitry Korotkov

Join @UpTeam

At UpTeam, we’ve built a global technology accelerator where great engineers and software developers can do their best work together, side by side with others just like them. Our global reputation and track record means we work on the frontiers of both software technologies and development practices. Our project teams collaborate hand-in-hand with top engineering experts from top technology companies: from giants like Amazon, Microsoft, GE to a broad spectrum of the latest venture-funded startups out of Silicon Valley.

UpTeam welcomes professionals at different levels. We have grown by bringing together engineers who want to grow their professional future.

Our project teams are led by experienced tech and startup execs. These are projects that need both proven and high-potential devs to solve problems and figure out ways to turn new software ideas into reality in the long run. These are not temporary freelance gigs or invisible maintenance backlog tasks for old applications. 

Each successful project we complete grows into new projects and new opportunities. Your direct contributions to a prior product effort set us all up to work together to tackle the next one. As an UpTeamer, you grow your career by rolling forward into these new development initiatives. 

The foundation of our success at UpTeam is how we find and cultivate great devs and software engineers. We look for people who have solid English language skills and are driven to collaborate. We’re less concerned about where you live or what language you speak at home. 

People who thrive at UpTeam are committed to making the best of their career. They are committed and motivated to work with the biggest systems and the most interesting projects, working together as part of a worldwide team. We think that could be you. 

Ready to take on commitment? Think you have the talent, the drive, and the appetite? Let’s connect. Here’s how.

The Resume

Submitting your resume is the first step to joining us at UpTeam. We want you to give us a well-rounded view of you as a candidate. It helps us understand where your skills can be best applied, either for this role or the next. 

Everyone wants to put their best foot forward with your resume,  which we understand can be stressful. Let’s look at what we’ve learned to make your CV writing exercise productive rather than painful. 

  • Making it easy
  • Being specific and focused
  • Linking coding accounts
  • Principles and best practices
  • Transparency

Making it easy 

Your information should be presented in a detailed yet easy to find way to make sure that you stand out to our tech talent specialists, your technical peers, and hiring managers looking for  talent that best fits the team and the project. 

Let’s start with the basics of what not to do. Weak resumes are poorly formatted, have missing information, or are too vague and general in describing a candidate’s experience. 

Instead, let the document talk about you in a way that feels right to your most trusted colleagues . Your readers are technology leaders and software engineers (even our CEO is an engineer) and technical talent specialists. These are people who code themselves, understand every word you put in your resume, and in most cases are as familiar with the context of your work as you are. 

Being specific and focused

The twin pillars of any useful technical resume are skills and professional experience. Here’s how to make it solid. 

Skills: When creating your resume, it might seem like a good idea to list every technology, language, and skill that you’ve encountered. Not a great idea. It can come off as unfocused, and creates way too much clutter for any recruiters to want to read. Instead, make sure your key skills and technologies are included in your summary and past experiences. These are areas you’re comfortable in and want to work in, so make them transparent

Experience: Be specific about the development work that was actually done by you. Don’t just say “built a mobile iOs app”. Describe your team, your process, skills or languages you used, and try to include quantifiable measures in your descriptions. These additional details help add personality and give recruiters a sense of who you are. This also makes the interview a lot easier for you and the talent manager. By being detailed and specific, you’ve already done some of the prep work for your interview. Your interviewer can now use the points on your resume as a map to guide the interview. This will help ease some of those pre-interview jitters since it gives you some control over what happens in the interview. 

Link coding accounts 

Just like graphic designers use portfolios, developers can use Github, Bitbucket, and Stack Overflow accounts to showcase their talents. Got any of these in your work history?  We want to know if you contribute to open source projects, or have any kind of online presence that helps with your application, so be sure to add those links to your resume. If you don’t have any of these accounts, we recommend you make them and keep them up to date. We generally look to see some real examples of your code before scheduling an interview with you. 

If you have any apps that you’ve worked on in the app store, include the links to them. Same goes for any websites you’ve worked on (be sure to include working URLs!). Also, don’t forget to add a short description of what your role was and exactly what you did for these projects. 

Principles and Best Practices 

To help make yourself stand out, indicate how you’ve applied widely accepted best practices principles in your work (for example, SOLID). We want you to demonstrate that you know how to implement design patterns, lint your code, and share ownership. Any software engineering principles you have used, make sure they are presented throughout your resume. It shows the recruiter that you’ve developed good habits and that you have a more in-depth knowledge of software engineering. 

Transparency

When it comes time to decide if you are the best candidate for the position, we will combine your resume and the conversations we had during interviews to evaluate if you had the necessary aptitude for learning and relearning.

We have many open positions and we look holistically at each candidate, evaluating his or her value to the company long-term, both for your first project and the next. The conversation will be focused on team interaction and how well you can communicate about working and problem-solving.  

Last but not least (please don’t be insulted, but this is really important): be completely transparent about your skills and experiences. If you put on your resume something that you can’t present to our tech experts, it will cast shade on the rest of your great experience.  

Nobody knows everything. The best resumes describe real time spent and real problems solved in objective terms. That helps us understand what you have done and what you can do, both when we read it and when we discuss it together.

First UpTeam interview 

You’ve submitted your resume and heard back from us that we want to talk. Great! Let’s get ready  for what’s next.

Your first UpTeam first interview is a video chat with one of our tech talent specialists. We want to tell you a bit more about the company and the position that you are applying for. This will help us both understand if this is a good fit. 

  • Our process
  • Remote interviews
  • A proper environment
  • Prepare video & tech setup
  • Dress for success
  • Example questions

Our process

UpTeam’s hiring process differs from other companies as we’ve sped up the process from weeks to days. We appreciate candidates who are responsive and decisive as we work through the process together. It really helps us with finding the best match. Even if you don’t get a second callback for this role, the answers you give during your interview may set you up with other roles in the future. 

Remote interviews

Making a great first impression is not reserved for on-site interviews. The process itself is essentially the same as in-person interviews, and staying engaged through the video call is a great indicator of how quickly you can adapt to our work culture. Discussing qualifications while demonstrating good conversation skills and strong levels of confidence are all still essential.

Pick a proper interview environment

It’s important to be in an environment where you feel comfortable and are able to focus with no distractions. Find a quiet place where neither you nor your interviewer will be distracted by your environment. 

We don’t suggest doing your interview in a crowded place like a Starbucks, or in a common area where your interviewer can see your housemates making themselves lunch in the background (In the long run it’s inevitable to have an interruption in a conference call, but do everything you can to avoid it during the interview process).  

Prepare video & tech setup

Video calls are our default with pretty much everyone we work with, inside or outside the company. At UpTeam we use Zoom, Slack, and GMeet. So our tech talent team and hiring managers are used to meeting candidates via video calls. 

We recommend using the camera on your laptop instead of a phone or tablet. When preparing for the interview, double check that you are well-lit and can be seen in your front-facing camera. During a remote interview, it can be difficult to keep eye contact with the interviewer, so make sure that the interviewer can clearly see your full face. 

You really want to avoid that last minute scramble before your interview when you realize your setup is not ready for live broadcast.  Make sure you have the following:

  • Good WiFi
  • Clear video quality
  • Good quality headphones with a built in microphone (to minimize echo) 
  • Your computer is charged or charging
  • You are registered for Zoom, GMeet, or whichever digital platform your interview will be conducted on

Dress for success

Even though you may be doing your interview from the comfort of your own home, avoid getting a little too comfortable, by wearing pajamas or an old t-shirt. Dress the same way you would for an in-person interview. It will make you feel more prepared and professional.

Example questions 

OK, now you’re ready. What are we talking about? 

  • Could you describe your work experience with {technology XYZ}? 
  • Briefly describe the architecture of your last project. What worked well and what could be done better.
  • Can you give an example of a tough technical challenge you faced and how you solved it?
  • Have you worked remotely in past positions?
  • What are you looking for in a new role? 
  • When would you be available to start?
  • What range of salary are you looking for? 

We can’t promise that there will be no unexpected questions in this first conversation, but we’re not here to spring surprises on you. Practice and be prepared, and it will be a good experience. 

UpTeam Technical Interview Prep

Congratulations, you’ve made the shortlist for the UpTeam Technical Interview! To help ease your interview nerves (don’t worry, everyone has them), we’ve created a few simple guidelines to follow when preparing for your technical interview. For general remote interviewing tips, check out Preparing for your First UpTeam Interview above.

  • Interview structure
  • The UpTeam exercises
  • Practice
  • Do Your homework 

Interview structure

Here’s how the process works at UpTeam. 

  • You’ll be assigned a series of short exercises,  and will present your responses by Zoom video conference. This process assures authenticity and provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your presentation skills. 
  • Be prepared for several 1-2 hour video interviews with the hiring manager as well as peer development experts. 

Each technical interview is conducted by a professional like you who has been through the Upteam interview circuit before. They know what it’s like and are ready to have an open and friendly conversation with their future colleagues. At any point during the interview don’t hesitate to ask for a 5 minute break. Chances are, your future colleagues will appreciate it as well! 

Also, you should expect to interview with more than one technical peer or technical manager.  It’s a good idea to take some notes right after each interview, for your own reference while it’s fresh in your mind, about other things you might want to think about for the next interview. 

Complete the UpTeam exercises 

For any position you apply for, you’ll receive a series of exercises to complete before the interview. These aren’t meant to be arbitrarily complicated or time consuming brain teasers, but are an important part of our process here at UpTeam. Expect something more like a set of open questions or small coding exercises that take anywhere between 45 to 90 minutes to complete. 

To complete them, feel free to use any online materials you like. When we talk, what’s most important for us is to understand your approach. We care more about understanding your thought process rather than focusing on perfect compiled code or prize-winning algorithm optimization.

What matters most  is that the exercises give us a common subject to talk about during the interview. We want this to be an experience that feels like colleagues discussing technical problems. Small talk is fine as an ice-breaker to get the conversational juices flowing, but we want to make the best use of your time and ours.

Practice out loud

One of the ways to combat pre-interview jitters is to practice. Practice talking in depth about how you can solve a problem. Try to find someone to practice with who is a good listener. It almost doesn’t matter if they are more technical than you. When answering a question, feel free to pause for a few seconds and prepare what you’re going to say. We want to see how you think and how you might explain your solution to a technical peer. 

You can even practice by recording yourself going over the exercises and playing it back to get an idea of things to improve before the actual interview. This will also allow you to test your tech to avoid any technical problems during your actual interview. 

Do your homework

Don’t forget that remote technical interviews are still the same as in-person ones. Interviewing advice still applies, and we encourage you to prepare for a virtual technical interview the same way you would for an in-person interview. Set up in a comfortable environment for both you and your interviewers, and be prepared to code. Do your research before the interview. 

Just as in your first interview, remember to dress professionally to put yourself in the right state of mind for your remote interview.

We recommend preparing a list of questions in advance so you have one less thing to worry about during your interview. Don’t be shy. We want to know what you want to know because it’s a good indication of your fit for the team.

Join: FAQs

A lot of UpTeam applicants have had the same questions you may have, so we’ve compiled a list here. Have other questions or comments? Send it to us here, and out tech talent specialists will answer them as soon as possible.  

  1. If I applied for a certain position, how quickly should I expect a reply? 
  • We typically reply to applications that are submitted within three business days.  We’ll either let you know if we think you could be a fit for this position with scheduling follow-on interviews.
  1. What’s it like to work at UpTeam? 
  • Take a look at the descriptions of our UpTeam centralized/remote culture. Read up on what we do to put trust, collaboration, communication, and the company-wide support of shared goals.
  • At UpTeam there’s plenty of ways to make progress on career development, developing your professional skills, and leaning to career momentum.
  1. What should I prepare? 
  • CV. Take a look at the sections above on what we recommend including in your resume to make the hiring process smoother for both you and our tech talent specialists. 
  • Cover letter, etc. We value hearing from you about why working at UpTeam would be interesting for you and what your expectations are. We want to get to know our applicants to help us build conversations and make the recruiting process easier for both you and our talent team.
    • Video. In place of a cover letter, upload a short introductory video telling us about yourself and what you are looking to gain from this position. Feel free to take full creative control, we’d like to get to know you better!
    • Introduction. We want to “start a conversation” with you! Describe your dream job as well as what you would like to achieve in 1 year. 
  • English. Get ready to speak English with tech colleagues. When your level of English allows you to participate in conference calls with US colleagues, you will feel comfortable being part of our team. Most of our colleagues come from different countries where English is their second language, so don’t worry, you don’t have to be Shakespeare!
  1. How should I prepare for UpTeam’s remote interviews?
  1. What happened to my application for the UpTeam community? 
  • We are always looking to expand our team and constantly have new positions opening up. Whether our conversations end in a job offer or not, we definitely want to stay in touch. Whenever a matching position opens up, our tech talent specialists will reach out to start the next conversation with you. 
  1. I got an offer! How do things work once I start?  
  • Congratulations! Once you join UpTeam, our onboarding process gets you up to speed within the first three months. Here’s a quick overview of our onboarding process:
    • Paperwork. After you sign your offer, we start our internal procedure for preparing formalities (registration, adding you to payroll and benefits,  providing hardware, etc.) 
    • Pre-Onboarding Chat. This is a quick 30 minute video conference with your Project Lead and Team Lead where they’ll give you some details about our stack, share what’s useful to review before studying, and answer any questions you might have. 
    • First Day Welcome. Your first day at UpTeam is when you get introduced to a bunch of things: your team, our processes, communications, our leadership team, professional opportunities, future plans, etc. 
    • First 90 days. Intros are done, time to get to work! You’ll connect you up with the project, your deliverables for each sprint, day to day problem solving,  stand-ups,  commits,  pull requests, taking part in discussions with the client you work for over daily video concalls, and more.
    • Interim Syncs. As a new employee, you’ll have monthly meetings to get up to date and resolve any issues or questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to your team members with questions at any time! 
    • Graduation. After your first 3 months, you’ll get the chance to sync with us and share detailed feedback, discuss ideas, professional development, and do a general overview of your onboarding process.

Work @UpTeam

Our project teams include devs as many as ten time zones apart. We have long succeeded without everyone in the same place at the same time. That’s because we have honed both the art and science of combining local teamwork with distributed collaboration. 

UpTeam’s unique Centralized/Distributed model is our secret sauce. It bridges global talent with global opportunity. Our model works by carefully calibrating the right mix of communication tools, collaborative processes, and culture to fit each project team. 

Communications and cadence are key pillars for the centralized/distributed model. Each day combines both live and asynchronous, from Zoom to Slack channels: it’s where all remote team members share their progress. 

Offices feature a dedicated co-working setup, streamlining office type work, in-person brainstorming, casual socializing, meetups, and more. Up to half of our employees do not go into the office daily, with many mainly remote for 5 years and more. Naturally, they appreciate the flexibility (and freedom from commute hassles). For those whom a home office is not always ideal, we support local nearby co-working spots near you; don’t be surprised if you run into one or more of your colleagues there.

That said, all of our employees appreciate the chance to get face-to-face with their colleagues. On a regular basis, remote employees who work on the same project team will travel for a working visit to one of our centralized offices (expenses paid for by UpTeam). It’s very effective for intense periodic problem solving, milestone planning, and quality face-to-face time in 3 dimensions. We also bring the whole company together in regional get-togethers for seasonal festivities at least once or twice every year.

How does it work?  Let’s take a closer look.

ConCall Culture

At UpTeam, a founding principle is to be thoughtful about how to organize the timing of teamwork. Our aim: to make everyone productive, collectively and individually, whatever side of the planet they live on. It’s why we encourage video calls over chat or voice calls (more in “Asynchronous Communication.”)  

Conference calls are more than meetings. They are each set at a specific cadence in a regular time window to function as a more effective approach to structuring time. We see it as one of the great advantages of centralized / distributed work, instead of everyone coming to one office all the time. 

By favoring well-organized meetings and agendas over serendipity, we aim to let you as professionals structure your time more effectively and not waste your working hours in unscheduled or poorly organized group gatherings. Below are a handful of details about how UpTeam makes this work. 

  • Simple expectations
  • Participation
  • Daily meetings 
  • Scheduled syncs

Simple expectations

Since the majority of our company is remote, we pride ourselves in fast transparent communication along with a strong online presence. The core of our conference call culture is to be clear about when meetings are essential and how to make you productive when you are not in meetings. 

  • When planning our meetings,  we want to be aware of the different time zones, and are flexible depending on everyone’s schedules, on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • Each meeting has an agenda which is linked to the invite to make sure that everyone is on the same page.  We want everyone to be prepared for the meeting ahead of time to avoid wasting time at the beginning of the meeting.  We certainly don’t want to waste anyone’s time 
  • If a meeting is no longer necessary, we cancel it and let all participants know. If there are no more items to discuss, we end our meetings early. We are cognisant of everyone’s time and are always trying to be more efficient in our work. 
  • Notes are taken during the call to keep everyone up to date. Additionally, action items are reviewed over at the end of the meeting and a summary is added to the meeting notes. If you don’t know who’s taking notes at a meeting, ask your team lead in advance of the meeting. If no one’s taking notes, you should feel free to do so to keep track for yourself about what’s going on (and don’t be shy about sharing your notes with the rest of the team). 

Participation

We usually plan for two daily meetings, along with different sequences of scheduled calls across teams. We don’t measure the results of your work based on your presence or online presenting during these calls. Instead, we like to focus on the outcome of your work. 

We also offer every employee the chance to participate in calls across teams. This allows each of us at UpTeam to share his/her input and gain a better understanding of how other project teams work together. It also helps us sustain better transparency and engagement, among teams and individuals. 

Each person owns making the meeting valuable. To make the most out of each meeting, it’s up to you to listen, learn, and ask questions. Please do not hesitate to rephrase the questions or comments in your own way, starting with phrases such as “Correct me if I’m wrong……”. It will convey a more clear understanding and add openness to the dialogue.

Remember, we also retain recordings of conference calls, so if something you heard requires revisiting, ask your team leader or colleagues where to find it. If nothing else, it provides you with a way to take part in the next conversation. 

Daily meetings 

Most of our project teams usually have 2 daily meetings, built around the cadence of Scrum.

  • Morning stand-up around 11am CET for all team members to sync on the current tasks, discuss dependencies, and do quick signalling.
  • Evening team call to sync with US colleagues, usually around 6pm CET. 

The timing of these calls can vary depending on what works best for your particular project team. Recording and uploading calls makes it easier for employees to stay on the same page even if they missed something because of time zones or additional time conflicts.  

Scheduled syncs

Aside from daily  cadence, syncs support a structured rhythm to drive responsibilities and processes consistently, both within product teams and with adjacent supporting efforts. 

  • Weekly 30 min extended team calls. On an opt-in basis, join us as we do a rework of team feedback; Jira tickets; groom and tweak sprint artifacts. Generally, we include cross-functional team members beyond any single core project. 
  • Monthly Team review. We set up a review call to roll up what’s been decided across different team members and key different time zones to keep everybody aligned.
  • Monthly Executive office hours. Meet 1-1 or as a group with CEO, CTO, and the head of talent and development. This provides UpTeam employees with an opportunity for dialogue outside ongoing project tasks and commitments.
  • Regular Remote Socializing. This is our way of replacing chats about nonwork stuff by the coffee machine or in the kitchen when the kitchen is not down the hall. Don’t be afraid to communicate; small talk makes you more approachable and helps you connect with everyone.  

Async Communications

More pragmatic, less magic: reciprocal autonomy. 

It’s no mystery that we value collaboration (hint: we put it in the name of the company). As we like to say, software is a team sport. Practically speaking we focus on asynchronous communication as applied collaboration — and doing it without spending all day in meetings. 

GitLab is the gold standard for software development collaboration; it’s the alpha and the omega of code/compile/build/release. Obviously, no one can write perfect code to solve all the problems all the time, every time. Our goal is to divide work up not only into specialties and tasks, but also to streamline handoffs around the clock. 

In a perfect world, Asynchronous Communication means you set up what needs to be done by one of your colleagues, and when you come back, it’s done. More pragmatic, less magic.

Think of it as “reciprocal autonomy.” 

Documentation: do, then talk 

The best way to stay connected in a team is to write things down. The intent is to make it easier for everyone besides you to understand, remember, and use the work you do in a timely fashion. By definition, not every person on the team is available and even awake at the same time you are.

We make very heavy use of Google Docs. We’ve found it to be the best way to collect the structured ideas that make up a project and keep them organized. It’s wonderfully flexible as a place to create agendas, document decisions, store notes, and more. 

Documentation is our way to ensure that alongside writing great software, everyone at UpTeam is committed to taking action on their ideas. When there’s no one awake to talk with you, writing your work and ideas down show people what you are actually doing. It’s not just that thinking all alone about work you have not done limits your audience to mind readers (generally, such skills are impossibly short supply). Reading what you write gives others the opportunity to provide feedback while you are asleep.

Here’s how to make the most of it. 

  • Writing, editing, suggesting, and commenting: These are the core methods in Google Docs. Get comfortable with the controls
  • Organize your ideas: Reading takes place sequentially. Putting your ideas in order makes the reader more autonomous and allows them to do what you hoped they would. 
  • Strive for low-context communications:Assume you are going to be asleep when people read what you have written. How can you make it easy for them to understand what they need to without having to come back and ask for clarification? Build everything they need to know into the document, and make the links easy-to-follow.
  • Use supplemental tools for English transparency: Grammarly and Spellchecker help you make sure what your document says what you meant it to say. Try the Hemingway Editor to make sentences more clear and concise. 

Documentation is not the path of least resistance. But it’s important that you resist the temptation to skip it. The people in your immediate team, and members of adjacent teams, especially across time zones, want to benefit from your ideas, your information and your data. Put those together in a sequence that holds your audience’s attention and connects their interests and needs. It puts them in a position to take your work seriously. Most importantly, it helps them to help you get your work done. 

JIRA keeps score

Just as each UpTeam client is different, every project is different. But behind every client is a driving need for results from their software. We use JIRA to measure project progress, and expect you to do so as well. 

It’s essential that you update your progress on assigned JIRA tasks every day. As Scrum practitioners, we rely on sustaining shared understanding and syncing in the daily standup. What you record in JIRA at the end of yesterday’s work serves as the oxygen for the standup. It gives everyone visibility into what everyone else is doing. It’s also easier to keep track of the work you do on the day you do it, rather than hoping you’ll remember the following morning. 

There are two audiences for what you keep track of in JIRA. First, logging your progress on the daily helps your peers on the team see what’s making progress and what’s stuck. If all is not rosy, don’t keep it a secret. This is the second audience for what you record in JIRA: project leadership, including product owners from the in the exec team. They can’t help you fix problems they don’t know about.

We’re well aware that it’s generally impossible to know everything you need to know before every sprint. In addition to planned features for each sprint, we reserve 20% of team capacity for urgent “ASAP” tasks and 10% for meetings and code review. The ASAP slot gives us the required level of agility in case critical tasks break the surface so that they can be handled in mere hours. 

Use Slack to supplement, not substitute 

Slack is our default tool for instant messaging communications, and it’s a great tool for instant gratification when you need to know and need to connect. We have a broad variety of Slack channels for projects, technologies, organizational news, and lots of ways to connect when not doing your day job.

It’s just as important to know when NOT to rely on Slack. The power of Slack derives from its acronym, “Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge”. But it’s equally important to remember that Slack is ephemeral, momentary. 

If there’s an important discussion that leads to decisions are people going to rely on, after the instant communications window is completed? Don’t rely on Slack: put it in JIRA, in a Google Document, or add to the code in a merge request. Some companies go as far as to delete all Slack threads after 90 days. While we don’t do that (yet), we have the same goal. Together, we want ensure that valuable knowledge doesn’t get committed without either a plan to take action, or a structured mechanism to use it in the future. 

Organize Your Day

One of the most important aspects of working remotely is planning out your daily schedule to help you achieve a sustainable work-life balance. UpTeam has a strong remote culture. We understand that working from home doesn’t always fit the structure of a regular 9-5 job. This means working normal hours wherever people are across the planet, for continuous productivity and resilience (and no less critical, avoiding burnout).

Timing is everything. Experience has demonstrated using a clearly-structured cadence, with set rhythms and tools for communication, ensures all members of the project team can deliver high-quality results on a daily basis.

Despite what Einstein calculated about the rest of the universe, time here on earth works quite well as a constant. Sticking with a schedule, even working around holidays and other out-of-band events, helps cement team accountability for each member of the team and project deliverables and the customers that they are delivered for. Here’s a typical view of the day-to-day, organized around a 2-week Sprint timebox.

DaysDay 1– 9Day 1Day 3Day 9Day 10
Meetings &
Communication
Daily stand-up
Sprint planning meeting
Grooming meetingSprint reviewSprint retrospective
ParticipantsAll Dev team, Product owner,
Scrum Master,
All Dev team, Product owner,
Scrum Master
Product owner,
Scrum Master,
some Dev team
Stakeholders,
Product owner,
Scrum Master,
some Dev team
All Dev team, Product owner,
Scrum Master,
Time11:00am CET5:00pm CET5:00pm CET5:00pm CET5:00pm CET

Home/Office

There will be days where you need to work from home even if you go to the office regularly. While our remote team members have the freedom to work from anywhere they would like, they are often part of projects that require the ability to focus for long periods of time. Either way,  everyone should have a plan to work from home (WFH). 

Having a home office can give you space where you can better control your surroundings, keep all your work materials, and concentrate. There’s no need to take productivity for granted. Here’s what to look for in a work-from-home configuration,

  • Dedicated workspace
  • WFH readiness  
  • WFH checklist

Dedicated workspace

When you arrange a dedicated workspace for yourself, you create a physical reminder to separate your work time from your free time.  Let’s face it, you probably won’t do your most productive work when you are tempted to “multitask” while watching TV. Whether it be a separate room used as an office space or a desk in the corner of your bedroom, limited distractions help increase your productivity while doing work. 

If you are unable to find a place with no distractions at home, UpTeam is ready to cover a co-working space near you to solve for a dedicated workspace. You might even see one or more of your coworkers there! 

WFH Readiness  

In setting up your home working space, it’s important to have all of the materials that you would in an office. The good news is that UpTeam subsidizes your home office set up. We will provide you with a new laptop, a monitor, an ergonomic chair, and anything else you need to be productive. 

Talk to your manager once you sign your offer, and be sure to bring it up in your first call. Make sure you have all these tech accessories (and if yours needs replacement, let us know). 

  • Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Mouse
  • Webcam
  • Good quality headphones with a microphone

WFH Checklist

Having office kit that you can put in your backpack is necessary but not sufficient. What you used to do work is just as important as where you do it. Here are six things to look for:

  1. Set aside and secure a dedicated workspace desk that is free of personal clutter. 
  2. Avoid high-traffic areas that may lead to distractions.
  3. Make sure that your home office has a strong WiFi connection to avoid any problems or glitches during work calls.
  4. Try to block out any background noise that can be distracting for both you and those who you might be video conferencing with. 
  5. Dedicate a comfortable and supportive chair that helps cue your “working” mentality. You may even want to try standing while you work;  either way, don’t pick a place to sit that might induce some unscheduled nap time while you work.
  6. Arrange to be in a space with plenty of lighting to help keep your eyes healthy and to ensure that you can be clearly seen on video conference calls 

Work-life balance

UpTeam’s flexible hours offer a great opportunity to live a better professional and personal life at the same time. The benefits are many: no traffic, no office disturbances, and the ability to work from any city, beach, campground, or coworking space that you like. 

Our remote policy is one of the many reasons why our employees choose UpTeam. It’s the perfect balance of work and leisure for world travelers and busy parents alike. UpTeam’s remote support system ensures that our employees feel like a part of the company even from thousands of kilometers away. 

Since a large portion of our team members remote some or all of the time, we’re pretty experienced with helping our employees create a work-life balance for themselves. Here are some recommendations from our top performers, who have found that balance in their lifestyles: 

  • Manage your own schedule
  • On time, off time
  • Real self time

Manage your own schedule 

At UpTeam, you’re fully responsible for ensuring your work schedule delivers results. What we expect is that you organize a clear schedule and make your availability visible for your team on Google Calendar. Be sure to snooze your Slack notifications during hours you know you won’t be available. At the end of your workday, update Jira to keep an open line of communication on your progress with the rest of your team. 

Find structure in creating a schedule with dedicated work time versus free time. You decide when to work, and whether that’s at 3 in the morning or at 11pm, we don’t mind as long as you get the job done! Embracing asynchronous workflows allows us to focus on productivity while finding time to work on our wellbeing. If you start feeling lost without a solid schedule, don’t worry, we have our coaches who are there to support you with your daily routine!

On time, off time

To stay productive while working remotely, it’s important to have clear goals, accountability and strong alignment as a team. With UpTeam’s remote work structure it’s easy to take breaks to help yourself refocus.  We know how important it can be to take a breather before an important call or before diving deep into a project. Taking a walk around the block, do a quick work out, or even taking a short nap  

Every job at UpTeam is set up for a normal 8-hour workload. We don’t encourage making a daily habit of extra hours. If you find yourself struggling to manage your workload, don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

We count on responsible professionals who can complete their tasks and work with their team. While this kind of work structure has countless benefits, sometimes this kind of responsibility and accountability can lead to a chaotic schedule or even burnout. The mental and physical wellbeing of each and every team player is extremely important to us which is why we support UpTeam staff with wellness programs, sports engagement opportunities, and check-ins from our coaches to help you adjust to the remote lifestyle.

When working for UpTeam, you are not freelancing. We pay you to take time off, because you’re an integral part of the company. This is not freelancing, and you should not think of yourself as a short-timer on a short-term project. When you take vacations and time-off, we don’t want you to keep working. Take a break and replenish. Come back fresh. Your paid vacation from UpTeam benefits us as an employer, at least as much as it does you as our employee.

Real self time

“Take care of yourself” is not just an expression. It’s an active part of your professional commitments. Burnout is real.

Find yourself trying to run on adrenaline and fumes? Your productivity is degrading, often sooner than you think. You may not notice it, but your colleagues and managers will. Every person has different ways to restore and be ready to tackle the work ahead. UpTeam supports you in doing so.

At UpTeam, we respect your private life. We get the importance of not missing out on friends and family events. Curating your own work schedule allows you to turn to the work-life balance that’s right for you.

Grow @UpTeam

In Silicon Valley and around the world, experienced tech and startup execs need ambitious, motivated engineers who are committed to learning and growing. It’s a big reason they reach out to us to create and drive professional software engineering project teams. 

UpTeam works hard to stay abreast of all the changes much faster than the industry. It is the nature of our expert consulting business. We’re not a recruiting agency, and we don’t spin-up short term gigs and handoffs with freelancers. The executives we work with have a broad appetite for the latest changes in the technologies in their industry. The best people who have that appetite already work at UpTeam, ready to take on new challenges. 

We invest in experts and we are committed to the skills portfolio of our experts-to-be. Our learning and development program provides a structured framework for building and extending your skills portfolio, both for technical upskilling as well as improving your soft skills. There are also many great professionals all around the company who are ready to share their expertise with you.

Learning & Development

As part of a company that’s committed to growing experts, UpTeam takes a deliberate approach to career growth through our learning and development process. We want to give you the resources needed to make you more successful in your current role, and establish new skills to further your professional and personal development. Once you join us, we provide you with an onboarding plan that outlines learning paths which are customized for each role.  

  • Employee development principles 
  • Goal setting 
  • Development opportunities 

Employee development principles 

Growing UpTeam means growing our people. Here are the guideposts of our learn/develop processes:

  1. Values Matter. Set, plan, achieve and strive for goals in alignment with our mission and values
  2. Transparency. Actions we take and decisions we make about development, review, assessment, promotion, or feedback are clear and understood by everyone.
  3. Connectedness. Every participant in our professional development programs understands both what he or she can gain from it and how it contributes to our company’s results, business, and stakeholders. 
  4. Opportunities. Bettering your skills, knowledge, and talents expands your field of opportunities and creates new ways for you to contribute. 

Goal Setting 

A big part of our learn/develop processes is your Employee Personal Development Plan. It’s a personalized record used to set and evaluate your goals as well as set you up with customized learning goals. Some of these goals are mandatory based on your position and others are optional and completely up to you. These can be soft skills or professional knowledge, including certifications and management skills as you move into new roles and responsibilities.

Development opportunities 

We have two kinds of development opportunities: mandatory learning and self-directed learning. Mandatory learning is specific to the roles you are assigned. It can include training or certification on such topics as security awareness training, specific technical language and environment mastery and other specific types of training, derived directly from based on what your team needs. We also offer the next level of management and leadership development, focused on topics like asynchronous communication, feedback, facilitation skills, and more. We also offer opportunities for you to drive your own path even when there is assigned requirement; self-directed learning is driven by skills acquisition you identify yourself.

English Language

With teammates all over the world, communication relies on your language skills needed to speak English with tech colleagues. Speaking about technical topics using the same language and terminology helps establish focus and accelerates time to problem definition and solution. 

How you communicate is an inseparable part of who you are. We understand that everyone is different and might speak more or less than ordinary native speakers. Taking part in conference calls is not just an exercise in listening, however. If you want to bolster your English language skills, written or spoken, we have a wide range of programs available, both in written and spoken formats. 

We can also set you up with tutors for more intensive language instruction that can accelerate your command of technical dialog. Nevertheless, time spent together live whether in-person or online, has irreplaceable communications value. Your strengths and command of the language will improve continuously speaking and listening to what peers and colleagues have to say.  

Coaching/Mentoring

Not all learning happens in the scope of a structured curriculum, whether it’s self-taught or part of a sequence of planned lessons. Situational learning can be tremendously powerful. UpTeam Coaching & Mentoring lets you establish a partnership with a more experienced colleague who can help you help yourself. Together, you can develop the insights you need to reflect on where you are, and what you want to change, as you face changing problems and circumstances. 

Our coaching program provides both participants with the opportunity to grow by sharing their knowledge, skills, and experiences. Coaching helps you with a particular skill set, overseen by and experienced expert. A mentorship provides more generalized partnership, leaving more room to develop your situational awareness and generalized problem solving skills. 

Structured Skills Partnership

Skills coaching is an important part of our learning process. Our coaches are an integral part of our company in helping new hires with receiving guidance on feedback, career development, building an inclusive culture, role expectations, areas of job challenges, and so much more. 

Part of our coaching approach is helping you identify the most advantageous career path for you. This can depend on your interests and capabilities, now and in the future. Our coaches will help you out with making informed career decisions based on deeper insight and experience. 

Mentoring

Your partnering process is completely up to you and your coach/mentor. Coaching can happen in any way you see fit, but most of our employees prefer, one-on-one meetings. Always bring an agenda to the meeting. It forces you to prioritize which topics are most important. The agenda keeps the conversation on track, and ensures you emerge with some practical insights. It’s even more helpful to write it down and share it with your mentor in advance. 

You’ll find it useful to focus on a specific topic or two; since you want to make the conversation a free interchange of ideas, resist the temptation to over-engineer.

Since you generally only meet your Mentor once a month, it’s good to start the conversation with a review of what you discussed last time, and what’s happened since then. Next, introduce the specific topic you are working on, and let the conversation take you forward.  It’s perfectly fine to take notes. 

At the end of the meeting, be sure to set a time for your next conversation. More importantly, make sure that you’ve noted interesting topics that came up which you did not have time to review. Use them as a point of departure for future conversations.

Opportunities

Achieve career mobility without searching for another freelance gig

Because UpTeam runs a broad range of projects from Silicon Valley companies in different markets with different kinds of software stacks, you’ll find a variety of opportunities here that you won’t find in just about any other company. The projects we choose to work on are not short-term freelance gigs, so you don’t have to worry about being forgotten or shuffled to the bench. 

Our model, and our geek-centric culture, is all about engineering careers on a global scale. People who join us aren’t looking for business careers. They’re looking to drive their love of software engineering, and develop into senior managers, CTOs, and experts in particular technologies and technical use cases. 

When you look at our technical leadership, and at the leadership of the projects we work on, you’ll see that they are focused on being ready today for tomorrow’s emerging technologies. By the same token, these are technology veterans who have seen technology trends come and go, who have taken risks, and made mistakes. They have survived and thrived within our industries because they know what can be gained trying new things and solving problems in new ways. 

There are many examples among our employees who joined our company and quickly grew to senior and leadership positions. We chose our leadership also because of how they draw inspiration from all of you. All across UpTeam, we are drawn from a unique set of people who appreciate how quickly technologies can change. Every member of every team is looking to work with engineers who have the potential today to drive products and projects with tomorrow’s technologies.

Experience doesn’t always happen by accident. Our goal at UpTeam is to give you a continuing series of opportunities where you can learn and improve your engineering craft. Whether you are new to UpTeam or already well into your first or second project, each new project team we launch introduces new opportunities.

There are many projects and technologies where you can try new ideas. We’re also open to you switching direction at any point and trying something new. We’re excited to find out what you think you can do, and we’re committed to helping you build out the opportunities that follow from your accomplishments.

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