In Silicon Valley and around the world, tech and startup execs need ambitious, motivated engineers who continue to learn and grow. That’s one reason they reach out to us to create and drive professional software engineering project teams.
At UpTeam, we are committed to engagement and to embracing change. This is the nature of our expert consulting business. We’re not a recruiting agency and we don’t cycle through short term gigs or work with unengaged freelancers. Here are the three ways we focus on that:
At UpTeam, we are committed to engagement and to embracing change. This is the nature of our expert consulting business. We’re not a recruiting agency and we don’t cycle through short term gigs or work with unengaged freelancers. The executives we work with are always looking to invest into new and upcoming technologies in the industry. We know that the best people to work with are the ones who are already hungry for growth and new challenges.
Learning & Development
As part of a company that’s committed to developing experts, UpTeam takes a deliberate approach to career growth with 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 that are customized for each role. These include:
- Employee development principles;
- Goal setting;
- Development opportunities;
- English proficiency.
Employee development principles
Developing UpTeam means developing our people. Here are the principles underlying our learning and development processes:
- Values matter. We strive to set, plan, achieve and strive for goals that are in alignment with our mission and values.
- Transparency. The actions we take and the decisions we make about development, review, assessment, promotion or feedback must be clear and understood by everyone involved.
- Connectedness. Every participant in our professional development programs will receive support with understanding both what they can gain from a program and how it will contribute to the company’s goals.
- Opportunities. By bettering your skills, knowledge and talents you will be able to take advantage of new opportunities and open new avenues for you to contribute to team goals.
A big part of our learning and developing processes is your Employee Personal Development Plan. It’s a personalized plan to record your progress and evaluate your goals. Some of these goals are attached to your position and others are optional and completely up to you. These can range from soft skills to professional knowledge, including certifications and management skills as you move into new roles and responsibilities.
There are two development pathways available to you: mandatory learning and self-directed learning. Mandatory learning is specific to your role at UpTeam. It can include training or certification on topics like security awareness training, technical language and environment mastery or other skills depending on your team’s needs. We also offer management and leadership development programs on topics like asynchronous communication, feedback, facilitation skills and more.
With teammates all over the world, English is our common language at UpTeam. We rely on English and its technical terminology to create unity and find a common way to talk about problems, definitions and solutions.
How you communicate is an inseparable part of who you are. We understand that many UpTeamers are not native English speakers and begin their journey at different levels of proficiency. If you plan to develop your English language skills, we offer a wide range of programs to improve both written and spoken fluency.
We can also set you up with tutors for accelerated learning, especially connected to technical language. Whether you enroll in these programs or not, you’ll soon realize that frequent communication with your colleagues will increase your language skills on the go.
Not all learning happens inside a structured curriculum. Learning on the go can be tremendously powerful. UpTeam offers coaching & mentoring programs that let you connect 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 how you want to grow, as you face challenges and develop as a professional.
Skill coaching is an important part of our learning process. Our coaches are an integral part of our company: they provide new hires with feedback, and advice on career development, building an inclusive culture, role expectations, possible challenges and much more.
Part of our coaching approach is helping you identify your most advantageous career path. This can depend on your interests and capabilities, both now and in the future. Our coaches will help you make informed career decisions based on their insight and experience.
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 that you did not have time to review. Use them as a point of departure for future conversations.
Because UpTeam runs a broad range of projects from Silicon Valley companies in different markets, all 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 with our clients are selected because they are long-term efforts, oriented towards the future. For you, this means stability and stimulating challenges as you help create sustainable technical solutions.
A culture of growth
Our model, and our geek-centric culture, is all about engineering careers on a global scale. The people who join us are driven by their love of software engineering and go on to develop into senior managers, CTOs and experts in particular technologies and technical use cases. We’ve seen many examples of employees who quickly grew to senior and leadership positions.
Leadership and vision
When you look at our technical leadership, and at the leadership of the projects we work on, you’ll see that they’re focused on being ready today for tomorrow’s emerging technologies. Accordingly, these are technology veterans who have seen technology trends come and go, who have taken risks and have made mistakes. They have survived and thrived within the industry because they know what can be gained by trying new things and solving problems in innovative ways.
A focus on developing experience
Experience doesn’t 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’re new to UpTeam or are already well into your first or second project, each new project we launch introduces new opportunities.
There are many projects and technologies where you can test new ideas. We’re also open to you switching direction at any point and to try something new. We’re excited to find out what you can do and we’re committed to helping you find opportunities that build upon your accomplishments.