Imagine the perfect workplace ever. What would it be?
Five years ago, it was beyond my imagination. This article is intended to be an introspection of why it was so, and what has changed since then.
I started my career as PHP developer in 2008. It was in a small company, with a team of 3 developers. We’ve been working on different small projects in Symfony (back in those times, it was Symfony 1.*). I used to enjoy a good technical coach, a friendly team, but still, something was missing. I used to coming to work, one day after another, with the following idea on my mind: I can do more but I need the right environment for that. It continued with another 3 companies, the biggest-one having 200+ employees. Each of those companies had a lot of cool stuff, but not what I was expecting.
In 2013, I was invited to an interview at Pentalog, my first technical interview. By the end of the selection process, I was told about the potential project I could be working for. I liked it, and I accepted the challenge to change the workplace. Pentalog was the first company on the Moldovan market with a huge PHP team, and a real environment for professional development. I gave it a try, and I have no doubt it was the best professional decision I ever made.
7 aspects that I was looking for, while choosing a company for PHP job switch
Professional development for every employee
I am an IT engineer. The field I am involved in is constantly changing. Technological BOOM happens every day. When you work on the same project for 2 years, it’s difficult to keep an eye on what’s going on in the industry. I was looking for a company like Pentalog, that can handle that for me. The culture of professional growth is in its definition.
Fail is the beginning of a success story
I am an IT engineer. IT is the field where enthusiasts can be creative. Creativity can either lead to great achievements or failures. In order to maintain the engineering spirit, employers should accept failures and support creativity in order to achieve success. At Pentalog, there do exist success stories resulting from failures.
A strong PHP team
I am an IT engineer, a PHP expert. Being an expert in PHP and working for a company where PHP is not the main focus means that you are likely to be left behind on the labour market within a year or so.
I am an IT engineer. Engineering is a job. A great Job should be fun, it should provide your brain with technical endorphins. Pentalog was the place where I learned a technological stack that was completely new to me (Symfony 2, MongoDb, MariaDB, etc.). It was a very challenging project integration.
A friendly environment
I am an IT engineer. But before that I am a human being. And I like to be treated correspondingly. Imagine a disturbing environment that prevents you from working efficiently, or that makes you counterproductive, which usually happens when you work in psychologically harmful environment. Ask for feedback from the community about companies where you are being or have been interwiewed. It will help you take the right decision about your job switch.
Collaboration instead of subordination
I am an IT engineer. Engineering supposes creativity. Creativity is impossible under subordination pressure.
Financial aspects cannot be ignored
I am an IT engineer. Professional evolution is by definition a continuous-one. This implies a huge effort from an engineer’s side to keep track of everything that’s constantly evolving in our industry. Compensation for the effort is also a key aspect I was looking for while choosing the perfect job, and Pentalog was the first to offer that.
I am still here, after 5 years of work, why?
An average interval for job switch in the IT industry is considered to be 3 years. At Pentalog this average is about 7 years. This tells a lot about this company. If you ask me why I am still here, here are my reasons:
- I enjoy a perfect technical environment.
- Every year comes with new career challenges.
- There are 100 technical experts around me in Chisinau and about 1000 experts around the world, and everyone shares the same culture.
- I enjoy constant professional evolution
- Pentalog cares about me in terms of professional development, by providing regular trainings
- I am free to create anything I need from both technical and organizational point of view, and every time I get the required support.
I’d recommend you join our team, if you share the same objectives and values.