I can't believe I'm writing this but I also can't believe we just had another conversation about us not being able to hire an engineer at Zemanta. We went through A LOT of interviews still ending up one person short. I don't even want to think about what's going to happen next year. But here we are, offering a very competitive pay, fucking amazing lunch served every Thursday, amazingly smart peers, any hardware you want to work with, flexible hours, an almost no-formal-meeting environment, the chance to work from New York or other US cities, travel to any conference you want to learn new stuff.
Yet, the well is dry. All of this doesn't seem to be enough for people to say yolo and apply. Sure our standards aren't low, but if I look back they have lowered over the years. At least the technical standards. Am I right Dusan?
I mean, while this is baffling me out of my mind (the fact that we can't find one person) Celtra is looking for like 10 times more. WHAT! So not only is there no people to hire, the demand for these people who don't seem to exist is extremely high.
Meanwhile, as banal as it gets, I can't hear anything but unemployment anywhere— slave-labour Ad Agencies are paying extremely low wages and make people work insane hours. That creep offering a non-paid "internship" on Twitter. Wat. People getting fired left and right. The divide is huge and I can't believe how come most don't see this. Some friends who are unemployed ask me what to do and all I can say is "Learn to code and start talking to computers."
Still, I think there are amazing people out there who are maybe frightened to join a company like Zemanta or Celtra. It can seem scary, but it really isn't and shouldn't be.
Me? I used to hate the idea of work. Of knowing I'll have to be at the same spot at the same hour every week day for the next who knows how long? Working with people all the time while being a slightly introverted misanthrope isn't a fun idea either!
But shit, comparing to the ad agency where I used to rot, this is the life. People respecting your opinion and knowledge. Your peers giving you the opportunity to grow at any point any day of the week. Being flexible about how you spend your days and vacations. Working with Russians, Americans, younger and older people. Exchanging ideas. Being exposed to amazing people dropping by the office randomly. Getting weird problems thrown at you and having the peace and comfort and satisfaction of solving them.
I don't know about you but I would apply even if I don't know Python or any other requirements we list. If you're good, you'll learn along the way. And if you want to know more about what's it like to work with us tweet at me and I'll tell you all about it.