DEVOTEAM RIGHT NOW
We’re in top form at the moment, and we’re fulfilling our potential to the limit. You want to be a part of Devoteam today because we offer excellent opportunities to grow for everyone. But it wasn’t easy to get here. Five years ago we decided to stop focusing on Czech clients only and went out to explore, so to speak. And our efforts were eventually crowned with success. We became the International Centre of Excellence for ServiceNow implementation, and we also refocused on new trends from Agile IT to Cybersecurity.
WE BREATHE OUR PROJECTS
We consult, and we implement. Consult-implement, consult-implement is the daily rhythm that allows us to switch projects and clients, and never fall into a boring routine. We’re always to be found where tech-related business is happening, be it Agile IT, Cyber Security, Distributed Cloud, Data as a Service, or Business Automation . We’re also supremely client-focused, and we’re building a new Managed Service team to be able to maintain our reputation as providers of customer service extraordinaire. We see it as our internal startup.
We want you, and every new hire, to think like a businesswoman or businessman. Never be afraid to take a complex, hard look at what we do. You’ll be free to try out new possibilities and methods. If you discover some technology we don’t offer, you’re more than welcome to help extend our portfolio. We often see such new technologies slowly creep up to become one of the cornerstones of our business, ServiceNow being a perfect example.
A business-like mindset is in our DNA. We chase opportunities as a matter of course, and we don’t get lost in short-term goals, cash, and KPI’s. Our main goal is to satisfy customers with a friendly and open-minded approach.
We’re not hard-core coders, and we’re not simply consultants afraid of the keyboard. We’re kind of dancing around the limits, joining these worlds together. You can think about us as Transformakers, who can lead a whole company through digital transformation. We understand business, key processes, and ones and zeros alike. Lately, we’ve refocused on ITSM tools, showing our capacity for adopting technologies that bring true value to our clients. The whole industry is growing at a fascinating pace, and we’re enjoying the tempo. It allows us to show we’re truly the crème de la crème of our industry.
freedom, vision, friendship, the future
SMALL AND AGILE TEAMS
Our org chart is more of a bumpy line. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. We operate in a flat environment, with the leadership up top, and the consultants working in concert. We dynamically organize ourselves into small agile teams fit for the projects we’re working for at the moment. When a project starts, we make a team fit for that purpose based on skills, capacities and preferences. You can even work on 2-3 projects at the same time, providing you can manage your own time. Every project has its own PM, who coordinates our efforts, but we learned we can do without line managers just fine. The teams average at 6 people, which allows us to quickly assess whether we’re working fast enough and well enough to satisfy our client’s needs. It’s surprisingly efficient, as we don’t need to report to anyone from “above”, and we can focus on what’s important.
A COMPANY WITH A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE
Devoteam’s DNA is defined by its founders. The de Bentzmann brothers have built the company from nothing, and since they still lead it, they manage to maintain startup-like energy, despite our corporate size. We value interest, friendship, understanding, and collaboration extremely, and they’re underlined by responsibility and family-like culture cultivated by Sylvain, our CEO. Our leadership generally aims to guide and help, rather than to direct and rule. This approach simply works, and the people in Devoteam are all extremely responsible and professional. We can rely on each other, which allows us to behave in an agile manner, to innovate, and essentially function as a startup does. We don’t play politics, and we like to do our work.
- Treat people you are working with as you want to be treated yourself.
- Be professional in your daily work and fulfill commitments.
- Consider that your colleagues’ time and work are as valuable as yours.
- Integrate new people in teams and make our guests feel welcome.
- Feel responsible for Devoteam’s resources.
- Bring value and new ideas, and share knowledge.
- Be proud of your teams, your work, and the customer value you deliver.
- Always act to protect, encourage and strengthen long-term relationships.
- See an opportunity in any change.
- Help to develop Devoteam.
- Give all relevant information to your teams, colleagues, and managers to offer the best view of the situation you are involved in.
- Improve, don’t just criticize. In front of an issue, give always at least one suggestion.
- Tell what is best, highlight risks, and say if you are not qualified for a task.
- Learn and share from positive and negative experiences.
- Manage internal issues, not to let them impact negatively on our efficiency.
BACK TO SCHOOL
We usually introduce work at Devoteam by saying that it’s a bit like going to university again. You know what you’re supposed to be doing, but no one checks on you every other hour. We value results, and customer satisfaction. The rest is up to you. You will be given great freedom of maneuver and thought. This also means you will bear a lot of responsibility, and if you reach a cul-de-sac, you will be expected to own up. It’s important to be able to communicate with co-workers and clients alike. We don’t condone radical individualistic behavior. We work as a team, and we discuss all issues frequently.
WE CHOOSE OUR PROJECTS
For us, every project is unique. This is why we often encounter problems no one among us has faced before. Oftentimes, they never had to be solved period. But we like it that way. We choose clients with interesting and specific needs because we like the challenge. We are naturally attracted to this kind of work, but we don’t force anyone to do it for us. Like we already mentioned, teams are built based on preferences and capacity.
UNCLES AND AUNTIES
Joining a new work environment is a very important step, and it takes a bit of know-how. We’ll see you as an equal partner from day one, be ready to work hard, and also go to lunch with everyone else. But you will always have your work uncle or aunt ready to help you with the technical side of things. They will explain everything from the work environment and culture to some technical skills you will need.
You’ll do a lot of studying in the first few weeks. And then we’ll give you a demo project with real user stories, with us as the client. We all went through it and we know this process manages to bring the best out of people. After this experience, you’ll be certified and ready to join us with our main body of work.
After your trial period is over, you’ll be assigned a mentor. We don’t hire external mentors, it will be one of your co-workers. Principals help guide seniors, seniors help guide juniors. Mentors are responsible for the personal and career development of people they take on, so one of the first things on the bucket list will be determining your ideal career path, and checking that you’re always moving in the right direction. They will always be ready to help you and you will meet regularly, to develop your key competencies to the max.
A CLEAR CAREER PATH
You can go from junior consultant to senior, then become a lead, a principal, and then a senior principal. If you’re doing a swell job, you’ll advance quickly, even within half a year from joining us. But you’ll have to work for it. We don’t encourage people to work till they burn out. You should rather take a step back and think about how to work efficiently and more quickly. You should be ready to learn, accept feedback and use the help your mentor provides. And you won’t be able to sit it out here. The environment simply won’t let you.
Soft on people, hard on facts
We work in two big open space offices, and we dispensed with fixed seats. We move constantly based on the projects we’re currently working on. It’s a proven concept, and people who work together closely also need to be physically close. Devoteam operates right in Prague’s centre, in Ovocný trh. A short walk to get a train, a tram, the metro. It’s an ideal place to get some lunch with your colleagues, the biggest problem usually is choosing a place to go to. Outside of work we go and do exercise together, we go hiking, we play board games. We should also mention regular wine nights (we are French, after all) and foosball tournaments. You can always stay for some fun if you’re so inclined.