A Perfect IT Company:
What Attracts IT Specialists?

Which companies do IT specialists find attractive? And which are they trying to avoid? What working conditions are regarded as the key factors to accept an offer, and which ones will most likely scare a professional away? What worries an IT specialist nowadays?

See if your company meets any of the criteria.
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Company

Most IT specialists find the following companies attractive:

Foreign

The USA and the European Union countries are considered the most attractive regions from the point of view of an IT professional. Most IT specialists are equally willing to accept both remote work and work that involves relocation. A win-win advantage of foreign IT companies is the ability to pay salaries in the world currency.

Companies that develop an interesting product

When we say interesting products, we mean products that are used by real people. A specialist should see what benefits will be brought about by the product and understand the result. Many specialists are ready to "sacrifice" most of the bonuses the IT industry can give for the sake of such projects, and sometimes even agree to work for lower salaries.

Companies engaged in scientific research

This one is inextricably linked with the previous statement. In such projects, the benefits are always transparent and tangible. Many IT specialists dream of becoming a part of the development team when it involves working on some significant technology. The products that are related to the vital areas of human life can give you a sense of belonging to something bigger.

Companies that have the lowest priority
among IT specialists:

1
No name companies;
2
Crypto startups and startups with indistinct killer features;
3
Companies with bad reputation.
Therefore, it is very important to keep track of what former or current employees write about your company and respond to negative reviews in due time.

Working conditions

Factors that increase interest in the company:
1
There is a possibility of changing directions within one position (working on a related project);
2
Flexible schedule.

Other important factors include:

1
Understanding the growth zone;
2
Lack of bureaucracy;
3
Remote work (after the pandemic as well).
We know that many companies are reluctant to allow their workers to keep working remotely after the pandemic because, as they see it, this format could degrade internal processes, shatter the team spirit, or violate company policies. Don't worry. Remember that the IT market is the candidate's market, and it dictates the conditions to us, and not vice versa.

Therefore, if you need to find a good IT specialist, but you cannot offer conditions that would be significantly better than those offered by other companies, consider allowing your employees to keep working remotely even after the pandemic. This is a very powerful tool for motivating specialists.

Factors that can scare a professional off:

A test assignment (worse if it lasts more than half an hour, much worse if it takes place before communicating with the employer)
Doubtful projects (gambling, websites for adults, etc.)
NDA (the candidate cannot receive full information about the project)
Inconsistency of requirements and conditions
Lack of interest on behalf of the employer
A "non-scaring off" factor
Many companies with offices in small towns are looking for specialists only from their own city, this way reducing the number of appropriate candidates. Contrary to popular belief, a small city is not always an obstacle when it comes to employment with relocation. For example, we found a specialist from St. Petersburg, who agreed to move to a small town where he works on a promising IT project.

TOP-5 needs of an IT specialist

The list was compiled on the basis of interviewing IT specialists by the Lucky Hunter Recruiters as well as a series of interviews we are currently conducting with IT professionals. Salary is not included in the list.
1
Working on an obviously useful project, doing the right thing, creating an important product.
2
Working in a cool team (extensive experience, sharing knowledge, networking)
3
Flexible schedule
4
Diversity (the ability to change tasks, projects, develop and try your hand in new directions)
5
Lack of bureaucracy
It turns out that in order to fit into the image of a good company, you need to develop a tangibly useful product in the first place. Secondly, you have to correspond to the realities of the market to the extent you can. This includes remote work, flexible working hours, and inspiring tasks for a specialist.

Thirdly, it is important to be motivating, encourage the specialist, and be passionate about the project so that even the most sceptical candidate feels interested in working for your company. And, of course, don't forget about building a positive HR brand. It is essential, as well.