C++ Software Engineer$ 30k/Year ($ 15/Hour for 40 hours of productive work per week) Remote Position Long-term
We are looking for experienced C++ engineers to join one of our assembly line teams within our central engineering factory.
Our assembly line teams require highly skilled C++ engineers who are experienced in writing unit tests and are willing to be part of a high performing team where you can expect to learn from your mentors. We have high expectations of our engineers within the organization and only the best and most disciplined in their work are expected to succeed.
Engineers have aggressive daily and weekly targets set for them and are required to work a standard working week with us. Your output of work is measured daily, both from a quantitative as well as a qualitative aspect. You will receive daily and weekly feedback on your performance which will help you resolve blockers and ensure you are meeting your targets.
As a C++ software engineer, you can expect to be a member of one of our central assembly line teams such as a maintenance or unit test team.
Our maintenance team is responsible for bug fixing across our 100+ product portfolio. The maintenance team has an element of product specialization but they are also process specialists. We want to ensure that our engineers have all the right information and toolsets available to be able to quickly reproduce a client’s environment, reproduce a bug, fix it, test it, document the fix and send for review. We have weekly product release cycles so we want to ensure that bugs get fixed as quickly as possible for our clients and that we are constantly improving the quality of our products.
Our organization is constantly acquiring new companies and their products. As a result, our unit test team is responsible to increase unit test code coverage for all newly acquired products. Engineers within this team are expected to have great experience in writing unit tests and will also have daily and weekly targets to work against. The engineer’s role is to increase the unit test coverage and work according to the team's standards and quality guidelines. We measure the quality of work through our First Time Acceptance rate, meaning that the Product Chief Architects accept the work delivered by the engineers immediately and without having to ask for a rework.
In all cases, you will have aggressive daily and weekly targets to work against and you can expect to receive daily and weekly feedback about your performance. The regular feedback is used to help you improve immediately and to help you resolve blockers which may be slowing down your performance.
A hiring event is a scheduled online event where all our relevant testing relating to a role is conducted on the same day. Submissions received during the event are graded the following week, and successful candidates notified if they have progressed to the next round which is an online interview with a Hiring Manager.
Meeting your goals, which are set by your manager, on a daily and weekly basis
Escalating issues to your manager as soon as a risk is identified or as soon as you are blocked in your work
Working a standard 40-hr week and mostly Monday to Friday
Ensuring you can maintain a high level of concentration and high-quality output
Continual Improvement: With our culture of setting SMART goals, you will receive candid feedback weekly instead of waiting for quarterly or annual reviews to help you take timely corrective actions for your overall learning and development.
You will learn about how we manage our teams through metrics and how we deliver business value through our goal management techniques.
Work ExamplesEvery job creates excellent work. We want to show you the types of things you will learn, using real work examples of the processes, training examples, playbooks, and projects you will build on the job.
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I heard you have a tracking tool to monitor your teams, why do you use it?
One of the key objectives of our productivity tracker is for it to be used by our Crossover partners to log time and eventually get paid. We also log information about our Crossover partners to understand what tools and applications they are using. This helps us to build work patterns of our people and identify best practices which we can share with all our teams.
Do you use Agile?
Like most organizations, we make use of subsets of Agile. The one key difference though is that our teams are highly specialized in the task they do. For example, we have a maintenance team whose only task is to fix bugs on our products. Rather than being product specialists they are process specialists.
How can I get promoted to new roles?
In order to move across roles you need to apply through our crossover portal. You should also be ensuring that your manager is always knowledgeable about any active applications you may have.
How do you measure the productivity of a team?
Every team has a metric which they deliver against; by default every person within the team is measured by the same metric on a weekly basis. For example the metric for our maintenance team is “number of bugs fixed”. The cost per unit of the maintenance team on a weekly basis is the total headcount cost of the team for a week divided by the number of bugs fixed during the same week.
What are the key things I need to do to ensure I am successful as an Engineer?
Besides the obvious technical knowledge required to do the role, and keeping yourself up to date with the latest technology updates, you should also have a comfortable and quiet environment to work from. You should set a good calendar for your week which is repeatable and which allows you to dedicate long blocks of time towards your work with Crossover.