New job vs Quarantine
Changing jobs is always exciting, but how does it feel to move to a new place during a pandemic?
The heroes of this article are the newcomers to DINS, who joined the team during the period of self-isolation. They talk about their fears, remote onboarding and share their views on moving to a new place at this unusual time.
But that’s not all: the DINS correspondent spoke with the HR Director and AVP of the company and found out why they remembered the transition to a remote site, and why now is a good time to change jobs.
Sergey Sh., DevOPS Engineer
No worries over trifles
Works at DINS since April 1
I took an offer from DINS back in the winter, when there was no bustle due to the virus and self-isolation mode. A change of company or project is always something new and unknown, but there were no fears and worries, and indeed you should not worry about work.
It was unusual to dive into work on a remote site – before that, I had always worked in the office. I used to notice that I worked more efficiently from home: I managed to cope with tasks for 8 hours for 5. Only in the past it was a one-time action, and almost nobody was home at that time. Now you have to carefully plan your work day.
I have set up a regime: I clearly understand at what time I work exactly, at what time I do not work, and when flexibility can be shown. The main difficulty is switching between work and home. Previously, the road to the office or home helped in this.
I believe that such a regime is not an obstacle to finding a job. The main thing is to understand that it is also difficult for an employer to conduct online interviews.
In conclusion, I want to wish: do not eat a lot, do not drink a little and do not worry about nothing.
Anastasia L., QA Engineer
Prefers work from the office, but finds pluses in the remote
Works at DINS since April 8
I was afraid that due to quarantine they would not be able to hire me, but everything ended well. The courier brought the documents and equipment, and my first working day began.
Immersing yourself in work remotely is unusual. Communication mainly takes place in messengers, so you have to carefully think through the wording of the question and choose the addressee. In the format of personal communication, this is simpler – as a rule, everyone understands the context, and any details can be quickly clarified. In correspondence, this works a little differently. You especially put out when the questions are as banal as possible. But the guys from my team are very responsive and always help.
Frankly, I like working in the office more, there is a suitable atmosphere. But on a remote site you can work in pajamas – this is a nice bonus.
In general, I think that quarantine is not an obstacle to finding a job, especially in the IT field. Everything remains as before, only the communication format has changed.
Denis S., Data Operations Engineer
Fell short before a “non-working” week, but regrets nothing
Works at DINS since April 8
I believe that I was very lucky with the DINS, because at the previous place of work, I, like a good half of the staff, were reduced exactly before the first “non-working” week.
In general, there were no fears of quarantine. After the interview, I was a little worried that I would have to work with new technologies for me. But the team lead of my team Ivan and Eichar Olga immediately specified that they would teach everything that was needed.
Onboarding was perfectly arranged: on the eve of the first working day, I received all the fact-finding documents, and on the first day the courier arrived – brought the originals for signature and equipment. The process of applying for a job and the first day were much easier than I expected.
I received a mail account and instructions for setting up a VPN. On the same day, introduced to the team, the guys met very warmly. Ivan sent a plan for a trial period, with clear deadlines and links to the necessary materials. There were already a couple of intermediate steps.
It works well in remote mode, Scrum helps a lot, according to which the team works: it structures the day, allows you to keep abreast of what is happening. Jira is a great tool for resolving all issues.
Those who are looking for work, first of all, would like not to lose heart and continue to search. The situation is really very unusual, and many, including employers, need time to adapt to it.
Tatyana K., QA Engineer
I managed to visit the office
Works at DINS since March 30
On Friday before the start of the “non-working” week, my eychar Anastasia managed to show a beautiful office on Staro-Petergofsky Avenue. Although I will be working in the second DINS office, I still look forward to the moment when I can take my place in it.
Udalenka is a new experience for me. At the start, I was afraid that I could not cope with the work in such unusual conditions. I was also worried about the question of communicating with colleagues: how they will react to me, how to remember everyone, if I did not manage to meet anyone in person.
But in a couple of weeks of such a regime I managed to get used to it. The only thing is that it is difficult to concentrate when the homeworkers are busy with their important and noisy business. It’s also difficult to manage working time: it tends to stretch and blur.
But to get into the work was easier than I expected – thanks to the documentation and the help of colleagues, for which many thanks to them.
It is very inspiring that new employees come to DINS even in such a difficult quarantine time. It’s great.
It seems to me that if for someone now the issue of job search is relevant, then do not give up on this. Remote work existed before quarantine, and this can be learned.
Victor B., DevOps Engineer
Uses Jedi Techniques
Works at DINS since March 31
He worried that immersing himself in work processes on a remote site would not be as effective as in an office. Still, communications work differently: you cannot go to a colleague and quickly ask something, talk about other projects at lunch or a smoke break. But this issue was closed by chats and phone calls.
The most difficult was the onboarding process. In the early days, there were many questions in the spirit of “oh, what do these three letters mean?”, He often specified different points. But regular syncaps with the team and joint work on tasks helped to cope with this, and knowledge was kept up.
On a remote venue a little boring, the feeling of “Groundhog Day” does not leave. But there are pluses: no one interrupts and does not interfere with working on tasks.
I recommend to think carefully over the decision to change work. Many friends have so far abandoned the idea of moving to a new place, because it is not known how well remote cooperation processes are built in companies and teams. We at DINS are creating a communications tool, so we definitely have no problems with remote work.
In 2016, he worked on a remote site for eight months and burned out due to the lack of a “shift knob” for personal and working time. So I recommend that you read “Jedi Techniques” by Maxim Dorofeev during quarantine. The book is written in simple language with humor and contains tips for effectively distributing time between work and idleness. You can also watch Dorofeev’s YouTube channel – there are also many interesting things.
Ivan S., Frontend Developer
I am sure that quarantine is the time to act
Works at DINS since April 9
On my first working day they brought me a contract and equipment, and in the evening I met the team. Immediately after setting up the environment, I was invited to an informal meeting. This helped to understand the processes in the team and company.
I was sure of the team I came to work in.
At the interview, I realized that the principles of team lead are close to me. Plus, before that, I was at the DINS JS EVENING meeting, where an engineer from the same team performed. His position was also close to me.
The excitement, of course, was. Especially during the first code review. Immersion in work was easier than I expected. I have never been left alone with a problem. From employment to the first code review, I knew who to ask the question, and they helped me.
I have no problems working on a remote site, because before DINS I worked in this format for three years and am already used to it. More worried about moving to open space.
During the quarantine period you need to act: look for work, study, start writing poetry or do a spring cleaning. Quarantine is not a reason to pause life. On the contrary, it is an opportunity to take a comfortable place in the new world.
Anastasia S., Recruitment Specialist
Surrounded by care
Works at DINS since March 30
At first it was difficult to imagine how I would receive information on a remote site and find a common language with the team – there were actually 14 of them. But the immersion process was very simple, and for this it is necessary to thank my colleagues. From the first day, the girls gladly shared information, threw off useful links, and connected to common volatiles. And I also have a top mentor – she patiently and in detail answers all my questions.
This is my first experience of autonomous remote work, and while I’m looking for a suitable planning system.
The most difficult thing was to ask questions in correspondence. At first, it confused me, but already easier.
It’s worth looking for work when it’s not good at the current place, and you can’t change it. Whether it is quarantined or not, it doesn’t matter if we work in an industry where companies quickly adapt and are already able to conduct many processes remotely. I think you should not give in to panic. Choose a new place as carefully as in the “non-quarantine” time.
DINS is one of the most soulful companies I have ever worked for.
In the first weeks, I was constantly amazed how everyone cares for each other, how the HR team constantly comes up with online activities, delivers the necessary furniture and appliances, organizes English lessons and sports classes. We even had an online apartment. That’s cool!
It’s cool to understand that at this difficult time I made the right decision and entered such a company.
Than the first weeks of remote work were remembered by the company
Ekaterina Gromova, HR Director
At the time of the transition to remote work, the main difficulty was surprise: we had to think in a very short time not so much the process of leaving the office, but how the work processes should now look like. Perhaps the IT team took the most important blow: in a matter of days, they literally knew from all their colleagues what they would need for comfortable work from home, bought equipment, tested a new VPN, and organized new processes. And in HR one of the most popular processes is the recruitment of new employees, including their subsequent adaptation, which in the office also requires effort.
Previously, everyone had a different attitude to the remote: someone liked this idea, and someone was skeptical. But these two months have shown that remote work is a working format.
Any crisis is a time of change and instability. But this is a unique situation that allows you to see how the company really behaves in relation to the team. And this is very valuable not only for employees, but also for applicants who can make an informed decision about choosing an employer.
Evgeny Krapotkin, AVP SPB Operations
A couple of weeks before the start of the udalenka, we began to work out the rules for working from home. The last office week passed a test mode: we held meetings only online and thought out interactions for the future.
We introduced work changes in Jira, to make it easier to track the status of tasks, we began to use time logging. We tried to make an online room for each team so that anyone could connect and ask a question in real time. But in most cases, this practice did not take root: it turned out to be easier to write in person, and when you need a quick answer, call.
One of the great difficulties of the udalenka is the inability to see the team. But since we ourselves create a tool for online communications, for us this is not a problem.
We introduced the obligatory morning “stand up” meeting – we took this practice from Scrum. A leader’s fly follows him – it was before quarantine, but now it has become more detailed thanks to the morning meetings of the teams.
In terms of productivity, we do not see significant changes: projects are going according to plan, operational tasks are being solved. The main difference of the udalenka is that all informal communication, exchange, including working news, has disappeared. Meetings and conversations that took place in the background now need to be organized purposefully. My team and I, for example, sometimes meet to just have tea and discuss non-working topics.
IT is an area that plays a key role in the functioning of almost any business. And the companies that, like us, create tools for communications, are now even more in demand and are developing rapidly – so people are needed, and there are even more career opportunities.