Wanting to look for a creative way to solve their tech staffing problem while maintaining control over the recruitment process, IT Governance turned to Cloud Employee as a fast and cost-effective solution.
Like most organisations, we were struggling to ﬁnd good candidates locally to build our software development team.
Recruiters are expensive and we were competing against everyone from Microsoft to AI startups for talent. Even if we got the applicants, getting them to sign on the dotted line was always a competition. We started to think creatively about how to solve the problem but we knew we didn’t want to use a body-shop, where we’d get sold on the A-team, only to have star players poached for other clients and end up with the Z-team. We wanted control over the recruitment process to get the skills we needed, to be able to retain our new-found stars and to minimise any cultural hurdles.
Cloud Employee looks after not only us, the clients but also the staﬀ they provide.
Having looked around, Cloud Employee stood out as having a diﬀerent attitude and we both wanted the same thing: to develop and retain a great team. We paid them a visit and it was clear that they want not just to look after us as a client but also the staﬀ they provided—it’s sensible because happy staﬀ are productive but also just because it’s the right thing to do.
Having taken the plunge, we initially recruited face-to-face in Manila to get a better sense of the calibre of the candidate being proposed and to get to know Cloud Employee better. Once the ﬁrst few recruits proved successful we had enough conﬁdence in their support to start recruiting remotely. Cloud Employee engages with our staﬀ on a regular basis and as the team has grown they’ve helped us identify key individuals who can move up and provide local management, a critical step in scaling from a few individuals to something bigger. Meanwhile, Cloud Employee’s management ensures any staﬀ concerns are addressed promptly and generally smooth over any issues before they become serious. On the rare occasion that our recruitment process has failed us and employees have subsequently underperformed, they’ve helped us deal with the consequences painlessly.
The Filipinos we’ve recruited have proved hardworking and capable and we now have a highly competent team in Manila who can be relied on to deliver enterprise, commercial software on a regular basis.
Using Cloud Employee has largely removed our developer recruitment problems and saves us a signiﬁcant amount of time and money in the process—the overhead of having a remote team is more than oﬀset by the ﬁnancial beneﬁts—something easy to measure in the bottom line. We’ll continue to use them—having a technical resource available that doesn’t cost the earth enables us to take on projects that we might otherwise think twice about. The relationship works because our interests are aligned and they’re able to deal with us openly and honestly.
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