Meet the employer: DataArt
About the company

DataArt is a global company that designs, develops and supports unique software solutions, helping clients take their businesses forward. We recognize that people drive our shared success, and that we cannot achieve our ambitions without talented, passionate and motivated colleagues. The following process describes our staffing flow based on expertise that has been acquired over more than 23 years of business operations and 4,000 completed projects.

Powered by our People First principle, we work with clients at any scale and on any platform, and adapt alongside them as they evolve.

DataArt brings together expertise of over 3700 professionals in 20 locations in the US, Europe, and Latin America.

    What do you believe people need to think about when job hunting?
    The labor market in IT is so competitive that all the compensation packages and various benefits are quite similar among all companies. If someone brainstorms something new and successful, the market instantly applies the idea all around. Therefore, material benefits packages fade into the background for people choosing a job in IT. The main roles in choosing an employer are played by one's personal interests, the professional development opportunities a person gets access to, and the company's culture fit to the individual.

    By personal interests we mean primarily how interested you will be in doing the project that you'll be working on, and other projects that you may be able to work on in the future, when your current project becomes boring to you.

    Professional development includes opportunities to learn from more experienced colleagues, the quality of the internal educational system, compensation for independent courses, and paid participation in conferences. Our experience shows that the main role in this case is still played by the quality of the environment – one's colleagues, in other words. In a small company or in a company with a narrow specialization, growth is slower. In a company for which IT is a service function, professional growth often stops altogether.

    Culture fit is primarily related to how much you enjoy communicating with colleagues and the company management, how much they overload you with unnecessary things, and how important the stripes are on your shoulder straps. DataArt is a company with a radically flat organizational structure, which, among other things, means that the career ladder here is quite different than other places. DataArt colleagues are judged by their knowledge and reputation, not by how many stars they have on their badge. The fact is that no one around you cares what's written on your business card (you can write almost anything). That's not always comfortable for everyone, and that's a normal reaction.
    What skills are necessary to get a job at DataArt?
    If we talk about hard skills, these include professional knowledge and communication skills in English.

    Everything is clear with the first point — you need to understand the subject you work with. The second point raises doubts for many, but for us it is a necessity. First, we are an international company, and our colleagues from Poland, Bulgaria, Argentina, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom don't speak a word of Russian. Secondly, the company is organized in such a way that almost all engineers work directly with the client. Almost all of our customers are English-speaking.

    Actually, there's one more point that we'll be extremely happy for you to have knowledge in. The fact is that DataArt works with certain industries more than others. We have many clients from the finance, travel & hospitality, healthcare & life sciences, retail & logistics, and media & entertainment fields. If you have knowledge in any of these areas, this will be a huge additional plus.
    What should a student start with?
    Step 1: It seems to us that students should start with "career orientation," that is, to look around. What exactly to look at depends on what kind of education you have, and what you already know. If you are new to IT, then you should understand what kind of specializations there are in IT, and also take a closer look at the QA profession, or quality engineer — in other words, a tester. This is the best way to enter the industry. Nevertheless, you need to see what else is happening around you, and get a feel for what you have a passion for: industries, technologies, or a certain programming language, for example. You should add those companies that you're interested in to your social networks — look at how they live, and what intonation they use to talk about themselves.

    Step 2: If you already know something about programming, then you can check your skills. There are a lot of tools for this. For example, programming Olympiads. These range from serious competitions like Google Code Jam or Facebook Hacker Cup, to the more entertaining "Proggy-Buggy" contest held by DataArt. Any capable people get noticed at these Olympiads right away. You can also try using online code-solving websites, like Coding Dojo, Code Retreat or Skillotron. It makes sense to check your English level as well. Skillotron has a separate category of questions for this, but you can use any other tool as well.

    Step 3: The next level of immersion is going to seminars-webinars and meetups. A significant part of these events takes place online these days, so you don't have to limit yourself to local events, although it makes a lot of sense to take a closer look at local hangouts for the technology you are interested in — connecting with these people can then play a big role in your career. Speaking even at small, local events makes you very noticeable, and people who are able to make an intelligent presentation are very much appreciated in the industry.

    Step 4: You can check your CV on our CV Duck service — our HR managers, who view hundreds of CVs every day, will give you free advice on how to put your CV in order.

    Step 5: Finally, keep an eye on the company websites. They regularly hold schools for beginners. DataArt arranges such promotions in the summer, and takes interns with basic knowledge without work experience all year round.
    What internship programs do you have and how to join them?
    We hire dozens of interns in almost all the cities where we have offices. These interns may have any one of the major engineering specialties.
    Unlike many other companies, we pay interns a salary. The internship usually lasts for 3 months, but it can end faster — if the person quickly grasps their work, and is clearly ready to contribute to a project.

    We are ready to offer a job in the company to all those who have successfully completed the training. We hire for our company, not for a specific project: unlike many IT companies, we don't dismiss anyone when the project ends. Instead, we find new and interesting tasks for our colleagues, taking their wishes into account.

    You can find more information about internship programs on our website or send your CV on A lot of useful videos you can find on our YouTube channel.
    What can I do right now to get a job in DataArt?
    Go to our website and send us your resume or e-mail us! More information about how to get a job in DataArt you can find here.

    It often happens that even if we don't have an open position, we'll still take a good person — we find work for people to do very quickly. We are constantly in need of more help.

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    The Skoltech Career Center thanks Elena Fedorova and Tsitsino Lobzhanidze for this interview and support.
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