In late 2019 the technology company Ubiquiti Inc, a global manufacturer of wireless data communication products, opened their new R&D office in Stockholm, Sweden. With a plan to grow the team rapidly, their need for skilled software engineers was immediate.
Kristaps Rikans, Regional Managing Director at Ubiquiti in Europe, was introduced to SALT and saw potential in partnering up.
“The technologies SALT uses in their career programme fits our tech stack well, and I saw an opportunity to hire skilled developers at a high pace in order to scale the new team.”
Kristaps invited a handful of developers from SALT to complete a code test to benchmark their technical skills with other recruitments. He was impressed with the results and decided to take on three of them. Since then Ubiquiti’s Stockholm branch has grown considerably and has become an established R&D-unit within the company.
“We’ve hired a substantial number of developers from SALT since the initial three and I’m happy to say that the performance of the team in Stockholm is on par with the best performing R&D-units in our company.”
One thing Kristaps appreciates with SALT is that drive and motivation are main criteria for being accepted into the programme and dedication and perseverance are required to graduate.
“At Ubiquiti we prefer to hire individuals with a specific mindset. Seniority sometimes comes with less flexibility. We want to form our developers, and that requires a hunger to learn and improve. The developers from SALT embody these traits.”
Ubiquiti's success as a company can be attributed to several factors. One of them is their laser-like focus on building meaningful features for their products at a rapid pace.
“We expect our engineers to build things that add real value and at speed. This also applies to new developers joining our company. Our on-boarding is quick and as a new developer we expect you to deliver more or less right away. Our pace has never been an issue for our SALT hires who are trained in finding solutions through cooperation in teams.”
The ambitions for the R&D-office in Stockholm are big and Kristaps and his team are constantly on the lookout for talent, both juniors and seniors.
“We keep growing and we plan to continue our strategic partnership with SALT as long as the engineers live up to our expectations.”
With our strong brand name, Klarna has no problems attracting new developers. The challenge is to assess the candidates' competance. Klarna's engineering director Peter Bergenwald took a chance on developers from SALT. A decision he is more than happy with.
Thanks to Klarna's position as one of Sweden's most well-known brands, interest in them as an employer is huge for junior developers seeking their way in the working world. But the large number of applications also places high demands on Klarna's selection processes.
"It takes a lot of work on our part to find the ones we really want. Often there is not much to go on when there is no work experience to refer to. SALT became a way for us to get help with that."
Above all, it was SALT's high admission requirements that aroused interest, with only about 30 people out of 1,000 applicants being admitted to the program. About halfway into the training, Klarna also tested SALT's developers based on their own screening process, with surprisingly good results.
"They did better than students from similar programs. I also appreciate that there were more female candidates at SALT than we usually find withour applicants in general. Since we are a company that strives for diversity both in terms of gender distribution and nationalities, it suited us very well."
Today, eight of SALT's developers work at Klarna. Some are more senior with master's degrees, and others have more work experience. "All of them stand out with a lot of motivation and drive. But this is a prerequisite for entering an education like SALT."
When Telness came in contact with SALT, the development team consisted of only a handful of developers. Jonas Cedenwing, CTO at Telness, wanted to lay the foundation for his future development team by hiring developers in-house.
"By collaborating with SALT, we were able to quickly meet developers who have gone through their solid selection process and whose expertise has been verified in the very technologies we work with."
A large part of Telness' success lies in their strong customer focus and close collaboration between sales, customer service and the development team. Feedback from customers is quickly transformed into new features.
“It is important that the developers have an understanding of the business and the problems that we are trying to solve with the help of code. We are looking for unpretentious individuals who thrive in a changing environment where self-leadership and cooperation are required both within the team and with other parts of the organization. We have found that through SALT”.
“I have to say that both have started impressively fast and are performing above expectations. We have an appreciated and efficient onboarding process that has made them start running their own projects at an early stage and deliver value to the entire organization.”
The plan for Telness is to continue to grow and develop its offering through a completely new business line. In future, the company's technical platform will be sold to telecommunications companies through a SaaS solution.