Engineering • 6 min read
By Maksymilian Meszka
We know how difficult the remote onboarding phase in a new company can be. So, we decided to make life easier for our new team members by optimising our processes, including platform and tool deep dives and virtual team introductions. Read on and find out what this looks like in practice.
We know just how difficult, especially in the current (remote) times, the onboarding phase in a new company can be. So, we decided to make life easier for our new team members (aka "Pandas") by optimising our processes, including platform and tool deep dives and virtual team introductions. Read all insights on how this looks in practice and what you can expect when joining the Engineering teams at Bitpanda.
Depending on your location, before you start you will either be invited to pick up your Bitpanda merchandise from the office or you will receive a package with everything that is necessary to get you started including your hardware. Our sustainable merchandise will get you in the right mood for your upcoming onboarding days. Your laptop is fully configured and secured by our team from the IT and Security department, so your first input is limited to entering basic data and creating passwords only.
Our online Bootcamps are live meetings that we organise especially for our new team mates, during which you will learn the most important things regarding a specific topic. Each meeting ends with a Q&A session where you can ask any questions you may have. Bootcamps usually take place at the beginning or the middle of the month and sometimes quarterly (depending on how many new team members joined on the 1st or the 15th of the month). Each new Panda spends most of their first days in general bootcamps prepared by Pandas around the organisation.
Here are a few of the bootcamps we offer:
Additionally, while working in the Engineering department, you will take part in special Bootcamps focused on technical aspects and procedures.
You will find, among others:
After your IT onboarding, the first message from the People team will already be in your inbox. This is an invitation to the onboarding board in “Confluence”. On our first day, we get acquainted with general information about the company's operations and the rules governing the organisation - including the "Code of Conduct'', Bitpanda values, using the Intranet and your available benefits.
One of your "tasks" to check on your first day is "Meet Your Fellow". This is a very important piece of the onboarding puzzle. A "Fellow" is a designated person from your team who will help you during the first days of onboarding and answer any questions you may have regarding the organisation or other processes occurring in your daily work.
During the first days:
The way your upcoming weeks will be structured are very dependent on the team that you are joining. For example, departments like our Bitpanda Support team have an additional onboarding process to prepare you for the job.
The next step is to look at a more detailed list of tasks that are more specific to each role. For example: a Frontend Developer that works with Angular will have a slightly different onboarding path prepared for them during their first days of work at Bitpanda compared to someone joining as a Software Tester. The path is related to the specifics of a given position. That is why we have created different onboarding lists in Confluence, where everything is clearly arranged according to your position at Bitpanda.
The most important thing for us is the first two weeks of onboarding. This is the period in which you will absorb complementary knowledge and learn how things work within Bitpanda. It is vital that you ask questions about whatever you do not understand. It is also the time to configure the development environment, VPNs or join your most-needed channels on Slack.
To summarise, in your first two weeks:
As an agile-minded person, I need to smuggle something related to the agile mindset into this article. Bitpanda is an organisation that operates in the digital assets market, where the markets react extremely quickly, therefore we also need to act quickly and be agile.
When I joined the team in September 2020, there were about 200 employees, now (in July 2021) there are over 500 of us. That is why the whole onboarding process has evolved and continues to improve from month to month. Checklists have been changed many times, some bootcamps have been shortened, others have been extended and a few more have been added. There is always room for improvement and this is what we do together with our new joiners. We ask them what they liked and what we can do better to improve the overall process.
If you've read up to this point, you have either just applied for an open position at Bitpanda, or you are going to apply soon. We offer many great open positions and internships, during which you will be able to develop your expertise and skills and, at the same time, help the company to improve its products. What counts at Bitpanda is knowledge and enthusiasm.
Do you want to work at Bitpanda? We are hiring and looking for great people who are ready to make an impact, right from day one. And the best part? As we continue to expand our global footprint, we’re now also hiring in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK. So check out our current open positions and apply to Bitpanda now!
See you soon!
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