|Since how many years you are in Industry?
We are in IT business since 1987. We started off with a Telecom product designing and development company “Softech Microsystems” for local market which is located nearby on Shahr-e-Faisal. We have over 5000 clients in Telecom business ranging from small to large enterprises including banks, govt. defense departments of Air Force, Army and Navy etc. In 1997, we established Softech Worldwide in USA to capture foreign market and provided software consulting services for 3 years. In 2000, we established “Softech Worldwide Karachi” as an offshore software development center for SWW USA. Since then we have been providing software development services to our clients in USA.
|Mainly you are working in which domains?
Currently our focus is completely on Rich Media Platform and technologies. We are applying our technology to video based E-Learning and are working to revolutionize this industry with our unique products and solutions. We are competing with giants like Google, Yahoo and Adobe. Custom software development services are also running in parallel.
|How many offices do you have?
Our head office is in Virginia, USA while offshore office is here in Karachi where you are being interviewed. Our telecom division is also located at Nursery, Shahr-e-Faisal.
|What benefits do you offer to your employees?
- Health and Life Insurance
- Gratuity (Employee Loyalty Fund)
- Bi-Yearly performance based increments
- Interest free Loan Policy
- Employee Referral policy—Grading system we follow
- Leaves (18+6)
- Marriage bonus
- Alternate Saturdays Training benefits
- Agile Development process
Our greatest non-monetary benefit is “Learning”. We offer constant challenges and learning opportunities to our employees involving new tools, technologies and business problems to solve. In this regards, we believe that we are among the TOP software development companies in Pakistan to offer an extra-ordinary learning environment. We are currently working in latest Microsoft Technologies like .NET 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Web Services, Microsoft Silver light 2, MS Live authentication, MS Live Streaming Services, Team Foundation Server etc. This blend of cutting edge technologies is not available anywhere else. You might have heard of SOA and SaaS. In Softech, you can practically be a part of implementing these models and gain experience not offered anywhere else in Pakistan.
Moreover, we have teams of experienced, qualified and dedicated senior Architects, Tech Leads, SQA and software engineers to work with.
We are an ISO 9001-2000 Certified professional organization and have mature policies and procedures. For software development, we follow SCRUM based customized software development methodology tailored to our needs, where the team makes major decisions and is responsible for end results, not the project manager. In fact, there is NO project manager.
Another major benefit working at Softech is its OPEN, free and frank working environment where you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills without any boundaries which directly plays major role in your growth. Promotion is only performance based, and due to OPEN environment with no room for politics, one is able to achieve growth according to his skills and performance. We have examples when less experienced and newly joined employees performed better than more experienced and older employees, and were designated on leading positions.
|What is your salary range for this position?
In general our salary packages are competitive, but our salary offer is solely based on your sole expertise and experience as we would evaluate in our hiring process. We do not make offers based on what others might be offering you. Many companies attract employees solely on basis of high salary packages in order to fulfill their short term needs. We do not compete with such companies, as our goals are long term and would only like to attract employees who are interested in long term relationship with us and work with us like a family.
|How do you evaluate your candidates?
We have a comprehensive screening process that every candidate has to go though before being offered a position. In general, we have a 3 step interview process including a technical and personality test. But this process is also adaptable to a candidate’s skill and experience allowing him to go through it more quickly.
|How often do you do late sittings?
We do not encourage late sittings.
Mostly, we ask team members to give us estimates of the tasks assigned to them, and also provide enough time to provide these estimates. Once committed to a time frame and deadline, it is an employee’s responsibility to complete those tasks on his committed time, even if it requires him to sit late.
But considering the inability to provide correct estimates, challenges of working on cutting edge technologies and sometimes business pressures naturally require team to apply more efforts. That is why at Softech our number 1 value is “Commitment”. If you are committed to the success of your project and meeting your deadlines, we will be willing to accommodate you in our team even if you are little less competent. We will support you in every way, we will accommodate your leaves, your laves, and we can even adjust with your ongoing academic needs (if any). But we do not compromise on “Commitment”.
|You are product / project base company?
We are mainly a Products, Solutions and Services Company. But we also have small and large sized projects running in parallel which help us increase our domain knowledge and have the potential to be added in our portfolio as products later on.
|On which technology you are working?
We are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and currently working on latest Microsoft Tools & Technologies:
- .NET 3.5
- Windows Communication Foundation
- Windows Workflow Foundation
- Web Services
- Microsoft Silverlight 2
- MS Live authentication
- MS Live Streaming Services
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007
- Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) 2007
- SQL Server 2005
Our internal infrastructure is based on:
- Team Foundation Server
- Visual Studio 2008 Team Edition
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007
- Microsoft Project Server 2007 (for enterprise project management)
- Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007
- Microsoft Virtual Server 2007
- Microsoft Forefront, Exchange 2007, ISA 2007
We have 5 Mbit/s internet bandwidth on fiber optic and DSL combined, with Cisco ASA Firewall for security and VPN tunnel with our U.S office.
|What sort of organizational structure do you follow?
We have a matrix environment in our organization but practically a flat hierarchy. We have carefully evolved a set of policies and procedures which cultivates a very OPEN, flexible and frank environment while maintaining professionalism and improving productivity. We follow open door management where everyone irrespective of his level is allowed and encouraged to speak up his mind whenever, wherever and to whoever while maintaining ethics and positive tone. Feedbacks and suggestions are always more than welcome and everyone is guaranteed to have no repercussions as a result of any complains as long as the motive behind it is positive.
|XYZ Company that I applied in is offering me better salary package than Softech.
Honestly, we know companies who are willing to hire you at even better salary packages than XYZ Company. If your one and only requirement is better salary package, then you should probably join the XYZ Company because in this case you might not be the right candidate for us either.
We at Softech believe in well being of our employees and provide them salary packages according to general market value, if not the best. Our compensation contains the right mix of monetary, emotional, environmental, learning & growth ingredients to provide comprehensive satisfaction to most of our potential and existing employees. This is the major reason we have better retention rate than most of the companies who only attract candidates only on the basis of salary.