I worked at SemanticBits full-time (More than 3 years)
Very well organized company right from my beginning, basically everything happened so fast, they brought me on the board from Europe within a month or so, preparing and shipping all H1B papers and instructions to me. They were about to move to a new office when I arrived, the new place was exciting, very convenient location, spacious and well maintained facility, they are still there. Met a lot of great and smart folks. I liked the projects I have been assigned to, working on Healthcare ideas is something I enjoy the most even today.
The company is open to a decent range of technologies, developers at any level have a very good learning opportunity. Green Card sponsorship is available, flexible hours, paid IT trainings and certifications.
I owe many many thanks to most of the people I met there but I just wanna point a few as being the greatest.
Vinay Kumar (COO) - great guy, assisted me with the integration, he is also an amazing techincal dude, I worked with him on a couple of projects which gave me the opportunity to take some leadership on certain things, also thanks to Vinay I improved my personal library with great IT books.
Ram Chilukuri (CEO) - very smart and intelligent, he assisted me to establish and mentain a great relationship with the immigration attorney to ultimately have a very successfull Green Card processing case, thanks a lot.
Paul Baumgartner (Project manager) - amazing and great listener, great mentor, he was the first to ping when I had any kind of issues, Paul did a great job educating me to better understand the new culture I met. I would love to have him as my project manager again, I enjoyed all the scrums he was running.
Biju Joseph (Tech lead) - The best tech lead and teacher I have ever met, he is just a super IT brain.
Denis Krylov (Principal Engineer) - Sharp and smart developer, every minute talking to him about technologies is worth a million, hard working guy, I heard other collegues talking about Denis as "one man army", the way and the speed he was handling all the tasks and issues on the projects was something very different, everybody want Denis on their projects.
With all the people I mentioned above - you are in the right place.
At the time I was working for Semanticbits I remember a few gov projects, which in my opinion is a little sensitive, I think more non-gov projects would make everybody working for them feel much better.
Advice to Management
Keep up the great mood and support for your army.
It the phone conversation, the CTO started with pushing a propaganda speech. He told me they have like 20 senior developers as employees for about 15 years, and only 1 of them left during that time.
It made me wonder - why would smart people invest 15 years of their time working for somebody instead of building their own assets and their own business? On of two things - either they are not that smart, or the CTO has inaccurate or outdated information.
Next, the CTO was telling me about the hiring process, he told me it involves completing pro bono coding tasks remotely while sharing the screen with the company's staff.
I told him - demanding somebody to share his screen it's rude, doesn't he understand it?
It was basically the end of conversation. Sometimes it's good to pass on doing business with a delusional and condescending company with big attitude, such as SemanticsBits.
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