FAQ of applicants
About VSTORM Team Community:
What are the values of the VSTORM Team?
“Community that drives your full potential” is what we believe in. We look for developers who are proactive, agile, problem-solver and build relationships based on trust and partnership.
What are your perks?
Apart from working 100% remotely with flextime and having access to a community that drives your full potential, every VSTORM Team member receives an annual budget of $2,500 to drive your full potential and achieve your life goals. Our aim is to make you do more things you like, take risks and try new things, including traveling, self-development and combine it with your passions.
Where is your company’s headquarter?
We are a remote-first company, that means, we don’t have a headquarter, however our main location is Wroclaw, Poland, where our core team is. We have engineers from all parts of Poland, as well as other countries.
How does VSTORM Team communicate on daily basis?
We have a unique and engaging experience in a remote company. We communicate with partners via private channels, regular video #coffee-small-talks, or sharing your personal news or fun things on #social Slack channels. We also have regular meetings, online events to play games, explore themes and share our great news to stay updated with the community. We also use tools like Hangouts, Google Docs, Notion, etc. to communicate daily.
Applying for a job:
How does the recruitment process look like?
Recruitment process includes a short phone interview with a VSTORM Team member and technical interviews with our partner. It can be only one interview up to 1,5 h or two interviews if we want to learn more about your experience and discuss some specific details related to the project.
After the screening stage and technical round we prepare an individual membership offer to join our community.
How long is the recruitment process at VSTORM?
The whole process usually takes from 1 to 3 weeks, to verify if a candidate has a good culture fit and whether his experience meets our partner’s requirements. Finally, a candidate gets a membership offer with perks for joining our community, including annual budget to drive your full potential (link), financial details and contract terms.
Are all jobs that I see on your website real?
All the jobs on the job boards are based on requests from our partners which means they can actually be filled if we find the right candidate. So they are as real as they come.
Who are you looking for?
We are constantly recruiting for many positions, including non-IT. You can check all open positions here vstorm.co/career. We mostly look for remote developers with at least a few years of commercial experience in their core technologies because our partners expect to immediately start producing value on often large projects with complex codebases.
Could you share at least brief information about the project I am about to join?
The amount of information we can share will always depend on the project. Usually, we share a description that does not break our Non-Disclosure Agreements. Once you are assigned to the project, the Project Manager, Account Manager, and other team members will share all the details you need.
What level of English proficiency is required to join the VSTORM Team?
Since most of our clients are international companies, it is crucial for a remote developer to be good at English.
The most important thing is to be able to communicate freely.
What if I want to relocate to Poland, will you help me with it?
Yes, we are help residents of EU or non-EU residents, especially from Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Armenia who would like to combine taking up a new job with moving to Poland. We can help you and your family with tickets, accommodation, legalisation of your stay and support you in day-to-day challenges for Poland’s guests.
Can I work with VSTORM Team as a non-EU-based citizen?
Yes, you can, however, some projects require citizenship of the EU or even being on the territory of Poland.
Working with VSTORM Team
Do I work in teams or alone?
The majority of our roles are part of projects that already have a handful or more of developers actively working on them. You will rarely be alone on a project. It generally only occurs when that developer is extremely experienced across all the skills required for such role.
Do you have flextime approach?
Yes. There are time zone constraints that require some overlap with our partners (usually 4-5 hours). As long as you’re able to commit to working and being available online during this overlap and attending the necessary calls.
Do members of VSTORM Team work on one project or many?
VSTORM Team members work on one project at a time, so they don’t have to waste time and energy switching from one project to another. At VSTORM Team, we know how costly context-switching is, especially when you’re in the zone.
About Finances and Contract terms
Will you hire me full-time or as a freelancer?
VSTORM Team is primarily focused on providing developers with full-time (168 hours/month), long-term projects, contracting remotely with our company in Poland. However, we might be able to offer a part-time role to remote developers under certain conditions.
Will I be working full-time or part-time hours?
At VSTORM Team, we only hire people who can fully dedicate themselves to a project. That means a standard 40 hours per week.
Will I have paid vacation?
Get a 30-day paid break every five years. VSTORM Team doesn’t offer paid vacation time but can arrange for vacation time. We encourage you to incorporate vacation time into your hourly rate before you get a 30-days paid break after 5 years.
Is there any probation period?
We usually do not have a probation period but this could change if our partners requires so.
How will I get paid?
Every team member receives an hourly wage at a rate that’s decided at the end of the application process. This rate is determined by your experience, communication ability, leadership ability, and overall skills. VSTORM Team usually transfers the money within 14 days from date of sent invoice.
How does the company calculate the time spent on projects?
Don’t worry, we do not use any spying software. To make sure you get paid the right amount for the hours you’ve worked, we use time-tracking software or just a simple excel, based on it you’ll be able to report on how many hours you’ve spent on your assignment.
Do I need to take care of my own taxes?
Yes. Because we hire you as a full-time contractor, you’ll need to take care of your own taxes. VSTORM Team offers tax advice and cost optimisation with our experts for Polish residents.
How long will my contract last?
Most contracts last about 2 years or more, depending on the requirements of our partners. Some contracts can be as short as 3 months and others have lasted 10 years.
What happens when that contract ends?
We won’t let you down. Our average project length is 2 years but if you work well, we will keep you on board until we can find a new project for you. VSTORM Team members either rotate between internal and external projects or shift between projects with one of our long-standing partners.
If you want to join VSTORM Team Community and drive your full potential together with talented developers – send us your application today!