Michigan Software Firm Offers Engineers Some Love

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Hiring managers at tech companies spend a lot of time trying to figure out what IT pros want, how they can differentiate their company and keep top talent.


Yesterday I wrote about two things tech pros crave: decision-making authority and telecommuting. And cultural fit plays an increasingly important role in hiring. This Computerworld article advises companies to make company culture a selling point. Certainly, Intuit and Facebook are among the companies trying to foster the culture that engineers crave.


Michigan's Lakeside Software, meanwhile, is trying to woo engineers by offering them a whole lotta love. The Bloomfield Hills-based company makes business intelligence software for Fortune 500 companies. CEO Mike Schumacher told the Detroit Free Press he plans to double the size of his 40-person staff in a year and is hiring senior-level engineers as fast as he can find them. MLive.com quotes Dan Salinas, vice president of business development, saying:

Lots of software developers work for companies where they are treated like second-class citizens. Our crown jewel is what our developers do, so they are treated very well. They are listened to and fostered, and I think that makes working here fun.

Schumacher, who started the company in his Lakeside home, considered moving the company to Silicon Valley to have access to the engineering talent pool there. But chalk the efforts by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. up to another victory in keeping tech jobs in the state.


The Free Press quotes Schumacher, saying:

They said, "We think you can find those people right here. We think that there are places to look like Ann Arbor and even in this area that you're not seeing yet and we can help you with that." We were a little bit skeptical at first, but we listened. And I have to say they're right. In the end, that talent base is here. You just have to know where to look.