The thing about Israeli companies is that they often give their employees “options”. This is an opportunity to receive real dividends in the future if the company grows and enters the stock exchange. That’s why local developers work for a fixed salary and strive for a future income. There is no such practice in Eastern Europe. Therefore, engineers prefer to focus on current payment terms and are more likely to work strictly by the hour.
Besides, Israeli programmers are used to acting as if “everyone can do everything”. A Backend Java developer most likely knows how to work with Python, .NET, C, etc. And if he doesn’t, then at least he tries. Eastern Europeans prefer strictly their own title and do not take on “someone else’s work”. On the other hand, it gives them a huge advantage. Playing only on his own field, the techie is a real pro in his specialty.
It’s worth considering that in Israel a hiring decision can take months. In Eastern Europe, on the contrary, techies do not like to beat around the bushes. It is a common case when the Israeli side is calmly weighing all the pros and cons, while the developer, tired of waiting, is already accepting the next offer. Therefore, if you really like the candidate, you need to act.
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