This article mainly concerns about hiring and building a software engineer in Vietnam; therefore, its usefulness may be limited if you are relocating the software engineers to Singapore. So, without further ado, here are the top 7 points to look out for when hiring and building a software engineering team in Vietnam.
As you probably have known, English is not a native language to Vietnamese. Therefore, you may find it difficult to communicate with Vietnamese software engineers properly. To solve this problem effectively, you can hire a Product Manager who is proficient in English to handle the communication and project timeline while subsidizing your engineers for English courses.
2. Working Culture
Vietnamese people highly value relationships, community and bonding events. Therefore, it is important that you make your software engineers, although they are not physically with you, feel a sense of belonging to your team. While video communication may be conducted on a daily basis, it is advisable to see them face-to-face at least once a week. Organizing bonding events and having a strong culture is key to keep them loyal to you in the long-run.
3. Turn Over
The demand for software engineers in Vietnam is stiff. With many foreign companies setting up their development centers in Vietnam and the rise of Vietnam start-ups, Vietnamese software engineers have plenty of opportunities for them. Therefore, unless your pocket can compete with those of Grab and SEA, giving them high salaries is neither viable or effective.
This issue is common when building an overseas team. When your team is not physically with you, it is hard to know whether they are working hard. Fortunately, if you can set up properly set up the product development process with tools such as Jira, Trello or GitHub, you can ensure productivity without monitoring them constantly.
To properly hire software engineers in Vietnam, you need to set up a legal entity in Vietnam and follow Vietnam’s employment law. There are plenty of companies that can help you with these issues – just remember to do your due diligence on those companies.
6. Intellectual Rights
It gets tricky when you need to deal with intellectual rights. Signing non-disclosure and intellectual property agreement are crucial however not enough. Enforcing those agreements in Vietnam is costly in both time and money. Therefore, you first need to ensure the character of your hires. Proper source code management is recommended as well.
If your Vietnam team is small, admin work may be negligible. However, as the team gets bigger, hiring an admin staff to ensure all the nitty-gritty details are looked after will save you a lot of time and headaches.
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