Tech Stack Heaven! Best places to be a developer in Hong Kong

Good software developers are highly sought-after in Hong Kong, with demand outstripping supply. A wide range of companies, from fast-growing startups through to well established multinationals, are hiring tech talent, but with so much competition, who are the best companies to work for?

With many companies offering similar financial benefits, it’s become the non-monetary rewards that are key: What career development opportunities do companies offer and which technologies do they use? Which companies have employee-focused working environments and great company cultures?

Here we take a look at 6 companies in Hong Kong that offer great opportunities for software developers.

1. Aftership

Aftership

What they do: AfterShip’s mission is to automate eCommerce operations and help retailers provide the best customer experience after sales.

What they offer employees: Developers at AfterShip enjoy a supportive and friendly culture where they work with product designers and product managers within scrum teams to deliver high-quality deliverables such as product enhancements or new product features in every two-week sprint. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate, discover new interests, learn something new and grow stronger together.

Cool perks: AfterShip empowers their people to choose when, where and how they work best to deliver better results, offering flexible working hours and unlimited work-from-home.

Tech stack: Major programming languages: JavaScript (Node.js). Cloud: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform. Databases: MongoDB, Google Spanner, Redis, DynamoDB, Amazon Aurora. Other SaaS: Algolia, Mixpanel, SendGrid, Twilio, Contentful, Google Analytics

Hear from AfterShip’s team on what life is like at the company and check out their open job opportunities.

2. Datum

Datum

What they do: Datum is a blockchain startup that aims to unlock data in centralised databases, helping individuals take back their data.

What they offer employees: Datum’s people enjoy a flexible and supportive work environment, where results are more important than time at your desk and management have an open communication policy where the team can talk directly to managers at any time.

Cool perks: Datum provides its team with lots of great perks, including access to compensation via its DAT cryptocurrency tokens, which has a huge potential upside. The company also prioritises team building and knowledge sharing by hosting regular activities from Friday happy hours, team lunches and team dinners, though to off sites and overseas company trips.

Tech stack: Coding languages include TypeScript, JavaScript and Go; and frameworks/systems include Angular 4, Ionic, NPM, Git.

Hear from Datum’s team on what life is like at the company and check out their open job opportunities.

3. Chengbao

Chengbao

What they do: Chengbao is leading the way to a more private and secure digital world. The company makes cybersecurity software for consumers in over 200 countries. They’re profitable, growing and just getting started.

What they offer employees: Chengbao gives employees autonomy to do what they’re good at in a fun, collaborative environment. They prioritise productivity and creativity with minimal management overhead and a healthy work-life balance.

Cool perks: Chengbao do everything to look after their people, including free breakfast, excellent medical coverage, many learning opportunities, a great office with ping pong table and pullup bars, and a focus on healthy work-life balance

Tech stack: Chengbao let you choose your own stack! But here’s what they’re already using: Ruby, Go, Node.JS, C, mySQL, Postgres, Redis, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, Docker, Chef and Ansible.

Take a look at Chengbao’s office and culture and check out their open job opportunities.

4. Lalamove

Lalamove

What they do: A hyper growth company, Lalamove has expanded its same day delivery and courier service across China and Southeast Asia.

What they offer employees: Lalamove focuses on how individuals and the company can grow together. With such a fast-growing business, there are many opportunities for junior staff to develop into managers.

Cool perks: Friday jam sessions, weekly sports activities, weekend trips and many more.

Tech stack: Includes Golang, NodeJS and PHP.

Hear from Lalamove’s team on what life is like at the startup and check out their open job opportunities.

5. PALO IT

Palo IT

What they do: PALO IT gathers and coordinates the best talents to deliver their customers’ digital innovation and transformation projects.

What they offer employees: PALO IT is like one big family with Palowans, as employees call themselves, enjoying a collaborative environment with a flat hierarchy and lots of opportunities for autonomy. PALO IT emphasizes knowledge sharing and continuous learning.

Cool perks: PALO IT organises an annual company trip, which is great way for staff to meet other Palowans who share a passion for technology

Tech stack: Frontend: ReactJS and Javascript, AngularJS. Backend: NodeJS, Databases, Java, Python, Clojure. Mobile: Swift for iOS, Android, native or hybrid.

Hear from PALO IT’s team on what life is like at the startup and check out their open job opportunities.

6. GoGoVan

GogoVan

What they do: GoGoVan is the first app-based platform for transporting goods in Asia.

What they offer employees: The company has a flat hierarchy where GoGoVaners are free to voice their ideas and opinions, and even have a mailbox where they can write anything they like to management.

Cool perks: Monthly events, infinite amount of drinks and snacks, and many more.

Tech stack: Includes Ruby on Rails and Postgres.

Take a look at GoGoVan’s office and culture and check out their open job opportunities.

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