Accounting for women
Last month, we were named Exporter of the Year at the annual NZ Hi-Tech Awards. It was interesting to note that, out of all the companies who won awards that night, ours was the only one accepted by a female employee (Global Training Manager Sue Pak).
We’re certainly not the only company that hires women, but the level of surprise people registered on the night highlighted a certain unfair stereotype: that tech companies can be “boys clubs.” I’m pleased to say that we certainly do not meet this stereotype. The Xero team has over 100 women working in all areas of the business, including HR, finance, customer care, sales and marketing, design, engineering, operations, software development and QA.
So with that in mind, I caught up with some of our talented women to hear their thoughts on working in the tech space and being part of the Xero team. Here’s what they had to say:
Lynn Barneto works in our dev team, writing code for the mobile version of the Xero app.
“I’ve been coding since I was 6. I’ve always loved it because it’s such a creative process with constant problem-solving. Working here, I get to see the product evolve from start to finish – I feel like I’m really involved in nurturing something great.”
Hilde Krollman is an engineer in our ops team, helping to make sure new releases go smoothly.
“As a database engineer, I’m like a bridge between the operations teams and the dev teams; I help make sure our releases go smoothly and everything’s in the right place at the right time! It’s a great challenge because the Xero database has so much customer data.”
Amy Stephens works in our Documentation team as a Technical Writer, drawing on her experience as an editor and designer to write Help Centre content that helps users find what they need – and understand it.
“I chose to work at Xero because it’s progressive. It gets that the design of the product needs to be user-centered. It gets that being cloud-based is the way forward. I wanted to work for a company that employees are proud of, with a product that people love to use.”
Hannah Gray works as a developer on our Sniper Team, working on little features that make big differences.
“Tech is an incredibly rewarding industry to work in because you get to hear people tell you how you’ve improved their life by saving them money, time or both.
“Working here is great because everything we do is about improving Xero by adding new features. Rather than developing something, then moving on to the next, completely different thing, we spend time revisiting our old work and finding better ways of solving peoples’ problems. It’s a situation that encourages lots of innovation.”
We’ve got lots of room for the right people, male or female. So have a look at our careers page and get in touch if you think you’re suited to one of our many roles!
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