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Accounting for women

Some of the Xero women in our Wellington HQ

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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10 comments

Mike Block
7 June 2012 #

I may be old-school, but it seems crazy to suggest separate accounting for women. After 48 years with a woman, I know women always use their own accounting. We now need accounting for men. Xero can create this in its 100th least used currency, with pig latin or football documentation :)

Gayle Buchanan
7 June 2012 #

Fab looking bunch of ‘chicks’ … well done ladies and thanks so much for all you do in the background – much appreciated

Lance Wiggs
7 June 2012 #

Fab _doing_ bunch of _people_, and a truly impressive team. Well done everyone.

Earl Rudolfo
8 June 2012 #

Way to go, Xero Women! But where’s Sue Pak? Can see her in the picture. Would be nice to hear what she has to say about working at Xero. Also what about “Orange Girl”?
Anyway, guess now Xero will need to do an article on women entrepreneurs using Xero in their businesses -:)

Kirsten Hawke
8 June 2012 #

Go girls – we are an all female team here so appreciate “girl power”

Catherine
8 June 2012 #

Hi Earl – I’m here just not there! The photo does lack a bit of orange!! The photo was taken at our HQ in Wellington and I’m now based in San Francisco. So great working at Xero to get that opportunity :) I’ve been at Xero 5.5 years now – my longest job ever, seeing the company go from a dining room table to offices all around the world with about 200 staff – amazing. ^OG

Elizabeth Salter
8 June 2012 #

It’s great to hear more from some of the talented people at Xero and also how they enjoy working there. We appreciate all your efforts. :)

Sue Pak
8 June 2012 #

Hi Earl – We’re such a global company now that we are spread over the entire world. When this photo was taken I was in San Fransisco with Catherine – didn’t make it to Canada though…. Now back in the Auckland office where we also have a great team who love working for Xero. I joined Xero 3.5 years ago because of the Xero vision to put business owners back in touch with their business on a daily basis – and to make accounting simple. So many awesome people here and I’m proud that we’re contributing to that vision.

Keith
8 June 2012 #

I don’t understand why the accounting software is $29 per month in USA $ but a whopping $49 per month in Aussie $ when there is hardly any difference in the $ values??? Sounds expensive for small businesses that need to do multiple invoices.

Richard Phillips
11 June 2012 #

@Keith we offer a lot more features in Aussie and payroll is now included so even better value than before. Comment from Rod here that also helps explain the price difference.

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