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Discussion on: How do you onboard new developers?

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Unfortunately, due to unique geographic and domain circumstances, we rarely hire junior developers. Almost everyone in our engineering dept has more than 20 years of experience. When we hire it tends to be another senior developer who has already been around the (same) block and the work is very familiar. Most of our work revolves around hw/sw that deals with very well known standards so we tend to work w/ that rather than our own in-house constructs.

For the few recent grads we've hired, we give them one of our products and have them enhance it with new features. They ask questions when they get stuck and we tell them "don't suffer in silence!" - just ASK! No shame in asking questions.