AROBS Transilvania Software

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The Company's Background Explained


What are AROBS’ registered name, registered address, fiscal code and registration code?


Registered Name: SC AROBS Transilvania SRL

Registered Address: Str. Donath, Nr. 11, Bl. M4, Ap. 28, Cluj-Napoca, 400301, Judetul Cluj, Romania

Fiscal Code / VAT: RO 11291045

Registry Number at the Chamber of Commerce: J12/1845/1998

When was AROBS established?


Founded in 1998, AROBS was initially focused on offshore IT projects using Java and Microsoft technologies.

Who owns AROBS?

 
 AROBS is a limited liability company with one shareholders, Voicu Oprean, the company CEO.

How big is AROBS now (number of developers, per year US$ revenue)?


AROBS relies on over 370 full time programmers with extensive experience and various degrees in IT (Bachelor of Science, Master Degrees or PhD), on skilled sales agents and on marketing and sales experts schooled at Romanian and foreign universities to embark on challenging offshore software development projects.We usually hire our people right upon graduation. Most of our programmers come from one of the three Universities in Cluj-Napoca that are offering degrees in Computer Science. Cluj is the most important academic center in Transylvania and provides a bountiful supply of talented programmers each year. Besides permanent, full-time employees, we are also keeping several programmers on a temporary, part-time or project basis. At the end of a trial period, these specialists can be offered permanent positions, depending on their performance. As for financial results, in 2013 the revenue was 12 million Euros.

Please describe AROBS' organizations structure.


The company's organizational structure includes the following layers:

  • Layer 1: CEO
  • Layer 2: COO, CFO
  • Layer 3: Development Managers, Business Development Manager – Outsourcing Division, Head of QA, Head of Project Management
  • Layer 4: Project Managers
  • Layer 5: Team Leaders
  • Layer 6: Developers and testers

Each Development Manager has decisional power in most matters concerning the group (s)he coordinates.

 

Can you briefly describe AROBS’ creative and development philosophy?


Creativity lies at the heart of our activities, all AROBS employees being encouraged to and rewarded for contributing with ideas that prove beneficial to the company. Ongoing market research, individual study, idea sharing through idea data-banks stored on the company Intranet, brainstorming sessions, and focus groups are but a few of the creativity inducing activities we rely on.

Our development philosophy is employee focused, which means we invest in training the developers and make considerable efforts to offer permanent positions in the company only to the ones with great potential or with a proven track record at AROBS. We also prefer the Agile methodology, which we consider the best suited for all iterative processes, which take the lion’s share in software development.

Can you provide solid infrastructure (local machines, network, etc.)?


This is a prerequisite in our business. We wouldn't have reached the current size without meeting this basic requirement. You would have the contact information of the IT support group, which react swiftly to all requests.

Please describe your company culture.


Dynamism and value are the two main pillars of our culture. We embrace change and react swiftly to it. To achieve our goals we rely mainly on over-achievers. The desire to challenge one's limits is an important selection criterion during recruitment, as are the professional and inter-personal skills. These key ingredients enabled the company to identify and exploit niche and emerging markets with great efficiency, leading to a healthy, sustainable growth, which placed AROBS in the Deloitte Central Europe Technology Fast50 ranking for each of the last 3 years.

What company culture would you like your customers to have?


With a 16 year experience in software outsourcing and a very long list of customers, it is difficult to pinpoint a certain Client Culture as our favorite. Flexibility is a prerequisite to success in our line of business and our achievements illustrate a remarkable ability to adjust to any client culture.

How does Romania's culture compare to those of the Western world?


After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Romania has made efforts to rediscover its pre-world war 2 identity. Based on the current status of the economy and on the country's membership to the European Union we can say we are on target. While communist ideas still haunt the old generations, our youth and most middle age people behave very much like their German or British counterparts. We share communication etiquette, attitudes, and even religious holidays with the Western world.

Our Western Europe and North America face no cultural barriers when working with us. We are result driven and would never say "Yes, we can", when in fact we know for sure a deadline is out of reach. Our customers get exactly what they have been promised.