Magazine Article | December 1, 2017

Hiring Fast To Keep Up With Rapid Cloud Growth

Source: Software Executive magazine

By Abby Sorensen, Chief Editor

Alessandra Lezama was employee number 29 when AbacusNext hired her as CEO in September 2013. In the four years since then, AbacusNext has transitioned to the cloud, which resulted in the kind of rapid growth that required rapid hiring. The company now has more than 350 employees in its sunny San Diego office. And it’s been hiring these new employees en masse.

Glassdoor.com’s recently released report on average hiring times shows U.S. companies take an average of 23.8 days to hire a new employee. In the “Computer Software and Hardware” category, the average time to hire is 23.9 days. Even with some rounding, AbacusNext would have had to hire someone every 4.5 days in order to add 320 employees since Lezama took the reins. The company didn’t have a small army of recruiters or an expansive HR department to shortcut the process. Instead, it threw the “hire slow, fi re fast” mantra out the window and instead used open houses as mass hiring events to ramp up its headcount.