Q. What does Crossover do?
A. Crossover connects talent from around the globe with companies that are looking to hire only the best. We have more than 1,850 partners from 98 different countries working full time (40 hrs/wk) for our clients, and we are growing quickly, as we have more customer demand than we can find good people. We are also a mission-driven company—we believe in providing people with high-paying, long-term jobs and careers. We are not a marketplace in which companies are trying to hire someone at rock-bottom rates for temporary work.
Q. Where is Crossover located?
A. Crossover is headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA. We operate 100% remotely. So although we have a corporate mailing address, our global talent network is located across nearly 100 countries, working from any location where they can be most effective (in a cafe, at home, on the road, etc).
Q. When was Crossover established?
A. Crossover as a brand was established in 2014. We are well funded and growing quickly.
Q. Who is the CEO?
A. Andy Tryba is the founder and CEO of Crossover. He was also an advisor to the U.S. White House on the future of jobs and engineering talent. Andy’s passion is to drive the future of work in a global, interconnected society. By enabling high-skill job growth, we can raise the standard of living across the globe. Andy’s background also includes roles as the Director of Strategy at Intel Corporation as well as the CEO of other successful tech startups. See Andy’s LinkedIn Profile or ask Andy a question on Quora.
Q. How can you afford to pay such high wages? Is this sustainable?
A. Crossover is a well funded company, but that’s not why we are able to afford to pay high wages. Our clients are searching for the best talent in the world. We are not paying based on location; we pay based on talent. We provide our clients with a rigorous testing process to ensure we’re hiring highly qualified candidates, and those clients are willing to pay for the best talent.
Additionally, by operating remotely, we have less overhead. Therefore, we are able to redirect saved costs to our talent network. In doing this, we can afford to pay the best talent what they are worth. Long term, our elite talent network is generating much more value than a workforce based solely on cost savings.
Q. Is Crossover the same company as DevFactory, gTeam, etc?
A. No, we are not the same company. DevFactory is one of our clients, and we fill a variety of roles for them. In our early stages, to get going faster (Lean Startup style), we utilized some of the tests they had developed to find candidates, but we have since evolved from there. We are constantly improving our processes and aim to be the biggest employer on the planet for the best talent to find highly paid, high-skill jobs.
Q. How are you different from other companies like TopTal? Like Hired?
A. Unlike these companies, our focus is not on freelancing, but instead on full-time (40 hours/week), long-term jobs. We believe the best talent wants challenging opportunities and long-term careers, not short-term or part-time contracts. They would rather not spend their valuable time always trying to find new opportunities (i.e. freelancing), but instead join a team working on high-impact projects that provide valuable career experience.
Q. I’ve seen some negative things written about you. Why is that?
A. There’s a saying that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. So we’re not surprised that people question our model. That’s what happens when a company is disrupting a new space and shaking things up a bit. We believe we are having a significant impact on the way the world will hire in future. This is uncomfortable, because it’s a big change. But this change is inevitable.
We have heard questions like:
Are you trying to keep from paying US taxes?
Rest assured, we pay a lot of U.S. taxes! Since Crossover’s CEO, Andy Tryba, used to work in the White House, this would probably be frowned upon.
Are you one of those Nigerian scams?
There is nobody from Crossover who will be sending you an email stating that you inherited a fortune in some random country and we need your bank account to transfer it. We are a legitimate company offering real remote jobs. But since we offer them at high hourly rates, we sometimes get lumped into a category of scams and get-rich-quick garbage that has existed around the internet for a long time.
This will change as more and more companies start embracing remote work. We are one of the pioneers, but the skepticism surrounding remote business models will work itself out in the future as jobs in the cloud become commonplace.
Q. Are you on Facebook?
A. Yes, on most of our social media sites and external-facing sites, we are branded as “Crossover for Work.”
Getting Hired with Crossover
Q. What types of companies will I work for?
A. Our clients are Fortune 1000 companies that have challenging problems to solve. Some of our clients include Aurea, Mobi, Ignite, Upland, 3Seventy, Dispatchr, POPinNow, Versata, RealStarter.co, webElect.net, and DevFactory. We also believe in vetting our clients, since we know that great talent wants to work for great companies. We help facilitate great matches for long-term success.
Q. What types of roles do you offer?
A. Primarily we have technical roles, everything from technical support to chief architects. To find a list of all available positions, visit our job board: https://app.crossover.com/x/marketplace/available-jobs
Q. What is the biggest benefit of working with Crossover?
A. Some of the things our partners appreciate most about Crossover include:
great wages that are paid on time and consistently
setting your own schedule
working with great team members who are top performers
working with people from all over the world
increased productivity due to reduced commute time
ability to spend more time with family
ability to work from anywhere in the world