A provocative opinion based on my own observations.
- European companies are lagging behind the US in remote adoption.
- Talking about money is taboo in Europe but very open in the US.
- European company cultures rely more on social interactions than the US.
- European companies prefer hiring people who speak the local language.
For context, I'm a proud European living in Europe. Born and raised in Portugal.
I've been working remotely for the last 6 years, mostly with startups in the US. These observations are from tech startups that have been trying to hire me for CTO roles (either full-time or fractional).
The Difference Between Companies in Europe and the US
- Company in the US: "This role is remote."
Company in Europe: "This role is remote, but I'm assuming you can visit the office every couple weeks or so."
- Company in the US: "We work mostly async, except for a few occasional meetings that might be needed."
Company in Europe: "This role is flexible, but you're expected to join our daily standup at 9 am our time and a few other recurring meetings."
- Company in the US: "Our budget is X. Is that within your ballpark? When can we get started?"
Company in Europe: "We'll send you a proposal via email for your review, and we can discuss it over a meeting in a few days."
- Company in the US: "Our team is spread around the world; you'll fit right in."
Company in Europe: "Everyone in our team speaks English. But just in case, do you speak Spanish/German/etc.?"
- Company in the US: "These are the challenges that we need your help with. You're expected to deliver X, Y, and Z."
Company in Europe: "We have a very fast-paced environment. Let's have a meeting to discuss priorities. There's so much going on."
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