A career accelerator for India’s top software engineering talent.

Pesto is a 12-week intensive training program to help engineers in India break into international tech careers via full-time remote jobs.

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Student Stories

Monis Ahmad

Pesto made me realize the importance of having a dream and working towards it. Not losing hope on a bad day, not getting too excited on a good day but working every day to turn your dream into reality.

Monis Ahmad

Engineer at Residenetwork.com

Graduated IMS Engineering College 2015

Starting salary ₹29 LPA

Nikhil Arora

The main thing that I could take out from my 3-months stint at Pesto is the “change in mindset”. Looking back 3 months, I can clearly see the difference in the “before Pesto” and “after Pesto” versions of myself.

Nikhil Arora

Engineer at Jumpcut.com

Graduated Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering 2018

Starting salary ₹22 LPA

Kundan Singh

Pesto taught me so many things. The soft skills will act as the icing on the cake over my technical skills for my entire career. I have a vision now. Pesto and my mentor David should be proud to have instilled this confidence in me.

Kundan Singh

Engineer at Saal.ai

Graduated MGKVP University 2015

Starting salary ₹34 LPA


How It Works

Screening

We start with a screening process where we test for software engineering fundamentals, English communication skills and an intense eagerness to learn.

Training

Once selected, students are expected to move to Delhi where they will begin our 12-week training program.

During training students will dive deep into software engineering best practices, get paired up with engineering mentors from the US, contribute to popular open source projects and learn the soft skills required to be an effective remote employee.

Get Hired

Students that pass out of training will work with our placements team to prepare for interviews, write resumes, negotiate salaries and get introductions directly to top Silicon Valley start ups.

Starting Work

To make the on-boarding process as seamless as possible for both students and our partners, we take care of the routine administrative tasks required when bringing on a new remote teammate.

Alumni

After graduation, Pesto Alumni become part of a powerful network where they can continue learn from each other and grow in their new international tech careers.


How much does it cost?

We believe in equality of opportunity. Therefore we do not charge anything up front. Instead we take a percentage of each students future income.

This puts us on the same same team as our students. The better they do, the better we do.


Program Outline

  • Schedule: 12 weeks, Mon - Fri, 9pm to 6am IST
  • Location: New Delhi
  • New batches start every month.
Pre-Training:

Before starting training, every student should review our open source curriculum. This goes over all of the different topics that we will cover during the course. It is meant to be a brief overview to introduce students to each topic. Students are expected to review this fully before their first day.

Weeks 1 - 4: Skills Assessment of Pre-Training Resources

For the first four weeks we will go over all of the pre-training curriculum in depth. This will be extremely fast paced as it is expected that students are at least somewhat familiar with each topic before showing up.

Weeks 5 - 8: Capstone Project

Students will be working in teams designing, building and shipping a real full stack application. This exposes them to real world examples of the type of work that will be expected of them after graduation.

Throughout the course of the project we introduce new design constraints so that every student is exposed to every core concept regardless of what each team wants to build.

Examples constraints include: deploying the project with continuous integration, adding unit and integration tests, using a mongo database, adding user authentication and safely storing credentials

The project will be open source and will serve as a portfolio piece to show potential hiring partners.

Weeks 9 - 12: Open Source Apprenticeship

We have reached out to the maintainers of a variety of open source projects and put together a list of projects that need student help. Each student will choose one of these projects. They will then spend their last four weeks making meaningful contributions to their chosen project guided by Pesto teachers and the projects maintainers.


FAQ

What happens if I don't get an offer for ₹15 LPA?

We feel if you don't get a job paying at least ₹15 LPA, our training program isn't good enough and you shouldn't have to pay for it. You won't pay anything.

Do you teach other languages besides JavaScript?

Right now, no. However, students join Pesto from all different programming backgrounds and can work with other programming languages after graduation (Python is in particularly high demand right now).

We look at JavaScript as just a teaching tool. What we really teach is how to be an excellent engineer by global standards. An excellent engineer can pick up new languages and frameworks as needed to get the job done.

Who are your instructors?

Our instructors are dedicated, full time, expert engineers that have worked on products that have touched millions of people.

We also live stream in expert engineers from Silicon Valley to do tech talks and guest lectures.

Who is Pesto for?

Our typical applicant has a computer science degree and at least one year of related work experience outside of internships. Many applicants have multiple years of professional software engineering experience.

However at the end of the day, we only care about results. If you do not come from a traditional educational or work background but are a strong programmer and a good communicator, we want to hear from you.

What happens if I quit the program? Do I still have to pay?

If you quit or do not pass performance reviews within the first 4 weeks of training, you will not be bound by the income share agreement. You will pay ₹0 and we will go our separate ways.

This allows anyone to try Pesto risk free. We believe that if you don't find our training valuable, we don't deserve your money.

Why is the program overnight?

At Pesto our goal is to prepare engineers to work with the best software companies in the world. Many of those companies are in Silicon Valley. We time adjust our program hours to match Silicon Valley working hours. This prepares engineers for the real world constraints that they might encounter in their new remote jobs.

Night shifts are a common practice for doctors and nurses in hospitals because that is what is required of them to get the job done. As a Pesto engineer, sometimes working odd hours to coordinate in real time with your teammates before a product launch is what is required to get the job done.

Do I have to work overnight after I graduate?

No. We recommend that graduates match the timezone of their employer when they first join a new team. However, after you are on-boarded and productive, most employers don't care what hours you work.

Will I have to relocate to Delhi?

Yes. This program is on site in our Delhi offices and full attendance is required.

Can I do this program along with my college/job?

No. Pesto is a full time commitment. You will not have time for another job, freelancing or college classes. If you are currently a student, you should apply after you graduate. If you are currently working, the expectation is that you will quit your job to focus fully on your training.

Will I have to pay any fee upfront?

No. There are no upfront fees.