Frequently Asked Questions

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 for training?

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.

However, we request a fully refundable deposit of 10,000 INR once you get selected to confirm your batch. We do this because we’ve limit spots in the program and we need to make sure someone else can’t take away this opportunity from you by false confirmations.

We refund the full amount of 10,000 INR when you join the batch.

Do I need a computer science degree to apply?

No, we don't care what degree you have. In fact, our CEO is actually a self taught software engineer from an Industrial Engineering degree.

However, we do expect you to have a strong understanding of computer science fundamentals. Our application process includes a technical assessment that will make sure you have the required level of understanding. If you are unsure, you should just apply. If you are unable to pass the technical assessment the first time, you can self study from our open source curriculum and re-apply again in 90 days.


Income Share Agreement FAQ

How does the income share agreement work?

You agree to share with us 17% of your salary for 3 years. You will make 36 monthly payments based on your estimated income. These payments will be verified every year by your tax return and over or under payments will be adjusted accordingly.

If you are making less than 125,000 INR (15 LPA yearly) in any given month, you pay nothing for that month. After 5 years, the agreement expires, even if you never made all 36 payments. This means that if you aren't making over 15 LPA, our training will be free.

The agreement also caps payment at 2,000,000 INR so you will never pay more than that.

What if I am not making more than 15 LPA?

If you do not earn more than 125,000 INR (15 LPA yearly) in a given month, that's fine. We do not collect any payments for that month.

Do I have to accept my offer from hiring partners?

No, the income share agreement does not bind you to any one company. In fact, you don't have to accept an offer at all. This is why we structure the agreement as 36 paying months over a 5 year period. It gives you flexibility to do what you want. You are free to start your own company, travel, etc.

Do I have to work for the same company for three years? Can I switch jobs?

Nope, how long you decide to stay with a company is between you and that company. If you love it, feel free to stick around. If you don't, you are free to leave.

What happens if I don't pay?

If you are earning income over 15 LPA and do not pay your ISA, after a certain number of days we consider you in default. This means you owe the entirety of the maximum payment amount and we will pursue that amount to the fullest extent of the law.

Can I end the contract early?

Yes. If you would like to end your contract early, you can pay the amount equivalent to the payment cap on the contract minus any payments already made plus any outstanding fees.

How will you know how much I earn?

We verify your income based on your tax returns, bank statements and payment slips. We will then adjust that year's payments accordingly.