FAQs

Who is Pesto for?

Our typical applicant is a software engineer with 2 to 5+ years of relevant work experience.

What is the average salary of Pesto alumni?

The average salary for Pesto Residency graduates is ₹31 LPA. The average salary for Pesto Pro graduates is expected to be above ₹50 LPA.

Will I have to pay any fee upfront?

No. There are no upfront fees and you pay via an ISA once you get a job. ( see question on ISA below ) However, we request a fully refundable deposit of 10,000 INR once you get selected to confirm your spot in a batch. We do this because we’ve limited 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.

What is an ISA and how does it work ?

An ISA or Income share agreement is used for paying Pesto once you have got a job at the salary you deserve. You will pay 17% of your monthly income for a maximum period of 3 years or a maximum cap amount of Rs 20 lakhs. Since Pesto does not charge any fees upfront, the ISA model incentivises us to provide superior training and access to the highest paying opportunities for you. We win when you do.

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 6 weeks joining Pesto, you will not be bound by the income share agreement and we will go our separate ways. Your security deposit of Rs 10,000 will also be refunded. 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.

When is the security deposit not refunded ?

The only scenario when your security deposit is not refunded is when you sign up to join the program but do not show up at the start or complete the initial trial period. 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.

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. It gives you flexibility to do what you want as you are not liable to pay during the months you don't have a monthly income

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.

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.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions, feel free to write to us at [email protected]

What does it cost to become a Pesto Hiring Partner?

It is 100% free to signup as a Pesto hiring partner. We currently do not charge any fees for hiring engineers from Pesto.

What kind of roles does Pesto help with?

We carefully vet our Pesto students to ensure that every Pesto graduate is proficient in what you would expect of a mid to senior level software developer in full stack web engineering, mobile applications, DevOps, Technical Leads and more. In the hiring portal you get an in-depth look at their specific skillsets and can request to interview Pesto graduates based on your companies specific needs.

Are Pesto graduates full-time employees?

While the specific hiring relationship is ultimately to be decided between you and our Pesto graduates, Pesto graduates have the expectation for full-time roles. Many our Pesto partners utilize a trial relationship to start. Though the employee relationship may be under the 'contractor' label, the expectation is Pesto graduates are looking to contribute a full time work load.

Do Pesto graduates work on our specific time zones?

The defined work hours are to be set between you and the handful of Pesto graduates you connect to interview with. That said, the Pesto program is designed to ensure all our graduates can and able to work traditional US hours.

Do Pesto graduates work remotely?

We're glad you asked. At Pesto, we're a big believer in the power of distributed teams, which is why 99% of our Pesto graduates work remotely, regardless of where your specific company is located. Although some of our Pesto grads are open to relocating, the expectation is that Pesto hires will work remotely while living in India.

Are you a hiring agency?

We are not a hiring agency. Pesto works to train and improve the skills of top level developer talent in India and prepare them to navigate the fast paced world of tech and startups.

Do we need to worry about taxes, benefits, etc?

Nope! Because we have set up business infrastructure in India, you do not need to worry about any taxes, benefits, etc. For a small fee, we will assist with the the payroll logistics. For many startups and companies, not having to incorporate in India can lead to significant payroll cost savings. Consider your investment in a Pesto graduate as a annual cost all in.

What if there is an issue with a Pesto hire?

In the rare chance that you have an issue with a recent Pesto hire, we suggest you work with them directly to resolve any conflicts. That said, we're always happy to assist in specific cases where you need our assistance.

What is the salary of Pesto graduate?

The annual salary is negotiated between you and the Pesto graduate. Please keep in mind, you do not need to worry about taxes, benefits etc. Consider your investment in a Pesto graduate as a yearly salary. As a general rule of thumb, the salary of Pesto graduate is in the range of a mid to senior level software developer, minus the costs of benefits, taxes etc, which can lead to a large cost savings.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions, feel free to write to us at [email protected]

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