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Function: Software Engineering 2020

The software engineering benchmark includes responses from people who work within this specific function group. These people had role titles such as Software Engineer, Developer, Principal Architect and Solutions Architect.

  • ~2.5m

    Questions answered
    in last 12 months

  • /
  • ~600

    Organizations

These insights represent ~2.5m questions answered from ~600 organizations, ranging in size from 0 to 3,800 people, in the last 12 months.

The data meet our criteria as being robust and reliable; unlikely to substantially change over time; and representative of the wider industry. Read more about the methodology.

Data provided by Culture Amp

Industry breakdown

  • Computer Software

    45%

  • Information Technology and Services

    19%

  • Internet

    11%

  • Insurance

    5%

  • Investment Banking

    5%

  • Financial Services

    5%

  • Investment Management

    3%

  • Computer & Network Security

    2%

Region breakdown

  • North America

    57%

  • Europe

    16%

  • Asia

    15%

  • Oceania

    7%

  • MEA

    4%

  • South America

    1%

Are employees committed to their organizations?

Engaged people are emotionally committed to their organization. These people stay at their organizations longer and are more productive and effective. Successful organizations have more engaged employees.

73% of Function: Software Engineering employees are engaged

This is in the top 33% compared with other job functions.


The average eNPS score for people in this group is 20 and is in the top 27% compared with the overall average.

Understanding the engagement questions

Engagement is defined through these five industry-standard questions from Culture Amp’s engagement survey template.

I would recommend [Company] as a great place to work

86%

4% above global average

I rarely think about looking for a job at another company

58%

3% above global average

I see myself still working at [Company] in two years' time

64%

1% above global average

[Company] motivates me to go beyond what I would in a similar role elsewhere

70%

1% above global average

I am proud to work for [Company]

86%

Same as global average

The highest scoring question for Function Software Engineering had 92% of People agreeing that they are able to arrange time out from work when they need to (+5% compared to overall) while they were generally most positive about Work & Life Blend.


People in Function Software Engineering were generally least favourable about Action, and were most negative towards 'I have seen positive changes taking place based on recent employee survey results' with 12% of people disagreeing (-2% below average).

Which questions matter the most?

Different things are important to different cultures. If you want to make more of your people engaged then you need to know what is important your people. These questions are most important to keeping people engaged in Function: Software Engineering organizations.

1

The leaders at [Company] demonstrate that people are important to the company's success

75% favorable


The factor this relates most closely to is Leadership

Which questions matter the most?

Different things are important to different cultures. If you want to make more of your people engaged then you need to know what is important your people. These questions are most important to keeping people engaged in Function: Software Engineering organizations.

1

The leaders at [Company] demonstrate that people are important to the company's success

75% favorable

Leadership
2

I have confidence in the leaders at [Company]

77% favorable

Leadership
3

I feel like I belong at [Company]

78% favorable

Belonging
4

[Company] is a great company for me to make a contribution to my development

80% favorable

Learning & Development
5

I believe there are good career opportunities for me at [Company]

69% favorable

Learning & Development

How long do people stay?

In the short term, 19% of people in this benchmark are thinking of or actually seeking jobs elsewhere (-1% compared to overall) while on a longer time frame, 11% of people see themselves leaving within two years (-1% compared to overall).

The following questions had the biggest impact on whether individuals felt that they were planning to stay at their organization and not actively looking for alternative jobs.

1

The leaders at [Company] demonstrate that people are important to the company's success

75% favorable

Leadership
2

I believe there are good career opportunities for me at [Company]

69% favorable

Learning & Development
3

I have confidence in the leaders at [Company]

77% favorable

Leadership
Average Glassdoor ratings

We’ve connected the employee feedback data for each company included in the benchmark with ratings from Glassdoor.com, which is one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites combined with a growing database of company reviews, CEO approval ratings and more.

Overall Rating

4.0 stars (+0.2)

Culture and Values

4.0 stars (+0.1)

Work Life Balance

4.0 stars (+0.2)

Compensation and Benefits

3.9 stars (+0.3)

Career Opportunities

3.8 stars (+0.2)

Recommend to Friend

75.0% (+4)

CEO Approval

87.0% (+3)

Are staff empowered with results?

Organizations in the Function: Software Engineering benchmark on average gave 11% of employees access to reports with their survey results. This is higher than average and demonstrates that organizations in this benchmark tend to be more transparent with their survey results to leaders and managers.

An interesting reference point is that the average proportion of managers in organizations is 12-15%, with some industries higher than others (New Tech was closer to 20%).



  • Function: Software Engineering


    11%

  • Global average


    10%



  • How does Function: Software Engineering compare?

    People in Function Software Engineering were much more positive than average regarding Feedback & Recognition, Fairness, and Decision Making.


    On the lower side, People in Function Software Engineering had much lower favorable scores than average in Opportunities & Resources.

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