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What is Exceptionly?

Exceptionly is a next-generation global software talent acquisition company with a talent portfolio of over 2 million tested remote software engineers and a track record of over 4000 full-time remote hires worldwide.

We believe u0022remote worku0022 being the future of work is no longer valid. Today, it is the work itself. Exceptionly enables 100% of the talent capital for skilled individuals around the world by eliminating middlemen.

When any US technology company wants to hire a great NodeJS Senior Engineer, they pay approx $60/h, assuming they will be working with the top talent. Instead, outsourcing companies leverage the arbitrage opportunity and lower local salary averages in the emerging markets, takes 80-85% of the money, and pays a fraction of the talent capital to the real talent. We believe this is broken.

Exceptionly finds and tests the talent, then establishes a direct connection between the talent and the company using remote payroll and onboarding services such as Remote, RemoteTeam, Deel, etc., making sure 100% of the talent capital goes directly to talent. This boosts loyalty, quality of work, and productivity.

How does Exceptionly work?

Exceptionly has an automated process for Global Talent Sourcing, Objective Basic-fit, and Hands-on Tests for solving your potentially million-dollar talent problem with only a handful of team members instead of an army of non-tech recruiters.

Exceptionly risks its dollars for your success and introduces the top remote software engineering talent with its automated process. Regardless of your technology choices, it only accepts a one-time payment per headcount after you make the best remote software engineering hire of your career. A step further, Exceptionly guarantees the success of its talent and pays your money back in the next 60 days in case of an unpleasant hiring experience.

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What is the business model?

1- You tell us about your remote engineering talent needs

2- You decide how much you are willing to pay for each remote software engineer you’re going to hire or contract.

3- Exceptionly runs the engine, attracts the talent, and vets the talent rigorously with its set of objective hands-on tests.

4- Exceptionly interviews and makes sure of communication and technical skills of the talent.

5- Exceptionly provides a shortlist, and introduces the talent with you for technical interviews and final hiring interviews.

6- Exceptionly helps you onboard the talent and guides with the best payroll strategy.

7- Exceptionly earns a 100% transparent, one-time success fee explained here with a 60-day full money-back guarantee.

How Exceptionly assures remote software engineering talent quality?

Exceptionly Talent Acquisition Engine does not rely on manual labor and non-tech recruiters, which usually generates noise instead of meaningful signals for your business.

It works in these five simple steps:

1- Exceptionly has full access and conversion rate knowledge of local job boards, LinkedIn job slots, and other sourcing channels in the important technical talent markets. Everything starts with spreading the word and reaching out to the top talent out there who has proven your chosen technologies’ knowledge and experience.

2- After onboarding, Exceptionly Talent Acquisition Engine starts with basic-fit tests, rigorously testing the cognitive, language, and problem-solving skills of the global technology talent.

3- For those who can pass the basic-fit tests, Exceptionly introduces objective hands-on coding tests specifically built using your requirements and technical needs.

4- For those who can pass, Exceptionly runs the first interview to assure the quality of your interview experience and manually vets every candidate in terms of communication skills, domain expertise, and attitude.

5- All these talent acquisition efforts generate a super small shortlist of exceptional talent for each of your hiring roles.

What is the minimum annual salary Exceptionly accepted?

Exceptionly believes in a minimum of $15/h payment and does not work with junior talent. We’re happy to help you find other talent sources if you have less than $30K/year for a great software engineer.

We believe remote work should be full-time, multi-year as this has a direct impact on our ability to reach the top talent for you. Our candidates can find our commitment to remote software engineering talent here.

Why Exceptionly is better than outsourcing?

Typical outsourcing or staff augmentation works for taking as much as possible from your talent budget. We don’t like pointing fingers, and this is a billion-dollar industry problem.

For the same services (finding the right talent, helping with payroll), outsourcing companies usually cost you 80-85% of your money. You could be building a lot more and a lot better by paying directly to the talent itself.

Exceptionly eliminates the middle-men and helps you solve your product problems faster while boosting the living standards and welfare of real software talent worldwide.

What problem does Exceptionly solve?

Exceptionly is a hyper-focused company dedicated to solving your software engineering talent problems. It has an automated process for providing both quality and volume of talent, and it helps you eliminate the middlemen and make sure all of your dollars are working for you.

What is the arbitrage opportunity in the talent industry?

US technology employers have an average arbitrage opportunity of 50%-75% for key talent markets, varying based on location.

We believe talent has no zip code. It is equally distributed worldwide but has several elevating factors like STEM education, foreign tech capital in the local market, English education, etc.

While the average software engineer base pay is $115K/year in the Bay Area, this amount can afford a Chief Software Architect with over 15 years of software engineering experience plus engineering management and software architecture knowledge in key markets such as Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Hungary, Belarus, India, Pakistan, or Egypt.

These profiles are fluent in English, while remote talent has obvious remote working experience as a cultural bonus. Location ends up becoming a huge scale blocker for many US companies. Exceptionly is built to eliminate risks and help you scale up.


“Exceptionly was such a fast and efficient process. Complete game changer for hiring remote.”

Liam Martin
Co-Founder at TimeDoctor


“Great service, outstanding speed, stunning quality.”

Andy Tryba
CEO at Gigster

Is Exceptionly an outsourcing business?

No. We encourage our clients to do direct hires. We provide payroll consultancy and services in a 100% transparent way if our clients are new to remote hiring.

Is Exceptionly a database of candidates?

Not really, data is only a small part of our business. While we own over 2 million publicly available software engineer data evaluated, our power lies in hands-on testing and engineer-to-engineer technical interviews.

Is Exceptionly expensive?

Exceptionly is more cost-efficient than any other serious competitor who owns a decent technical testing funnel. If you compare Exceptionly with HR agencies who only do resume screening before endorsement, yes, it is expensive.

Who is the founder of Exceptionly?

Sinan Ata is the founder of Exceptionly, who previously built two global technical talent acquisition enginess and tested over 2.5 million software engineers in his career.

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