What it’s like working for a partner…

Those of you who know me personally know that I’ve gone through a recent job transition.   I’ve spent the majority of the past 15 years working in the enterprise. I’ve been a server dude, a network engineer, systems management aficionado – you name it – but it’s always been for myself.  By ‘myself’ I mean, my employer. I’ve always had one management team to keep happy, one goal to aim for.  But now it’s different.

You see, a few months ago I took a job as an engineer with a Cisco partner.  We install and sell Cisco solutions.  My primary focus is in Unified Communications, but I get to touch wireless, firewalls, data networking, really whatever I’m interested in.  Now working with these technologies is nothing new – I’ve spent the last decade and a half doing it – but never as a partner engineer.

So what do I think???  Well – let me tell you.  There were a lot of politics in the enterprise. There was always some middle manager trying to tell me what to do and how to do it.  Sometimes they had good ideas, many times they did not. I could write all the strategies I wanted, and it was all good on paper, but when push came to shove, we would always ‘make an exception’ and do things the easy way instead of the right way.  Its not like that anymore.

As a partner engineer, I represent my customers and their interests.   Their projects are my projects, and we work together as a team to solve their business problems.  They’re interested in what I bring to the table, and they (more often than not) move heaven and earth to help me accomplish what I’ve been hired to do.  No longer are my coworkers competing against each other to ‘look better’ than the other guy – I work with a team of engineers that are all about helping each other.  We’re connected at the hips, we swap emails on the weekends, and there’s always somebody willing to jump in and take a peek or lend a hand.  I’m no longer the ‘smart guy in the room’ – but instead I’m surrounded by brilliant minds, and I’m learning something new from somebody else who has ‘been there, done that’ almost every day.  I’m LOVING it!

I’m so glad I’ve made this move.  These people are family and I feel valued as part of the team.  I feel like they want me there, and everybody is always smiling. Sure, the hours are long, the pace is fast, and the stress levels can get high…. but I’m down with that.  I love what I do , it’s fun, it’s something new every day, and I’m giddy as a schoolgirl about it.   Thanks to Netech for the opportunity you have given me, and I look forward to the road ahead.  Lets do this!

That is all :)