The Leader in IT Infrastructure Management
Principal Instructor (Current Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – 7 November 2018
CA is a great place to work if you want to be on the cutting edge of IT infrastructure management. Over the decades it has grown from a company with the fastest sort utility for IBM mainframes to the recognized leader in IT on many fronts. For me, as an instructor, there is no typical work day. Sometimes I'm teaching a class thousands of miles from home or I'm teaching to groups of students live over the internet and spanning multiple continents. Other days I am writing/editing/testing new curriculum or learning to teach new products.
Over the years I have become extremely competent on a broad spectrum of IT areas including, enterprise monitoring, help desk, asset management, knowledge management, process automation, agile design, test data management, test generation, service virtualization, to name a few.
Management here is focused on allowing employees to maximize their potential and I am proof of how well that has worked. Everything is highly dependent on a culture of collaboration and communication because so many employees work from home or a scattered over vast distances.
Perhaps the hardest part of the job are the hours travelling. I travel between one and three times a month. It has ranged between 12 and 24 hours per trip. Sometimes it can turn a 40 hour week into an 80 hour week. But then, IT people seem to put in lots of overtime industry-wide.
For me personally, the best part of the job is the relationships I've built with my co-workers and students. These are lifetime friendships that transcend decades and are deeply cherished.
Benefits, Family Support, Pay, Advancement Opportunities
Being a lifelong workaholic, I probably put in more hours than needed.