Damn, it’s been a terribly long time since I’ve gone ahead and updated my site here so I figured with finding a new job, some pretty big changes happening with TheNewTech.tv and some personal things that I’m trying to wrap up why not go ahead and put a little more effort into getting things going on this.
So let’s start off first by catching up, shall we?
I’ve just recently started a new job with a company called Entec, and I know you’re thinking to yourself “Damn Matt you sure do change jobs a lot!” And that’s pretty accurate but there’s a reason behind my most recent employment changes. First off if you know me, or have caught any of the online media that I’ve been a part of for the last decade you know that I’m a pretty strong willed person. To the point in which it can be labeled a fault, but in my mind I just look to it as the attribute of someone who knows what they want, and strives to achieve it. The last couple of jobs that I’ve had I was pretty much lied to when it came to the description of what I was actually going to be doing.
I originally left the employment of a company that I had been with for nearly 5 years because there really weren’t any additional opportunities for growth or advancement. This move was completely my decision and it wasn’t solely about money. I had reached a point with that particular company which saw me babysitting an otherwise well oiled machine, and having nothing much to do but browse the internet all day. Now some may think that’s the greatest job in the world… Getting paid to browse the internet! But let me assure you that simply isn’t the case, ultimately you’re checking the same websites all day waiting for something new to come up. And when I wasn’t doing that I was working on other projects of mine, and to me it just felt I was wasting away being a desk jockey and that simply me.
So I left, and took a job with a company that promised I would be engaged in new business development, as well as solution development. What they actually needed was someone to sit at a desk for 6 months and fill a body at one of their clients in the event something catastrophic happened. So I left a job that was paying me to browse the internet for another company that basically paid me MORE money to do the same thing. Needless to say I was a little frustrated by this, but the client was fairly close to where I live and I thought in the end once this contract was over we were going to get back to what I had initially signed on for. Fast forward 6 months when the contract did indeed end and I was driving around to new clients assisting with infrastructure redesigns, and actively engaging with decision makers to fix a bunch of issues that previous technicians had screwed up. That was until the company I was working for needed a sharepoint administrator to install a new deployment for a local municipality. This didn’t exactly sit well with me in the first place due to the fact that the project manager leading this deployment really had no clue as to the requirements, and was in essence shoving this down the City IT department’s throat. They didn’t need this, and while I’m all about trying to make a dollar, this wasn’t the way to go about it. So after that disagreement, the company and I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to work out long term so we parted ways.
But wait there’s more, continue on after the break to see what I’m up to now.
Now to January of 2013 when I accepted an architect level position for a media company. The interview was extremely intense, the opportunity seemed like a perfect fit, they needed someone who was familiar with advanced VMware level technologies and go figure that’s right in my wheelhouse. The said I would be helping with the ongoing architecture design of a multi datacenter vCloud Director implementation, however once again I found myself waiting for something to do, and just browsing the internet. There were no decisions being made, no recommendations that I needed to make, I was doing the job that a junior level admin could perform but I was driving nearly 3 hours round trip through a congested tunnel each day and when I got to work I had nothing to do.
By now I’m sure you’re asking why I’m even staying here in Virginia and not trying to find a job elsewhere… Truth is I don’t mind the area though I would probably prefer to be a little closer to a city like Richmond or Virginia Beach.
That being said I’ve just started at a company where I feel my talents for being able to talk to a customer’s business side and technical side are going to be extremely beneficial. Additionally I’m now the VMware subject matter expert and I’m looking forward to being able to apply that knowledge to customer engagements as well as assisting the rest of the team where and when I can. This company I work for now has the same mentality of the company I originally moved to Virginia for, and that’s a great thing.
TheNewTech.tv is still going, and we’re getting ready to make some pretty substantial changes that we hope will spur creativity as well as submissions, so stay tuned for that.
I’m also going to be more diligent about posting things here, so if you’re stumbling across this blog looking for something in particular, or to just catch up on what I’m doing I hope you’ll stick around.