It's hard to believe, but next week will be my first anniversary working at AgileThought. You know you've got a solid job when you barely notice a year.
The year-long contract I had at SeaWorld Parks was a pretty solid job as well. There were a lot of challenges to deal with there, and a culture that was not as experienced as what I'm used to, but the problems were interesting and I liked a lot of the people there. I was sad to see it end. But I took a number of deliberate steps to get the kind of gig I was hoping for, and as the process unfolded, I was surprised it ended up being a company with an agency model.
I've had a few false starts over the last 15 years with agency type companies. Two of them assured me of their stability only to let me go after a few weeks because they didn't have the work they said they did. Another I left after a few weeks because they wanted me to tell clients that we could do things that we clearly could not do. But in this case, AT had an excellent reputation, an impressive client list and people I knew were some of the best. In a world where companies want to get out of the business of making their own software (unless that is their business), you would think this would be the case more often than not, but it isn't.
Right away they trusted me enough to take over a very complex project, and it was a big success. After that I had a smaller greenfield project that I'm wrapping up now. In that time, I've been blown away by the quality of most everyone who works there, the strength of the leadership and owners and the path the company is on. It has been a long time since I've consistently enjoyed work like this.
I've enjoyed working remotely again, but it has been better this time around because we can optionally go into the Orlando office. Many of us do at least twice a week. Remote is great because at the very least you're getting back an hour a day that you're not commuting. Technology makes collaboration easy enough. Then when we do go in, it gives us a chance to talk about what we're working on, trade information and generally be more social than you can be at home.
I know it's "normal" for people in my line of work to change jobs every 18 to 24 months, but I'm really hoping this one lasts for a good long time. The people make me better, and the process is the special sauce that makes us extra effective. Good times.