I quit McAfee

Por Jose Luis Romero 20 mayo 2009 09:22

Last monday, May 18, I decided to quit McAfee. I've been working there for about two years, and now it's over.

Working at McAfee have been a great experience. My position there was Partner Product Manager (PPM) and the coverage was North LTAM (Colombia, Central America, Caribbean and México). Some of my duties were: guidance to our Partners in the implementation of the XML communication platform for provisioning users, managing the training to the call center agents of our ISPs, creating the PRDs (Partner Requirements Documents) for creating a customized build of the McAfee product for our Partners and several other tasks of the Product Management role targeted to our Partners. I had the oportunity to meet a lot of valuable and smart people there: Dave DeWalt, Phil San Diego, Todd Gebhart, Craig Morgan, James Schmidt, Martin Pivetta, Minoru Yoneoka, Pedro Haworth, Katrina Warburton, Pedro Gutierrez, Guillermo Gasparini and a very long listing... good co-workers, wonderful friends, great exchange of ideas, a lot of histaminaW. In sum: an unforgettable experience... Big time!

Travelling was a major part of my work. I had the oportunity to travel several times to Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, Santa Clara, Half Moon Bay, Las Vegas, Monterrey and Guadalajara. Awesome experience because of the cultural exchange that I was able to face on that many trips.

But wait a minute: if everything was so fine there, then why the heck are you quitting?    

McAfee is very hot company in Silicon Valley that has some valuable cultural assets: the global corporate culture, the company ethics, its amazing execution abilities, owners of a killer set of applications. All of this sustains its own value and are part of the success of the company.

But there are some kind of people there (as in every company) that moves in the dark and manouvers obscurely. That kind of people are a big risk for the company and constitutes its major weakness. I decided not to work with them any more. Also, there are some twisted practices in the daily job which I got sick and tired of. I decided that I don't want to live any more with them.

But this post is not intended to be a collection of rants. It's not my style. This post is an acknowledgment to the company and the people. This post it's about freedom, about friendship, it is about integrity and it is also about free will.

Moving forward, I'm now available for new projects and new experiences. The future is always uncertain, but its also always better, because we have the chance to make it on our own way. I'm thankful to all of the people that helped me to made my daily job a remarkable experience. Looking forward to meet all of you again !!!


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