In this blog series, The Faces Behind the Next-Gen CASB, we will be interviewing Bitglass employees from different departments within the company. We want to show you what it's like to work for the Next-Gen CASB. In this post, we will hear from Michael Tamayo. Read on to learn more!
What do you do at Bitglass?
I'm the Director of Engineering, so I help with defining and facilitating our culture and processes that guide our engineers to deliver our products. I also directly manage our Web Applications and Services Development team where I can occasionally get my hands dirty a bit more and dabble with the code.
What does your average day look like?
My average day varies as I tend to juggle responsibilities at the whim of shifting priorities. I guess that's part of being in a startup company in a relatively new technology space. It's quite the rollercoaster ride!
Why did you join the company?
I joined Bitglass because I wanted to do meaningful work that makes a difference. With Bitglass being a pioneer in the CASB space, I feel like we are making an impact on solving today's security problems. Another reason I joined Bitglass is because I have worked with a lot of the core team and it's always been a great experience working with them to build cool stuff!
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is solving problems. Whether it's an engineering problem, a management problem, or even something like choosing the right place to eat lunch for the day, I enjoy the problem solving process and the satisfaction it brings when a resolution is found.
What is it like to work with your team?
I would say that working with my team is a highly collaborative process. Everyone has something to bring to the table and it's important to create an open environment and listen to them. I believe that when the team is involved with the process, they are more invested and engaged. This, in turn, makes them want to perform their work rather than feel like it's something that's forced upon them. It's the difference between making them do something I want and allowing them to do what we really need.
What is Bitglass' culture like?
This sort of comes back to how I work with my team. We're always looking for input from all around the company because we really value and are confident in everyone's abilities. We like to say that a good idea is a good idea no matter where it comes from and, more importantly, no matter who it comes from. We're not so much about titles and the egos that come with them. Contributors don't work for their managers, but we all work with each other to reach our goals. We all just want to the company succeed.
What's your favorite thing about Bitglass?
My favorite thing about Bitglass is being able to solve new problems with an awesome group of people – I really can't complain!
Do you have any advice for people pursuing a career in your line of work?
My advice to anyone, not just in my line of work, is to always put in your best effort and never be afraid to fail. In life, you get what you invest your time and energy into. Nothing comes free and you have to put in the work to reap the benefits later. There are no shortcuts to success, unless you're really lucky (and I don't consider myself that lucky).
Also, failure is inevitable. You're not going to be good at everything on your first try, but that shouldn't stop you from going for it anyway. I don't believe in wasted effort. There's always something to be gained if you look hard enough – there's always a silver lining, if you will.
What is your favorite exercise and why?
I like to run because it's the only thing I'm somewhat good at and I feel like I do my best thinking when I'm out on the trails. It's good to get out and appreciate nature. It helps clear my mind of all the noise and re-energizes me for the next challenge.