In this edition, we will talk with Mauricio Salvatierra, Site Manager at Globant.
Tell us about you, your family, your passions, your hobbies and how did you end up studying systems?
I’m a guy from a small town (many of my friends joke about that) called Coronel Dorrego, a town located on route 3 between Tres Arroyos and Bahía Blanca, Argentina. My mom, dad, siblings and nephews live there. When I was very young I started working with my dad in the countryside, where I learnt that sacrifice and effort are necessary for progressing in life.
I liked computers since I was in elementary school. I said that I would like to work in systems, and that’s why my parents took me to a computer course. Just as we, parents, send our kids to study English, they sent me to study computers. That’s when I learnt to develop in LOGO and GWBASIC using a Spectrum pc, with rubber types connected to a black and white tv. Then TALENT MSX arrived… and wow! That was insane. That was when I decided to study systems, being around those gadgets called computers, understand them and creating programs was going to be my life. Until I finished school and came to Tandil to study, I did not do so good with computers, but that was the way I was going to learn.
When the moment came, my dad asked me if I wanted to continue studying computers and my answer was with no doubt, yes! Thank God he could afford to pay for my education and living expenses in Tandil. The same question he asked my brother, and he decided to stay and work in the country with him
For me, studying at the University in Tandil was like being in Silicon Valley. My first semester was really hard, I got only twos , that’s like getting all Fs. I witnessed some of my friends give up and leave school, that would have been the easiest path, but I was really studying something I loved and I was happy. Even though, my grades didn’t reflect that, I was convinced I had made the right decision. That is when I decided to apply myself, give it my best, and move forward.. With the passing of time I got used to it and gained confidence, I had a group of friends and that was a unique experience.
The truth is that I don’t have any hobbies, except from being a dad – I’m a big fan of my son. My baby is 18 years old now, he used to traveled from swimming competitions and I traveled with him to every tournament, I followed him everywhere he went. I loved to share that with him, that was my hobby. Also, to have hobbies you have to make up time, and my problem is that I’m a workaholic. So I never have that time for myself.
What has been your career path at Globant? What have you changed along with time to adapt yourself to new roles and projects?
It was during the time I worked in Buenos Aires, every Friday at 6:45 p.m I got on a bus to go spend the weekend with my son and would return to work on Mondays. When a friend of mine referred me at Globant, they called me. The only requirement I had was very simple, if I changed jobs it would be with the condition of going back to Tandil to live with my son. The answer was: “That’s a plan, one of the founders graduated in Tandil and he always wanted to go back”:
I went through my technical interview with Dario Robak and I started at Globant, ID #246. In 2006, not been a month after I entered Globant, Guibert found out that there was a crazy guy from Tandil that wanted to go there. He stopped me in the hallway and we started talking. This was incredible and still today I’m surprised he knew so much about me.
A few days later I was called to a meeting in a little office, today’s reception on Laminar 6th floor (which used to be Guibert’s office) and there were Martín Migoya, Martín Umaran, Guibert Englebienne and Nestor Nocetti, who at that time was Globant’s CFO. There they decided to expand Globant and set an office in Tandil, where my career path started.
November 20th, the same year, just five months later, Globant’s Tandil office opened its doors. I remember it was like no other. When we were all at the party Martín Migoya grabbed my shoulder and said: “now make it work” and that’s when my path and transformation begun.
From then on, I was not only working as a software engineer, but started exploring other profiles that I had to learn and adapt. I went from being a technician to introduce management and team management profiles.
Last May 22nd, marked 11 years that I’ve been working at Globant and I still have fun as I did on day one. In this 11 years, Globant has changed a lot and evolved to improve, and each of those changes offered opportunities to evolve as a professional, and I took advantage of them.
How is your daily team conformed?
Throughout the years I’ve taken part in many teams at Globant, where I did not only met incredible people but learnt a lot. Today, I have three different teams with whom I work daily, and I could say that the three of them are incredible! But each of them has its own peculiarity.
The first one is the Site Manager’s team (these are our references in each city where Globant is based). A new team with fantastic potential where I hope each of us can grow and develop as Site Managers, and enjoy it in the process just like I did. If its a place where there’s a profile mix, is this team.
Being a Site Manager is a challenge in itself. Moreover the responsibility of having a general vision, understanding of the company’s global direction and put it to work in that office. One of the main tasks is to make Globant’s culture flourish, without losing the office’s identity. Each office is a different world and they have (and want to) its own identity. So the Site Managers should manage to help generate that identity. When you start to trace that path you are not aware that you are transforming different things. Seeing those transformations fills your soul and shows you what you are made of. Globant is turning more global each day, and spreads throughout the world and the Site Manager’s figure having a local vision is going to be a very important role on that path to trace.
My second team is the team of Globant Mar del Plata. I have the pleasure of being the Site Manager of that office as well, and being 160 kms. away, works great. That’s also a young team and with so much ahead to learn, but they are incredible.
Last but not least, my third team is the team in Tandil. That is the best team on all Globant and is the one that I had the pleasure and pride of building. It’s been almost 11 years that we’ve been working hand in hand and we have been together through a lot, so we understand by just looking at each others eyes. It’s difficult to describe how proud I’m of that team, and everyday I’m still surprised.
Which is the biggest challenge or most innovative project you had to face along with your teammates?
LOL, sorry I’m laughing but I cannot do so. I can’t say which was the biggest challenge or most innovating project I had to face with a team because everything I’ve done here was a challenge or innovative. I’m sure many would say: “Waiiiiit is not that hard” but it’s like that, guys.
I started with a project of Travel Planner that was a key for Globant. We were developing a frontend using ajax, which was kind of new at the time. It was a big team with complicated times and giants like Pablo Bumaschny, Gonza Moralejo and Osvaldo Torasso, we all battled with the QC area, where Marina Saintlary and Diego Varela were looking for bugs harder than ever.
Being in that project, summed up the part of opening Globant Tandil as a challenging and innovative project, which was the first test of Globant outside Buenos Aires.
We made it work and started to grow. Tandil had more and more projects. The first who had the courage on taking a project over there were Juan Umaran and Nacho Cantalupo. Initially, we had poor connection (2 speedy of 2 MB) and not that good in the city. I still have beautiful and warm memories of Nacho calling to motivate me and show his support.
There were other courageous as Diego Varela, who took a project with OpenCMS, the same technology we used in STV where every morning at 7 a.m. I had to talk with the client that was in London. During those days , I didn’t have my British English – haha, but I made it.
With the passing of time the office was becoming more and more solid and the teams responded better. My English was improving until a client wanted to build a ODC (Offshore Development Center) and go through different Globant’s offices. We left the meeting victorious and they asked us to sum up 100 people in six months. I remember a quote of my big friend Alejandro Stornelli saying: “My ears hurt when you speak in English, and I don’t know how, but they understand you”:
Then Lucas Campos laughed.
After that it was the time of Bahía Blanca, also in Argentina. Globant had already started its expansion process and each time it identified a place with talent, we went for it! faced it. With the help of my big friend and contributor Marcos Elizalde, we equipped a new office from Friday to Monday while the recruiting team was hiring local talent.
Later Mar del Plata appeared, one of our founders’ native city and very attractive for its beaches and surfers. Same story, we went to look for talent and found it. Globant had acquired the company Nextive and many guys worked from that office. I took my car, drove to MDQ and stayed at Nacho Peña’s house. That was when this story began. Today with one of the prettiest offices, that has fishing bowls and one of the biggest snail collections in the world.
And the stories go on. A year ago, I was in India making sure operations were up to standards when I said to myself, this is the biggest challenge that I’ve had in Globant. When I came back, they doubled my bet. We had to develop the project of building an iconic building in Tandil with a capacity of 500 people and look for the right talent to cover it.
In what areas of your daily work do you see Globant’s culture expressed?
It’s difficult to explain when you are used to an environment for so long ago. You feel it’s normal to arrive to a place like this one where each day you can face a new challenge.
Globant’s culture is in the place you have to develop yourself and create. There’s always a place to propose an idea and surely somebody is going to listen to you and make it real. It’s like… is in our DNA. An example of this and that I live everyday is our office. Offices are born because of Globant’s belief of maintaining talent in its place of origin, giving people the necessary tools for giving identity to the office, with their ideas and creativity, so these are shared within the company.
I have the honor of being the first Site Manager within the company, and believe me when f I say that the place and space for creating and growing are here! Trust me, the person that comes to me today and says that they don’t find their place in Globant, I have many examples to show them that they are wrong.
Over the years and after all the technological changes that have been made, how has your work changed?
Today, technology is everywhere. Each time is more and more symbiotic with our daily life and it’s been changing all our activities, including our jobs. In difference with other companies or industries where technological changes have a direct impact in the activity and employees where they consume technology, technological changes are our day to day life, and Globant has achieved to visualize them to be up to date with all of them. Even, we are producers of technological changes.
Now, within Globant’s context, we can say that the teams that we build to develop our client’s needs are the most affected by technological changes.
You go from doing builds, copying files in servers and doing code backups, to the existence of tools that allow you to do all of this in an automated way, and in only one step allowing that all of it stays in the cloud, these were changes that affected us. The funniest part of all this is that tools like these that have such an impact in our lives, were developed by professionals like us.
I think that the key in all of these that we see is being open minded to these changes and not rejecting them, but taking them. It makes it easier.
Is there anything else you’d like to comment?
Working at Globant has been simply… fun. I’ve grown and evolved, professionally and personally. Wait.. I’m not saying that everything is pink color, nothing is perfect. Paradise does not exist. The important thing is that there is a place where you can recreate yourself and grow, and that is Globant. That’s why I choose it everyday. I’m only an example of that, but I know many more examples.