Andrew Jerez started as an engineer in El Salvador office back in 2012. Just three years ago things looked a lot different in El Salvador, with only 13 (!) employees and a server room that consisted of a closet with a computer on the floor.
“There were only two rooms,” recalls Andrew with a grin. “We didn’t have an IT guy, the office was really just two rooms and extremely small, the fridge and microwave area I can’t even describe—only two people could fit in the kitchen at once so we had to strategize how to get our lunches without creating a traffic jam.”
Today, Andrew is blown away by all the growth and changes he’s seen at Rulesware.
“Now it’s a massive office. Nicely spread out, there’s a great cafeteria with tables where you can relax and enjoy the view. There’s just been a huge growth in the El Salvador office and it’s been great watching it happen. It’s inspiring to see a company grow that fast.”
When asked what it is that makes the team in El Salvador so special, Andrew doesn’t hesitate.
“The people. I’ve worked with offshore teams and other vendors with different companies in the past and there’s a real difference here. With our team, you see people step in and give more than 100% if something needs to be changed, modified or taken to the next level. People have opinions and aren’t scared to suggest what needs to happen so we can improve. When volunteers are needed we get people jumping in right away. Everyone just helps each other—it’s an actual team, people are proactive and so helpful, even on projects they aren’t assigned to.”
These days Andrew is based in Austin, where he works for Rulesware as a Senior Systems Architect. He is optimistic about a bright future with the company and says his next goal is to get an even deeper understanding of projects from day one, and at some point when he’s ready and has been trained enough, to take on the role of LSA. Keep up the good work Andrew, we can’t wait to see where your career takes you!