Phil Ibarrola

TechOps head of technology

Phil has been a valued member of the TechOps team at ThoughtWorks for 12 years.  Over the years, he has worn many different hats and had many roles.  He has been instrumental in migrating core services from a traditional, on­-premises, hosted model to the cloud and SaaS.  In his current role, he is tasked with defining a cohesive technical strategy for ThoughtWorks' internal IT team.  The bigger challenge is  ensuring all team members are aware of and aligned to this strategy.

He is based in Chicago, but has been to five continents with ThoughtWorks. In the little spare time he has, Phil enjoys spending time with his family, learning how to play his new ukulele, and everything Star Wars.

The Interview

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

I came to find TW by dumb luck. I was looking to move to Chicago and started searching on job sites like Monster. My first impressions were this is an amazing place and I need to get this job.

My geeky passion is

My geeky passion is crocheting. I find it quiets my mind while keeping my hands busy and allows me to be creative in a different way.

The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

Don’t be afraid to ask to questions. Unlike organizations I have worked for in the past, ThoughtWorks values spirited debate at all levels.

The thing I'm most proud of from my time here is

The thing I’m most proud of from my time here is how much our internal TechOps has evolved and improved.  Adoption of cloud and SaaS has allowed us to focus on delivering value to our business operations.

The most interesting thing I've learned on the job is

Having the right people is the most important thing. When you have the right people involved, everything seems to work itself out.

The thing I love most about my work is

Getting to work with smart passionate people every day.

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

13 offices in 6 countries on 5 continents.