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Dare to Be EPIC2: Kumar Gaurav

The annual EPIC2 Achievement Awards is one way VMware recognizes outstanding members of our company who exemplify our shared values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, and Community – and make VMware a great company to work for. Read on to learn more about one of our 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award Winners, Kumar Gaurav, and discover what inspires him to give more each day.

 

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Director, R&D

Bangalore, India

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Passion. It is what drives me. Passion and perseverance is what counts, and I think it’s also the reason why VMware has recognized me as a 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winner. My passion helped drive me to lead the first New College Grad Bootcamp at VMware India, while still managing my regular job responsibilities. It was intense, but I saw a need for it, and it made me feel happy and proud to contribute back to our new hires.  

Hobbies: I’m into consumer grade electronics. I make and break . Recently I made Amazon dash buttons. 

People might not know:

  • I run marathons. I still vividly remember the 2013 Corporate 20k run, where each of our team members that participated had a personal best. It was such an inspiring moment for me.
  • When I take off from the office I enjoy going totally offline. I go where there is no phone and internet. Every year I go on an 8-10K trek with a trekking group in the Himalayas. No phone, no internet, and no family. It’s a detox of sorts for me. I enjoy the cold, the snow, the natural beauty, and the simplicity of life with a backpack. What I enjoy most of all is being able to fully focus on living and being in the moment like thinking about where I’m going to place my foot next on the ridge.
  • Before joining VMware, I created two startups, one in hardware electronics in 2004 and the other in the education domain in . These experiences allowed me to fully understand why it is that the team matters more, not the idea that you start with when creating a company.

Inspiration: I’m inspired by the successes of ordinary people. There are many stories from our people here at VMware too, which inspire me. A co-worker of mine named Vaibhav inspires me when it comes to ‘do-what-it-takes’. He is a recent university graduate from the class of 2014. I started out as his coach and mentor, and really admire his focus and dedication. He has really made his mark both within and outside of the company.

Guilty pleasure: Taking work home and spending late nights working against my wife’s wishes.

Career ambition: I would like to do something that benefits the larger community. I think that I am past the age to be a Nobel-aspiring theoretical physicist, and hence now have a more practical ambition of creating a successful tech startup by the time that I finish my career.

Occupation if money wasn’t an obstacle: I would continue to pursue my passion for electronics.

#1 passion: Electronics and math. Both are addictive and I can easily spend countless hours on them without getting bored.  

Biggest takeaway from receiving the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award: I feel both happy and proud to know that I work for a company that recognizes the contributions of its people from all aspects of the business. The fact that my organization is recognizing me for the work that I’ve done outside of my core project duties tells me a great deal about our workplace culture. It is simply inspiring!

Giving Back: I spoke with multiple colleagues who partner with the VMware Foundation to determine which nonprofit to direct my Citizen Philanthropy investment* towards and decided conclusively on CARE India. Interestingly, this organization was also the partner for VMware’s recent Good Gigs Service Learning Trek in India. My colleague, Arun, gained first-hand experience on this trek and knew the impact they were making in the community. CARE India believes in using monetary gifts to seed long term benefits, which i something I truly feel passionate about.

 

 

*Each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners received a monetary donation called a Citizen Philanthropy Investment to direct to the nonprofit of their choice from the VMware Foundation.

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Anne Daly

At VMware, our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – represent what we stand for as individuals and as a community. They dare us to reach our goals and drive us to create transformative innovations that are shaping the way businesses work. The annual EPIC2Achievement Awards is one way we recognize members of our workforce who bring each of our values to life in ways that inspire our global community to flourish. Learn how 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award Winner, Anne Daly, is making a global impact through her work.

 

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Anne Daly

Indirect Tax Manager

Cork, Ireland

 

VMware value that means the most to you:Passion. I think you need passion to excel at what you do – question why we do things the way we do and see if there is a better solution for our customers. To thrive at your job, I think you need to have passionyou need to like what you do. And to work with other people, you need to show your enthusiasm.

Hobbies:I love cycling, hiking and running. Going to the cinema with friends and family is fun too!

People might not know: 

There is not probably not much people don’t know about me as I am a bit of an open book. 

  • I love to travel I’ve been all over Europe, traveled to Australia, Japan, Thailand and many parts of the United States. 
  • I’m no chef but I like eating out and trying new cuisines.
  • I grew up on a dairy farm in Ireland and know how to drive a tractor!
  • I grew up in a large family. I have 8 siblings – 2 brothers and 6 sisters.

Inspiration:I love the office environment at VMware and the people that I work with – they’re the friendliest. It is rewarding going into the office every day and working with them. I’m constantly being challenged, and for a young person, it’s great to have a job like that. There is always something new and innovative going on and there are great opportunities, initiatives, etc. to be had at VMware.  

Guilty Pleasure:Shopping. I could shop until I drop.

Career Ambition:My ambition is to progress and diversify through new experiences at VMware. I work in Indirect taxes, but I would love to broaden my knowledge to different aspects of finance.

Occupation If Money Wasn’t an Obstacle:Own my own clothes boutique  

#1 Passion:I’d say cycling. I’ve done a lot of races including the famous Ring of Kerry cycle, so yes, cycling would probably be one of my top passions.

Biggest Takeaway from receiving the 2016 EPIC2Achievement Award:The biggest insight was seeing what a great team there is at VMware and in particular in Cork. The day Betsy Sutter, VMware’s SVP and Chief People Officer, announced the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners was such a memorable day in my life – I was in awe by the thoughtful messages I received from well-wishers. I feel privileged to be working for such a great organization. 

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Dexter Arver

How do values guide your journey? At VMware, our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – guide us in the work we do each day – both as individuals and as a community. The annual EPIC2 Achievement Awards is one way we recognize members of our workforce who bring each of our values to life in ways that inspire our global community to flourish. Continue reading to learn a little bit more about how family roots, inspiration to continuously innovate, and the community at VMware, are shaping 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winner, Dexter Arver’s journey to growth.

 

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Name: Dexter Arver

Role: Office of the CTO Manager

Location: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

VMware Tenure: 10 years

 

 

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Integrity. I feel like if you don’t have integrity, what do you have?

Hobbies: Woodworking, photography, cooking, baking and hiking

People might not know:

  • I grew up on a farm in Korea where we didn’t have any running water. My family moved to the United States when I was 9-years-old.
  • My last name is Arver, but that is not because I have a parent who had Greek roots or anything like that. My last name used to be Kim, just like tons of Korean people. When we were living in Fresno, California we felt like we were being discriminated against, so when we got our U.S. citizenship. My father asked my brother and me to come up with an English version of our name. Kim means gold. We found the Greek prefix, aurum, which means gold, and then determined that we needed a Greek suffix to end it, so we chose vera, which means truth. So that is how my family got the last name Arver. We came up with it from a bunch of Greek words.

Inspiration: I feel very fortunate to have the life that I have. I feel very lucky to have found the people I’ve found, to have found VMware when I found it, and all the opportunities to grow. Because of this I am always trying my best because I would be doing a disservice to everybody who has every helped me out.

Guilty Pleasure: Drinking Coca-Cola made with real Mexican sugar cane

VMware Goal: I’m trying to think of innovation programs to help our engineers come up with the next crazy idea that’s going to make VMware successful.

Career Ambition: I’d like to officially be the Head of Innovation at VMware.

If Money Wasn’t an Obstacle: If money wasn’t an issue, like supporting my parent’s and my wife’s parents, I don’t think I’d be working-working. I think I’d make my wife quit, and then we would take our girls and live in various places around the world.

#1 Passion: I really want to be the best husband ever, and closely following that is being the best father ever.

Biggest Takeaway from receiving the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award: After I received the award, I just realized, because I don’t think about it that often, how many friends I have here and how embedded I am inside VMware, and just how fortunate I am to be surrounded by awesome people.

 

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Celebrating EPIC2 People at VMware

Each year, VMware honors extraordinary employees who contribute to our collective success by living our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – with the EPIC2 Achievement Award. This prestigious global award is a way for our community to recognize a select group of individuals that bring all of our values to life in a way that inspires our global employee community to thrive.

What makes the EPIC2 Achievement Award truly unique is that the winners are nominated by their colleagues and are then selected by the executive leadership team at VMware. In 2015, 343 employee nominations were submitted for the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award. 46 individuals made it to the final round and in January 2016, Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO and Betsy Sutter, Corporate SVP and Chief People Officer, announced the seven individual and team recipients of this highly coveted community award during an internal company-wide meeting._C2C3134_ED

Please join us in congratulating our 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners:

  • Dexter – CTO Programs Manager (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • Anne – Indirect Tax Manager (Cork, Ireland)
  • Kumar – Senior Manager R&D (Bangalore, India)
  • Slivana – Global Services Senior Director (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • Emad – Principal Architect (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • Michelle – Senior Healthcare Marketing Manager (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
  • Chanda – Product Marketing Director (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • The Grace Hopper India Team: Pushpalatha, Kavya, Shwetha, Divya, Meera, Lakshmi (Bangalore, India)

To thank the 2016 EPICAchievement Award winners for their contributions to our community, each of them received a custom Vasa cube, a charitable contribution to direct to the nonprofit of their choice, and an executive luncheon to commemorate this meaningful milestone. Over the following weeks we will be shining the light on each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners here on the VMware Careers blog to share more about who they are and how they are daring to be EPIC2.

 

 

 

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How the VMware Community is Harnessing the Power of Human Difference

Daring to take a look at who you are is a powerful journey to go on. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on where you’ve come from, what makes you unique, your strengths, and what you could improve upon. For VMware, 2014 marked a pivotal moment for our workplace community when we committed to being a company that is diverse and inclusive. We are taking our company to the next level by driving systemic culture change for our company and across the tech industry.

The Next Step for VMware: VMinclusion 


Leveraging the learnings and measurable progress of VMwomen, we have embarked on the next step of our journey: creating a broader diversity initiative called VMinclusion. We know that VMinclusion is central to achieving our business goals. As a multinational company we need talent that can compete in and win in every market and seamlessly team across the globe. The VMinclusion goals are in three major areas—culture, accountability and reputation:

1. Culture: Foster and promote a culture that is inclusive of all forms of diversity 

  • Educating managers to disrupt unconscious bias in people processes (like hiring decisions and performance conversations) continues to be a top priority.  With 91% of managers who attend the course reporting taking action to disrupt bias, this focus is making a difference.
  • Encouraging all employees to be their authentic selves is a focus through storytelling and enabling inclusion-focused business resource groups called Power of Difference communities (PODs).
  • Offering a research-based curriculum, DIALOGUE peer mentoring circles, to navigate gender bias in the workplace, advance women’s leadership and advocate for change.

2. Accountability: Relentlessly and continuously improve women’s and underrepresented minorities’ representation 

  • Business leaders have goals to improve representation within their organization and we review metrics in our Op Reviews.
  • Measurement of representation as well as hiring, promotion and retention rates enables us to know what practices work and where we need to improve further.

3. Reputation: Be an employer of choice by driving real business and social outcomes 

  • Inspiring and supporting the community of female and diverse talent in technology in an investment focus for us through efforts such as Women Who Code and the inaugural WT2 (Women Transforming Technology) event, which convened over 3,000 professionals from across Silicon Valley  to discuss how to tackle the lack of gender diversity in the technology industry, participate in growth & development sessions, and create visibility for the next generation of female technology leaders.

Dare to Be Yourself 

As we continue on our journey, we work to continuously affirm our commitment and celebrate our people and all their glorious differences. Storytelling is a powerful engine of culture, and our Dare to Be Yourself series taps this power to connect our people as unique and extraordinary individuals across a diverse global organization.

Over the next few months, we will be sharing authentic leadership stories from the voices of our people across the VMware Careers Site and our other digital channels to show how celebrating our people can inspire the leader within all of us to thrive. Today, we are excited to share our first leadership video in the series featuring Rich Lang, SVP of Human Resources at VMware.

Together, we can harness the power of human difference! Share how you #daretobeyourself and help inspire others to be their authentic selves each day.

 

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Daring to Drive Change for Networking & Security

What inspires you to do what you’ve always dreamed of? For Senior Engineering Manager, Mary Firenze, it is the understanding that her work will help redefine an entire industry. Connect with Mary, and see how the community at VMware empowers her to make a unique mark on Networking & Security.

 

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Name:  Mary Firenze

Role: Senior Engineering Manager, Networking & Security Business Unit

VMware Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Fill in the blank: Dare to Transform Networking.

 

 

The Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU) is a very dynamic, fast changing environment. It combines the ambitiousness of a startup with the market impact of a big player. VMware’s customer sites are growing tremendously, and we’re right there growing with them.

I like solving problems with code because it’s fun to translate a technical problem into a product that people use. As part of the NSX Controller team, I help configure the virtual network. We have a strong team, and I look forward to the new things I learn every day from my coworkers. I work with people who pioneered software defined networking am excited about the new products we have coming. The team is very smart and very nice, so it’s a great place to learn. Our customers love VMware, so the halo effect is great for NSX. They have seen what virtualization can do for them in compute and are eager to do the same for networking.

This is a good time to join the NSBU team because we are changing the way networking works, and you have a chance to help shape what it looks like. My teammates and I are doing for networking what VMware did for physical hardware, and our customers are eager to work with us. It’s a time of great change and it’s a great opportunity to make a difference.

 

 

 

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Revolutionizing the Way Customers Work Across the Network

Being a part of redefining moments in Information Technology are finite. It takes an extraordinary person who is fueled by the idea that innovative thinking can transform the way the world works. Ian Jenkins of the Networking & Security Business Unit at VMware is one of these people. He is driven to connect others with the right technology at the right time, and because of this, is empowering businesses to succeed across the network and across the world. Continue reading to hear how the Networking & Security Business Unit at VMware is daring Ian to do the stuff he has always dreamed about.  

  

 

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Role: Head of Network & Security, United Kingdom & Ireland

VMware Office Location: Staines, United Kingdom

Fill in the blank: Dare to transform customer networks and their ability to deliver against today’s business needs.

 

 

Pursuing a Passion for Technology

I’ve always had an interest in IT – be it computers with the latest gadgets or learning about IT organizations as a Business & Marketing major. During university, I had a number of core study topics, including Information Technology and Organizational Behavior that allowed me to dive deeper into IT industry trends. These experiences fueled my passion for IT and drove me to pursue a career where I could partner directly with customers looking to improve their businesses’ technology practices.

Why VMware

After having spent fourteen years selling IT infrastructure within big “blue chip” organizations, I was ready to be at the forefront of a new technology. The evolution from Hardware-defined to Software-defined allowed me to see the importance software played in the conversations that I was having with customers. I wanted to work with technology that turned an existing practice (networks) on its head and challenged the way our customers and partners deliver network services to achieve real business outcomes.

Life Within the Networking & Security Business Unit

 For me, a typical day at VMware is spent driving customer engagements. I work with our core account managers and customers to address their business needs and challenges, while evangelizing VMware NSX with our partners, eco-systems, and key stakeholders across the business. The Networking and Security Business Unit (NSBU) at VMware is a fantastic community that enables my team’s collaboration and success at a local, regional and global level. We have leaders and individual contributors who are all extremely passionate and want to work together to drive positive outcomes for our customers and VMware. From protecting against cyber crime to delivering IT at the speed of business, we are empowering organizations to achieve their business objectives through the mobility of applications, data between data centers, and cloud platforms that allow for application continuity, flexibility in choice and disaster recovery.

Join VMware NSX 

NSX is experiencing massive growth, and our customer interest and excitement is high – they want to be a part of our journey. Joining the Networking & Security Business Unit at VMware is an opportunity to revolutionize the network and the way IT delivers infrastructure, applications and services to their businesses.

 

 

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Daring to Redefine the Way VMware Connects with Global Talent

Late in 2015, VMware embarked on a mission to reimagine how we connect with candidates around the world. The technology we use in our everyday life is constantly evolving and changing. We were inspired to create a modern platform that allows for similar online experiences for people interested in learning more about working at VMware.VMWare101327_Stock-Image-Photoshop_Facebook_1200x630

Our goal was to create a place where the needs of a job seeker are at the core of the candidate experience. We also wanted to build a path for us to get to know people who are interested in a future career here in a differentiated way.

This destination – VMware’s new careers site – is a space that we’re proud to call our own. While it is only just the beginning, we’re thrilled to see the transformation we’ve made over the past several months. Some notable features include: mobile-friendly apply with LinkedIn Sign In, an interactive map feature which allows you to explore our global office sites, and the VMware CareerHub, a destination for you to get a unique glimpse into our community, including jobs tailored to your skill set and sneak peaks into our world so you can see why VMware is one of Fortune‘s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Future releases will include event information, and a robust culture page that will host content curated by our people so you can get to know us better from the inside out.

As we continue to seek out meaningful ways for you to engage with us and learn more about who we are at VMware, we invite you to take a look at our new site and let us know if we’re accomplishing our goal.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, discover how you can push us, amaze us, and inspire us as a community. Dare VMware.

An Inside Look at VMware Bulgaria

With over 120+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring industry-changing IT innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness, which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Bulgaria office in Sofia, Bulgaria is like today!

 

Who We Are

The VMware Bulgaria office is located in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Sofia is the largest city in the country, situated in western Bulgaria at the foot of the beautiful Vitosha Mountain. The city abounds in rich history and is an important cultural and historic center not only for Bulgaria but also for the whole Balkan region. Today, in the backdrop of its rich history, Sofia is a modern, youthful city that is home to several major universities, cultural institutions, and thriving businesses.VMwareBulgariaOffice

Established in 2007, VMware opened its doors in Sofia due in large part to the talent of the local engineering community in Bulgaria. Today, VMware Bulgaria is home to over 500 employees. As the largest Research & Development site for VMware in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), VMware Bulgaria boasts some of the best software developers, quality engineers, technical writers and product managers in the world, who are at the forefront of developing key VMware products focused on cloud management and automation.

Building on the success of its first site in Bulgaria, VMware opened a Professional Services Center for Excellence in Sofia in 2015. Closely tied to VMware Bulgaria’s R&D Center, the Professional Services Center for Excellence supports VMware’s customer and partner needs across EMEA. Over the years, VMware Bulgaria has transitioned from an R&D facility to a multifunctional hub with product, professional services and business operations teams.

Employees in the Sofia offices come from diverse ethnic backgrounds (Bulgarian, American, Spanish, Greek, Polish, Syrian, Russian, and Israeli to name a few). Collaborating through audio and videoconference meetings or visits to sites around the world, our people are empowered to work on global projects that foster cultural and professional growth.VMware Tech Awards 2015-031

 

Our Culture in Action

The culture in Sofia is all about passion for what we do, innovation in everything we do, and seamless execution together. Our passion to continuously innovate comes from the realization that we are working on products that are helping our customers solve their toughest business challenges. Through technology preview events onsite, VMware customers have the opportunity to meet our developers, test new product updates, and share real-time feedback on products, which allows us to create best in class products.

VMware Bulgaria’s progress as a site would not have been possible without an open and collaborative environment. Through internal technology events, including product demos, poster sessions, and borathons (employee-led hackathons), our people are able to get hands on with products allowing for continuous learning and innovation.

Teamwork goes hand-in-hand with team play. Apart from having sports groups in futbol, biking, and yoga, VMware Bulgaria is proud to have taken home first place during VMware’s Amazing Race 2015 challenge, a global employee health and wellness contest that encourages our people to live balanced lives.DSC_2154-48

Giving back to the communities that we live and work in is important for our people. Through the support of the VMware Foundation, employees join forces to organize skills-based Service Learning events that make an impact on the Sofia community. From technical conferences and contests aimed at local expert groups in Software Development, Quality Engineering and Technical publications, to career counseling and virtualization courses at the local universities and high schools, taking time out of the workday to serve the causes closest to our hearts is making change happen in Bulgaria.

Defining the Future

As we look to into 2016 and beyond, we’re thrilled for what’s in store for our community. We will soon be introducing the VMware IT Academy at the leading universities in Bulgaria. Through the Academy, students will receive instruction on the latest virtualization innovations from VMware engineers. Its rewarding to see firsthand the imprint our people are making on our future technology leaders and the Software-Defined era.

 

 

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The National Collegiate Sales Competition: How a Community of Students is Transforming Customer Success

In just a few short days, my teammates and I will be heading off to Kennesaw, Georgia with one goal in mind – hire professional selling majors for the 2016 U.S. VMware Sales Academy at the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC).VMware_Sales_Academy_Logo

Based in the lively city of Austin, Texas, the VMware Sales Academy is a competitive 12-week training program designed to launch new graduates into a successful career in Information Technology Sales. From its inception in 2015, VMware has welcomed 24 students into the U.S. and U.K. divisions of the program. From one-on-one mentorship, to technical, product and sales training, to meaningful interactions with key Sales leaders, VMware Sales Academy participants leave the program with their own customer accounts and the necessary tools to highlight how VMware products can solve businesses’ toughest technology constraints.IMG_4748 (1)

It has been inspiring to see the growth of the 2015 U.S. VMware Sales Academy class. Each of its members took the leap to move to Austin post graduation to join our community. They have successfully navigated the transition from student-life to work-life, and are thriving in their new roles at VMware.

This year we have five Inside Sales Representative positions that we are looking to fill at the National Collegiate Sales Competition. We will be interviewing students on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Final hiring decisions will be shared with candidates at the conclusion of the competition on Monday, April 4.

I am thrilled to be heading back to Kennesaw later this week to meet our newest team members. Throughout the competition, I will be sharing real-time updates on the VMware University Relations Instagram and Twitter accounts. Be sure to follow along if you are interested in learning more about life at VMware or have a general question about our latest opportunities, as we would enjoy connecting with you. For questions about interview slots at #NCSC2016, email me at condonf@vmware.com.

 

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