At VMware, our EPIC2 values (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community) reflect who we are and why we are here, to disrupt information technology while shaping the course of what’s next for our community. Our inaugural EPIC2 Achievement Award recognizes people who exemplify all of our shared values in an extraordinary way. Recipients are chosen by our Executive team once a year and celebrated at our company all hands meeting.
Connect with Luyi (Louis) Cao, Systems Engineering Manager, and one of four employee recipients of VMware’s EPIC2 Achievement Awards as he highlights the power of values.
Role: Systems Engineering Manager
Office Location: Beijing, China
Years at VMware: 4
How did you feel when you found out you were the first recipient of VMware’s first EPIC2 Achievement Award?
I still remember it like it was yesterday. We had just celebrated the Chinese New Year when one day my manager Arthur told me to join him in a WebEx meeting. He shared that I was a 2014 EPIC2 Achievement Award recipient. Hearing this news was such and surprise and a great way to celebrate a special holiday with my colleagues. I’m honored to have received one of the first EPIC2 Achievement awards at VMware. There are so many excellent people within the company, so I feel like I’m the lucky one.
Can you share with us your most memorable moment at VMware?
I’ve had a lot of great memories over the past four years at VMware. Like the first time I got to travel to Taiwan for an internal meeting at the end of 2010, or when we surpassed a competitor and won a big End-User Computing project this past July. We had worked on the case for more than three years, so it was exciting to see our hard work pay off. But to be honest, winning the EPIC2 Achievement Award has really been my most memorable moment to date at VMware. It’s my first and most important global award within the company.
Can you share your perspective on how you bring your values to life at work?
For me, bringing my values to life at work is easy because work is a part of life. I have passion for my work and my family. Four years ago, I started my job at VMware, and the growth of the Great China region has been an exciting experience to be a part of. It’s been challenging, but the fast growth is based on our faith of the company, our passion, and our hard work as a great team.
How do VMware’s EPIC2 values connect with your own personal values?
VMware’s EPIC2 values allow VMware employees to identify and connect with one another, and personal values help us define our own identity. It’s very fortunate and important when our community values at work connect with our own personal values because it helps bring meaning to the work we do each day. I am happier and can identify and connect with the VMware community.
Why do you think values matter at work?
Values matter at work because they help foster a thriving community. The spirit in which you do things in life can result in good work and also a good life.
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