Connect with Ariel Weingarten, 2013 VMware Intern within the Ecosystems Research and Development Team, as he shares his meaningful experiences with the people community at VMware.
One of VMware’s core values is Community; a community focused on giving more. With over ten thousand employees it’s hard to imagine a cohesive set of mores standing out. Throughout my internship at VMware, I was pleasantly surprised at the sense of community and my colleagues’ motivation.
Often, the idea of “give more” is confused with giving more of your time, which quickly becomes unmaintainable. Instead, VMware helps its employees to work at a broader scope. The same amount of effort can provide so much more when the whole community is kept in mind.
Drinking from the Fire Hose
From the moment I accepted my offer at VMware the giving had already begun. My flight was paid for, my living arrangements were awaiting my arrival, and a classy shuttle and affable driver were ready to take me to my first day of work. After getting dropped off, I was already eager to get started at making myself a worthy investment for this kind of treatment. Little did I know I had only seen the tip of the iceberg.
My first few weeks were filled with connecting with coworkers who provided deep insight on managing virtual infrastructures and VMware’s virtualization stack. It was a truly staggering amount of information; in the words of my mentor, I was having fun “drinking from the fire hose”. This rich educational experience in enterprise virtualization software is rare to have experience in as a student and one that I’m truly grateful for.
Some really great things come about when you try to outdo VMware at creating a thriving people community. After enjoying numerous VMware-hosted intern events, I wanted to give back by helping organize a barbecue for the 200+ interns at the intern’s housing location. The VMware University Relations (UR) Team enthusiastically came back offering to help fund an intern-planned event. I came up with a wish list and was thinking that the UR Team would cover a portion of it and I’d raise the rest from my fellow interns. Instead, the UR Team provided me with a Visa gift card that allowed me to throw a fun and friendly intern owned and operated event for the entire intern class. I was thrilled to see that the desire to give more and a bit of determination are taken seriously and acted upon at VMware.
VMware rewards taking the initiative both in and out of the workplace.
After four months, I sat at my desk reflecting over my time at VMware. I was a bit bummed out that my time with the company was ending. That being said, I was far from dissatisfied. Working at VMware provided me with some of the most valuable expertise in the industry right now: solving problems with virtualization technology. There are a lot of companies out there looking for this in an employee and one of them happened to call my mentor that day.
He must not have noticed how hard I was reflecting because he asked if I could handle a customer support call. As it turned out, the customer was having some trouble with VMware Server Certification. This was a process that I had become intimately familiar with over the course of my internship. What started as a support call became an interview of sorts and the next thing I knew I had a consulting job at AMD.
By then end, I realized that the opportunities at VMware are vast. If you are willing to put in the hard work, the company steps up to give you more to work with. This synergistic environment leads to positive changes in both the workplace community and abroad.
Ariel is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo. During the summer of 2013 he interned with the Ecosystems Research and Development Team developing a server certification automation infrastructure at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. He will be returning to VMware to intern in January of 2014.
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