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The Passion Behind VMware's Veteran Hiring Initiative

Sarah Clark is a Program Manager in Staffing Operations who specializes in diversity hiring. She works from the Austin, TX office. Lynette Estrada is a Staffing Manager working in Reston, VA. 

Sarah ClarkFor the past few years, Lynette and I worked on methods and strategies to attract top talent from the military and veteran community to VMware. Because we both come from families of veterans, there is a personal interest in driving VMware’s veteran hiring initiative, an understanding of the values and level of dedication that veterans bring to the job, and how these values align to our shared EPIC2 company values.

We first explored Education with Industry programs, where mid-level military officers would receive 10 months of skills building and experience at a specific company, which can be reapplied in their military position upon their return. Two years later, Porter Clapp, a Director in our Public Sector team and an Air Force veteran, contacted us about applying to the Air Force Education With Industry (EWI) program. With the additional momentum for diversity at VMware, we felt that the time had arrived to implement this program.

Porter spent a lot of time with EWI leaders and people running EWI programs at other companies to understand their programs and what it would take for VMware to join. It was to be the first program of its kind in the US - and if we were to do it, we wanted to do it right. So, our diverse team worked together to craft a program outline to present to our business leaders.

Any time you bring forward a new program, there are legitimate questions about the operational model, risks and benefits, costs, commitments – it gets scrutinized from every angle. We worked hard, and supportive managers gave us valuable feedback. We presented our idea to our first round of business leaders. After the presentation, there was silence. The first statement came from a VP who said he was looking for the drawback -- and he couldn’t find even one. We had a few more meetings with similar results. The responses were enthusiastic and very positive. A few managers even asked if we planned to sign up with similar programs at the other military branches.

As we received VMware leadership approval to apply to the program, we learned the Air Force was not looking for more industry partners to join.  Rather, they were removing long-standing EWI participants to align with Air Force requirements. The Air Force program managers informed us it may take a year to consider VMware for the program.

That did not deter our team. We spent weeks developing the application: encouraging business units to present us with opportunities that we could include within our application, even organizing a roundtable with our internal veterans groupEWI application front page to understand the messaging and ideas that would really resonate on our application.  We developed a multimedia presentation that explained VMware’s culture, leadership, and value to people and customers.  We appealed to the military’s core values and highlighted the unique opportunities a military officer would receive spending a year at VMware.

At last, our application was submitted. Then began the wait. Waiting was difficult as countless supporters followed up about the status of our application. To distract ourselves and to be positive, we developed an action plan with next steps.

Finally came the news. VMware was accepted in the program! The Air Force took steps to place VMware in the 2015 – 2016 academic year, recognizing VMware’s outstanding culture and value, and assigning an officer to VMware beginning August 2015. Our student hasn’t started yet, but we have met with him and are already impressed with his drive and passion for this assignment. Our goal is to be recognized as an employer of choice based on building relationships with such organizations. We look forward to a long-term partnership with this program.

-- Sarah Clark

VMware's Women Connecting Women Program Makes Networking Simple

Prachi3Prachi Goyal is in her second month of interning in Finance. She is currently making the most of her time at VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters, and also looks forward to continuing her MBA at University of Texas at Austin in the Fall.  

My first mentor was, unintentionally, my mother. She leads her own life with independence and empowerment. She’s inspired and motivated me through my childhood to present day -- encouraging my big dreams and the persistence to achieve them. My belief in mentorship and female empowerment originates from her. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to be mentor and mentee, following in the footsteps of the woman that inspired me.

Purdue University provided me with my first formal mentor. The Electrical Engineering department, as with most technical departments, has an incredibly skewed male-to-female ratio. As a freshman, I struggled to adjust to a new country and culture. The long journey to finding my voice became suddenly smoother with the help of my mentor in the Women in Engineering Program. As a junior, I returned the favor and guided incoming women engineers personally and professionally.

Joining VMware, my goal was to meet people across functions and better understand the company and its culture through those interactions. This goal was advanced by the Women Connecting Women program, which partners each female new hire with a successful female mentor. These mentors volunteer for the opportunity, so they are surely dedicated to inspire and develop the next generation of female professionals. My WCW mentor, Mimi Hills, identified my goal and was proactive in introducing me to the right people and helping grow my network. In addition, I always felt comfortable reaching out to her with both personal and professional issues. My VMware experience would not be the same without my WCW mentor, Mimi.

Prachi Goyal and her mentorThis blog post would be incomplete without mentioning my other VMware mentor – Behrooz Samin. He helped shape my project, and even invested as much time and effort into the project as me. He made sure he was there to help me whenever I hit a roadblock or needed to brainstorm over a challenge. Big thanks to him for dialing in from Hawaii for my final presentation!

I consider myself fortunate to have such supportive mentors at VMware. The mentors provide me with ability to network from day one, and set me up for success. I definitely learned a lot from their mentorship styles and will be able to support my mentees even better when I return to school. I’m sure my journey with Mimi and Behrooz will not end with this internship, but instead will be a guiding force in the next steps of my career!

--Prachi Goyal

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Growth is a Given: Ways the VMware Internship Program Inspires Professional Development

Xiyuan3Xiyuan Liu is in her fourth month of interning on the Network QE Team at VMware’s Beijing office. She is studying Telecommunications at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with a special interest in the Internet of Things.   

I started as a VMware intern four months ago full of expectation. As those months passed, my internship at VMware has brought reflection on my future career and professional development. I’ve learned many lessons and have grown in many aspects, including professional skills, communication abilities, and attitude towards work and life.

My manager once gave our team members a lesson about “being brave to ask questions after presentations”. This topic is not that common since it seemingly has nothing to do with our daily work. However, its meaning is quite important to me. I have experienced many times, as a speaker and as an audience member, when there are no questions asked during the Q&A portion of a presentation. My manager shared advice on how to ask questions, even when we are afraid our question may be too simple. He encouraged us to be the first to ask. I have to admit this is a shortcoming in Chinese culture, where people are generally conservative and shy. But the lesson made me think a lot, and I have gradually overcome my fear and made my voice heard after presentations.

Daily interactions and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with my mentor help me improve my professional skills and take advantage of my short internship. She taught me to have a peaceful attitude towards problems encountered at work, reminding me that every problem has its own solution. This new belief makes me more confident and calm when I am puzzled by a problem.

She always tells me that “better” is what we should aspire to. She impresses me with the way she upholds this view and encourages me. This attitude has led me to develop my communication skills. For example, recently I wrote a report about the new features I developed, and she asked me to revise it several times. This editing included improving the format of the email, the pictures inserted, and the titles listed. She notices and cares about every detail. When I compared the final version to the original version of my report, I felt respect and gratitude to my mentor.Xiyuan2

VMware also offers many chances for interns to learn from successful colleagues in our field. The engineers of VMware are willing to share their career stories with interns, which moves me deeply. The common theme between all of them is the passion towards what they have done, what they are doing, and what they are going to do. It is easy to develop this passion when it is demonstrated all around you. Just as the card on my desk says – “PASSION NEVER RESTS”. I hope this three-word sentence will accompany me in my future study and work life.

I have developed a lot as a VMware intern. The reflection on my future career encourages me, and all the lessons learned prepare me to face more challenges.

-- Xiyuan Liu

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VMware Internship Program: The Manager and Mentor Jackpot

Neha Kashyap

Neha Kashyap is an IT intern on the Business Engagement team. She is currently in her 7th week of interning at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. A student at University of Texas at Dallas, Neha is studying Information Science and Management.


VMware has one of the best internship programs in the country, and your manager and mentor play a huge role in the overall success of your internship experience. The managers and mentors volunteer to be part of the program, so you know that they are dedicated to your development, support, and success. Everyone at VMware is super nice, but I was particularly lucky to work with my wonderful manager and mentors.

My manager Pat is very nice and approachable. He encourages me to ask questions and has always patiently answered all of them. He never fails to appreciate my work and has always made me feel like an important part of the team, even though I am an intern.

Neha Kashyap eating lunch with her team.

Greg is a wonderful mentor and great company to be with. Your mentor is your first point of contact regarding any issue at work. They are like your friend, except for the fact that they have answers to all of your questions (regarding work, as well as the best places to visit in the Bay Area). He has patiently walked me through the tools that I use for my internship and has been very helpful in many ways to make my project a success.

Neha Kashyap painting and wine tasting with her Women Connecting Women mentor.

In addition, I am so happy to be part of the VMware Women Connecting Women Program. Having a connection outside of your team or department, especially with a female perspective, is beneficial. I am fortunate to have a woman mentor that I can speak frankly with about my career path, life at VMware, Corporate America, personal matters or just discuss wine. (Yes, she is teaching me wine tasting over the summer.)

The transition from orientation to being part of VMware has been so smooth thanks to my manager, mentors and team. I even eat lunch with the team almost every single day; that says a lot about how much I enjoy working with this team.

The energy at VMware is contagious. Everyone is so passionate about his or her work and VMware’s EPIC2 values resonate through the entire community. The work we do during an internship is only a part of the story. The connections we make are the real deal. VMware’s mentorship program and the Women Connecting Women program provide the guidance to navigate any new experience at VMware, as well as ensuring that you build out your career path in the right direction. The VMware managers and mentors are successful at helping you reach your full potential. There are obviously benefits of doing an internship in Silicon Valley, but having the opportunity to do it at a company like VMware, surrounded with the right people, confirms that you have truly hit the jackpot.

- Neha Kashyap

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VMware Innovator: Rean Griffith

For VMware people, they look at their roles as more than just a job. It’s an opportunity to create something new and better together every day that will disrupt the way things have been done across the technology industry.

In this month’s edition of VMware’s Innovation Series, the VMware Careers team connects with Staff Engineer, Rean Griffith about how the VMware community innovates together and what inspires him to explore new ideas that spark growth.

During our conversation, Rean shares a look at RADIO, VMware’s internal R&D Innovation Offsite, which helps foster discussion around unexplored ideas that would be impactful for the company while also connecting members of our global engineering community that allow for cross collaboration across product groups.

Moved by Rean’s passion for innovation? Visit VMware’s company blog, Tribal Knowledge, to hear how RADIO has become an important part of our culture of instigating innovation.



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One Woman’s Passion for Innovation Empowers Girls to Code at VMware

IMG_0576Growing up as a young woman in India I was always encouraged to follow my passion for Computer Science and innovation. It never occurred to me during my youth that as a female I could potentially be viewed by others as ill equipped to have what it takes to drive innovation within a global technology company. After moving to the United States to pursue my passion for technology, I discovered how young women today are consciously and subconsciously affected by gender stereotypes when it comes to working in fields focused around Computer Science and Engineering. Because of this, I’ve made it one of my missions to seek out opportunities to be an advocate for change so that today’s young women, as well as future generations, can be introduced to the fun and excitement that I am able to experience each day as a Staff Program Manager at VMware. The community here at VMware has been extremely supportive of my desire to be a part of this change for women. One way this can be seen is by VMware’s 2015 sponsorship of Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program.

GWC3In early 2014, I became aware of the great things that Girls Who Code, a non-profit focused on inspiring girls to pursue computer science by exposing them to real life and on screen role models who are challenging the status quo in technology, is driving within our community. Girls Who Code’s 2015 mission is to empower 10,000 girls in all 50 states within the United States with the organization’s proven computer science education programming, so that a pipeline of talent will finally bring gender parity to the technology sector. Girls Who Code mission matters because the U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected to produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs. While women make up half the workforce in the U.S., only 25% hold jobs in technical and computing fields.Knowing these statistics and the great work that Girls Who Code has done within the past three years, I thought it would be a great mission for the VMware community to be a part of so that we can work together to drive systemic change around this issue. This summer, 20 high school girls from across the U.S. have joined my colleagues and I on campus at VMware for a four-week Girls Who Code pilot program for young women that have prior experience in computer science for their age. From learning more about computational thinking, problem solving, virtualization and programming in python, to connecting with luminary female thought leaders at VMware, these innovative young minds will have the opportunity to learn and grow while exploring the amazing things that can come to life through STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology & Math).

Today marks an exciting milestone for these future female leaders, as they will be graduating from the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at VMware. Join me in congratulating these inspiring individuals. I’m thrilled to be a part of this milestone and cannot wait to see where these young women take our global community because of their passion and drive to discover innovative solutions for thorny technological problems.

Inspired to be a part of this change? Learn more about Girls Who Code and join the conversation by sharing your thoughts with #GirlsWhoCode.




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Are You Inspired to be a Fearless Leader?

At VMware, we celebrate our people who come from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By embracing diversity and fostering a culture where talented people feel empowered to bring their full selves to work and thrive, we have conceived new innovative ideas, achieved better business results, and revolutionized information technology – together as a team.20130887 VMware073 Fearless Leader Student Summit Logo_FINAL

VMware is committed to diversity and inclusion. One of the ways we express this is by providing resources and support for women in technology, empowering them to grow into senior business and technical leadership roles.

We’re excited to announce the inaugural VMware Fearless Leader Student Summit on August 13-14, 2015 at VMware Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Thirty female students in Computer Science and Engineering who are passionate about making the impossible, possible will be invited for an all-expenses paid, exclusive two-day event to learn valuable leadership skills and connect with luminaries from across the technology industry.

Are you inspired to be a Fearless Leader? Submit your resume via email to universityrecruiting@vmware.com to apply for the 2015 VMware Fearless Leader Student Summit. A member of our University Recruiting team will reach out to you within 72 hours if you’re handpicked for this exciting opportunity.



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Meet Sanchit Gupta, VMware Intern and Student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As a global company, VMware knows the power of building meaningful connections. By networking and working together, our people are able to drive change for VMware, the community, and each other. Connect with 2014 VMware intern, Sanchit Gupta, and hear how a conversation on social media sparked an opportunity to pursue new experiences.


Sanchit's PictureName: Sanchit Gupta

Role at VMware: 2014 VMware Intern on the VMkernel team

University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Pursuing Interests & Passions

I am now finishing my computer engineering degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. However, I didn’t start off as a computer engineering major; I initially joined the university as an electrical engineering major. When I was pursuing an electrical engineering degree, my coursework included electronic circuits, signal processing, semiconductor physics, E&M, and other similar classes. I took some computer science courses on the side as well. The class that really pushed me to what I am pursuing right now was the Systems and OS course. This class introduced me to the internal workings of a modern Operating System and I even got to write my own kernel from scratch! This class helped me clear the interviews for the VMware kernel team. I really enjoy working on systems and followed up with courses in advanced distributed systems, networks, and real time systems. I am now doing research work in distributed systems, specifically large scale cluster scheduling.Fuel_For_Finals

Landing a VMware Internship through Social Media

Social media is a great tool for students to connect with university recruiting teams across the industry. In just a few short clicks, students can connect with a large number of recruiters in the social space. This empowers students to connect with teams and companies beyond the ones that show up for career fairs on campus. Moreover, it allows for an informal conversation between the student and the recruiting teams. Finally, using websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Piazza enable students to create their professional brand online, which is key in the job search process.

Facebook actually helped me land my internship at VMware. One day, I wrote a message to the VMware University Relations team explaining my past experiences and my interest in kernel work. I got a reply from a member of their team within a day. It was the fastest response time I ‘ve seen so far from a recruiter in the social space. I was then set up with a series of interviews with the VMware kernel team, and as they say, the rest was history.

An Insider’s Look as a VMware Intern Prodigy

Angel Island 2The VIP (VMware Intern Prodigy) student ambassador program is a great way for students to connect with former VMware interns to get an inside look at VMware, its culture, and the experiences they made while on campus. A lot of the times students miss on the opportunity of meeting and interacting with a company’s engineers and representatives just because the company isn’t active on their campus. VMware’s VIP Program helps bridge this gap by conducting fun activities like Fuel for Finals, coding competitions, VMware Tech Talks, and more on campus at various universities. This program was a great way for me to give back - like sharing some of my favorite memories, including the trip to Angel Island in San Francisco, where the 2014 VMware Palo Alto Intern Class and I had the opportunity to enjoy loads of games, island hiking, and food & drinks, while making new connections with my peers on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Advice to Students Looking for an Internship

There are two factors that play a key role in landing a great internship:

1)    Networking– Interacting with new people helps create more opportunities for an individual

2)    Experience – Hones a person’s skills and makes them a better problem solver

Being active on social media, attending career fairs and information sessions, meeting recruiters, and connecting with peers are all great ways of networking. Students should take part in various industry-sponsored events, such as hackathons and coding challenges to meet various company representatives and engineers. Also, participating in activities with student-led organizations (like ACM and IEEE) helps students to connect with their fellow peers.

The best advice for gaining more experience and increasing a person’s knowledge base is to take classes that appeal to them, work on projects, and take part in research. Learning from professors, who usually are the best in their fields, exposes you to new and cutting edge work being done in the field. Working on research and co-curricular projects sharpens your problem solving skills and makes a person more hands on.

Meet VMware Sr. Manager, NSBU Nauman Mustafa

At VMware, students and recent university graduates are empowered to make an immediate impact on projects that are disrupting information technology as we know it. Connect with Senior Manager of the Solutions Architect Group – Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU), Nauman Mustafa, and learn what fuels his drive to innovate and how he and his teammates are investing in future innovators.


nauman-headshotName: Nauman Mustafa

Role: Sr. Manager of the Solutions Architect Group – Networking & Security Business Unit

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 2

Favorite innovation: NSX


What is a typical day like for you and your team at VMware?

One of the most exciting things about working on the VMware NSBU (Networking & Security Business Unit) is that every day brings new opportunities to incubate fresh ideas and solve interesting problems for VMware users. To do this, we work on NSX architecture and design in the ream of the SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center), while also overseeing escalation support and enablement for customers and field teams. By working directly with customers, we’re able to provide immediate feedback and product improvement suggestions to our product team.

What fuels your passion in the technology space? 

The biggest reward that fuels my passion is the success of VMware customers and the enthusiasm they demonstrate when technological improvements create stronger business agility for their organization. Innovation requires ambitious customers and users who are looking to continuously improve and evolve the way business is done. VMware provides a unique fast paced environment that empowers engineers to nurture ideas and transform them from a vision to reality all while transforming the way businesses do work.

What innovation projects are you excited to see evolve?

Networking and Security was my passion when I started my career 14 years ago, but I exhausted it to the limits with traditional approaches. After joining the VMware Networking & Security team, I have been able to relive my passion by taking a software approach to solving infrastructure problems. The experience has been priceless.

As part of the NSBU, my teammates and I are working to make our flagship product, the NSX platform, even more exciting. Our strategy is to make NSX rock solid and provide features at scale that will not only bring innovation to the tech industry, but also create business efficiency for our customers.

I hope to see several Networking/Security related inventions come to life, including data analytics to intelligently optimize the Cloud/Data Center environments and simple yet powerful ways to connect Data Center and remote branch offices.

How does VMware empower you to grow both professionally and personally?

Two years ago, my then manager convinced me to pursue a role in NSBU, and stated that one year of work at VMware would be more transformative for my career than several years of continuation at my former employer. He was absolutely correct, and I am thankful for this opportunity as it has allowed me to work on transformative products and technologies, while also empowering me to lead specialized projects, incubate new ideas, and speed up development of existing products portfolio.

Why are University Relations (interns and recent graduates) important for NSBU efforts at VMware?

Recently I collaborated with the VMware University Relations team to assist with the NC State University Career Fair and Tech Interview Workshops focused on Networking and Security. As expected, it was a huge success and the turn out was tremendous.

It is extremely important for NSBU to keep a healthy connection with of interns and recent graduates as the NSBU’s fast paced and dynamic environment requires self-motivated individuals with fresh ideas, drive, and enthusiasm . These individuals are long-term assets with high levels of innovation and can quickly adapt to rapid changes while being agile. NSBU has embarked on a transformational journey and fresh grads will bring tremendous value in shaping the future of networking and security industry.

Share some of the biggest lessons that you have learned as an engineer that you would like to impart on others starting their careers in the technology space.

Being an Engineer can be very rewarding and satisfying if you enjoy the area you work in and build things that brings real value. This can happen if you keep the following in mind:

  • Think outside the box and challenge the status quo. Ask the “why” question as it continuously forces you to re-examine your approaches and bring new ideas to life.
  • Stay close to your users and customers as they give you their perspective on what really matters most to be successful.
  • Build and innovate products and solutions that solve your customers’ business problems.
  • Be creative and enjoy your job everyday as it not only brings the best out of you, but also allows you to keep a healthy work-life balance in long run.



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VMware Academic Program Announces 2015 Graduate Fellowships

Established in early 2000, the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) drives faculty-led research in a variety of areas such as Machine Learning, Security, and Big Data. To date, VMAP has supported research on university campuses across the United States, Canada, China and the United Kingdom. Empowering the student community to innovate and grow is an important element of VMAP’s mission. To support this commitment for future researchers and innovators, VMAP established the VMware Graduate Fellowship. Through this initiative, top students have later joined our employee community as VMware interns and have made a significant impact on our engineering community.VMware_Academic_Program_logo

On behalf of the VMAP team, I am proud to share that we have awarded the 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships to three outstanding students, Tudor David from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Soudeh Ghorbani from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Seyed K. Fayaz from Carnegie Mellon University. The Graduate Fellowships initiative personally means a lot to me as it highlights VMware’s commitment to nurturing a new generation of researchers and technologists. These students bring new perspectives and ideas. In an industry such as high tech, creativity and the courage to pursue new directions is a crucial ingredient to moving engineering methods and technologies forward.

Join me in congratulating Tudor, Seyed and Soudeh, and hear what the VMware Graduate Fellowship means to these Game-Changers.

tudor-david-photo “Being awarded a VMware graduate fellowship represents both a validation of the research direction I am pursuing, as well as an opportunity allowing me to continue to work along this research path. “ - Tudor David, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne



Ghorbani“Winning this recognition and award from VMware, the current leader in virtualization, empowers me to fully pursue my interests in virtualization and SDN research. It will also give me a great opportunity to jump-start my career. “ -Soudeh Ghorbani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



seyed“These are exciting times for computer networks researchers owing to game changers such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). This gift not only helps fund my research on new opportunities enabled by SDN and NFV, but also it allows me to collaborate with VMware's pioneering practitioners in these areas.” -Seyed K. Fayez, Carnegie Mellon University