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VMware New Grad Defines His Path to Success in Sales

The VMware Sales Academy is a unique training program designed to fast track new graduates into a successful career in Sales. Connect with Inside Sales Associate and University College Cork graduate, Shane Tobin, and get his unique perspective on how he is empowered to shape his career success in Sales through the community at VMware.

 

Name: Shane Tobin

Role: Inside Sales Associate UK & Ireland

VMware Office Location: Cork, Ireland

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Pursuing a Career in Sales

One of the main reasons that I decided to pursue a career in Sales was because it was different than what everyone else in my university program was pursuing. Many of my classmates were interested in careers as consultants, analysts, or developers. I knew that I wanted a career that would challenge me daily, and a career in Sales seemed like the perfect opportunity.

In 2015, I participated in the VMware Sales Academy, a six-month placement program that allowed me to shadow members of the Inside Sales team. As a Technical Support Engineer, I had the opportunity to improve my communications and business skills with customers. I love speaking with customers over the phone, so this experience solidified my decision to pursue a career in Sales.

 

Why VMware?

Desk PictureThe reason I chose VMware is very simple. I loved working for the company as an intern. There are endless opportunities to work on the latest cutting edge technology, and the culture is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Everyone working in the company is so friendly and welcoming. Whenever you need assistance, there is someone willing to help you out.

VMware always wants its employees to succeed and move on to their next career goal. This is very important to me, as I want to continue my career progression and move into a Field Sales Role. I currently have a 90-day plan in place with my manager that will help me gain the necessary skills to become a Territory Executive. Not only that, I am currently working on an 18-month plan with my manager and sales coach that will allow me to continue my career progression into a Field Sales role. This is the kind of support you receive at VMware. Once you explain to your manager what you would like to do they will work with you to create a plan of action on how to help you succeed.

 

A Day in the Life at VMware

So a typical day for me as an Inside Sales Associate involves a number of different responsibilities and duties. I currently manage all the lead generation opportunities that are less than €30k for general business in the UK for both the South and Midlands territories. My day-to-day activities include calling leads and holding calls with customers and partners from C-level executives to IT Managers. They are always willing to have a conversation with me as they love dealing with VMware due to the many benefits and capabilities our technology has given them over the years.graduate day out

 

VMware Milestones

One of the most memorable achievements for me so far was the day I closed my first deal. This was an opportunity I managed from beginning to end. It was a great feeling when the order came in and I will always remember it. It was very exciting to know that the deal that I had closed would have a direct impact on VMware.

Another memorable milestone for me was when I finished in the number one spot in the assessments for the Sales Academy. At the end of training, we took part in numerous assessments, which tested the skills that we learned over the training period. I was very proud when I was told that I finished in the top spot.

 

Advice for New Grads Looking to Break into a Career in Sales

The best advice that I could give to anyone looking to break into a career in Sales is to just go for it. This is a job where the harder you work, the more successful you will be. I equate managing a sales territory to that of managing your own business. You will be responsible for making that territory successful, and the more work you put in, the more successful that territory and you will be. I know that people may think that what they are studying is not directly applicable, or that they themselves might not be a good match for Sales, but what I would say to people is that Sales is for everyone. The current graduate class is made up of people who have degrees in Marketing, Business, Commerce, and Information Systems. There are people who work in Sales with no business background. This is a career for people who want to work in a fast paced environment, enjoy being challenged, thrive on collaborating with people, and like being rewarded for working hard.

 

 

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The Community at VMware Empowers Renmin University of China Student to Thrive

From day one, student innovators are empowered to do everything they’ve ever dreamed of at VMware while making a positive impact on the world. Connect with Renmin University of China Student and Staffing Coordinator Intern, Karl to hear his unique perspectives on how the community at VMware is making his professional growth one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.

 

photo of Karl Wang (1)Name: Karl Wang

Role: Staffing Coordinator Intern

Office: Beijing, China

University: Renmin University of China

 

It’s been three months since I started working as a Staffing Coordinator Intern at the VMware Beijing office in China. When I first started, I was not familiar with the projects that I would be working on, but with the help of my teammate and mentor Jenny, I was able to successfully begin work. I have learned how to connect with candidates, schedule interviews and confirm interview times. I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to the APJ (Asia-Pacific-Japan) Staffing Coordinator playbook, which is a step-by-step instruction on how to schedule interviews. The book is now being used by the entire APJ Staffing Coordinator team and has received positive feedback from the group. It was wonderful to hear how my efforts have positively impacted other coworkers and that it is making a difference in the candidate journey at VMware.

In China, it is not common for a subordinate to talk directly with his or her boss about anything. However, the community at VMware provides a clear and positive work environment, which means a lot to me. Through open workspaces, regular check-ins with my manager and team, as well as free snacks and drinks, I’m empowered to focus on my work while being comfortable too. I know that I’m a valued member of the team and am respected by my peers no matter their role at the company. Although my manager sits in the Singapore office, we have regular one-on-one check-ins over the phone. I’m able to ask her the questions on my mind and share how my week is going. She is always there to share her perspectives on how she might work through any challenges that I’m facing with my work. The APJ Staffing Coordinator team also has monthly meetings, which is a great opportunity for everyone on the team to share their latest project plans and work through any problems that we might be facing that day.

The kindness that I’ve been shown by other coworkers who has reached out to go have meals together or asked if I need help if I have run into trouble with my work has been so appreciated. The working attitude of everyone has influenced me a lot as well. Everyone is passionate for their work and truly believes that they can make a difference. I know that the work that I’ve contributed is valued by my teammates, and this makes me feel respected and empowers me to do my work better.

I love VMware and believe that my internship here will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

 

 

 

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New Bulgarian University Student Boosts Her Career at VMware Bulgaria

At VMware, we enable students and new graduates to continuously pursue moments of growth. Connect with New Bulgarian University student and VMware R&D Intern, Sonya Mileva, and discover how her experience at VMware Bulgaria’s Talent Boost Class sparked learning and meaningful connections beyond the classroom.

 

IMG_20150610_160054_1 (1)Name: Sonya Mileva

Role: Member of Technical Staff Intern

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: New Bulgarian University

 

 

 

 

A Passion for Innovation

The simplicity and purity of mathematical and logical tasks have always appealed to me. This is why I went to New Bulgarian University to pursue my curiosity for math. There we use exciting tools like Mathemetica, which solves complex mathematical problems fast. In combination with the great lecturers and my classmates, my passion for technology was ignited.

 

Boosting Talent in Bulgaria

I first heard about the VMware Talent Boost Class from two of my friends who had attended previous sessions. The highly intensive course is held during the summer at VMware’s office site in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the best things about the course was the size of the class. There were only 20 students in my session, so we all had the opportunity to connect and get our questions around the course material answered. Through the course I learned that it is okay to ask questions, even if you ask those questions more than once. Asking questions doesn’t make you sound unqualified or unprepared. Having an inquiring mind shows that you are a responsible and proactive addition to the team.Sonya2 (1)

One of my biggest moments of growth was after the Talent Boost Class when I joined VMware as a member of the 2015 intern class. Interning at VMware will not only allow me to apply my learnings from Talent Boost, but also explore new areas within Information Technology while becoming acclimated to the workplace atmosphere as a young professional. Overall, the Talent Boost Class allowed me to systemize my knowledge in a way that now gives me a holistic snapshot of IT.

 

VMware Intern Life

As a VMware intern, I have had the opportunity to work on a project that focuses on the optimization of the data transport of the product my team is working on. Every week I have discussions with my mentor around what I have worked on, any problems that I’ve run into and the best approach to tackle them. Along with my mentor meetings, I have had the opportunity to go to other team meetings with the broader group where the entire group gets together to discuss major changes and plans for the project. For lunch, we usually go to some of the nearby food places, which has been a great way to get to know my colleagues better while taking a break from the workday.

 

Milestone Memories or Embracing Moments of Growth

One of my favorite VMware memories is from the recent office site company event. Each year, VMware Bulgaria organizes an event for the Sofia employees to get together. This year, the event was held in October near Sofia in a town called Sandanski. Sandanski is known for its thermal springs and clean air free of allergens. The event incorporated Service Learning, which is an opportunity for employees to give back to the causes closest to their hearts. It was a great day because there were various volunteer opportunities including crafting souvenirs, painting schools, cleaning national parks, and translating information into Bulgarian for foreign educational sites. I participated in the group that crafted souvenirs. We made nice products that will be sold at charity bazaars. Knowing that we were creating something that will help others was a great feeling. That day was a great experience for me because I know we were helping make a difference in the community.

 

 

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Fostering Dynamic & Diverse Workplaces Through the Community at Grace Hopper India

Did you know that mixed-gender teams lead to higher profits and sales for organizations? It’s because of this, and the opportunity to create an environment where all people can bring their whole selves to work, that VMware is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace community. Connect with VMware Member of Technical Staff, Vartika Agrawal, and hear how her drive to continuously innovate within Information Technology is empowering women to lead change in their careers at the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

 

Vartika AName: Vartika Agrawal

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 1

 

Share what a typical day is like for you at VMware.

Once you start doing what you love for a living, the work is no longer work. A day at VMware is never monotonous as each day comes with its own challenges, priorities, and learnings, which is empowering me to achieve my full potential. I am a morning person, so I prefer starting work early. For me, a typical day starts by catching up on emails, checking my calendar, and making a rough plan for the day. After this, my team syncs up to share status updates on what we’re each working on. From there, I dedicate time to work on vSphere We Client, which is the VMware product that I’m currently working on. The second half of the day consists of meetings, technical discussions, and continued work on the problem I took up in the morning. Outside of my immediate work responsibilities, I give back through the VMware Foundation, participate in research projects, and organize team events such as birthday celebrations, team lunches and day outings. I try to balance time between regular product work and other activities as it helps keep me refreshed and rejuvenated. On days with fewer projects, I spend time playing games like foosball and table tennis with my teammates.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology? 

Information Technology is rapidly growing as there is constant innovation happening in the field. Computers and coding have fascinated me since high school. At the RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, I got a chance to explore this field in depth. A degree in Computer Science provides an immense number of career options to choose from based on interests and skill sets. There are pure technical jobs for people who love math and coding. There are Program Manager roles, which do need knowledge of computers, but are more of management jobs. As a member of the IT community, I feel that I am receiving the opportunity to contribute to the continuous changing dynamics of our society.

 

You have a poster on “Cache-Based Side-Channel Attack on AES in Cloud Computing Environment” and “IoT Transaction Security” being shared at Grace Hopper (#GHCI15) India. Can you share more about what the poster addresses?

“Cache-Based Side-Channel Attack on AES in Cloud Computing Environment” is based on the work done with my friends during my final semester at RV College of Engineering, Bangalore. Our paper demonstrates cache-based side-channel attack between virtual machines where a malicious virtual machine owned by an attacker extracts an AES encryption key from the victim’s virtual machine, which is spawned on same physical machine. Software implementation of AES uses table lookup operations, which affects the cache. These lookup indices are closely related with private key used for encryption/decryption. Leakage of the key can reveal lot of confidential information. My poster session paper shows how the attacker can obtain this key and how one can combat the attack by disrupting the cache-access patterns during encryption.

“IoT Transaction Security” addresses security requirements when IoT devices are connected to the cloud. IoT is an emerging technology. As more and more devices are interconnected, and send and receive data over the network, it becomes important to protect the data from security vulnerabilities. My poster session paper provides confidentiality and integrity of data originated from an IoT device that is sent over the network to the Cloud through the following ideas:

  • Providing direct HTTPS connection between IoT devices and cloud by eliminating the mediator devices
  • Bitcoin block chain ledger principle to achieve decentralization and scalability in IoT network

 

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is Our Time to Lead. What does this theme mean to you? 

It’s time that mainstream society acknowledges and supports women pursuing technical careers just as it does for men. Research shows that diversity within teams leads to better business outcomes, so it makes sense from an innovation and ethical perspective to empower woman at all levels within an organization. The Grace Hopper Celebration in India, which brings together over 12,000 people every year, is a great platform to raise awareness about the importance of women in the workplace while empowering women in their professional and personal growth through meaningful connections with others across the technology community.

 

 

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Taking the Lead to Grow at Grace Hopper India

At VMware, we empower our people with the resources and tools to own their future. Connect with VMware Member of Technical Staff, Shwetha Lakshman Rao, and learn how she is taking the lead to grow in her career while inspiring others along the way at the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

  

Shwetha Lakmanan (1)Name: Shwetha Lakshman Rao

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 6

 

Share what a typical day is like for you at VMware. 

My day starts by coffee with colleagues, followed by checking emails so that I can prioritize my tasks for the day. As a Java API tester, I repro and verify the bugs related to vCenter Server, identify use cases that have not been covered, and write the code for those use cases. I work on scripts as per customer requirements to help solve their issues or automate manual efforts, and I help team members resolve their technical issues. The best part of VMware is there is no boundary to work on research of one’s interest, and I enjoy this opportunity. VMware empowers me to enhance my technical and soft skills by attending conferences within and outside of India. I also work in the “Internet of Things” research group and am involved in many other initiatives such as Borathon (VMware’s employee-led hackathon), giving back with the VMware Foundation, and innovations around improvising the testing strategy and patents at VMware. Each year, VMware employees are given 40 paid hours to give back to the causes closet to their hearts. I spend my Service Learning time going to government schools twice a week to teach English for the students of grade 4.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology?

Information Technology impacts everything. You name a career and one can map IT implementations with it. Because of this, there are endless opportunities to learn and grow in an IT career that personally interests you. A career in IT requires continuous learning. It is about problem solving which requires analytical skills, and I love solving issues by building different algorithms. Information Technology is not just about technical skills; it is about how one can manage time while working on multiple tasks. There is nothing that can describe the amount of satisfaction that I feel once I’ve finished a task that involves developing a code that solves a complex problem.

 

You are participating in the Hands-on Lab session and have a poster on IOT transaction security at Grace Hopper (#GHCI15) India. Can you share more about what you will be discussing during these two sessions?

It is a pleasure to present our poster “IoT Transaction Security” at the Grace Hopper conference. IoT or “Internet of things,” is an emerging technology that is buzzing in the IT industry. The focus of the poster session project is to provide confidentiality and integrity of data originated from an IoT device that is sent over a network to the cloud environment. The paper proposes the below two ideas:

  • Direct HTTPS connection between IoT devices and cloud: targets to remove intermediary devices like mobiles that are currently used for the transfer of data generated by IoT devices using HTTPS.
  • Bitcoin block chain ledger principles to achieve decentralization in IoT network: proposes solution to prioritization of transactions.

The Hands-on Lab is an exciting opportunity to share an overview of some of the latest VMware and AirWatch products by demoing the products in real-time with the audience. Below are a few of the products we’re planning to share with the GHC India community:

  • NSX: Network Virtualization
  • vSAN: Storage virtualization
  • vCloud Air
  • Photon: OS for containers
  • Proj Bonneville and AppCatalyst
  • VVD: VMware validate design
  • Helix: VMware IoT platform
  • AirWatch Moblie Device Management

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is Our Time to Lead. What does this theme mean to you?

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration “Our Time to Lead” motivates women to start owning and leading tasks without waiting for someone to come and ask them do it. It is all about having the right attitude of initiating and owning things.

 

 

 

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Empowering the Leader in All to Grow at Grace Hopper Celebration India

What inspires you to lead? At VMware, we’re empowering both women and men to drive positive change for each other, customers, and the wider community. Connect with VMware Sr. Member of Technical Staff, Kavya Reddy Musani, and discover what inspires her to grow in her role as a leader and how she is sharing that knowledge with others at the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

 

Kavya M (1)Name: Kavya Reddy Musani

Role: Senior Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 4

 

Share what a typical day is like for you at VMware. 

As a Quality Engineer (QE), my day starts with checking if the build of my component has been generated. Then I make a note of the tests to be run and work on verifying and closing bugs. VMware has a huge QE department, and each module of every single component is taken care of by running tests multiple times. There are countless times a component is tested across multiple teams. The automation code is reviewed and renewed continuously to make the best use of it. Although it might seem monotonous to work on the same component day in and day out, I’m proud of what my teammates and I are accomplishing together because I know we’re helping make a significant impact on technology and the wider community.

In parallel, VMware has several innovation initiatives throughout the year that empower me to pursue my passion for technology. From Borathons (employee-led hackathons) to RADIO (VMware’s internal R&D innovation offsite) to patent filing sessions, there is always something going on for me to explore new ideas outside of my main scope of work. These events allow me to stay on top of the latest trends in technology while connecting with new coworkers across the globe.

At VMware we never forget to have fun. It’s a part of our journey to work smart and play hard. Events like the quarterly Beer Bash and activities like badminton, table tennis, and caroms lets me socialize and get together with my friends from other departments to relax and unplug from the work week.

What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology?

This may sound silly, but I joke with my friends that they may not see the results of their work immediately. An electric engineer can’t see the electrons and photons just like that. However, I can see the output of my code immediately and I can optimize it to any extent. This is what inspired me to get into Information Technology. I can play with the software and try to use it in multiple ways. Whenever my code solves a problem, I feel as if I invented something new. The rate at which tech is advancing says a lot about the way our thinking has changed. Now, everything can be managed with the tap of a finger and I am excited to say that my contribution to tech is a part of that growth.

You are presenting two sessions at Grace Hopper (#GHCI15) India: one on machine learning and the other on new clear energy. Can you share more about what you will be discussing during these two sessions?

The Grace Hopper conference celebrates women in Computing. It’s a privilege to be associated with GHC and to present two sessions this year. There is a huge flood of data everywhere in today’s world and carefully analyzing it will help us arrive at some common patterns of data behavior. We have popular algorithms like k-means, a clustering algorithm that puts data that is similar into buckets, and decodes incoming data with these buckets of data and categorizes it accordingly. In my machine learningsession, I have taken the example of a spam detector and filter. Spammers are continuously fine-tuning their methods to induce spam, which ultimately puts pressure on email inboxes, and thus lowers a computer’s performance by affecting its CPU, memory, and network. A careful observation will reveal that 70% of emails in our inbox are either spam or junk mail. My colleague and I are presenting an enhancement to the k-means clustering algorithm, which further refines the distance calculated between similar words. Thus spam is detected even more efficiently.

My second session is about tapping into the subconscious mind for energy utilization. We know that the percentage of women in senior roles is less than men at this point in time. Somewhere along the career path, we are losing women to such an extent that we are not able to bounce back. The strong-minded continue to spark in their career. However, not all can cope with the changes that come in personal and professional life. Women are natural multi-taskers. However, they suffer internally to achieve perfection with everything and to satisfy everyone. This leads to stress, improper time-management and a toll on their health. My session teaches techniques to attain an Alpha state of mind where we are empowered to think better and utilize our energy to the fullest.

The 2015 theme for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India is Our Time to Lead. What does this theme mean to you?

It’s definitely time for women to lead and rightfully ask for what we deserve. I personally took this as my motive in 2015. VMware Bangalore is empowering female employees to seek out opportunities to grow. One way that we are doing this is by participating in tech conferences and forums. I led the focus group for GHC India 2015 with the help of my mentors and VMware has had a record number of submissions and selections for GHC India across R&D, GSS (Global Support Services), Sales, HR, Technical Operations, and AirWatch. We had 55 authors, 60 submissions, and 10 selections. Of the Anita Borg Institute committee members, 23 are from VMware. These women are working on tracks covering topics across R&D, soft skills, management, and entrepreneurship. I would like to personally thank everyone at VMware, including my manager, who trusted and stuck with me on this journey. My theme to lead has been successful and the numbers speak volumes of our efforts.

 

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VMware Harnesses the Power of Human Difference at Grace Hopper Celebration India

VMware is proud to be a silver sponsor of the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration India (#GHCI15) on December 2-4 in Bangalore. The conference, which is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM India, is India’s largest gathering of women technologists.GHCI_Logo

In 2014, VMware created VMwomen, a business-led initiative dedicated to the advancement of women in technology. Events like Grace Hopper Celebration India provide epic opportunities for VMware people and external community members – regardless of age, background, or gender – to make meaningful connections while achieving the things they never thought possible.

Close to 50 VMware people will be participating in Grace Hopper India this year. From paper and poster submissions on topics such as machine learning and clear energy, a dynamic people booth at the student career fair, to a live VMware Hands on Lab demoing the latest VMware and AirWatch products, the VMware community is showing up in full force to make remarkable things happen.

If you’re attending the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration India, dare yourself to pursue moments of growth. This is a special opportunity to create new beginnings for yourself and women in technology. And be sure to stay connected with us in the following weeks as members of our community will be sharing their unique stories and involvement with GHCI15 on the VMware Careers blog.

I look forward to connecting with you all virtually or in person at Grace Hopper Celebration India!

 

 

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Birla Institute of Technology and Science Student Makes an Impact on VMware Identity Manager

At VMware, interns and co-ops have the opportunity to work alongside industry thought leaders who transforming the way businesses do work. Connect with R&D Intern and Birla Institute of Technology and Science student, Mayank Juneja, and discover how the community at VMware is empowering him to make a meaningful impact on the transformation of Information Technology.

 

IMG_20151105_143147Name: Mayank Juneja

Role: Intern, R&D

Office Location: Bangalore, India

University: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani

 

 

A Day in the Life at VMware 

FullSizeRenderMy day begins with a hot cup of coffee and checking emails. I am working with the DevOps team for VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) to develop an Operator Dashboard to display analytics information. The project involves global collaboration, so I have the opportunity to partner with teammates at VMware Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Brainstorming with my mentor over a particular issue is a daily feature. And when you have a mentor with a sense of humor, it can be a lot of fun. I spend most of my time coding for tasks and incorporating review suggestions, so the project is as challenging as it is interesting, as every day I am learning a new tool or concept. When I need to relax, a game of foosball or table tennis is my escape. The day ends for the India team with a stand-up meeting to discuss project statuses and blockers.

Community Inside at Company  

I love the people here – they are intelligent, treat each other with respect and are always ready to help. I have already learned so much in just over three months and I can’t thank my colleagues and manager enough for it. And not to forget the fun part, I have been to so many team dinners and parties, including Intern Day, a fun outing with games and activities around Bangalore, as well as my first Beer Bash, a tradition that brings employees together at the end of the week to celebrate our accomplishments and community together.IMG-20151030-WA0002

Milestone Memories

When I was able to give a demonstration of my project after it first went into production. The demonstration was part of a Sprint Review, which is a fortnightly event to review the work done by all the teams at vIDM. I was surprised by how well my demo was received by everyone. I felt a sense of accomplishment and it was an amazing feeling.

Embracing Moments of Growth

If you are enthusiastic about technology and want to work in a highly productive environment, VMware is the place to be. You will get a chance to work on real projects and explore technologies beyond the regular university curriculum. If you have an opportunity at VMware, take it with both hands and get ready for an invaluable learning experience.

 

 

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EPIC2 Values Fuel Journey to Growth at VMware

Headshot 2Working at VMware has been an enriching experience so far and much of this is attributed to the company’s culture that is grounded up its EPIC­­2 values. I discovered VMware’s EPIC­­2 values for the first time during my internship in the summer of 2014. Initially, I shrugged it off thinking that these were just values that the company strived to follow, but were just in place to bring a respectful corporate culture. Little did I know that each of these values play a huge role in my day-to-day work life and when combined together, makes VMware one of the best places to work at in the entire tech industry.

Let’s dig deeper into how each of these values work together to make a positive impact on my experience here at VMware. The most important aspect of VMware’s EPIC2 values is that every single value involves working as a team, whether it is with customers, peers, or the community as a whole. Most of my learning has come from open discussions and asking questions with my peers. Knowing that there’s always someone to answer questions and make sure I’m on track to complete tasks is very rewarding, and because of this, I find pleasure in helping other people out whenever I can.

Even as an intern, I felt comfortable reaching out to the VP of our division to get a clearer understanding of the company’s approach to the cloud platform. This allowed me to challenge the status quo right from the start and help bring about changes in the way our group develops and tests the product. For example, I recently organized a Test Fest event where the whole team, developers, quality engineers, and even the product manager sat down in a room and tested a new feature before it went to alpha release. This event allowed us to think more from a customer lens and was an eye-opening experience.

Teamwork 3One of the challenging aspects of working in tech is that there can be technical issues that you are directly responsible for fixing. Although it can be frustrating when you have to debug a component that you are responsible for, I’ve learned to keep any sort of ego at the door because I’ve realized that the whole team is genuinely interested in helping me and making sure that the issue gets resolved. Even when working with different VMWare products in the platform, the different product teams will always make an effort to help when I have questions because at the end of the day it’s not about a specific product, it’s about VMware’s progress as a whole. Everybody within the company wants to deliver products that are efficient and of high quality that make things better for our customers.

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 11.40.05 AMAnother unique aspect of VMware, which sets it apart from any other company in Silicon Valley, is how much it values community. Through the VMware Foundation, VMware employees receive 40 paid hours each year to leverage their talents and skills to help strengthen communities across the globe. There are service learning projects throughout the year to fuel efforts to give back. Recently I gave back by volunteering with the VMware University Relations Team at one of their university campus events. One of the swag items that we gave to college students was a GlobalGiving gift card that they could redeem to donate to the NGO of their choice. It was truly rewarding to see how excited the students were to give back to the community, and reaffirmed why I value the opportunity to serve at VMware.

Overall, I feel very fortunate to work for a company that truly embraces its values and makes an effort to keep them intact while adapting to the constant changes in the world. VMware has not only helped me grow as a technical professional, but as an individual, which is why I cannot wait to continue my journey at one of the most cutting-edge companies in the world.

 

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Northeastern University Student Highlights the Endless Opportunity for Growth as a Marketing Co-op at VMware

At VMware, interns and co-ops work alongside industry thought leaders to pave the way for Information Technology. Connect with Marketing Co-op for the Office of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Northeastern University student, Madison Soave, and hear how her passion for numbers and engaging with others is fueled at VMware.

 

Madison Soave - HeadshotName: Madison Soave

Role: Office of the Chief Marketing Officer, Co-Op

Office Location: VMware Headquarters – Palo Alto, California

University: Northeastern University

 

Pursuing a Passion for Marketing and Finance

I’ve always been a big fan of numbers and spreadsheets but never wanted to lose the social engagement often associated with Finance or Accounting jobs. My passion for creativity and to create meaningful connections with people compelled me to pursue a career in Marketing. At first I thought these opposing interests would force me to choose a career path early in my college education. However through Northeastern’s co-op program, that has not been the case.

Through this program, I have learned that to have a strong Marketing department you need to understand the metrics and financials behind the operations. Understanding the analytics behind every marketing decision allows you to forecast and re-evaluate the content you share, the audience you target, the platforms you engage with and the direction of your messages or products. Understanding the financials behind Marketing led me to my first co-op in financial services at MasterCard, and from there, to my current marketing co-op with VMware’s Office of the CMO.Co-op Group

A Day in the Life at VMware

Working in the Office of the CMO brings about new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow everyday. No one-day is the same. One main benefit of working in the Office of the CMO is great executive exposure. From attending Company-wide All Hands and Quarterly Business Review meetings, to hosting Socialcast Town Halls (virtual town hall meetings with VMware employees across the globe), to working on an Executive Dashboard – my exposure and interactions with upper executives has allowed me to build a strong and expansive network.

Reporting directly to the Chief of Staff, I have been entrusted with a great responsibility and am often looped into many high level meetings. My day-to-day is never routine, but instead consists of managing multiple projects at once. My current projects include building an executive scorecard to reach C-level executives, planning a department wide service learning day, creating a Global Marketing onboarding guide on our internal platform, and assisting in 2016 Planning. Definitely never a dull moment, which is how I like my days to be.

Milestone Memories  

One of my favorite memories is VMworld. During the conference, I assisted the VMware Briefing Center in conducting customer meetings. Seeing the excitement from all the VMware enthusiasts fuels such an energy inside you. Knowing and seeing exactly who the end user of your product is puts meaning behind all of the hard work the Marketing department does.

To wrap VMworld up, the party at AT&T Park was definitely a highlight. With Neon Trees and Alabama Shakes, VMware knows how to host an evening full of entertainment. When the lead of Neon Trees performed, he mentioned that all of the people in the crowd are very lucky to have found a company that looks after them and celebrates their achievements. This is something I am proud to be a part of.

Embracing Moments of Growth 

Service Day - Habitat for HumanityGiven the responsibility of planning a service learning day for the Marketing department was one of my most rewarding, yet challenging moments of growth at VMware. I was tasked with the logistics of finding the right non-profit organizations to engage with, solidifying a date, organizing shift times with 85+ VMware colleagues, creating an easy platform to have employees sign up through, and customizing a menu and grocery-shopping list for a food kitchen organization.

I quickly learned that with an event this size and scope, not everything will go as planned. For example, organizations tried to change their location and volunteer capacity. Since this event, I have learned to plan for the unexpected and “control the controllables.” It was so fulfilling to see that with all of my efforts:

  • 28 employees assisted in painting and reconstructing 6 homes
  • 19 employees assisted in serving hot meals
  • 14 employees helped sort 15,000 lbs. of food at a food bank
  • 13 employees helped prepare a meal and feed over 45 individuals
  • 11 employees assisted in preparing the ingredients for meal packages to be distributed to individuals in need

The feedback I received was tremendous and made me realize that hard work and good organization really can pay off.

The high-tech industry is changing the way the world operates, and VMware is at the forefront of making this happen. VMware is a growing business, and as the company grows, so can you. The opportunities are endless at VMware. If you’re looking to grow your career, then my advice to you is be open and accepting to change. With change comes new opportunities and exponential career growth.

 

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