Meet the Hiring Manager

Meet the Hiring Manager: Nikolay Trifonov

What makes VMware different from any other company Nikolay has worked for is the culture – the willingness of people to help each other and move forward constructively with passion and integrity.

Tell us about your career journey to date?

My journey in IT started early when I was at school in times when “computer science” wasn’t fancy and nobody believed it had future. Years to come proved the opposite and now it’s hard to imagine that was something unpopular.
For me, it all started with hours and hours of coding in front of a green monitor with 4 (green) colors. Back then I was using Pascal and assembly language. The journey continued for the years to come and I continued coding during my education in Sofia High School of Mathematics, Sofia University, and many years after that as a developer.
Around 2006 I started my journey as a manager and since 2019 I am part of the VMware Secure State team as a Senior R&D Manager.

How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for?

One word: Culture. It has to do with how we work together, how we have fun together, how we collaborate and look for innovations, how we push together towards success. The willingness of people to help each other and move forward constructively with passion and integrity has never stopped to amaze me. I can definitely say that’s the best environment I’ve been a part of during my career and I can’t express how much the company takes care of the employees.

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?

If you want to have happy customers, you got to have a happy team. If you want to have a happy team, then respect everybody and work with people to find what they are passionate about and help them achieve their goals.

Nikolay has been featured in a popular Bulgarian podcast called „Свръхчовекът с Георги Нинов“. In the interview Nikolay talks about his 4 keys to achieving his goals. Listen the podcast episode here.

Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?

Yes, we are investing heavily in our team and product. Secure State is attractive for several reasons. We use modern technologies, we work in the cloud, we work for cloud security, we’re a great team that is expanding quickly with lots of opportunities. We are hiring for front end, back end, DevOps, and even manager roles. Our technologies include (but are not limited to) Golang, Angular, Python, JavaScript, Kubernetes, etc.

If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow for a role in your org, what interview tips would you give them?

Don’t be afraid to apply. Join our interview process and try your best. We’re looking for attitude more than we look for skills. If you’re passionate and smart, then skills are something you’re going to learn quickly.Let us know of your interests, your dreams, and what you have done so far to achieve them. We would like to get to know you better and we are sure you do too. Ask us about everything important to you. We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Check out the open position:
Senior Backend Developer for Cloud Security Application
Engineering Manager- Secure State
Secure State DevOps Engineer
Senior Front End Developer for Cloud Security Application
Software Development Intern with Angular / Go – Opportunity for Working Remotely


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