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Friends of VMware Livestream Panel Discussion Recap

 Yesterday, we hosted our annual Friends of VMware Open House at our Promontory Campus in Palo Alto, California. Each year, employees are encouraged to bring a friend for an evening of networking, product demonstrations, campus touring, and an understanding of the VMware Culture and technology.

 During the Open House, Betsy Sutter, SVP of Human Resources and Ray O’Farrell, SVP, R&D Cloud Infrastructure hosted a panel discussion with five VMware employees.

Panel Members:

Sam Khavari-Director, Product Management, Zimbra

Chris Young– SVP, End User Computing/Enterprise Desktop

Lynne Thieme– Director R&D, Cloud Infrastructure

Bruce Herndon– Sr. Manager, R&D Performance

Hiep Ma– Sr. Manager, Continuing Product Development

 For those of you were were not able to tune in to the VMware Careers broadcast of the panel discussion last evening, we have attached the prerecorded taping of the discussion below for your viewing pleasure!

A big thanks to everyone in the VMware community who made the 2011 Friends of VMware Open House a successful night out for all!

 

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Do Internships Matter to Future Employers?

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 Did you know that students with internship experience are more likely to receive a job offer than their counterparts who did not have experiential education in their background? Well it does, according to the 2010 Survey findings conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Approximately 42% of graduates with internships who applied for a job received an offer compared with only 30% for students who had no internship experience. The same survey also showed that graduates with internships also tended to receive a significantly higher starting salary offer.

 But why do Employers zero in on students who have past internship experience? According to a VMware Recruiter, relationship building is key, whether the full-time job is with the same company the student interned for or for another company altogether. It shows that the candidate has learned skills, like working with a team in a professional environment, and discovering from their past internship the areas they’re most interested in becoming an expert in. When a Recruiter looks at a student’s resume with internship experience, they see a candidate who has already gone through a gauntlet; weeded out amongst their peers to get a top internship. There is a higher degree of faith that those students are going to be a good fit for the role and for the company.

 At VMware, we take our internships very seriously. Each intern project must have deliverables that support the business, and require independent and critical thought, while providing a learning experience for the intern. All of our interns receive a mentor, someone other than their manager who provides guidance, training, and project and moral support. We see our internships as a bridge to a full-time role and strive to convert top performing interns to full-time New College Grads. Our goal is to give students a well-rounded experience, so it’s not all work and play. You get the opportunity to participate in a range of projects and events to help you network with others in the company, learn more about our culture, experience what it’s like to make an real impact in a big way, and giving back to the community through service learning. So get the experience you need and find the perfect internship for you by visiting VMware Careers and joining our Talent Network.

 

About Anna:

Anna is a University Relations Specialist for VMware. She is responsible for the development and cultivation of strategic academic relationships, which ultimately help attract and recruit the top emerging talent.

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How a SlideRocket Employee Landed Her Dream Job

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 After being let go in 2008 from her position as an IT Engineer, Hanna Phan, current Product Manager at SlideRocket, knew that she did not just want any other position for her next job. Due to the tough economic market, and massive influx of individuals looking for jobs, the cut-and-dry resume on a piece of paper was not cutting it for Phan. After a period of soul searching and a little research, Phan discovered the company that she was meant to work for, SlideRocket, a San Francisco-based maker of presentation software products in the VMware family.      

 Phan came up with a plan in which she would use SlideRocket's technology to create a présumé, a presentation resume, along with a viral campaign to stand out from the crowd. On her birthday, Phan tweeted out the below message to the CEO of SlideRocket, Chuck Dietrich.

"@chuckdietrich @sliderocket I want to work with you! Find my application here: http://portal.sliderocket.com/AIWCI/Iwanttoworkatsliderocket"

An hour later, after Chuck literally walked off a plane, he replied:

"@hannaphan @sliderocket AMAZING Preso! Let’s talk."

 So the rest is history… Hanna had wowed the employees at SlideRocket with her out-of-the-box présumé and ended up landing the job of Product Manager.

 Nearly two months into her role as Product Manager at SlideRocket, Hanna had this to say about her new job, "The SlideRocket team and VMware are amazing to work with. I'm having a ball!". We are glad to have you in the VMware family Hanna Phan & congrats on having the courage to break the boundaries of the typical resume and job application process!

 

SlideRocket makes it easy for people to create amazing presentations and share them anywhere, whether it's on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, a blog, a website, an iPad or plain old email. One of the great things about the SlideRocket presentation product is that the creator of the presentation can view the analytics of the presentation all in real-time: who has viewed the presentation, how long they view the presentation, and which slides in particular they spend the most time on. 

 

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VMware is Hiring: Enterprise Management Team

In our latest video, our Enterprise Management team discusses their industry-driving work in shaping the VMware story and how we're leading our clients into the Cloud Era.

What does the Enterprise Management team work on here at VMware? They are the glue that keeps together what teams want built and how end-users experience the applications.

 

 

Does this position sounds like the perfect fit for you and your qualifications? Take a look at the links below to apply and find out more about what it is like working at VMware.

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VMware Foundation – Employees Give Back – Green Footprints Service Learning Project

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 On September 2nd, 2011, over 40 employees from our VMware China offices joined together to participate in the inaugural initiative for the VMware China Foundation Project. The Green Footprints at the Great Wall of China event was VMware China's first hands on Service Learning project. Throughout their day of service learning, VMware China employees picked up litter, documented the current state of the wall, learned about environmental protection, as well as the cultural heritage of the Great Wall.

Flag 077 Employees also had the opportunity to learn more about William Lindesay, British Geologist who has spent decades researching and striving for the conservation of the Great Wall. In 2001, Lindesay founded the "International Friends of the Great Wall", a society in Hong Kong that promotes the conservation of Beijing's Great Wall. 

 Along with the Green Footprints Service Learning Project, VMware China employees had the chance to join in on a Flag Sign-Off. By signing the flag, employees pledge to support environmental conservation. 

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 Great job to: Aaron An, Herbert Chen, Wenchao Cui, Bo Dang, Eric Du, Hongjun Fu, Peter Hou, Zongyun Lai, Jackie Lan, Bryan Li, John Li, Lucy Li, Yanbing Li, Caixue Lin, Kent Liu, Liyan Liu, Gavin Lu, Rebecca Lv, Shrek Qian, Yuxuan Ren, Jenny Shi, Ken Song, Wenjing Tan, Chengxiao, Derek Wang, Min Wu, Lei Xu, Carrie Yang, Wei Yao, Yi Zeng, Peter Zhang, Jay Zhao, Tao Zhou, and Mingfeng Zhu for your contribution in the Green Footprints Service Learning Project and the China Foundation Project!

 

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Why A Company’s Corporate Culture Matters to You

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 What is corporate culture, you ask? Corporate culture is a shared set of attitudes, beliefs and norms that is passed along by the company’s employees, and is communicated to customers, suppliers and the general public. A company’s corporate culture helps give employees a sense of identity. But above all, it’s the most important factor in driving radical innovation.

 When choosing an employer, you may not even realize that some of the factors that influenced your decision were based on a company’s corporate culture. Factors such as the workplace environment, the values they believe in, their corporate practices and programs, and even their benefits. The employee experience shapes and defines innovation and employee engagement.

 At VMware, innovation is a key value, along with straightforwardness and open communication, a sense of fun and an appreciation for a balanced life, delivery on our promises to our customers and ourselves, and a passion for what we do and the value we deliver.

Here’s what some of our employees had to say:

“What I like most about working at VMware is, as Brave Heart would say, ‘FREEEEDOMMMM!’ I live and work according to my circadian rhythms, letting what I learn in my personal life benefit my work life and vice versa. The end result is if anything, I spend ‘too much’ time at work. But the fact that I have so many touch points and can help that many more people makes it all worthwhile. I have been working here for seven years and have not gotten bored yet.” – Hans, Systems Engineer

“(At VMware) Employees have fun, and every day is an adventure. I love it!” – Arturo

VMware’s workplace has comfortable gathering spaces for open collaboration, game & relaxation rooms, wellness & community programs, free healthy snacks & drinks, onsite cafes & services, and weekly social gatherings. We have a philanthropic culture that does more than “gives back to communities,” we offer employees the chance to experience Service Learning. Being “Green” at VMware is not just about our products (virtualization solutions) it is also an important part of how we run our business—doing our part to protect the planet every day.

So if you want to join a company whose incredible growth is a product of radical innovation and therefore translates into an amazing corporate culture, join our talent network today!

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VMware Recruiter Chat LIVE: The VMware Hiring Process & FAQs

Join us tomorrow, October 12th, at 1:00PM CST for our first live VMware Careers Livestream episode of VCTV (VMware Careers TV). Will Staney, VMware Careers Social Media Manager, will be sitting down with VMware recruiter, Brooke Anderson to discuss the hiring process at VMware as well as some commonly asked questions by candidates.

Have a question regarding the hiring process at VMware? During the live episode, you can tweet in questions regarding the discussion for either Will or Brooke to @VMwareCareers with the hashtag #VCTV in the text. At the end of the episode, Price Smith, VMware’s Social Recruiting Community Manger will select questions from Twitter to bring to the table for an open discussion.

*Audio recording from the VCTV Recruiter Chat with Brooke Anderson below:

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About Brooke:

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Brooke was introduced to the world of Technology professionals a mere seven years ago. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed connecting individuals in a way that would provide them with an opportunity that would not only benefit themselves, but their families as well. A Dallas native, Brooke made the move down to Austin, Texas with her long-haired dauchsund, Klaus and began working as a recruiter for VMware. Through her drive to stay ontop of the tech world, and a passion for connecting with others, Brooke has helped bring in a wide variety of qualified candidates into the VMware family.

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VMware International Football Club

Here at VMware we pride ourselves on having a healthy and fun work-life balance. Recently, the VMware Cork office, in Cork, Ireland highlighted this balance by starting up the VMware International Football Club this year. Managed by Andrew Mulcahy (Senior HR Business Partner at VMware) and coached by Jonathan Perrott (former employee of VMware), the team trains twice a week, and consists of between 25-30 individuals who form a match day squad of 15 for each weeks match based on their availability. 

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From Inside Sales, Global Support Services, Finance, and IT, the team truly encompasses a cross-section of different departments within the Cork office. Robert Cameron, Manager of Technical Support stated, "The great thing is that it has really gotten different departments of VMware talking and getting to know each other outside of work making it easier to build relations within the work environment." 

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 Paul O'Connor (GSS Technical Support)

VMware International's pre-season training has definitely paid off. Having won three of their four games, with 9 goals scored, the team is hopeful to move up the ranks in the local Cork Business & Shipping League. Their first match of the 2011-2012 season vs. Cork City Council, a local government team was a victory with a final score of 2-1.

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Eoin Sheehy (GSS-Licensing)

 VMWare International Football Club 2011-2012 team members include: Rob Cameron, Colm Coakley, Charles Benon, Mike Buckler, Fintan Comyns, Gary Coughlan, Neal Dennehy, Rob Doherty, Jason Doyle, Patrick Dunne, Anthony Gahan, Chris Gordon, Ian Hamblen, Calle Hojer, Ronan Lehane, Evan Mohally, Kevin Reid, Yves Schoenmakers, Eoin Sheehy, Uluc Vudali, Killian Whooley, Paul O'Connor, James O'Connell, and Paul Kilcoyne. 

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Killian Whooley (Inside Sales Manager)

With their next match coming up this Saturday, October 15th, against Tanner Celtic, lets all root on VMware International Football Club in their future successes!

Special thanks to Kieran Boyde and Sport Photo Cork for all of the great team photographs and help making this post happen, as well as Kevin Reid and Robert Cameron for the great insight on the VMware International Football Club.

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Career Tip from a VMware Recruiter: Taking Recruiting Calls at Work

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 I want you to first think of how you would feel if you got a call from a recruiter during work hours.  Do you work in an office by yourself, share an office, or sit in another open layout where people can here you?  Are you the manager, team lead, or team member?  Now that you have likely thought about the anxiety-causing situation of receiving that call and hoping after the introduction that other people around you don’t figure it out, you can now start to relax.  Simple reason, you are looking at this the wrong way.

It is good to take these calls at work and be very open about it for good reason. 

One of these reasons would be you never know what type of opportunity will come your way through that phone call.  Think of a successful start-up that made it big that you wish you were a part of early on, like Linkedin, for example.  Now, what if one of their recruiters called you back in 2004 and you helped them grow to where they are today.  How would that have changed your career in terms of building a well known website used globally by over a 100 million people? Could you use the brand recognition in looking for your next role?  What about the financial rewards? 

Take the call.

Still concerned someone will over hear your conversation?  Good, you want them to.  This is not to say you should boast or brag about it but be candid and open.  If your boss happens to hear you talking to a recruiter about other opportunities you are only helping your own cause.  Companies do not like to lose valuable people and will do what they can within reason to retain those folks.  Your co-workers hear your conversation, again no big deal.  The more calls you receive per week, the more in demand your manager will see you are.

Take the call.

You may ask yourself, how do I handle this call?  Simply, treat the call like you are not interested.  If I were to call you I would tell you who I am and the reason for my call.  I would briefly describe the position and ask if you would be open to a conversation at a later time when you are free to talk openly.  I would ask for your personal e-mail, which you would then provide.  So far, all you have done is to listen and then give me your e-mail address.  Now for your close…

“Thanks for contacting me but I am not looking at new opportunities at this time.  Send me the e-mail with the description and I will share with some friends and see if they are interested or if they know anyone who may be.” 

That is it.

There are two ways to go from here.  You can review the description and details about the role and company and call the recruiter back when you are free and explore the opportunity further or you can forward it to friends, former colleagues, groups, etc. if you are not.  The next result is you have listened to the opportunity knocking on your door and actually answered the door.  There is no obligation to do more than respond to the e-mail and say I am not interested at this time but will share with my friends.  Your boss will of course grow concerned that one of their better team members may get swept away and entice you to stick around (who knows how – imagine on your own).  You might find another challenge to take on and advance your career.  You might just meet a new contact for the next time you decide to look around.  I could carry on as to reasons why you should openly take these calls but will leave you to think of them on your own. Remember, when your phone rings, take the call.  It could be a recruiter from VMware

About Mike: 

Mike supports VMware R&D in the End User Computing (VMware View, WorkStation, Player, ThinApp, AppBlast) and Cloud Foundry (http://cloudfoundry.com/jobs) business units.  

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VMware at JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge 2011 (San Francisco)

Over 200 VMware Employees participated in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in San Francisco on September 21st, 2011. This year hit a 27-year record for participation at the event with over 8,700 participants from 333 companies. 

The VMware Team:

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In addition to capturing the above photo, Internal Communications Program Manager, Mike Louie, made an amazing video of their experience at the event. Check it out and see how much fun VMware employees had getting a workout for a great cause. 

 

Running the JP Morgan Chase Challenge 2011 (San Francisco) from Mewie on Vimeo.

Proceeds from this event in San Francisco went to Larkin Street Youth Services, an organization that provides homeless, runaway and at-risk kids between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 3,600 kids walk through their doors seeking help. 

Employee wellness and giving back to our local communities is a big part of the worklife and culture at VMware and we encourage all employees to particpate in these kinds of events at all our 40+ locations around the word.

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