Jeff Freeman (Director, Systems Engineering, North America-West), Dave Schroeder (Senior Director, Systems Engineering), and Jeff Margolese (Director, Systems Engineering, North America-South) detail what the System Engineering team does to spearhead efforts that enable VMware to be the leader in driving enterprises to the Cloud.
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Conversation with Linda Condon (Intern Program Manager) on the New Hire Orientation day
Here is how my conversation with Linda Condon (Intern Program Manager) went on the New Hire Orientation day.
Linda: Besides the internship projects, there are lots of fun activities that you can participate in. Here is the schedule.
Vinayak: This sounds like a lot of fun!
Linda: For instance, this week, we will take all the interns to the Giants baseball game in the Giants stadium.
Vinayak: Wow. Ok, let me get this straight. In my first week of my internship, I will be going on an all paid trip to a Giants Baseball game in the beautiful Giants stadium overlooking the San Francisco bay! Really?
Linda: That is correct. (With a big smile on her face.)
The purpose of an internship is generally to learn, master a new function, and network with a lot of people within the company. With VMware internships, there is a third element that is a part of the journey, simply called “Fun”. The Internship Program Management group has put in conscious efforts to ensure that the VMware internship is an exciting, fun-filled learning experience. And the effort clearly shows. An all paid baseball trip is just one example. Ice-cream get-togethers, casino night, Friday beer bashes, service learning (community outreach) and many other events are planned to ensure that the interns have a memorable experience while they are at VMware.
A little bit about the projects
The internship projects that I got to work on were real life and challenging. I had the opportunity to work on the Go-To-Market strategies for the SMB segment for the VMware Desktop Virtualization product. I got to work on the analytics as well as the creative aspects of the strategies. These aspects made my project experience very well rounded. Some of the team members saw the value in learning the analytics techniques that I used in my project. So towards the end of the internship, I ended up training the team on those techniques, which they were very appreciative of.
View 5 is in the house tonight
During my internship at VMware, VMware View 5 was just launching. I participated in the shooting and sound engineering of the View 5 Anthem video. The shoot was totally fun and I had a great time. Please don’t forget to take a look at the video. It is hilarious.
Executive speaker series
One of the high points in the internship was the executive speaker series for the MBA interns. Every week, the VMware executives would talk to the group of MBA interns. And yes, lunch was provided. What I learned about VMware and its futures strategies in these sessions would have taken me months to learn on my own and would have taken me significant time to do all the research. The speakers are incredibly successful and intelligent people. Having this dialogue with them in such a private setting was incredibly enlightening.
Its not just any other internship – what you do has a significant impact on how the world operates – there is a bigger purpose.
Not many people realize that virtualization and cloud computing are the two biggest current trends in IT infrastructure and VMware is at the core of both these trends. The specific group that I worked for, the end user computing group, is changing the way in which the world defines the desktop. No matter what you do at VMware, you are bound to touch the lives of millions of people around the world. And that is a very profound and satisfying aspect of working at VMware.
“It’s the network.” MBAs are probably tired of hearing that. However, networking is a very crucial piece of the internship. My manager was very co-operative in introducing me to as many people as possible within and outside the team. I met almost every member of my team on an individual basis and several other people from completely unrelated teams. While everyone is busy, most people DO take time out of the busy schedule to talk with you for a few minutes sharing their experience and the nature of projects that they are working on. My advice would be to treat this aspect of your internship almost as equally as your internship projects.
Free sodas are just the beginning. You don’t pay a dime for juices, yogurts, cheeses, nuts, dates and other goodies either. The awesome gym is available to all employees including interns for a very low monthly fee. Table tennis tables in every building and the walkways around the beautiful campus make for great break activities. With showers on every floor of the office, not just the gym, the bike riders have one more reason to say “No” to cars. By using compostable containers and bio-degradable plastic wares around the campus, I felt the subtle sense of pride for being environment friendly.
Overall just great time
My internship experience was more than just learning about Product Marketing. It was about working for an organization that is innovative, agile, exciting, environmentlly friendly and socially responsible. While I wait to finish school, wherever my career takes me, I will always consider the summer of 2011 as “time very well spent”. For those who are considering VMware or are on the fence, I would highly recommend taking up an internship here. You will have one of the best times of your life.
Vinayak interned at VMware during the summer of 2011 in the End User Computing group as a Product Marketing Manager. He is currently finishing up his MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. In his free time he enjoys watching Indian Cricket, Lakers Basketball and USC Football and spending time playing with his two boys.
4 Proactive Job Hunting Tips To Stand Out From the Crowd
by Will Staney
For a couple years now I've worked at VMware building out social recruiting strategies and programs as well as training recruiters on how to find candidates and engage with them in more of a human, relationship focused way using social media. In this post I spill the beans on a few of these tactics that can be flipped around and used by job seekers to find and build relationships with recruiters and key contacts at organizations you are looking to find employment with. Whether you are currently on the job hunt or not, these are some useful tips for getting inside a social savvy recruiters head that will help you throughout your career.
1) Personal branding 101
This first one is a no-brainer and I'm sure you've all read a million blogs about personal branding. However, it is the necessary first step. After all, you are the product you are selling in your job search. Be regularly active on the sites where recruiters are living such as Linkedin, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Actively post about your professional endeavors and projects highlighting yourself as an expert in your field. This doesn't mean you shouldn't get personal on your social networks, but you should also always be cognizant of what your audience is seeing (and the risks involved) so consider your audience and privacy settings before clicking that share button. Always remember that a potential employer can possibly see whatever you post on the Internet.
But remember, employers are starting to care more about you actually having an online presence than not having a bad one.
2) Spit it back at them.
Recruiters are out on social networks trying to find you, so go out and and find recruiters. If you just applied for a job at a company for a marketing job – search for the recruiters hiring for marketing jobs at that company. Every recruiter is on Linkedin…start there. Find people who work at the company and even in a similar position and network with them. Ask them how they got there.
Use Social Media and Social Directories to Find People to Network With
Google+: Search Google+ itself by keyword or use the directory findpeopleonplus.com to use filters to find users that work at specific companies or who have particular roles.
Twitter: Use Twitter Search itself to find conversations mentioning the keywords you search when they use in them tweets, hashtags, and narrow down by geographic location. One of my favorites is a Twitter directory called Twellow. It's like the Yellow Pages for Twitter and can be used to find people who are influential in certain industries or topics that may be making hiring decisions. You can find and follow employees at your target companies as well.
Facebook: Search Facebook itself by keyword and find events (for in-person network), groups to network with others in your industry, and even public status updates to find conversations in real time! Also, check out the BranchOut app on Facebook. It's the largest professional network built on top of Facebook so it allows you a safe way to connect with professionals (without becoming Facebook friends) but still leverage your personal social graph on Facebook to find jobs and people at particular companies.
Why use Facebook in your job search? Well, according to Jobvites Social Recruiting Survey, almost twice as many people found jobs using Facebook than Linkedin. Why is this? Think about the people who are most likely to refer you to a job. It's not that guy who gave you a business card at a conference that one time that you connected with on Linkedin. It's that friend you went to college with, your uncle in the banking industry, or your old friend from high school. These people can really vouch for you and are comfortable reaching out to their network for you to help you land that job. Your personal network.
3) Get creative
Go above and beyond if you really want that job! Do things that will get a recruiter or company’s attention. Recruiters receive resume after resume as well as emails just like the ones you've probably seen blasting out on CareerBuilder or Monster so get creative! Including something like a clever video resume or a link to a website you created highlighting your skills in your cover letter or resume can really give you that ability to separate yourself from the heard!
Did you see that "Google Please Hire Me" video resume to Google by Matt Epstein in September that became a viral video? That guy got 80 interviews and a pretty sweet gig out of that. Read more about that here.
Also, anytime you can get creative in your job search using the product of the company your looking to get hired at…well, that's a winning combination! At SlideRocket, a division of VMware, an applicant (and now employee) Hanna Phan did just that. Watch her presentation below and check out Hanna's story here.
Within weeks of this being virally shared throughout VMware, without even landing the job officially yet, she already began building a fan base! Talk about a great first impression, right?
If you are a web developer – build a website that highlights you in the position you want at the company you want. It’s so much easier to share a link to a recruiter or company employee on social media than it is a paper resume (and it's more likely to be seen as well)!
Recruiters are so bored with the basic resume that when something compelling comes at them, they WILL remember you. If they get a lasting impression from you, and you don't qualify for that immediate role, they will think of you for the next position that comes along.
4) Resume Blasts are a thing of the Past
This is a mindset recruiters still need to break as well. Just as the days of recruiters blasting their jobs on job boards hoping the perfect candidate applies are over also are the days of career seekers blasting out their resumes hoping that perfect job comes calling. In this job market, in the days of social media, that just doesn't cut it anymore.
Start your job search by researching and identifying 10-15 companies whose culture and vision match your own and proactively reach out to people at those companies. Learn about the manager of the department you want to work in and even their leadership. You landed the interview? Great, now ask the recruiter for the names of the people you are going to be interviewing with and do some research like I mentioned in point 2 above before you go in there!
There is so much information now right at your fingertips! Most employers have entire sections of their website and social media channels solely focused on what it's like to work there. For example, check out our VMware Careers channels to the right of the blog to learn more about what it's like working at VMware.
We recently recorded a LIVE show on VCTV on this very topic and you can watch it here:
The Enterprise Account Manager is the primary driver for big deals and run-rate transactional business within the Russia territory. The mission of this group is to solidify existing named customer accounts and elevate VMware to a more strategic partner in the customer’s business. Our solution set is viewed as a ‘platform’ within an account and changes the role that IT plays within that account from being considered a cost burden to a strategic deployment.
As a key member of the Systems Engineering team, the Senior Systems Engineer works with regional account managers to drive sales of VMware vCenter management solutions – specifically server change, configuration and compliance management; application discovery, and provisioning solutions. The Senior Systems Engineer provides technical and IT operations and process-related consultancy to accounts. The ideal candidate should possess strong knowledge of systems management process and methodologies. The Senior Systems Engineer is responsible for identifying sales opportunities within accounts and identifying issues that may affect customer satisfaction or revenue attainment. Developing and maintaining relationships with key individuals within the customer accounts and becoming a trusted adviser to these individuals is a key skill required for success.
The Enterprise Account Manager is the primary driver for big deals and run-rate transactional business within the Russia territory (Banking & Insurance). The mission of this group is to solidify existing named customer accounts and elevate VMware to a more strategic partner in the customer’s business. Our solution set is viewed as a ‘platform’ within an account and changes the role that IT plays within that account from being considered a cost burden to a strategic deployment.
In this role, the Senior Business Specialist will have responsibility of selling the Enterprise Management portfolio in the EMEA region to a set of large Enterprise Accounts. The Senior Business Specialist will work with the VMware Account Managers to promote Enterprise Management products within their accounts, uncover opportunities and manage sales cycles. The successful candidate is a senior sales professional; works well in a team environment and is comfortable working hands-on in all aspects of go-to-market. The Senior Business Specialist will report to the Sales Director of Enterprise Management Portfolio for EMEA.
Connect with Tatjana, the recruiter for these roles below.
Tatjana works as a Staffing Business Partner at the VMware Head Office for CEMEA (Germany, Swiss, Austria, EE and Russia), which is situated in Munich, Germany. She is currently working from the Munich office mostly. During the year she spends some time in Russia / Moscow since the biggest investment plan for EMEA region is definitely Russia.
Tatjana came to VMware at the end of 2009. Before this position she had worked at several different HR departments. She has experience in agency recruitment, mostly in IT business.
VMware is growing very fast and our goal is to find best professionals who are ready to work in very (extremely) dynamic environments in Eastern Europe and Russia.
You’re probably already familiar with VMware’s University Relations Program in the States, which has a great reputation for hiring top Interns and New College Graduates from leading Universities. Well, now VMware is expanding its program globally, and efforts are well underway in EMEA to make VMware an employer of choice for students. Our University team has been visiting a number of key Universities across the region over the past couple of months to engage with students and faculty, and to learn how we can attract and retain the brightest talent to add value and support to VMware in its growth and success. Here’s a summary of our most recent trip!
As our campus recruitment efforts continue to span the globe, VMware recently participated in Aarhus University’s annual, student-run Science JobLink career fair in Denmark. The main purpose of the visit was to meet with students with technical backgrounds and interests, and to discuss intern and full-time opportunities with VMware worldwide. Aarhus U is the second oldest and second largest university in Denmark with a strong, reputable computer science program. A VMware office is also conveniently located across the street from the CS department. The office currently houses about fifteen employees (including a few alumni of the university) and has plans to expand over the next few years. The hope is that a few new college grads and interns will take seats at our Aarhus office address soon!
The career fair itself was very similar to one that might be hosted in the United States. The main difference was that the majority of the companies represented were based in Denmark and that Danish was the main language spoken throughout the event, though students were happy to flip over to English as needed. We were, however, among a few recognizable tech industry leaders, such as IBM. VMware was a new “face” and company on campus so we did need to take some time to review our company’s overview and technologies with students but after a few minutes of describing a few products, students began to realize they already use some of them on a regular basis.
The day after the fair, a University Relations representative and one of our Aarhus engineers met with a group of ten computer science Masters students to discuss our opportunities in detail and learn of new ways to build VMware’s brand awareness on campus. Our Aarhus U alums are super excited to get in front of students more frequently. Our upcoming plans will include getting involved in a lecture series for technical students over the next few months. This was suggested as a great way to inform more students about VMware’s presence next door to the CS Department and to also spread news of cool products and technologies being developed in our offices every day. We also plan to host a group of Aarhus students this summer during an annual visit to the Palo Alto campus to provide a true taste of our work culture on-site.
Mange tak Aarhus University! We look forward to being on campus again soon.
Niamh is the VMware University Specialist and Recruiter covering the EMEA Region. Responsibilities include establishing relationships with key Universities across the Region, and recruiting interns and new college graduates into tech and non-tech roles across numerous EMEA locations.
I know what you’re thinking – “intern” experiences go hand in hand with hearing words like “temporary,” or sentences that end in “…limited to full time employees.” These situations can make students feel diminutive when compared to those around them, taking away from the true intent of the internship; interning at a company is supposed to show you what it’s like to work there, while showing the company what type of an employee you would be. This has always been an important factor I look for in internship opportunities, and VMware strongly recognizes this value. After working at VMware, I can say their internship program goes hand in hand with one word, “seamless".
My summer as an undergrad intern at VMware was spent in the Hypervisor/Monitor group at the Palo Alto campus working with the core technologies that make virtualization possible. In this post, I would like to describe some of the ways VMware surpassed my expectations with their internship program, and why I feel they are quickly becoming one of the most rewarding internship programs that students can participate in.
On my first day, we were given an orientation that consisted not only of other interns, but also dozens of other well-established engineers who were just hired full time. Some of the first people I met were new full time employees, and, despite being fifteen or twenty years older than the interns, they appeared just as excited about their new jobs, and even encouraged us to keep in contact. This transparency and equality was unexpected; normally companies target their new hires differently based on their history, but VMware said the same thing to every new hire. Soon after we were given badges (again – identical to full time employees), and split off to meet with our managers and mentors, I was shown to my own cubicle complete with nameplate and phone just like everyone else. There was no sugar coating anything; I participated in weekly meetings, both locally and across the country via tele-presence, and could stay informed on current topics. I was given independent access to lab machines, I could request new equipment and monitors, I had access to the internal company sites, and also to employee discounts on software. I could subscribe to email lists, participate in online discussions, and even order business cards. As far as I could tell, there were no discriminating indicators of my intern status other than only being hired for a three month period.
Many companies can offer these types of opportunities, but VMware really sealed the deal on offering that “real world experience” during my last few weeks. My mentor and the group decided the project was unique and successful enough that they should file an invention disclosure with VMware’s legal department to pursue a patent. Both my mentor’s as well as my own name were identically placed on the paperwork, both being listed as an “inventor". There was no discrimination to the fact that I was a “temporary” employee, or that I was only hired for the summer. I worked on a cutting-edge project that was recognized as useful, and the group treated it as they would if it was something from a regular employee. This completely blew me away. Coming back from a summer internship with your name on a potential patent is not something many interns get to enjoy.
I have never seen or worked at a company that has figured out how to leverage intern work as efficiently as VMware does. They hire smart, independent, real-world students, and the work that gets contributed back shows the level of involvement and faith VMware puts into the interns they select. Transitioning to a full time employee seems remarkably simple after training as an intern, arguably the strongest indication that VMware is doing the right thing when it comes to student opportunities. The global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure is steadily gaining steam, and their internships are quickly becoming in high demand. By completely immersing interns into the hard-working side of their corporate culture, I can confidently say VMware gives the best opportunities students are looking for, and the students end up producing what they are truly capable of. Thanks for a great summer!
Taylor was a MTS Intern – Virtual Machine Monitor at VMware during the summer of 2011. He is a senior at WPI in Worcester, MA studying Computer Science. His interests include operating systems, virtualization, and cloud computing.
Join us this Thursday, December 15th, at 2:00 PM EST for our live VMware Careers Livestream episode of VCTV (VMware Careers TV). Price Smith, VMware Social Recruiting Community Manager, will be sitting down with VMware Careers Talent Acquisition Web Strategy Manager, Will Staney to discuss the ways in which you can crack the social recruiting code. Through this discussion, you can learn how to successfully use social media like a recruiter in order to reach out and connect with the necessary individuals within a company that could ultimately help you land your next job.
Have a question for Thursday’s VCTV chat? During the live episode, you can tweet in questions regarding the discussion for Will to @VMwareCareers with the hashtag #VCTV in the text.
I'm happy to report that VMware’s SpringSource division is hiring engineers, architects and consultants in the UK and other locations within EMEA.
“As an “engineering-centric” organisation VMware has maintained an exceptionally high talent bar and is proud to have on staff many of the world’s most brilliant systems level software developers, designers, and architects.” This means that we are looking for the best and the most talented people!"
See what some of SpringSource Team members are saying about their experience so far …
Q – Why did you choose VMware (SpringSource/Gemstone)?
"I knew of SpringSource's work in open source and the enterprise and liked how they'd managed to achieve a balance between commercial and contribution."-Stuart Williams, Sr. Consultant-SpringSource
"The VMware connection was a bonus."-Stuart Williams, Sr. Consultant-SpringSource
"I enjoy working in a startup type of environment and at SpringSource you get that within the stability of a larger community."-Craig Dickson, Sr. SE-SpringSource
Q – What has been your experience to date?
"The work is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. The people here are smart, focused and great to work with."-Stuart Williams, Sr. Consultant-SpringSource
"It has been even better than I expected."-Craig Dickson, Sr. SE-SpringSource
Q – Why should anyone join VMware SpringSource /Gemstone Consulting division and not any other Organisation that has similar requirements?
"This organisation is doing exciting, cutting edge work; consulting is the point end of the stick."-Stuart Williams, Sr. Consultant-SpringSource
"If that's what floats your boat then there is no better place to be."-Stuart Williams,Sr. Consultant-SpringSource
"We are growing at an amazing rate, which should provide a great opportunity to anyone considering a position."- Craig Dickson, Sr. SE-SpringSource
Most immediate requirements include:
Senior Consulting Architects– SpringSource
Senior Consulting Architects– GemFire
Senior SE’s – SpringSource
THESE ROLES ARE AIMED AT THOSE WHO WISH TO – Evangelize the value of SpringSource/VMware products in Java application architectures and deployments, and general application management needs.
SpringSource created Spring, the defacto standard platform to build, run and manage enterprise Java applications. SpringSource employees are leading committers for Apache Tomcat and SpringSource is the leading Tomcat support provider.
SpringSource delivers Java infrastructure software that eliminates the complexity of enterprise Java. SpringSource software has been designed from the ground up for complete portability and scalability for today’s data center and for next-generation virtualized, grid and cloud deployments.
Nearly half of the Global 2000, including many of the world’s largest financial institutions, retailers, manufacturers, healthcare, technology and public sector clients are SpringSource customers. For more information visit the SpringSource website!
Thank you all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you want to find out more about this.
Look forward to hearing from you,
Katrina works on the staffing team for the EMEA regions. She oversees the Technical PSO and SpringSource roles, with a high emphasis on roles within the United Kingdom.
VMware is searching for people who are ready to accelerate, innovate and lead to join our global team located in 40+ locations worldwide, working to develop innovative solutions that deliver the future of IT through cloud computing. Hear from our employees in the APJ regions as they share their overall experiences that they have had here at VMware.
Having the audacity to challenge constraints and problem-solve for tomorrow starts today, and it starts with you.
On October 26th, 2011, members of the VMware Australia and New Zealand management team participated in a day of service learning with the Australian Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Everyone from the ANZ team helped out by cleaning up a large backyard and painting the exterior of the respite home.
Brendan Wilson, the VMware employee who spearheaded the event felt that the biggest takeaway was the sense of achievement that was brought about from the tangible results of their work. Also, knowing that their service saved the Cerebral Palsy Alliance the time and money that it would take to have the work completed in another manner.