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VMware Careers TV: Women in Technology at VMware – Julia Austin

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On Thursday, March 22, at 2:30 PM EST, we’ll talk with Julia Austin, VP of Innovation Programs, about her role in VMware’s efforts to ensure our engineers continue to push technology boundaries and what it’s like to lead our Cambridge, Mass., site where we’ve been incubating VMware Horizon Mobile 

Julia will share her unique perspective on being a woman in technology.

Have a question for the VCTV chat? During the live episode, you can tweet in questions for Julia or to @VMwareCareers with the hashtag #VCTV in the text. We encourage you to join us live and participate!

Julia Austin, Vice President of Innovation Programs at VMware

Julia is the site director for the VMware Cambridge research lab and is responsible for VMware’s worldwide Advanced Development and Research organization. She also leads VMware’s Academic Program (VMAP). Julia has over 20 years of extensive experience managing technology teams in both mature and start-up organizations.

Prior to VMware, Julia was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other organizations. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.

Watch the recorded version of Julia’s interview here.

 

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How to prepare for a Technical On-Campus Interview with VMware

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 Hurray!  VMware has invited you to an on-campus interview. Now, time to start preparing for the big day.

What to expect

 At VMware we’re looking for overall potential and cultural fit. We don’t expect you to have all the answers (hey – you’re a student – you’re still learning) but we do interview you carefully to see how you approach a problem, how you optimize a solution, and how scrappy you are when you’re stumped. Also – it sounds silly – but please don’t try to ‘bluff’ your way out. If you really don’t know something, it’s much better if you admit it.

What types of questions do we ask? 

 We generally do highly technical interviews for all Engineering positions. We will ask you what programming languages you are strongest at, and from there devise appropriate questions. We do a lot of coding – so expect to give a demonstration of your coding skills in real time. Questions include: logic puzzles, coding problems, algorithm problems, and other technical scenarios.

How to prepare

Practice coding

 We generally do white boarding or have laptops available so you can code live during the interview. If it’s been a while, be sure to practice writing code on the board.

Resume

 Know your resume! Be prepared to speak easily about the projects, courses, and jobs you’ve listed.  Please also speak about things not seen on your resume. Yes, you were a TA for Systems Programming 101, but this led to being included in your professor’s latest publication. Or, how your blog led to your first internship. All those things count.

Company

 Even if you have a general idea of what we do, it’s always a good idea to do a quick search for our latest product and company developments. Knowing our business will help you stand out.  There is a lot of information on our company website, plus a number of products you can download for a free trial.

Dress-code

 We recognize that you are a student – no ‘Armani’ is necessary. We have a laid-back dress code environment, so interviewing in something business casual is appropriate.

Last but not least:

 Remember, no one is perfect! As a student, you’re just at the beginning of a lifelong career. But, also remember to come prepared to ask a few questions of your interviewer-even if you ask them all the same question. After-all this is your chance to interview us as well. This won’t be the first interview, nor the last, so give it your best and have fun.

-Maria

About Maria:

 Maria is a University Relations Recruiter at VMware. Her primary focus is hiring engineering students for both internships and full-time positions throughout VMware’s many Research and Development groups. Prior to working in VMware, Maria worked for Google, spending three years as a recruiter with International Staffing before becoming an Intern Program Manager with the company’s Campus Relations Team. Before working in Human Resources, Maria was a California Certified K-12 teacher. She has found a happy medium in her current role of guiding students through what may be some of their first corporate experiences.

 Maria is a native Californian, and graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in English. An avid reader and movie enthusiast, she loves traveling to new places and spending time with friends, preferably at some restaurant she’s never tried before.

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VMware is Hiring – PSO – Johannesburg, South Africa

PSO Consultant Johannesburg, South Africa Job

•Build and maintain confidence of colleagues and customers
•Independently conduct small to medium engagements with customers
•Maintain current knowledge of the entire VMware product line
•Conduct pre-packaged VMware consulting solutions in a timely and effective manner
•Assist in the development of standard reusable VMware “productized” consulting service offerings, including definition of tasks, deliverables and standard estimates
•Help to document best practices in developing and deploying VMware solutions, and feed them into our knowledge base for reuse by customers and partners
 

Hear from current members of the Professional Services Organization in Johannesburg, South Africa: 

Q – How did you personally obtain your job here at VMware?

"I left the company I worked at for 11 years, a year ago because I wanted to focus on Virtualization. I moved to a reseller under the promise of doing just that…unfortunately it did not happen. I left them and starting doing consulting work on my own focusing on VMware and some other products closely related to VMware. I was dumb founded when I got the call from Katrina (VMware recruiter) and JUMPED at the opportunity. I went for the local interview and sat opposite Hugo S. and Tyrone H. showing off a design I did of VMware vSphere 4 and being tested on my knowledge for over two hours. I never thought I would get the invite to a second interview and then lastly speaking to Stephen and being offered the position…I was out of my skin! Since then it has been a roller coaster ride of challenges and real excitement."

Morne – Consultant, South Africa

Q - Why would someone enjoy working at the VMware Johannesburg, South Africa office location?

"The Team! Everyone in our office is friendly and helpful. Knowledge sharing between employees is not an issue as with some other companies I have worked for in the past. We work hard and when rewarded we play hard. VMware is just a great company to work for and the leader in its field."

Pieter – Consultant, South Africa

What are some of the non-work related benefits that make working at VMware enjoyable for you?

"I enjoy the consultant lifestyle. I get to work with large corporate clients in different market segments running VMware technology on all flavours of hardware, storage, etc. The experience and exposure I gain through these engagements helps me grow, learn, and be a better consultant adding maximum value to our customers.  There is a fair amount of travel required and good learning and training opportunities. I am able to have a work / home life balance that allows me to be productive and also spend time with my family."

Tyrone – Senior Consultant, South Africa

Q – What do you love most about your role?

"I am learning something everyday…. and that is no understatement. I am challenged every day, whether it is standing in front of a whiteboard talking to customers or installing and delivering some of the most fantastic software in virtualization. And best of it all…. it works and it works well!"

Morne – Consultant, South Africa

Q - What made you choose VMware? How did you personally obtain your job here at VMware?

"I worked on a large project deploying 650 ESX hosts, the technology wowed me and I was hooked. I submitted my CV and it was forwarded through to the VMware HR in the United Kingdom.
I went through a tech screen with Frank D., had an interview with Rob J. and I joined."

Tyrone – Senior Consultant, South

Q – What are some of the non-work related benefits that make working at VMware enjoyable for you?

"I believe VMware is one of the top companies when it comes to perks. Enablement is key, and there is no reason not to know a product if you are working for this company. Career wise the training, support, and guidance is infinite. You just need to be willing to make use of this great opportunity and I’m doing this every day!"

Pieter – Consultant, South Africa

 

Have questions or interested in applying to one of these roles? Reach out to Avril via her social links below.

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About Avril:

Avril is an EMEA VMware Sourcing Consultant Currently Recruiting for Technical PSO, Springsource, and Gemfire Roles. She previously recruited for Account Management and System Engineer roles across EMEA mainly in France, Spain, UAE, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

 

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Technical Account Manager, Belgium Job

As one of our Technical Account Managers (TAM), you will be responsible for building and maintaining post-sales relationships with VMware's largest and most complex customers. These customers are typically large accounts adopting VMware virtualization software across their data-centers. You will serve as a trusted advisor to ensure successful implementations and as an account manager to ensure that the customers serve as a positive reference and continue their standardization on VMware technology. Additionally, you will become the customer's single point of contact into all of VMware. As such, your technical abilities will be critical in identifying solutions, troubleshooting issues, and answering technical questions as they arise.

 Zimbra PSO Consulting Architect, EMEA Job

The specific role of the Zimbra – Consulting Architect will be to work in the Professional Services Consulting team and take a lead role in ZCS deployment and migration assignments, with an element of pre-sales work to support Services Sales, Sales and pre-Sales teams in developing and winning opportunities.
 

 Services Business Manager, UK Job

The Services Business Manager will work closely with our sales team to drive enterprise-consulting services from sales through delivery in our accounts. Using VMware’s Virtual Infrastructure Methodology (VIM) you will generate project proposals which include the business requirements, technical requirements and appropriate solution stating the delivery times and schedules for the design, development and testing of the solution components. You will be responsible for closing PSO projects that could span from 1-week implementation engagements to complex, multi-consultant $1M+ engagements.

 

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VMware Careers TV: Women in Technology at VMware

In celebration of International Women’s Day, VMware Careers TV invites you to join us for live discussions with two of our extraordinary female technology leaders.

On Wednesday, March 7, at 7 PM EST, we’ll talk with Julia Austin, VP of Innovation Programs, about her role in VMware’s efforts to ensure our engineers continue to push technology boundaries and what it’s like to lead our Cambridge, Mass., site where we’ve been incubating VMware Horizon Mobile.  

On Thursday, March 8, at 12:30 PM EST, Yanbing Li, VP CPD and Remote Sites, will be in studio to talk about overseeing VMware’s global R&D organization and about our diversity efforts in the APJ region.

Both will share their unique perspectives on being a woman in technology.

Have a question for the VCTV chats? During the live episodes, you can tweet in questions for Julia or Yanbing to @VMwareCareers with the hashtag #VCTV in the text. We encourage you to join us live and participate!

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Julia Austin, Vice President of Innovation Programs at VMware

Julia is the site director for the VMware Cambridge research lab and is responsible for VMware’s worldwide Advanced Development and Research organization. She also leads VMware’s Academic Program (VMAP). Julia has over 20 years of extensive experience managing technology teams in both mature and start-up organizations.

Prior to VMware, Julia was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies and has held technical management and consulting positions at several other organizations. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.

Watch Julia’s interview here!

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Yangbing Li, Vice President, CPD and Global Sites at VMware

Yanbing leads the Continuing Product Development (CPD) organization, a global engineering organization with presence in the US (Palo Alto), India and China. Yanbing oversees VMware’s global R&D strategy and oversees VMware’s global R&D development centers worldwide, and continues to directly manage the China R&D Center.

Prior to VMware, Yanbing worked at Synopsys (a leading Electronic Design Automation software maker) in Silicon Valley for 9 years in various research, development, and engineering leadership roles. Yanbing holds a Ph.D. degree from Princeton University (USA), a Master’s degree from Cornell University (USA), and a BS degree from Tsinghua University (Beijing), in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Watch Yanbing’s interview here!

 

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Life at VMware – Living Through Our Values

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 Culture is the personality of the organization, and requires staff to help bring this personality to life. Last year as I came into my new role as the Manager of Quality Engineering here at the VMware Sydney office, I felt that it was important for my team members and I to get together in order to discuss VMware’s core values. Values are the underlying principles that guide our mission and strategic goals keeping the team focused through change and serving as a guide to the way we make our decisions. Defining the culture as a team allows personal feelings and values to be considered. Values7 

 These values being, Passion, Innovation, Dedication to Execution, Teamwork, Active Learning, and Giving back more than we take. With the objective of identifying what these values meant to each employee, including the behaviors we should see more of and those that we wished to see less of, we were able to map out a mind map. Mind mapping is a way to encourage brainstorming and represent our thoughts and ideas around a central key word in a single visual that creates impact. Making sure the whole team was involved in this process helped solidify a sense of ownership for all in how we were going to move forward as a team with integrating these values across everything we do in our daily work live.

 Integrating these behaviors into the way you work is an ongoing process and is critical in inspiring change and keeping the culture alive. Here are several tips that you can implement to successfully follow through with your teams values on a day-to-day basis.

  •  Align your language to the values and integrate the values into your regular communication process.
  • Reward and recognize actions that are in line with the values, reinforcing the desired behaviors.
  • Regularly discuss the values amongst your team
  • Continually measure the teams engagement
  • Hire people that fit the company and team culture
  • Create visibility of culture around the workplace with posters and signs
  • Hold each other accountable to the culture by speaking up and challenging each other
  • Understand individuals’ values in relation to the company values
  • Remember, the company values people recall first are usually those that they resonate the most with Values6

 The team found this exercise clunky at first, which is expected, as it requires you to think about behaviors and attitude rather than the task, which can take you out of your comfort zone. Creating a safe environment will encourage your team to completely engage.

 

– Comments below are from members in my team –

‘Gab always surprises the team with new concepts and ideas. By exploring VMware values, we build bonding and trust within the team. More importantly, we align the corporate business and culture values with our attitude towards daily work.’

Iris – Software Quality Engineer, Sydney R&D

‘This exercise is very useful and important to get a deeper understanding on what the values actually mean for us. The activity opens a discussion and provokes thought on how to improve and support ourselves within the defined values’

Elvana – Software Quality Engineer, Sydney R&D Values2

 

– Comments below are from socialcast (Internal social network for VMware) –

‘It’s really great. Nobody discusses such things at a deep level. In fact it is more important than anything else before we start work!!’

Sachin -Business Analyst, Partner Operations.

 

‘An insightful depiction of how each of us can better align ourselves with the organization's mission and values’

Jason – Senior Manager, PMO Values8

 

 Defining a team culture, brand and vision are steps toward building a high performance culture, as well as encouraging self-awareness. I have performed this exercise of defining a culture with many teams over my career and find it personally rewarding, I enjoy leading people towards common goals and helping people realize their potential by getting clarity over their blind-spots, achieving greater self-awareness.

 My role at VMware being Manager of Quality Engineering for the Sydney R&D team is rewarding in that it provides me with challenge, and opportunity to explore my creativity through people and process management.  

 Happy people and a healthy process within your business can lead to quality and success.

 

Gabrielle Dracopoulos – Manager, Quality Engineering 

 

 

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