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VMware Office Spotlight: Burlington, Ontario

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 The VMware Burlington, Ontario office has experienced tremendous growth in the past five years. From 20 employees to now over 250 employees, the office has become a cornerstone in VMware's global initiatives. Clayton Magnus, VMware HR Recruiter further divulges on the Burlington office's strong culture, the organizations present there, and what he is most looking forward to in the year ahead with VMware

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What is a strong culture like? How is the Burlington office's culture strong?

A strong organizational culture is a team that shares the same values, beliefs, norms, ideas, vision and habits. The Burlington office exudes these characteristics. They take pride in being customer focused and really do exemplify the idea of one team. There is a common bond among the people that work in the Burlington office. On a daily basis you see this camaraderie. Whether it is in the lunchroom as colleagues eat lunch or play games with one other, or at their cubicles where team members will help each other out with a case they are working on. This creates an overall environment that is very relaxed, which makes it easier for people to achieve their goals. VMware 003

Which organizations are located at the Burlington office?

The Burlington office is a home office for VMware with employees working in Sales, Professional Services Organization, IT, System Engineers and Global Support Services. GSS has the largest contingent at the Burlington office as staff in Service Delivery, Licensing, Shared Services, Support Operations, Training, Escalation Management, and Bridges work here.

How has the Burlington office has grown in the past few years?

Five years ago there were 20 employees in the Burlington office. Now there are just over 250 employees that work here, so the office has definitely grown from a numbers perspective.

From a business point of few, the Burlington center has seen a shift from a center with regional presence, to a center that has a global identity. The hiring philosophy has changed over the years too. The center looks at a character versus competency approach whereas five years ago there was a lot of emphasis put on finding stronger technical resources over anything else. Now that the Burlington office is in a mature state, they can take the time to invest in people and look to build on top of what has already been created. VMware4

What are you looking forward to in the year ahead for the Burlington office?

We’ve expanded to another floor in our building. That means more growth, which is exciting. Internal mobility is a huge initiative within GSS and I expect to see a lot more of it in the year ahead. Ultimately, I am most looking forward to continuning to work and partner with the business to make us more successful.

 Clayton Magnus – Recruiter, Burlington, Ontario

 

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Life at VMware – Student Engineering Contest at the Bulgaria Office

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 Helping universities nurture talent and provide a platform for learning and knowledge sharing is among VMware’s top priorities. That is why when the local representatives of the international students organization BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) invited us to take part in their Engineering Week initiative in March 2012 – whether to jump in or not was a no-brainer for us. EngineeringContest1[1]

 The aim was to challenge a group of students, chosen among hundreds of candidates who applied for the contest. The students were chosen according to their university year and development knowledge.

This event was great for team building. VMware Quality Engineers and Development experts were there to sort out the engineering tasks as well as carry out internal dry runs, which the organizers and attendees said was “a very refreshing experience” that helped them get into a competitive mood to try and beat the other students in time and overall code quality.

 The contest took place at the VMware Bulgaria office in March. Twelve students from the two leading universities in Bulgaria competed for the top three places where prizes and software development books awaited them. The atmosphere was really competitive and fun. After the engineering contest an award giving ceremony took place at the local university premises, which was then followed by an evening job fair cocktail event entitled “Companies night”. EngineeringContest2

 One of the most rewarding aspects of this event was the positive feedback and engagement we had with the universities and their students. As one of the participants said, “Thank you for organizing such a great event. The task was very interesting and challenging. This was one of the most exciting days in my life!” EngineeringWinners

 This certainly gives us the strength to continue to participate in similar events in the future. You’ve got the knowledge? We’ve certainly got the challenge. 

 Overall, twelve very bright students left with the satisfaction from a job well done at the contest and hundreds more, who are now certainly more aware of VMware, our business and career prospects. Events such as these make us excited for future engineering and networking engagements with university students across our global community. 

 Hristina Haralampieva – Events Project Manager, EMEA

 

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Life at VMware – Wear Less Day at the Singapore Office

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 On Friday, April 20, 2012 members of the VMware Singapore office participated in Wear Less Day. Wear Less Day was an energy-saving fun activity for the Team to participate in to honor Earth Day and VMware’s Green initiatives.

 To prepare for Wear Less Day, the Singapore facilities team partnered with the building management to increase the indoor air conditioning temperature. Studies have shown that turning up the air-conditioning by one degree can lead to 3% in energy savings in a year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This was the impetus for Wear Less Day. The Singapore Team was encouraged to dress down during this day, by removing the “add-on” piece (i.e. jackets, shawls, cardigans) that most employees wear to stay comfortable during the work day. Employees could also include GREEN in their attire. Environmentally friendly materials such as organic cotton, hemp, thin wool, and bamboo were also clothing suggestions for the day.  Green_Girls_and_a_bear

 To turn up the heat further, there was a competitive element added to Wear Less Day. A photo competition was planned where employees could take a photo of themselves in their “Wear Less” attire in the office and submit it to the Singapore team page on VMware Link, VMware’s internal social network powered by Socialcast.

 With the celebration of Earth Hour and Earth Day, posters were placed around the office to increase awareness about ways in which our employees could reduce their carbon footprint and create a sustainable planet for the future generations. As an added reminder, each employee received a sticker to be pasted on their monitors to remind them to care for the earth. Protect_the_Earth

Members of the Singapore Team's thoughts of the day:

“This was a great initiative! It allowed all of us to participate in an office-wide activity, which was both fun and beneficial for the environment. While each of us can only do so much individually, we certainly did much more together. Kudos to Audrey, the vCommunity and Facilities Team for organizing this awesome event.” –Jason Lee, Corporate Counsel, ASEAN/APJ Partner Group

“I love this company, it doesn’t just make some random promises of change, it actually puts change in to effect in a way we can all enjoy and take part of!” –Matthew Hardman, Sr. Product & Solutions Marketing Manager, ASEAN & India

“Other than wearing less to display the message to care for the environment, the employees took their initiative to turn off the light switches at common corridors and vacant seats to utilize natural daylight in the office. The awareness posters and campaigns did have some effect on the employees! Thanks to the team that put up this event.”–Cheng Khim Seng Workplace Manager –Asia Operations

Ways in which members of our global community can make realistic day-to-day contributions to improving our global environment:

-Turning the electric switches off whenever they are not in use

-Do not use more than what you need and share these values with others

-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

Audrey Ung – Executive Assistant, Singapore

 

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VMware is Hiring – Systems Engineer – SpringSource vFabric Team

Matthew Quinlan and Jamie Engesser, Directors for the VMware/SpringSource vFabric group, discuss the day-to-day tasks that their trailblazing team is responsible for and the type of dynamic candidates they seek to hire.

 

The VMware SpringSource vFabric Team is looking to bring on an individual for their Systems Engineer, vFabric Specialist role in Atlanta, Georiga. You may fit the below profile:   

Systems Engineer, vFabric Specialist – Atlanta, GA, US

The VMware vFabric Specialist SE will be responsible for providing pre-sales deep technical and business expertise with regards to the vFabric products, including technologies such as the Spring Framework and related projects, tc Server and Tomcat, and Hyperic management infrastructure. The individual will interface directly with customers as well as collaborate with Product Management as a field representative on the development of products and enhancements.

Skill sets:

 Must have 8+ years experience with J2EE Architecture, preference to someone who has pre-Sales experience.Excellent communication skills, willing to present to technical and non-technical customers. Build Proof of Concepts (PoC) and demo's. 

To apply and learn more about the role click here: http://bit.ly/KY56Xv

Hear from Matthew Quinlan, Director of Systems Engineering for the vFabric Team:

“Being part of the vFabric division is really the best of both worlds. We operate almost like a startup inside of the VMware organization which means we can be nimble and avoid bureaucracy while retaining all of the advantages of working for a large and highly successful software company like VMware.” -Matthew 

“Are you tired of being the smartest person in the room?  If you join this team I can assure you that you will rarely, if ever have that experience again. A players like to work with other A players and we are building an elite team.” -Matthew

“At the end of the day, we’re techies and there is nothing better than working for one of the most innovative software companies in history.” -Matthew

 

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

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Tom Spero is a Senior Recruiter for the SpringSource division of VMware. Over the past 15 years Spero has recruited in the technology space for small, medium and Fortune 500 companies. Spero brings 8 years of professional services recruiting experience, specifically in the J2EE/Middleware/Open Source space for Sales Engineers and Consultants. 

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VMware Careers TV: VMware Green with Doris Lippitt

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 Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. In honor of this day, we held a special edition of VMware Careers TV (VCTV) featuring Doris Lippitt. Based in Palo Alto, Doris is a member of the Real Estate and Workplace team and is a passionate champion for our Green activities on campus including recycling, composting and diverting waste from the landfills. Doris is best known for her awesome campus tours in which she shares fun green facts on what employees do every day to be green at VMware. Below you will see the recorded version of our interview with Doris.

We would like to invite everyone to share your own stories about being green. Visit the VMware Careers social links below to share your story about what Earth Day and being green means to you with the rest of our global community. Happy Earth Day!

 

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From Intern to Full-Time Employee at VMware

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 Every Computer Science graduate aspires to work at a top notch Tech Company whose ideas or products can revolutionize the entire computer industry. These top notch tech companies search for highly skilled employees to fulfill their requirements, which sometimes can be a real deficit for many students due to lack of prior work experience. Moreover for a fulltime position, the number of rounds and interviews to be faced is massive and strenuous. Hence for those who are really worried, here is a shortcut for you.

  An internship is one such thing where your hiring employer does not expect you to be perfect with your work. Thus, an internship is an opportunity for you to learn something new as well as to demonstrate your abilities to others. So what’s next after internship? Well, if your manager is really satisfied with your Internship, you’ve hit the jackpot.

 Most of the time, the ladder to a full-time position lies on top of an internship. Well again, this is just my personal opinion. The way decisions are made in an organization depend on various factors, but at VMware I’m pretty confident about my statement. For interns at VMware, we have a mid-internship and final internship report of your performance prepared by your manager. If the report is really outstanding, your manager will offer you a full-time position with the same team that you interned for, depending upon the circumstances. Don’t worry; your mentor will work hard enough to make you successful at VMware.

 As an Intern we had great memorable events. My favorite events were the Bowling and Casino night. Guess what, I won second prize at the casino night and grabbed Bose earphones. Thanks to Mike (my manager) for contributing all his casino game money to me. How sweet! We also did spend some time at the Oliver Hazard Perry School in South Boston for our Service learning event.

 Honestly speaking, achieving 100% job satisfaction is what everyone really wishes for in his or her employment. And this is the strong reason why I recommend VMware. The team spirit we possess is incredible. I can state infinite examples about the fun we have at work. Until today, I have never really felt stressed at work because of the work-life balance. Your manager takes great care about the team’s workload ensuring that you and your team are satisfied with the job. The best part is we are given various options to choose our career ladder and work as per our dreams.

 Around our Cambridge office, we have really great places to explore. Every day the whole team hangs out at various restaurants to have lunch together. I guess we’ve also covered all the Gallerias nearby. The enormous free food in the company gives you strength to enjoy your work. We have great social events happening every week. Also, we contribute a lot to the community through various service learning events. At the Cambridge office, we greatly enjoy our summers by having summer outings together with our family. So, if you want a full-fun-time work, start applying to VMware. 

About Sundeep:

Sundeep works with the vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) team. His major task here at VMware is to have lots of fun and the minor task is Storage Automation. His job title is Member of Technical Staff (MTS).

 Sundeep graduated with a Masters Degree in Information Science and Technology from University of Pittsburgh in December 2011 with a specialization in Information Security. He has a great taste for music and enjoys it to his fullest extent. During summers, he enjoys swimming all the time. 

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VMware’s New ISR Intern Program

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 This year VMware launched a new Intern program for students interested in inside-sales roles, which could lead them to be very successful full-time candidates to join this team long-term. The program is designed to transfer high level, business-to-business prospecting skills used every day by our ISR teams with the interns, and so they can practice and develop their business skills. After completing the internship the intern will be able to gain access to target accounts and executives to efficiently and repeatedly initiate new discussions. Interns will leave with a full understanding of prospecting tactics, and ISR certification in the VMware prospecting methodology. The VMware Prospecting Program will provide interns with the knowledge, tools and techniques they need to become highly effective at creating new conversations within a target market and converting them into new opportunities.

 Prospecting is hard work, fraught with rejection; therefore sales people don’t do enough of it. In the book, “The Psychology of Sales Call Reluctance” over 11,000 sales people were interviewed. Findings were that 80% of all new sales people fail because of call reluctance. 40% of all veteran sales people stop prospecting because of call reluctance. This book also finds that the average sales person with call reluctance will make 5 times less money than those without. This intern program is designed to provide the skills to potential sales people to overcome the challenges of prospecting and provide a framework to be successful at creating large amounts of net new opportunities. This will in the long-run develop these students confidence level, which they can take with them where-ever they go.

 Although the ISR Intern Program is relatively new here at VMware, it is one that is growing and that we hope to gain more awareness about with friends and members of our external community.

 This year we had the chance to engage students directly at three universities with defined Inside Sales Programs.  We visited the University of Georgia in January, the University of Akron in February, and the University of Alabama in February. Many students came by to visit with us, and we are very pleased with the interest in these programs.

 Students should definitely look forward to us growing this program and hopefully coming to a school near you. Please keep an eye on our sites in late summer as we unveil the university engagements for this program.

 

About Trish:

Trish has been a recruiter since 2007 and joined the VMware University Relations team in early 2010. She focuses on internships and new college graduate roles for MBA and business students. She is a native of Silicon Valley, has a passion for art history and makes a killer paella!

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