With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring industry-changing IT innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness, which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Australia office in Sydney is like today!
VMware has been in Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) since 2005 and our current Sydney office has been open since 2007. We are located in the heart of the Sydney Central Business District and have views out to Bondi Beach in the Eastern Suburbs as well as Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches. Currently we have over 130 people based in the Sydney office. We are grateful for our continued growth as our employee numbers continue to increase each week.
At our office you will find Channel and Direct Sales, Systems Engineering, Professional Services, Marketing, Education and Enablement, Business Operations, Legal, Human Resources, Staffing, Customer Advocacy, IT, Real Estate and Workplace and Office Support.
Projects at the Sydney office
One of our highlighted focus areas for 2012 in Sydney and across the ANZ region is ‘Customer Advocacy’. VMware has experienced tremendous growth in a short period of time, and the uptake of our Cloud Infrastructure and Management solutions along with emerging technologies across Cloud Application Platform and End User Computing has been quite humbling.
Customer Advocacy is focused on putting a spotlight on customer satisfaction and loyalty. This has resulted in a several internal initiatives that will assist us in finding efficiencies and simplify our internal operations as well as collect and action on feedback from our customers to improve the customers’ overall experience with VMware. We recently had the CIO of Primary Health Care address our Sydney employees and share his experiences with VMware including what we do well and where we can improve. This was a great learning experience and takeaway.
What makes Sydney unique
The Sydney office has such a great environment and culture. While a majority of the team here is customer facing and spends most of their time out in the field, we are still a close-knit bunch. We get together at lunch to play touch football and soccer. We’ve even gathered on the weekends for events such as triathlons or recently the City2Surf, where we and 80,000 other Sydneysiders ran/walked 14km from right outside our building to Bondi Beach.
How do VMware’s core values come to life at the Sydney office?
The VMware values are the personality of the organisation and the value of ‘Giving Back’ is quite prominent in the Sydney office. The VMware Foundation is quite active in the ANZ region with our employees looking for ways to ‘Give Back’ their time and skills to the community and people in need. VMware offers staff 5 paid days a year to ‘Give Back’ and the ANZ region is leading the way with participation in this program. In 2012, our employees have ‘Given Back’ to CANA Communities, Landcare Australia, and other supported charities.
One of the amazing things about the team in Sydney is how willing we are to get involved in initiatives outside of our day-to-day jobs. We give back to each other by providing opportunities to showcase our talents to others in the organization with whom we wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to interact with on a regular basis with our work obligations. Initiatives such as the ANZ Diversity Council and the ANZ VMware Foundation would not be as successful as they are without the willingness of the team to give their time and energy.
The Year ahead
Last year it was decided that we were truly outgrowing our current office space in Sydney. Throughout the past several months, a project has been underway to find us a new office in the Sydney Central Business District. Later this month we will be moving down the road to Pitt Street to our new office space. Although we will have to say goodbye to our beautiful office views at our current location, we will say hello to brand new custom-built offices with plenty of collaboration space and ample room to keep growing. The move couldn’t have come quick enough since we are running at capacity and continue to grow.
Stay tuned for more posts from VMware Australia/New Zealand! We will introduce you to our colleagues in the other offices across Australia and New Zealand and give you a tour of the new Sydney office!
-Joanne Paul, Staffing Coordinator ANZ
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