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VMware Office Spotlight: Sydney, Australia

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!

About Sydney 

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

 

 

 

 

 

-Gabrielle Dracopoulos, Customer Advocacy Manager ANZ

 

 

 

 

 

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VMware Intern Spotlight: Allison Steinkopf – Intern Program Coordinator

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to VMware every day. Do you want to know what it would be like to walk in their shoes? Let’s find out with the help of Palo Alto-based intern Allison Steinkopf as she shares her unique perspective of the VMware internship experience as an Intern Program Coordinator.

 

What you need to know is that I exist because they exist. They are so important that my entire position is established around them, their professional development and their experience. Who are they? They are creative, dedicated, innovative, collaborative, astute, inquisitive, and much more. They are VMware interns.

I am a University Relations Intern Program Coordinator. In my position, that word ‘intern’ plays two roles. I am an intern for the interns. I attach myself to their journey at VMware from the first day with Intern New Hire Orientation to their final day with their exits. I don’t do this alone. The entire University Relations team works tirelessly throughout their time here giving them the tools to succeed and surpass all expectations. The programs that they take part in give them insight into other’s careers so they can succeed in their own.

They get to do so much while working on cutting-edge technology and new projects. Top executives and business leaders sit down with them for lunch to answer their questions. They create posters and presentations for their teams, leaders, and the entire company to learn what they are working on. Mentors guide them through their journey offering project and career advice. Diversity programs connect women at VMware to build a long-lasting relationship among women in technology. Weekly talks teach them about new technology exposing some to things that they have never seen before.

VMware is a place filled with passion, innovation, and collaboration. VMware employees share ideas and experience with the interns which creates a feeling of intimacy while working at a large company. Idea sharing teaches interns that VMware is a company where collaboration is welcomed and new learning is fostered.

You will be challenged in ways that you have never experienced by being pushed outside your comfort zone. You will be given new tasks when you excel and advice on how to improve your work. You will be nervous about the large tasks that lie ahead of you, but through seemingly impossible tasks, frustration, and hard work come unbelievable personal and professional growth.

Who are you? You are the next VMware intern.

-Allison Steinkopf

 

About Allison:

Allison Steinkopf is a senior studying psychology and accounting at University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently an intern on the University Relations team at VMware working as an Intern Program Coordinator.

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Tips for Work Authorization as a Foreign National

As graduation in December fast approaches, many foreign nationals have questions about their work options. Do you fall into this category? If you’re thinking “yes,” then this blog post is right up your alley. There are two common mechanisms for hiring foreign nationals in the United States- Optional Practical Training and H-1B. I will provide clarification on these two mechanisms, their respective timelines and caps. In the end, I hope you take away some tips to better prepare yourself in the application process as well as your future career opportunities as a new college graduate.

Optional Practical Training

For graduates in F-1 status, Optional Practical Training (OPT) will allow a student up to twelve months of employment after graduation. Students holding Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) degrees may get an additional 17 months. OPT allows the student to work for any employer in a job related to the student’s degree program. OPT can be part-time during school or full-time during breaks. OPT can be used while a student completes a degree (summer internship, fall co-op, etc.) or can be used upon graduating. OPT used while a student completes a degree will be subtracted from OPT time available after graduation.

In order to qualify from OPT, students must obtain permission from their respective universities and gain a work authorization card from the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). A nominal CIS filing fee applies.

H-1B

H-1B’s are available to foreign nationals who have at least a United States Bachelor’s Degree or foreign equivalent and will be working in a job that requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree. An H-1B allows employment for 6 years or longer. The employer must submit an application to the CIS. Normal processing times can take several months but CIS has a premium processing that guarantees processing in 15 days (there is an extra $1,225 fee).

The CIS issues 65,000 new H-1B approvals each year so there is a cap on the amount of H-1B’s that can be accepted within a year. The CIS year runs from October 1-September 30 and they begin accepting H-1B cases at beginning April 1 for October 1 H-1B’s. There are some exceptions to the cap such as University jobs and non-profits affiliated with universities, non-profit research organizations, H-1B extensions with same employer, and H-1B transfer to new employer. Graduates with US advanced degrees have special allocation of 20,000 H-1B’s above the 65,000 cap. Also, citizens of Singapore and Chile have special H-1B allocations.

For further questions on H-1B or OPT options, contact United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, more commonly known as CIS (formerly INS).

Many law firms specialize in Immigration law and are happy to answer questions free of charge but it is best to find out first whether or not you will be charged for their services. Most large companies are well versed in hiring foreign graduates and have Immigration departments that will walk you through the process with ease.

I hope this was helpful in providing a high level overview for obtaining work authorization. Best of luck with your upcoming graduation and success in your future career!

 

-Amber Daniels – VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

About Amber:

Amber is a Technical Recruiter for the University Relations Team here at VMware. Her focus is on Research and development.

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Life at VMware: The VMworld Experience

What is the VMworld experience like through the eyes of a VMware employee? We sought this perspective after spotting a desk full of intertwined VMworld badges and asked ourselves, “Who was the owner of these badges and what could we learn from his/her experience?” As VMworld 2012 San Francisco fast approaches, we were fortunate enough to find the owner of the badges David Day, Director, Education Curriculum, and get his take on VMworld.

 

 

1. What has your role been at VMworld throughout the years? How have you collaborated with co-workers across the globe to contribute to VMworld?

As an employee, it’s not easy getting in to VMworld! Beyond operations staff, you need to be actively involved in a lab, or get a session proposal accepted. Effective teamwork is such a critical part of the process-especially for lab teams. It’s one thing to get an effective lab working, however it is another to get the environment reset and ready to deploy again in a matter of minutes. It takes collective ingenuity and dedication from everyone on the team, while dealing with different time zones, languages and of course, still doing your day job. There is a great sense of camaraderie within the groups. Those connections extend well beyond the event, and become valuable resources to call on for advice or assistance. In the early years of VMworld, I focused on labs. Coming from the Education team, we could see key areas of interest from our students, so that gave us good clues around what would work for the VMworld audience. More recently, I’ve focused on technical session presentations. I have also done theater presentations in the solutions exchange, Genius Bar, booth duty (sore feet!) and helped out at the increasingly popular certification lounge. Sometimes all of these are at one event! It’s always a busy, but definitely a rewarding time.

2. How have you seen VMworld evolve since 2006? What has this experience been like for you?

It’s easy to take it for granted now, but initially I was so struck by the companies that were true early adopters and saw the future of virtualization, riding on the coat tails of VMware’s success. Now it’s big business. Many of those earlier smaller companies have been acquired, and some are still around. But back then, it was much more intimate. These days, even amongst 20,000 attendees, you can’t help but be proud to be part of the VMware team, and play a role at the event.

3. What have been the key takeaways for you at VMworld?

Customer perception. In the Education business, we work in sterile environments, where everything just works. Of course the real world is much more complex, with far less predictability. Being able to perceive the wider ambitions and complexity of customer environments and expectations has helped shape the way we develop and deliver training.

4. What is your favorite memory or pastime from VMworld?

In the early days of hands-on-labs, we used to ship servers around. We would prep and test the labs, then load up multiple racks of servers into a truck, and then simply hold thumbs that they would arrive at their destinations intact! There were some moments with over-eager forklift truck drivers, and server racks toppling from the back of trucks. Working under tight timelines, often stressful situations, the teamwork required to get those sessions running was truly inspirational, and colleagues turn into firm friends. In 2011, the labs were completely hosted on public clouds; we have come a long way.

5. How has innovation and collaboration continued to be a part of the VMworld fabric throughout the years?

Every year there is so much exciting technology, But staying on the topic of VMworld as an event, the introduction of conference guides in electronic format, mobile apps to manage individual schedules, and decent wireless access throughout are really essential to host an event of this size. There is so much information available; you need to get clever about which sessions are going to be most beneficial to attend. There is inevitably recycled content but if you are a seasoned VMworlder, or it’s your first time, the accessibility options available are essential for a truly beneficial experience. Not to mention social networking which plays such a big part of todays VMworld events.

6. What are you most looking forward to at VMworld San Francisco 2012?

We are launching a new curriculum and certification strategy in August, so I am really looking forward to sharing that with partners and customers, and hearing their feedback. And of course, the VMworld party!

 

-The VMware Careers Team

 

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VMware Intern Spotlight: Claire Quinn – Marketing

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to VMware every day. Do you want to know what it would be like to walk in their shoes? Let’s find out with the help of Cork-based Marketing intern Claire Quinn as she shares her unique perspective of the VMware internship experience. 

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Throughout school I was never certain what I wanted to do with my life. To me it seems like very few people know by the time they finish college. During my studies I learned about creative business strategies and innovative marketing techniques. But what I mostly discovered from these techniques was coming up with new ideas and looking at things from a different perspective. So on a whim I decided to try my hand at business- I found the word ‘innovation’ too enticing to resist. When it came time to do work placement I thought to myself, ‘where could I go that would allow me to bring my ideas to life, encourage my creativity and simultaneously provide a great foundation for my career?’

From my first day at VMware, people treated me as an equal. They saw my hunger to learn and were more than pleased to share their knowledge with me. There is so much opportunity for those to learn and develop; a wide variety of books are available online for free with VMware login credentials, there are occasional training seminars on VMware products to improve your qualifications, even lunchtime yoga classes to help you relax, and much more!

With regards to being a VMware intern all I can say is, what an awesome experience! I couldn’t have asked for a better marketing team to work alongside. My marketing co-workers in both London and the United States have imparted so much information onto me. I have literally expanded my horizon in numerous directions. From working amidst the best sales employees in Ireland, to learning the tech side of things from the support team, it has been an overall well-rounded learning experience.

VMware has been great about providing various activities outside of our work related pursuits to allow the interns to get to know one another. We recently had a team building outing to Oysterhaven, an adventure park by the Irish Sea; we crawled through mud on an obstacle course, swung across zip lines, and went kayaking. We’ve also had great fun creating a video for the intern YouTube competition and came up with silly ideas for the t-shirt design competition.

So what now? With my internship experience under my belt the world appears to truly be my oyster! I am currently writing my thesis for college on ‘Organizational Culture and the Adoption of Innovation’. VMware has proven to be the perfect company to help me convey my thesis points. As soon as I graduate I’m hoping to return to VMware and continue growing my potential, and availing of the great career-progression opportunities. You never know, in ten years time I might be the next CEO! The possibilities are limitless…

-Claire Quinn

About Claire:

Claire Quinn is a marketing intern with Mozy. She received her Bachelors in European Studies (history & politics) and Languages. She is currently pursuing an MBSc in Innovation in European business.

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VMware Intern Spotlight: Chris Chang – Inside Sales

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to VMware every day. Do you want to know what it would be like to walk in their shoes? Let’s find out with the help of Austin-based Inside Sales intern Chris Chang as he uses his unique perspective to take us on his journey of the VMware internship experience.  

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When I first learned that the VMware University Relations team was asking the Interns to blog about their intern experience thus far, I immediately thought to myself: I have to do this. I felt obligated- not because I like talking about myself (maybe a little bit), but because I truly believe that I have received a once in a lifetime opportunity and want to share my experience and insight with anyone else who is aspiring towards a sales career in the hi-tech industry.

Breaking into the Role

Your Major doesn't limit you. I believe that college is about learning how to learn, working with others, and balancing your life with work. My fellow interns who do not have a background in technology have picked up the product concepts just as fast as I have, and feel comfortable having high-level conversations with a variety of different audiences. On the flip side, for engineering and science majors currently in college that have realized that they are interested in sales and business, GO FOR IT! I love talking through technical problems with people to help make their work-life easier and more enjoyable.

The Process of Obtaining an Internship

Make sure you leverage all of your existing networks. This means friends of friends, parents and relatives of friends, and even your own extended family. Getting your foot in the door is by far the most difficult process in the job hunt. Do not be discouraged by rejections; I definitely got my fair share of no callbacks. With so many social networking outlets and endless information online, be creative and don't give up!

The Culture of VMware

VMware Austin is the backbone of the VMware sales organization. It is also amazing. VMware definitely lives up to the "awesome software company" hype in terms of perks and benefits, but one thing that I personally appreciate and find important within the company is the desire to always be better and to pursue success. Our products speak for themselves- our leadership and engineering teams' vision is incredible. However, as a sales intern, my day-to-day consists of prospecting- widely regarded as one of the most difficult aspects of this job. There are times where frustration and stress runs high, but all I need to do is walk over to a neighbor's cube and I'll undoubtedly be inspired to work hard. It's the people that make the place, and VMware has some great people (shout-out to Enterprise Northeast and both Commercial teams!).

Growth

Perhaps the best part of this internship is the infinite amount of resources available to the Interns. The leadership and managers are easily accessible and make time for your questions, which really makes you feel like your opinions and contribution to the team matter. VMware Interns are also assigned mentors, who are there every day to help guide you through the intern process. My mentor John Leonard has become both my personal Ping-Pong guru and friend through this experience.

Overall, VMware has provided me with an abundance of opportunities and skills that I will take with me everywhere!

-Chris Chang

About Chris: 

Chris Chang is a fourth year Computer Science major at the University of California, San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys listening to country music, learning to two-step, and eating delicious food. He is currently supporting the Commercial South/South Central/North East Inside Sales team at VMware Austin.

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