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Twelve Employees Who Joined VMware in 2012 – First Year Takeaways

Can you picture yourself at VMware? These employees made it a reality in 2012. See what their first year takeaways were and consider joining us in the year ahead. 

Name: Sue Holly-Rodway

Team at VMware: Enterprise Sales Team

Office site: Frimley, Great Britain

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: Wow. This company has achieved amazing things and yet the biggest achievements are yet to come. It feels like I’ve joined a company who has (metaphorically) been a prodigious talent as a child and is now about to embark upon the journey through teenage to adult! Growing up into the world of big Enterprise and big vision can be tough, but I believe that the key components are there, and I’m old enough and experienced enough to know how to help!

 

Name: Yosh Sato

Team at VMware: VMware Service Provider Program

Office site: Tokyo, Japan

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: VMware is a great place to work and it is fun. The opportunity to collaborate with an excellent team to develop leading edge technologies is very rewarding.

 

Name: Sopheap Min

Team at VMware: EUC – VMware Mirage

Office site: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: My biggest takeaway from joining VMware in 2012 is that nothing is easy, but with hard work, persistence and a great team behind you… anything is possible. A BIG thanks to the Wanova team for sharing the experience with me and to the other VMware teams for their warm welcome and guidance!

 

Name: Christian Bischof

Team at VMware: Enterprise Account Management Team

Office site: Home office, Germany

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: VMware has a clear vision, an innovative passion and the ability to realize it. Great teamwork and THE global player in the virtualization and cloud computing market.

 

Name: Krithiga Thakkar

Team at VMware: Professional Services Organization

Office site: Mumbai, India

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: My biggest takeaway is that the organization is nimble and vibrant; the teams are enthusiastic and passionate and overall have the right attitude.

 

Name: Alonso Baltodano

Team at VMware: Field Automation & Service Team – Business Intelligence – PMO

Office site: San José, Costa Rica

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: VMware is world leader in virtualization, so I was so excited to hear that they were opening a site here in Costa Rica! I definitely wanted to participate in the recruitment process since it represented a huge leap in my professional development and career. Once I joined the team I realized I was not wrong about my decision. VMware provides a lot of challenges and makes you feel very well. The people are so professional and committed to excellence! Overall, it is a very rewarding place to work.

 

Name: Enrico Boverino

Team at VMware: Accelerate Advisory Services

Office site: Rome, Italy

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: The first 5 months at VMware have been extremely positive. The energy transmitted to me by colleagues in Advisory Services and other teams I collaborate with on a daily basis made me become part of the organization at a speed I wasn’t expecting. It has been great to have the opportunity to contribute to the achievement of our objectives in such a short period time.

 

Name: Clement Cureau

Team at VMware: R&D Team for the vCloud Automation Centre (vCAC)

Office site: Sydney, Australia

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: Joining an international team and working with the latest technologies on exciting trendy subjects has been a great opportunity. Participating at fun sessions for innovation is an efficient and positive way of pushing forward our brain activity!

 

Name: Dawn Grzena

Team at VMware: Business Continuity Program

Office site: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: I love that we are always looking toward the future, seeking new possibilities not only for our customers, but for our employees as well. It is never dull here! Working in such a collaborative environment provides a wealth of opportunities unparalleled by any other company.

 

Name: Henk Hut

Team at VMware: Sales Team – Global Accounts

Office site: Utrecht, Netherlands

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: During my short tenure with VMware I learned that VMware has a solid direction much broader than what the company is well known for, virtualization. VMware’s End User Computing story is getting traction and adoption with large enterprises and the Software-Defined Datacenter is another great company move. This tells me we have great leadership that understands what customers want. It feels good to be part of an ambitious successful company that has the drive to materialize future successes.

 

Name: Tricia Leo

Team at VMware: Marketing Programs, Asia Pacific & Japan

Office site: Singapore

Biggest VMware 2012 Takeaway: What stood out for me, even before I joined VMware, was that people working here are deeply passionate about what they do. And, although it’s only been a short while since I’ve joined VMware, I can see that the passion runs through very strongly within the organisation, and not only that, people here are friendly and always ready to lend a helping hand. They are committed to making things work. My greatest takeaway from joining VMware in 2012 is this, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.

 

Name: Mike Gnos

Team at VMware: Emerging Products, Sales Operations

Office site: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Biggest VMware 2012 TakeawayVMware is an amazing company with an amazing story where opportunities for career growth and advancement are abound.

 

 

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Life at VMware: Take 3 – Innovation and rejuvenation among our technical community

Have you heard? Innovation buzzes through the halls at VMware! VMware people contribute their best work to imagine, define, and deliver the future of IT through transformative products and solutions that enable our customers and changes the face of IT in the Cloud era. Join Karen Ellis, Program Manager of VMware’s internal innovation program, Take 3 and see how our people continue to innovate and push the boundaries to actively learn and give back to the community.  

 

Over the past year, VMware R&D people have been hearing the buzz about Take 3 (T3) grow louder and stronger. T3, a rejuvenation opportunity for technical employees in R&D at VMware, is a program intended to drive continued innovation by giving eligible employees an opportunity to take a break from their usual work responsibilities for up to three months. The time is spent by rotating into another team at VMware to learn and contribute expertise, work on an advanced development research project or learning activity, go out into the field with the sales organization, or participate in an extended Service Learning giving back experience.

To date, the T3 program has invited over 400 employees to participate, and more are being added quarterly. 30 T3 projects have been completed or are underway, and another 15 are scheduled to begin early in the New Year. There is a thirst for the opportunity as the number of inquiries and participant interest grows daily. With over 120 opportunities listed on the T3 website, and the opportunity to submit independent project proposals, the possibilities for T3 are almost endless!

Check out the video below to see what VMware people are saying about their T3 experience.

Over the past year, it’s been amazing to see the program grow. From having the framework to our first participant to now the second year, I am blown away by the contributions made by T3’ers in their various projects. What has been remarkable to witness is the inventiveness of our employees, the drive for better product usage, and the imagination at work to create new and interesting projects. The success of this program depends solely on our colleagues’ ability to imagine, design, and create…and I can tell you that that exists at VMware by the truckload.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so! Participants and project hosts for T3 has been overwhelmingly positive about the program and experience. Ask a T3’er what they loved most about the program and you’re likely to hear that the opportunity for challenging work and professional development  was among their best experiences at VMware. Many T3 projects have directly increased team collaboration , knowledge of projects and processes, research papers and patent requests, and enhanced great discussions amongst colleagues eager to share their work and learnings.

What would you want to work on given such a rejuvenation opportunity?

 

-Karen Ellis, T3 Program Manager

 

 

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VMware Employee Spotlight: Ben Verghese

VMware employees contribute their best work to imagine, define, and deliver the future of IT through transformative products and solutions that enable customer agility, efficiency, security, and fault tolerance in the Cloud era. Because of this, we’re honored to highlight Ben Verghese, Vice President of R&D, Chief Management Architect.

 

Name: Ben Verghese

Job title: Vice President R&D, Chief Management Architect

Years at VMware: 12+

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Personal Mantra or Favorite Quote:  “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” [Steve Jobs, The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]

1. In three words or phrases, how would you describe your experience at VMware thus far?

How did I get so lucky – This kind of opportunity only comes around once in a lifetime. I am very grateful for the chance to be part of such a strong team and to develop technology and products that have had such a  profound transformative impact on the technology industry and our global community.

2. Over the past 12 years, you have seen VMware grow and change. In your opinion, what about VMware endures and continues to keep us going strong?

Amazing people working together – The enduring strength of VMware is the amazingly talented people working here and their passion to keep building products that are extraordinary. There is a strong belief that by working together we can take on huge challenges and triumph.

3. What is your favorite VMware memory or pastime? 

Thursday soccer games at Stanford fields – A coworker and I were both at the DEC labs and used to play a pickup soccer game at Stanford. When we both moved to VMware over 12 years ago we continued this game and a bunch of folks from VMware joined us. It soon became a VMware tradition and with the growth of VMware, it became a VMware event. There is still a strong soccer tradition at VMware with folks playing at our internal fields almost every day at lunch time. While everyone is busy, it is interesting to see that they still find the time to get out there to play soccer with a passion and have fun.

4. Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest that you are active in at VMware? 

Playing squash at the gym – We have a small but growing bunch of squash enthusiasts who take advantage of the court in the gym to play some serious squash. Squash is a sport that challenges you both mentally and physically and I would encourage anyone with a little interest to try it. You’ll be hooked very soon.

Check out this video to get an inside look at Ben’s hobbies here at VMware.

5. What attracted you to VMware? Is it the same thing that motivates you today?

Yes it is the same.

The ability to do interesting work is what attracted me to VMware. Although VMware is much larger than the early years when I joined, the significant impact that the products we deliver have on the industry and the level of user satisfaction keeps me motivated today. Whenever I talk to customers, despite the specific complaints and requests they have, they almost unanimously exclaim about the quality of our products and the fact that VMware’s products always live up to their expectations; something they see as rare across the industry.

6. If you could walk in one of your co-workers “shoes” for one day at work, who would it be and why?

Nicola Acutt, the Director of the VMware Foundation. It would be great to think about different ways to give back to the community and the world in general. We at VMware and broadly across the high-tech industry are so fortunate to be doing work that we find so exciting and to get rewarded well for our work.  We should all be cognizant of this and be ready to give back to the community in small and large ways, especially to help people who might be struggling to make ends meet. There are many ways to help and some of our collective creative energy could be spent on seeing how to do this in productive and satisfying ways.

7. Among other values, Active Learning is a core part of VMware culture. How do you challenge and grow yourself at VMware? Or is there another value you most identity with?

Active learning is a good one. However, in my role, teamwork and bringing people together to solve a problem is more important. Now that VMware is much larger, without realizing it, we sometimes quickly box ourselves into our silos. The result of this can be a feeling of  “us and them” and sometimes a lack of trust, which leads to inefficiencies and loss of productivity. On the other hand reaching across teams can yield great ideas and breakthroughs. Over the years, I have built a good relationship of trust with many people at VMware and I leverage this capital to bring groups together to solve problems more efficiently.

8. Do you have a thought leader or people you admire in your field or the industry? Who are they and why do you follow them?

It would have been Steve Jobs for his single-minded focus on creating exquisitely simple products.

9. If you were given a magic wand that could fix anything relating to IT Business, what would it be?

Simplify the problem of having to deal with heterogenous systems. They are obviously useful, but create a system management nightmare. – Most customers have highly heterogenous environments, some of this created intentionally (for competition) and some just accreting over time. Managing heterogenous systems creates a complex problem for customers. If the magic wand could eliminate much of the unneeded  heterogenity – ideally replacing it with VMware products – life would be simpler in the system management space.

10. What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career at VMware?

Jump in and start executing. VMware rewards folks who are productive.

11. What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead for yourself, your team or VMware?

Getting more efficient at creating all the great products that we ship.

 

 

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Foster. Connect. Support. – Diverse and Dynamic People at VMware

At VMware, we actively attract, engage and celebrate our people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive long term. In the past year, the VMware University Relations Program has connected with many intelligent people. Learn how this has added to the employee experience and what the team has in store for 2013.

 

It’s hard to believe that the fall university recruitment season will close in just a few short weeks and that the spring season is right around the corner after the new year. Many of the VMware University Relations Team members have just returned back to our offices after traveling from campus to campus and are now hard at work planning unique and creative events and activities on campuses for the spring.

In 2013, we will continue to increase our efforts and bring VMware brand awareness to higher levels at targeted universities. We’ll connect with students through career fairs, Tech Talk sessions and sponsorship opportunities on the university campuses of the top Computer Science programs.

If you’ve been following us the past few months, you’ve noticed that we’ve been dedicated to partnering with numerous female and diversity-related student organizations through our outreach efforts. And now, the progress continues. Recently, on November 28, VMware proudly sponsored our first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at our Palo Alto, California headquarters. The unique event brought together 80 “girl geeks” for networking, an incredible dinner and short technical talks giving by a few of our innovative and inspiring women employees.

We also had an amazing experience participating in the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) in Baltimore as a corporate sponsor in October and have since, made the decision to also become a sponsor of the GHC in Bangalore, India. Our Bangalore team is very excited to be a part of this inspiring event, joining the momentum already set in the states. And we’re taking our efforts across the pond by sponsoring the BCS Lovelace Colloquium this coming April in the United Kingdom.

Last week I had the opportunity to facilitate a panel discussion entitled, “Building Bridges to Women.” at the MPACE Conference in Salt Lake City. The goal of this session was to share best practices regarding effective ways to establish and maintain relations with women and female-focused student organizations on campus. We’re dedicated to taking an active stand on the topic of equal opportunity and making genuine efforts to increase women representation in the Tech world.

Now on to a few updates related to our upcoming spring events calendar and I’ll warn you…it’s jam-packed with unique events. Throughout January and February, we’ll be organizing events with student organizations such as Women in CS (WiCS), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Association of Computing Machinery –Women (ACM–W) and Women in Software & Hardware (WISH) to host dynamic activities while we’re visiting campuses. These may include networking discussions with female change-makers at VMware during “tea times” or “dessert breaks”, offering resume review sessions, participating in “Evening with Industry” events or sponsoring group monthly meetings and contests/hackathons.

Our team is also psyched to once again sponsor the Out for Undergrad Tech Conference (OUTC) in Silicon Valley in February. We’ll follow this event up with a new conference, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Washington D.C. As you can see, once again, if we’re not headed to your individual campus this spring, there are a number of other events you may be able to catch us at. And if not, you can always connect with our team via our social media channels!

Thanks for following us!

Alicia Montesa, Senior University Relations Specialist

 

 

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VMware University Relations: VIP Program

The VMware University Relations team fosters relationships with universities, executes on recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe. We sought to learn more about the VIP (VMware Intern Prodigies) Program at VMware, so we connected with Peggy Hsu, University Relations Specialist to get her take on this initiative.

 

Each summer, the VMware University Relations Team works with intern hiring managers to identify top performing interns at our top tier universities. The interns identified are invited to participate in VMware’s VIP program which promotes and encourages student advocates to share VMware technology, culture, and product knowledge. VIPs assist us in connecting with the right faculty, administrators, and student organizations.

Our interns who become VIPs are passionate about VMware and want to share their energy and excitement about VMware with their peers. The program allows them to expand their professional network with VMware employees, alums and students while still having fun. They are able to organize fun and educational events with various student organizations at their school and share their intern experience here at VMware.

After a whirlwind of a fall semester, everyone from the VMware University Relations Team would like to recognize and give special thanks to our VIPs on campus this past fall. They have been a tremendous help in making our events on campus successful. Here’s how a few or our VIPs have helped us build VMware’s brand awareness on their campuses over the last few months.

  • At Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Lizzy helped to promote a Tech Talk in the Gates & Hillman Center and a Technical Interviewing Session where there was a max capacity of 60 students and we had over 100 students in line for the event. She also helped us plan a CMU intern dinner while we were on campus.
  • At University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), Devin was a tremendous help in making our events a success. He pitched in at the career fair, the Corporate Connections Event, our PhD Tech Talk and even helped plan our vFabric Workshop event. Devin created Facebook pages and spread the word on our events, which attracted a good turnout at events. He is extremely responsive and always eager and willing to help out.
  • At University of Michigan, Nikki was a big help in informing us of events going on around campus and provided great ideas for our campus efforts. She was instrumental in helping spread the word around campus of our events and is always energetic and willing to pitch in. She pulled together an information session for us at the School of Information in less than a week and assisted in promoting the event which led to a great turnout.
  • At University of Southern California (USC), Saurabh provided great assistance in identifying an opportunity to send a VMware guest speaker/lecturer to a Computer Science class this month, CSCI599: “Trends in Cloud Computing and Data Center Networking” to speak on the topic of Software-Defined Datacenters. He also helped get in contact with the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) student organization to finalize a VMware lunch with ACM students the day after the Computer science class talk.
  • At the University of Texas at Austin (UT), Vivek assisted in getting us involved in a sponsorship opportunity for the largest hackathon on campus to date in October. He has also been great about promoting our events on campus to other Computer Science students throughout the fall.

Thank you to our VIPs and good luck with finals!

 

-Peggy Hsu, VMware University Relations Specialist

 

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VMware Employee Spotlight: Jeff Hanson

VMware employees contribute their best work to imagine, define, and deliver the future of IT through transformative products and solutions that enable customer agility, efficiency, security, and fault tolerance in the Cloud era. Because of this, we’re honored to highlight Jeff Hanson, Senior Site Manager for Real Estate and Workplace. 

 

Name: Jeff Hanson

Job title: Senior Manager, Real estate and Workplace (REW)

Years at VMware: 12+ years

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Personal Mantra or Favorite Quote: “Luck” is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

In three words or phrases, how would you describe your experience at VMware thus far? Amazing, Challenging, Life Changing

Over the past 12 years, you have seen VMware grow and change. In your opinion, what about VMware endures and continues to keep us going strong?  

The tremendous talent and dedication of our people.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to interact with every organization within the company. I’ve witnessed the long hours worked and the collaborative efforts of our people to assure our ongoing success. I’ve witnessed firsthand the mentoring that has and continues to occur throughout VMware as our talent is developed.

What is your favorite VMware memory or pastime?

When the company was awarded a VMware Patent on July 5, 2011. The patent is US Patent No: 7,975,165 B2- “Management of Information Technology Risk Using Virtual Infrastructure”.

One of our senior R&D engineers came to me to learn more about the methodology used in monitoring and maintaining the environments in our exiting labs and data centers. We spent the next few months working together to assess the various risk factors in Data Center Operations such as Power Loss, cooling loss, etc. We took this information and developed a process by which various alarms and inputs from the data center could be received and evaluated. From there it would start the migration of VMs to safe locations utilizing VMotion technology. In other words, it is a totally automated system to evaluate risks and then take necessary actions. It was a very cool experience and I feel very privileged to have participated in the project as a facilities manager is not often afforded the opportunity to work hand in hand with R&D on such an important project.

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest that you are active in at VMware? 

Playing guitar with VMware’s house band Elastic Sky at Friday Bashes, several VMworlds and a few worldwide sales kickoffs.

A little over eight years ago our then CEO, Diane Greene caught wind of the fact that several of us were musicians. She asked us if we could put together a band to play at the Friday afternoon Bashes. We found other folks to help complete the ensemble and started to make occasional appearances at the Friday Bashes. This led to us being asked to provide entertainment at various product launch parties, our IPO party, a couple of worldwide sales kick-offs, and no less than six VMworlds held in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. I believe that we were and are considered to be an important part of the VMware culture that encourages our folks to work hard and also take time to enjoy activities outside of work.

Check out this video to get an inside look at Jeff’s hobbies here at VMware.

What attracted you to VMware? Is it the same thing that motivates you today?

Meeting and getting to know the founders of the company in the first year of VMware’s existence. They are an amazing group of brilliant folks. Through their initial groundwork and cultural influence, I continue to be motivated to do everything I can to assure VMware’s ongoing success.

I suppose I should explain how I came to work at VMware. I worked in the office furniture industry for 14 years prior to coming to VMware. I worked in sales, sales management, warehouse management, purchasing, IT, safety, risk management and various other operations related tasks. One of my duties was managing operations and sales at a location on Charleston Road in Palo Alto, California. I was working in the store one Saturday morning in 1998 when a couple with a small child entered the store. The lady of the couple introduced herself as Diane and explained that they were starting a new software company in Palo Alto and needed some office furniture. She handed me some rough sketches of the rooms at their new facility (a small two story residence in Palo Alto which was later referred to as the “crack house”). I worked with her that morning and sent her away with CAD drawings and costing for their new location. As it turned out the couple was Diane Greene, her husband and co founder of VMware, Mendel Rosenblum. They accepted my bid. For the next year and a half I assisted the VMware team with space planning and move management as they moved to new facilities on the Stanford Research Park.

While working with them, I came to know Diane well and met and befriended all of the founding and early members of the VMware team. I learned about the technology they were developing and gained a good understanding of virtualization and its potential for transforming the world of computing. I told Diane if she ever decided to hire someone who could manage their facilities operations and any other operations related tasks that I would be very excited to take on the challenge…I was offered a position at VMware as Facilities/Office manager in April of 2000 and the rest as they say, is history.

If you could walk in one of your co-workers “shoes” for one day at work, who would it be and why?

Ole Agesen – because he is amazing talented, highly respected and one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. He embodies all that is great about VMware.

Among other values, Active Learning is a core part of VMware culture. How do you challenge and grow yourself at VMware? Or is there another value you most identity with?  

I take advantage of the many classes offered through MyLearn, an internal portal with courses for employees to grow and develop their roles at VMware. I do think I most identify with another of VMware’s values and that is our commitment to each other. We keep our promises and work tirelessly to solve problems. There have been so many occasions when I have had the opportunity to work with people to solve problems and overcome obstacles that I could write a book.

Do you have a thought leader or people you admire in your field or the industry? Who are they and why do you follow them?  

My entire team is a constant inspiration.

REW is the name of my group and I lead the Building Engineering team. The optimistic attitude, sense of humor and can-do attitude of everyone on my team inspires me on a daily basis.

What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career at VMware?

Do everything you can to get you foot in the door. You can expect endless opportunities for personal and professional growth and constant opportunities to contribute.

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead for yourself, your team or VMware?

Bringing the next phases of the Campus Construction Project to life at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Participation in creating, operating and maintaining a world-class campus has been important to me because this site is a place that inspires creativity and allows for free movement of people so that they can share and interact. This is the ultimate experience for someone in my field of work.

 

 

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VMware Office Spotlight: Singapore

With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring IT industry-changing 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 Singapore office is like today!

About Singapore

VMware Singapore is located in Suntec City Tower Four, which is located within the heart of the Central Business District and just minutes from the City’s entertainment and cultural attractions. Since opening in 2003, our employee base has grown 10 fold as there are now over 130 people based in the Singapore office. Through our employee’s passion to propel the company’s future forward we continue to see rapid employee population growth.

Our employee base reflects our diverse backgrounds, and we come together to celebrate each other’s cultures with events for Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali, Christmas, Halloween, Earth Day and Earth Hour.

Areas of Opportunity

Fostering a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive long term is important to VMware Singapore. Because of this it is our goal to create a flexible and supportive environment for everyone to excel.

The VMware Diversity Council was formed at our office with the goal of ensuring that all of our employees are provided with a supportive environment to be successful.

The Council is instrumental in inviting guest speakers to the office to speak with employees about career planning, skills development, and tips on achieving work-life balance. To promote a supportive work culture, the Council also organizes internal networking sessions for women in our office to get to know one another better and build their internal support network. Balancing work and family obligations is important for our employee culture, so our office introduced flexible work options such as a compressed workweek and part-time work to ensure that our employees can manage their responsibilities.

As the New Year approaches, we will continue to focus our efforts on making VMware a place where people can do the best work of their career.

Here is what a few Singapore employees are saying about us:

“I like it that we have an ‘open door’ policy that fosters proactive involvement in daily activities. Being able to listen to everyone’s ideas and input can help each of us feel empowered and invested in the company. I also appreciate that we have a huge lounge where employees can destress and build office moral. With various amenities such as table soccer, TV and tabletop counters, we have the privilege to take a breather and socialise among fellow colleagues. This allows employees to be more productive and happy when we have meaningful relationships in their workplace.” -Clement, Partner Systems Engineer

“VMware is the place to be if you are looking to work in an environment with an innovative, energetic and talented group of people. Surrounded by a diverse group of people who are not only driven to achieving outstanding results but are also committed to social work, life at VMware is never dull. Regardless of your age or experience, VMware offers tremendous opportunities to learn and grow your career as you see fit.

In support of the holistic development of all employees, VMware also actively encourages employees to volunteer and contribute our time and energy by providing paid time off to volunteer with our charity of choice.

I wish you a challenging and exciting future with VMware.” –Regina, Process Analyst

Values and culture in action at the Singapore office

Providing our people with opportunities to contribute back to the community is at the core of VMware Singapore. VMware grants each employee paid time off to contribute their time and talents to make a difference in the communities where we work and live.

In 2012, one group of employees used their Service Learning time to help bring special need children to Underwater World, a unique and well-known ocean aquarium in Singapore. Our site also held an inaugural Charity Day where several NGOs came to share Service Learning opportunities for our employees.

To celebrate Earth Day, we held our own ‘Wear Less Day’ as an energy saving fun activity to celebrate protecting our environment. Employees were encouraged to dress down while the office air conditioning was turned down to save energy. Recently on Halloween, our employees were encouraged to join a voluntary blood donation drive, which was capped off by a Halloween party held in office at the end of the day. Not only have these activities been a great way to give back to the community at large, but they have helped foster a meaningful community within VMware Singapore.

The Year ahead

With an outstanding 2012 coming to a close, we are excited to move into 2013! We look forward to creating a stronger foothold in the region as the market leader in virtualization.

 

 

-Sheena Phan, Staffing Programs Manager, APJ

 

 

 

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VMware University Relations: Tech Trek Overview

The VMware University Relations team fosters relationships with universities, executes on recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe. We sought to learn more about the University Relations Program’s Tech Trek visits, so we connected with Amanda Merriweather, University Relations Staffing Coordinator to get her take on this VMware initiative.

 

As we settle into the VMware café seats for our opening speaker, I hear the voices of people who will more than likely help shape the future of IT business all around me. These people are MBA students from a variety of university campuses across the United States and they have joined me for a Tech Trek at VMware. So what is a Tech Trek you ask?

A Tech Trek is the phrase we have coined here among the University Relations team for the onsite visits that take place each year at VMware headquarters. These onsite visits provide students with the unique opportunity to gain an intimate look inside life at VMware.

From the moment these MBA students walk onto our campus in Palo, Alto they are given a taste of our unique culture. At each Tech Trek, a keynote speaker, who is usually a Senior Director or Vice President at VMware, sits down with the students in the open-air café for an overview of VMware. This is followed by several roundtable-styled breakout sessions, with coworkers from our Product Management, Product Marketing and Finance groups. These sessions are designed to give students a more relaxed experience where they feel comfortable speaking directly with senior level employees, and often times, hiring managers.

Through these discussions students not only learn about the various organizations within VMware, but also about internship and full time opportunities. Often, VMware employees who are alumni of the respective schools we host will volunteer at these onsite visits too. This allows our employees to give back to their alma mater as well as to provide insight to students about career paths post-graduation.

Who wouldn’t want a sneak peek at what their career might look like in a few years from the experts and leaders at VMware?

To wrap up the visit, we take a tour of our headquarters and provide an overview of our University Relations program and recruiting process. I’m excited to say that we will be hosting students on four separate occasions this upcoming year, amounting to a total of seven schools. I really enjoy meeting students so eager to ask questions and learn about business and strategy at VMware. Their energy and drive motivate and remind me why I love my job!

So that’s my take on Tech Treks at VMware. What do you think? Do you want to learn more? Connect with my on my social media accounts below.

 

-Amanda Merriweather, University Relations Staffing Coordinator

 

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