As a recruiter one of the most common questions I receive from potential hires is, “What kind of professional growth does VMware offer?” From human resources to engineering, VMware is passionate about empowering its people with the tools and resources to grow. I can personally attest to this statement.
When I began my journey at VMware as a staffing coordinator, I had little experience in university recruiting. My role was to schedule interviews and book travel for potential new hires visiting VMware’s campuses around the globe. In just two years, I’ve progressed from staffing coordinator to junior university recruiter and into my current role, as a university recruiter. I have the privilege of working with and hiring some of the brightest engineers computer science has to offer.
This journey would not have been possible if I wasn’t given the tools and support I needed to be successful. There is a lot of opportunity for growth in my team. We have countless projects that don’t fall under a specific person’s responsibilities so any time I see a special project, I always make sure my management knows I’m open to the challenge. For example, I was asked to co-pilot a 300-person open house event for students at VMware headquarters last summer. This was the first event of its kind for our team and I was honored to be able to plan and execute the event with another colleague. It taught me the value of collaboration and event planning, which I can take with me on my professional journey. I’m grateful to have a great management team that trusts me with more challenging projects like this one.
Well enough about me. I recently connected with Charles Monnett, a University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign computer engineering undergraduate, and one of my first hires as a VMware Recruiter, to get his take on the opportunities for professional growth at VMware.
Charles is a Member of Technical Staff for the Continuous Product Development team (CPD). He does the maintenance of VMware’s hypervisor (ESXi) at the hardware level.
When I asked Charles about his experience over his first six months, he had some great things to say.
“I love what I’m doing here. My manager trusts me to make decisions that will impact our products. He lets me choose how I want to handle a problem and if I make a mistake, he gives me the opportunity to fix the mistake rather than fix it himself.”
Professional growth isn’t always about promotions and salary bumps. Being allowed to make decisions and working through the results of those decisions can grow your toolbox of professional knowledge. As a software engineer, it’s easy to only focus on the code. As an engineer at an enterprise software company, software engineers need to be able to interface with their customers so that they can understand what their needs are and shape their product enhancements around these needs. “I’ve learned so much since I’ve been here,” Charles said. “One thing I’ve learned, that they don’t really teach you in school, is how to work with customers. It’s nice to learn the non-technical side of things. Knowing what works and what doesn’t work for our customers will allow me to make our product even better.”
When asked about his manager’s interest in his professional development, Charles said, “He genuinely cares about my professional development. Just a few months into working at VMware I was given the opportunity to be a triage lead. It gave me insight to how our company partners with our customers to resolve customer issues and it also got my name out there.” Charles continued to say, “I’m learning to work with people. I can take these skills home with me and it helps me be a better friend and a better husband… At first I thought I was just lucky to have landed on such a great team, but I’m starting to see that I’m not the only one here who has such a supportive manager, it’s company wide and I’m glad I chose to start my career at VMware.”
Like Charles, I too am glad to have started my career with VMware. With over 14,000+ coworkers, I feel that each of us has won the career lottery as we’re empowered to drive what’s next for our customers, the business, and each other.
About Shawn: Shawn is a University Recruiter for VMware’s University Relations team. He works at VMware’s corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California supporting the Suite business unit. When Shawn isn’t recruiting, he spends his free time playing video games and rebuilding broken computers.
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