Working at VMware has been an enriching experience so far and much of this is attributed to the company’s culture that is grounded up its EPIC2 values. I discovered VMware’s EPIC2 values for the first time during my internship in the summer of 2014. Initially, I shrugged it off thinking that these were just values that the company strived to follow, but were just in place to bring a respectful corporate culture. Little did I know that each of these values play a huge role in my day-to-day work life and when combined together, makes VMware one of the best places to work at in the entire tech industry.
Let’s dig deeper into how each of these values work together to make a positive impact on my experience here at VMware. The most important aspect of VMware’s EPIC2 values is that every single value involves working as a team, whether it is with customers, peers, or the community as a whole. Most of my learning has come from open discussions and asking questions with my peers. Knowing that there’s always someone to answer questions and make sure I’m on track to complete tasks is very rewarding, and because of this, I find pleasure in helping other people out whenever I can.
Even as an intern, I felt comfortable reaching out to the VP of our division to get a clearer understanding of the company’s approach to the cloud platform. This allowed me to challenge the status quo right from the start and help bring about changes in the way our group develops and tests the product. For example, I recently organized a Test Fest event where the whole team, developers, quality engineers, and even the product manager sat down in a room and tested a new feature before it went to alpha release. This event allowed us to think more from a customer lens and was an eye-opening experience.
One of the challenging aspects of working in tech is that there can be technical issues that you are directly responsible for fixing. Although it can be frustrating when you have to debug a component that you are responsible for, I’ve learned to keep any sort of ego at the door because I’ve realized that the whole team is genuinely interested in helping me and making sure that the issue gets resolved. Even when working with different VMWare products in the platform, the different product teams will always make an effort to help when I have questions because at the end of the day it’s not about a specific product, it’s about VMware’s progress as a whole. Everybody within the company wants to deliver products that are efficient and of high quality that make things better for our customers.
Another unique aspect of VMware, which sets it apart from any other company in Silicon Valley, is how much it values community. Through the VMware Foundation, VMware employees receive 40 paid hours each year to leverage their talents and skills to help strengthen communities across the globe. There are service learning projects throughout the year to fuel efforts to give back. Recently I gave back by volunteering with the VMware University Relations Team at one of their university campus events. One of the swag items that we gave to college students was a GlobalGiving gift card that they could redeem to donate to the NGO of their choice. It was truly rewarding to see how excited the students were to give back to the community, and reaffirmed why I value the opportunity to serve at VMware.
Overall, I feel very fortunate to work for a company that truly embraces its values and makes an effort to keep them intact while adapting to the constant changes in the world. VMware has not only helped me grow as a technical professional, but as an individual, which is why I cannot wait to continue my journey at one of the most cutting-edge companies in the world.
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