With over 120+ 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 Bulgaria office in Sofia, Bulgaria is like today!
Who We Are
The VMware Bulgaria office is located in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Sofia is the largest city in the country, situated in western Bulgaria at the foot of the beautiful Vitosha Mountain. The city abounds in rich history and is an important cultural and historic center not only for Bulgaria but also for the whole Balkan region. Today, in the backdrop of its rich history, Sofia is a modern, youthful city that is home to several major universities, cultural institutions, and thriving businesses.
Established in 2007, VMware opened its doors in Sofia due in large part to the talent of the local engineering community in Bulgaria. Today, VMware Bulgaria is home to over 500 employees. As the largest Research & Development site for VMware in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), VMware Bulgaria boasts some of the best software developers, quality engineers, technical writers and product managers in the world, who are at the forefront of developing key VMware products focused on cloud management and automation.
Building on the success of its first site in Bulgaria, VMware opened a Professional Services Center for Excellence in Sofia in 2015. Closely tied to VMware Bulgaria’s R&D Center, the Professional Services Center for Excellence supports VMware’s customer and partner needs across EMEA. Over the years, VMware Bulgaria has transitioned from an R&D facility to a multifunctional hub with product, professional services and business operations teams.
Employees in the Sofia offices come from diverse ethnic backgrounds (Bulgarian, American, Spanish, Greek, Polish, Syrian, Russian, and Israeli to name a few). Collaborating through audio and videoconference meetings or visits to sites around the world, our people are empowered to work on global projects that foster cultural and professional growth.
Our Culture in Action
The culture in Sofia is all about passion for what we do, innovation in everything we do, and seamless execution together. Our passion to continuously innovate comes from the realization that we are working on products that are helping our customers solve their toughest business challenges. Through technology preview events onsite, VMware customers have the opportunity to meet our developers, test new product updates, and share real-time feedback on products, which allows us to create best in class products.
VMware Bulgaria’s progress as a site would not have been possible without an open and collaborative environment. Through internal technology events, including product demos, poster sessions, and borathons (employee-led hackathons), our people are able to get hands on with products allowing for continuous learning and innovation.
Teamwork goes hand-in-hand with team play. Apart from having sports groups in futbol, biking, and yoga, VMware Bulgaria is proud to have taken home first place during VMware’s Amazing Race 2015 challenge, a global employee health and wellness contest that encourages our people to live balanced lives.
Giving back to the communities that we live and work in is important for our people. Through the support of the VMware Foundation, employees join forces to organize skills-based Service Learning events that make an impact on the Sofia community. From technical conferences and contests aimed at local expert groups in Software Development, Quality Engineering and Technical publications, to career counseling and virtualization courses at the local universities and high schools, taking time out of the workday to serve the causes closest to our hearts is making change happen in Bulgaria.
Defining the Future
As we look to into 2016 and beyond, we’re thrilled for what’s in store for our community. We will soon be introducing the VMware IT Academy at the leading universities in Bulgaria. Through the Academy, students will receive instruction on the latest virtualization innovations from VMware engineers. Its rewarding to see firsthand the imprint our people are making on our future technology leaders and the Software-Defined era.
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