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Stories of Who We Are – Kirsty Britten

Every person has a unique story to tell. Stories about what motivates us and what inspires us are reflections of who we are. Stories of Who We Are takes a closer look at the people in the VMware community by featuring portraits and compelling narratives from the perspectives of our diverse employees from all across the globe.

Kristen Britten

Communications Intern

Staines, United Kingdom

“Communications is the glue of any business. We hold every function together and make sure visibility is maintained across the board. Communications is not just a professional role for me, it is also about developing myself personally and experiencing real life scenarios where I have to learn to read people. I am taught this skill at university as I study psychology, but I believe you can never truly excel at communications until you’re out there experiencing it firsthand.

Luckily for me, that sort of job suits me, as I am a very passionate and dedicated person. My passions drive me to give 110%, in everything I do. For example, I am especially passionate about equality. I started playing a heavily male-dominated sport whilst at university – rugby. Having wanted to play since I was 6, my younger self was always told things like ‘you’re too feminine to play rugby’ or as I got older it was ‘there’s no way YOU can play rugby’. This has taught me a lot about inequality within sport, which has only driven my passion for equality both professionally and personally. As a result of this, I have taken the initiative of beginning to get involved in working on our Power of Difference communications, and I can’t wait to become as involved as I can with it. The pursuit of gender equality only makes me play harder and work harder!”

 

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VMware Named Top 100 Global Technology Leader and Best Workplace in Technology 2018

Last week, VMware was recognized on the 2018 Thomson Reuters list of Top 100 Global Technology Leaders, which profiled the most operationally sound and financially successful technology organizations in the world. Rounding off a great week, VMware was also honored as a best tech company to work for in the U.S. by Great Place To Work and Fortune on their 2018 Best Workplaces in Technology list. VMware moved up two spots from last year’s ranking of 11 to number 9 on this years list.

VMware as a workplace offers our employees a chance to create something new and better every day by staying focused on building technology that impacts our future and that of generations to come. Being recognized on both of  these lists attests to our thriving culture of innovation, and our ability to deliver consistent leadership and meaningful ways for our employees to experience innovation in the workplace.

Specific to the 2018 Best Workplaces in Technology ranking, winning companies like VMware scored 15 percent higher than non-winners on measures of a culture of innovation.Thomson Reuters used a 28-point data-driven algorithm, which included consideration of factors such as YOY R&D investment to identify the inaugural list of Top 100 Global Technology leaders.

Great Place To Work and Fortune used data from 79,000 employee surveys from tech companies across the U.S. to compile their ranking. That means, our people named us a 2018 Best Workplace in Technology – Making this achievement more sweet!

To learn more about why VMware is one of the best places to work in Technology and how you can be a part of our growing workplace community, visit our careers site today at http://careers.vmware.com.

Stories of Who We Are – Cali Chin

Every person has a unique story to tell. Stories about what motivates us and what inspires us are reflections of who we are. Stories of Who We Are takes a closer look at the people in the VMware community by featuring portraits and compelling narratives from the perspectives of our diverse employees from all across the globe.

Cali Chin

HR Management Partner

Austin, Texas

“My wife and I always wanted to have children and we knew that we would have to find a non-traditional way. We made sure to have all of the necessary information by going to a local fertility specialist here in Austin. We decided to do In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Now, we have a two-and-a-half-year-old and a ten-month-old. Our journey has opened doors in communicating and sharing with people about IVF and other family planning options. Someone who may not be gay may think to themselves “I didn’t realize what you had to do to have kids.” We found a way to make the dream a reality for our family—but with that, I feel I have a responsibility to educate people about it and I am very open about explaining my experience. When you talk about your experience with family planning, especially with IVF, you learn that there are so many others that struggle. My supportive manager and team truly allowed me to bring my authentic self and share my personal life with my work family.”

 

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VMware Sales Academy 2017 Spotlight Series – Leon de Jager

 

 

Name: Leon de Jager

Role: Inside Sales Associate

VMware Office Location: Cork

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in Technical Sales?

From a young age, I had the intrinsic drive to try and sell things. I’m talking about going house-to-house selling grapes from my garden or selling Pokémon cards when the Pokémon craze hit the schools. This naturally developed over time to a point where I wanted to make more complex sales, where you sit down with a customer and have a real discussion to define their needs and proceed from there.

I chose to work at VMware for to three main reasons:  1) I have the opportunity to master how to solution-sell, 2) VMware operates in the fast-changing industry that offers huge opportunities to grow, and 3) VMware is a market leader in the Information Technology industry.

  1. Share a general overview of the structure of the VMware Sales Academy training program. 

The VMware Sales Academy is a six-month training program hosted at VMware offices around the globe. The VMware Sales Academy European hub is at VMware’s office in Cork, Ireland.  During the first two months of the program, you will get acclimated to Cork and get to know your co-workers. There will be teambuilding events and dinners in abundance, which help create a strong bond between all the new graduates participating in the program. You will also start to build a holistic understanding of the products and services that VMware has to offer, as well as how to communicate with VMware customers.

After the first two months in the program, you will start to have your first customer contact. In your role of Inside Sales Associate (ISA), you will have the opportunity to put the knowledge and training that you have gained over the previous two months into practice. The main aim is to get in conversations with customer leads to identify if VMware can offer any value to their organization. In the following four months, you will develop a sound skillset through a combination of training and practical experience building.

Six months into the program, you get assigned a territory and obtain the role of Inside Territory Executive. Over the next two years, you will start working towards a Field role in the country that you represent.

  1. What has been your biggest takeaway from participating in VMware Sales Academy?Has ithelped kick-start your career post university? If so, please explain how. 

The VMware Sales Academy has been extremely valuable in my personal and professional development. VMware does not hold back on offering you the right tools to become successful in your role. I have been privileged to sit together and talk with top executives, I have received professional Sales coaching, and I have had the opportunity to travel on international networking trips to highlight a few examples of these offerings. These benefits and opportunities have been invaluable.  If I must name one main takeaway from all these experiences, it is to keep asking questions until you truly understand the business of your client.

  1. Share a brief guideline of what to expect in the first six months in VMware.

In the first six months at VMware, expect to receive a lot of new information and to absorb a lot of new experiences. You will quickly build a network of friends and colleges that will make you feel comfortable. Aside from that, you can expect a mentor with whom you can ask a variety of questions. The work-life balance here is great, but do expect to work hard. The more effort you put into your work, the more it will pay off for you.

  1. How has coming to work at VMware’s Cork, Ireland office helped prepare you for your role once you move back to the Netherlands? Please share some of the benefits of living in Cork, Ireland.

Before moving to Cork, I did not really know what to expect of the city. For me, the major reason to move to Cork was because of the huge investment VMware was making in my career. I have not regretted moving to Cork for a moment. Cork is a great place to live. The people here all are very open and friendly, and there is a vibrant nightlife that has the most amazing live bands. Cork is well renowned for its food, and as a foodie, I can vouch for this. Furthermore, due to the university and multinationals located here, the city is very alive and full of young people. All of this makes me feel welcome and at home, and that is why I believe living in Cork, Ireland is helping prepare me for living and working in the Netherlands upon my completion of the VMware Sales Academy program.

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