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VMware Hiring Manager: Louise Ostrom, Vice President, VMware Cloud, EMEA

What if you could get to know the hiring managers at VMware before you come onsite for an interview? Well now you can with our Meet the Hiring Manager series. From their own career journeys to the characteristics that they look for in candidates, we want you to hear from the people who help bring teams together at VMware – hiring managers.

 This week we virtually met up with Vice President of VMware Cloud, EMEA, Louise Ostrom.

Louise who is based in Sweden has been with VMware since 2010. As well as leading the charter for VMware Cloud in EMEA, she is a huge advocate for diversity and inclusion (D&I). Louise has a number of Sales Specialist roles open across her organisation in EMEA. In her own words, she’s looking for “superheroes” read on to find out more!

  

Louise Ostrom

Sweden

VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?

Louise Ostrom:  To date, I have had eight happy years in VMware. I joined in 2010 as Regional Director for Nordics and Baltics. In 2013, I got the opportunity to take over the NSX business for EMEA which was pretty much in start-up mode at the time. This opportunity went very well and it led into the next one which was to lead the merger of EMEA’s NSX and SDDC business. In VMware, change is the only constant. I was leading the entire SDDC business for only 9 months when I moved roles to set up the VMware Cloud on AWS EMEA team. Change and innovation has been the theme since I’ve joined VMware. Prior to my time in VMware, I worked in leadership roles in both start-ups and large enterprises. My passion has always been to mentor and lead sales teams.

VMware Careers: How is VMware different than any other tech company that you have worked for?

Louise Ostrom: It’s a very exciting time to be at VMware, the constant innovation is inspiring and to be part of that journey is a privilege. The culture and social responsibility we promote is the best I have ever experienced in my career. There is a great focus on diversity, not just gender but diversity in all aspects. A diverse workplace is something I am very passionate about, I believe that many different perspectives on a team create better business results. VMware constantly demonstrates their commitment to D&I; inviting Malala Yousafzai as a key note to VMworld this year is a perfect example.

VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as you moved upwards in your career?

Louise Ostrom: Be true to your talent and skill set, don’t try to be someone that you are not. For instance, I am not super technical. I ensure that the people I have around me compliment my skill set. The more authentic you are, the more people will respect and listen to you.

VMware Careers: You’re currently hiring on your team in EMEA. Tell us about they type of people you are looking to hire.

Louise Ostrom: I am looking to add to my team of superheroes! Attitude is everything to me. I look for people who approach developing a new team like a start-up. I always hire attitude before skills as people can always learn or develop skills once they have the right and can-do attitude.

VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to an interview with you tomorrow what advice would you share with them?

Louise Ostrom: The three qualities I look for are attitude, energy and desire to succeed. I love to see passion come through at interview stage. You need to show your inner superhero to be part of this team – I want to see your super powers!

Interested in joining Louise’s organization? Check out the EMEA VMware Cloud on AWS open roles today!

 

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VMware Hiring Manager: Gary Collins, Senior Director Strategic Accounts, – Asia, Pacific, Japan

What if you could get to know the hiring managers at VMware before you come onsite for an interview? Well now you can with our Meet the Hiring Manager series. From their own career journeys to the characteristics that they look for in candidates, we want you to hear from the people who help bring teams together at VMware – hiring managers.

This week we virtually met up with Gary Collins who is based in our Singapore office and leads the Sales team responsible for VMware’s strategic accounts across the Asia, Pacific, Japan (APJ) region. Read on and get to know Gary.

 

Gary Collins

Singapore

 

VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?

Gary Collins: My first job when I left school was as an engineering apprentice. These apprenticeships were very popular at the time and it seems that they are making a comeback now. From there I joined the Royal Navy as a Helicopter Navigator, and from there I went on to be an Observer in the UK and a Tactical Coordinator in the USA. I left the Royal Navy to pursue a dream that I had to be a pilot and I indeed gained my Private Pilots licenses in a week! While it was fun, it became clear that it was a role that would not pay the bills. I enrolled as a student, graduated with an Engineering & Computer Science degree, and I’ve never looked back! I joined Microsoft in 2000, and I had a great ten years of steadily growing my experience and job roles which culminated in a global account position. I joined VMware in 2011, and the rest is history as they say.

VMware Careers: How is VMware different than any other tech company that you have worked for?

Gary Collins: VMware allows people to excel. It has a culture that fosters freedom of expression; you can really drive your career to where you desire at VMware. The personal development plan you outline for your career growth in collaboration with your manager certainly helps with this too. Overall VMware has a fantastic support structure for its employees; it sets people up to be successful.

VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as you moved upwards in your career?

Gary Collins: There have been many lessons. Firstly, you must learn to listen. Secondly, always lead from the back of the team. Never think that you know it all as you are most likely not the cleverest person in the room. Thirdly, teamwork is key. Success only comes by working and supporting each other.

VMware Careers: You’re currently hiring on your team in APJ. Tell us more – what is the charter?

Gary Collins: I am responsible for the strategic accounts across APJ. It’s a great role and there are a lot of opportunities to work with great people, cultures and experiences.

Our team charter is three-fold:

  1. Create new go-to-market opportunities and solutions
  2. Engage directly with our senior C-level customers
  3. Support the regional field staff so that VMware can deliver new commercial models to our diverse customer base across APJ

VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to an interview with you tomorrow what advice would you share with them?

Gary Collins: I would tell them to be enthusiastic, motivated, and understand the role that they are interviewing for at VMware. You should also arm yourself with information about the company, role and Interviewer. It’s not that difficult now with social networks.

Interested in joining Gary’s team? We’re currently looking for someone to join us as the Public Sector Director in APJ. You can also browse  all of our open APJ Sales roles here.

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VMware takes a unique approach to giving called Citizen Philanthropy. The VMware Foundation fosters a culture of service by amplifying the individual contributions of VMware people to their nonprofits of choice around the world. Employee-led groups of VMware people called Giving Networks build upon this Citizen Philanthropy approach by increasing awareness of and participation in VMware Foundation programs, increasing VMware’s global impact in the community.

In 2014, a spark ignited on the VMware Cork Campus as a powerful relationship with Age Action and the Cork Giving Network began. Deciding to become key players in the mission to tackle the growing digital divide, “Getting Started with VMware Cork” commenced in an effort to help older people overcome the fear of new technology.

Established in 1992, Age Action is an organisation that strives to ensure that the aging generations of Ireland are included and supported by their local communities. The organization’s mission is to achieve fundamental change in the lives of all older people by empowering them to live full lives as actively engaged citizens and to secure their rights to comprehensive high-quality services according to their changing needs.

Facilitated and organised by dedicated Citizen Philanthropists Elodie and Tim, “Getting Started with VMware Cork” enables VMware people to engage in Service Learning by utilising their technological knowledge and skills to teach older people in our communities how to get up and running on their preferred device.

“Getting Started with VMware Cork”, Age Action identifies a group of sixteen learners over the age of fifty five, and VMware Cork then matches the learners with sixteen VMware volunteer tutors. The group of learners then visit VMware for two-hour sessions, once a week for five weeks. Aside from the compulsory modules on the “Getting Started with VMware Cork” course, most of the sessions are learner-driven, ensuring tutors are catering to all individuals’ needs, speeds, and capabilities.

These unique sessions allow VMware tutors to practice a ‘hands-off’ approach to learning, enabling the learners to build their confidence and set their own pace while also encouraging more focused learning.

“Getting Started with VMware Cork” goes beyond the expected. Tutors employ a customer-centric lens and provide one-on-one support to maximise the learning experience. The program is driven by the passion of VMware’s diverse workforce, who are eager to get involved with this Service Learning opportunity. The large, diverse workforce in VMware Cork enables Age Action learners to interact with a large mix of cultures, which contrasts drastically with very isolated parts of West Cork, where a lot of the learners are from.

Due to the one-on-one nature of Getting Started with VMware Cork, much of the initiative’s impact is experienced on a small, personal scale between VMware tutors and Age Action learners. However, the importance of “The Getting Started with VMware Cork” initiative doesn’t go unnoticed.

Just last year, VMware Cork was gifted a Silver Surfer Award, which awards the efforts to celebrate older people who have embraced technology and those who have supported them. In recognition of VMware people’s commitment and dedication to the older people of Cork, Getting Started with VMware Cork won the Corporate IT Tutors of The Year Award at Age Action’s annual Silver Surfer Award ceremony.

Since the beginning of this initiative, many VMware Cork employees have utilised their Service Learning time and talents to provide one-to-one tutoring to more than 160 people over the age of 55.

With the aim to continue providing unique, one-on-one tutoring, The Cork Giving Network plans for “Getting Started with VMware Cork” to get bigger and better. With aspirations to double the size of each class and hopes to introduce a “Keep it Going with VMware” program, the Age Action team in VMware Cork continue to look for more ways to support Cork’s aging population.

With a commitment to continue Getting Started for the foreseeable future, VMware people are demonstrating the company’s EPIC2 Community value. Through this unique Service Learning program, the Cork Giving Network will continue to empower, educate, and encourage independence while also building friendships, trust, and an unbreakable community resilience.

If you’d like to learn more about the Cork Giving Network’s other initiatives contact Cork_Giving_Network@vmware.com

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VMware Hiring Manager: Stephen Keily, Senior Manager NSX, Global Support Services (GSS) Cork, Ireland

What if you could get to know the hiring managers at VMware before you come onsite for an interview? Well now you can with out Meet the Hiring Manager series. From their own career journeys to the characteristics that they look for in candidates, we want you to hear from the people who help bring teams together at VMware – hiring managers.

This week meet Stephen Keily, a Senior Manager on the Global Support Services team who supports NSX (VMware’s Networking and Security Business unit) from Cork, Ireland. Stephen has a number of open roles on his team that he is looking to fill at the upcoming VMware Cork Global Support Services Recruitment Day. Continue reading to get to know Stephen better and the type of innovative people that he is looking to join his

Stephen Keily

Cork, Ireland

VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?

Stephen Keily: I started my career as a database administrator. That role gave me a unique perspective on the software development cycle, as I worked on both the development side and the administration support side. Having worked in technology for over twenty years now, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Technical, Development and Quality Engineering teams. I joined VMware five-and-a-half years ago, and I have been managing various teams supporting our global customers. I took on the leadership of the NSX EMEA GSS (Global Support Services) team three years ago due to the expansion of VMware’s NSX solutions. It has been an amazing journey; our EMEA NSX team has tripled in size! 

VMware Careers: How is VMware different than any other tech company that you have worked for?

Stephen Keily: The pace of change and innovation at VMware is far beyond any other company that I’ve worked for or know of. For anyone who is interested in technology, this is a great culture to be a part of. In VMware, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the smartest people in technology – both in our Global Support Services team as well as our Engineering and Technical teams. Every day, I am collaborating with folks who have been with VMware for twelve, thirteen, and even fourteen years!

Our campus in Cork, Ireland has over one thousand employees who together represent fifty-three nationalities and speak as many as thirty-six different languages. Each employee receives forty Service Learning hours a year to give back in the community and work with local nonprofits that are close to their hearts. Because of this, VMware Cork is highly engaged with the local community. Our employees support programs and nonprofits such as CoderDojo, Age Action, Irish Guide Dogs, and Cork Simon just to name a few.  

VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as you moved upwards in your career?

Stephen Keily: The only constant in VMware is change. Everyone needs to be able to adapt to change. The ability to plan for, be ready for and react to change is key.

VMware Careers: Your team is hosting the VMware Cork Global Support Services Recruitment Day on the 7th and 8th of September. Tell us more about NSX and the type of people that you’re looking to attend this week’s recruiting event?

Stephen Keily: NSX is a game changer in Networking. VMware wants our customers to have the best technical support experience possible. To make sure of this, we are investing in our people by providing them access to latest training and certification offerings on the VMware product suite . We have a very strong technical team who collaborates and shares knowledge.

The VMware Cork Global Support Services Recruitment Day is specifically for our GSS team in Cork, Ireland. We are looking for troubleshooters, people who don’t give up, people who are hungry to know more, learn more and understand more.

VMware Careers: If someone reading this is registered to attend the event, what advice would you share with them?

Stephen Keily: First and foremost, don’t give up. Show what you know. It’s not always about having the right answer. It’s about your approach to solving a problem and troubleshooting.

 

 

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