Our Meet the Hiring Manager series allows you to get to know the people who grow teams at VMware. You will learn about our hiring managers’ career paths and what they look for in candidates during the interview experience. If learning and interview tips from our people interest you, we invite you to read on.
This week we want you to meet Senior Manager, Professional Services, Stephan Oetzel who is based in Germany and who is coming up on his first-year anniversary with VMware. He manages a team of highly-specialized consultants and architects who help customers with their digital transformation.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Stephan Oetzel: I started as a developer and consultant working with Microsoft technologies where I held a number of different roles. I earned the trust of one of my former bosses, who empowered me to build up a site for their services business from scratch. This included hiring people, forming a team, building up and maintaining the business. You learn a lot when you are thrown in at the deep in, it was one of the toughest times in my career to date. I learned to not let setbacks take away from your main goal – setbacks are so valuable and will help you to eventually reach that goal. While at Microsoft I led a consulting team of up to seventy people where our goal was to bring cloud technology to our customer’s minds and environments. I moved from Microsoft to VMware just under a year ago, and at VMware, I took over a heterogenous consulting team of eighteen diverse consultants and architects.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for?
Stephan Oetzel: I’ve worked for partner companies as well as for software manufacturers and I can honestly say that VMware has a very family-like environment. Everybody is polite, honest and willing to help. The EPIC2 values are not just words written down to be forgotten they are lived every day by the employees. Driving such big investments in social learning through the VMware Foundation is from my point of view, a unique approach that I haven’t seen that before.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Stephan Oetzel: During my career, one thing that is always necessary is to have some kind of “Northern Star” where you can orientate yourself and make decisions that help you to follow the path to your fixed point. To be a bit more specific: Have a goal and constantly work towards that goal. Are you doing something that’s not aligning with your goal? Stop… don’t do it! Is it firmly aligned with your goal? Give all that you can! Always recalibrate towards your main goal. This can help you with making small and big decisions during your career. Sometimes it takes courage to make difficult decisions that take you out of your comfort zone – but these are the decisions that will take you a step further in your career.
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
Stephan Oetzel: My team is one of seven teams that are based in the Central Europe region covering all the portfolio of the Professional Services Organization (PSO) which enables our customers to use our solutions and drive their digital transformation. Building cutting edge technology cloud solutions is the aim of the PS organization and we’re always looking for candidates that are willing to walk this way with us. My team is heterogenous, we have lots of different perspectives: Consultants and Architects, young and old, newbies or highly experienced. This is what a good team should look like: diversity is key so everybody has the chance to learn from each other.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow for a role in your org, what advice would you share with them?
Stephan Oetzel: My main advice would be: Be open and transparent. I’ve seen a lot of interviews where the candidate just said something to impress the interviewer and in the end, it all went in the wrong direction. Prepare a pitch about yourself that’s not boring, be creative! Show me why you want the job and why you are the right candidate. Bring questions to the table about things that are unclear to you. Nothing is worse than not being prepared!
Would you relish the chance to work on Stephan’s team? Take a look at some of his open roles and apply today!
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