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. We hope you enjoy getting to know Director of Unified Communications & Collaboration Colleague Experience & Technology AND Pride@VMware Global Co-lead, Bryan Hope. Have questions for Bryan? Please leave a comment on this post or send us a message via Twitter or LinkedIn.
VMware Careers: Bryan, tell us about your career journey to date?
Bryan Hope: I was fortunate to stumble into a tech job after graduating from university in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was the first real lead I followed but took me on a wild ride through Crystal Decisions, Business Objects and SAP over the course of five years. I joined VMware just over nine years ago and relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area five years ago. I’ve had a number of roles at VMware in renewals, sales operations, business transformation, customer success, and now IT. I am also Co-Lead of PRIDE@VMware, our business resource group for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for?
Bryan Hope: VMware has an incredible people-first culture. At VMware, colleagues at all levels walk the talk. There is a real appreciation that individual development and strong communities are key pre-requisites to delivering the best products, services, and customer outcomes. These values show in our benefits, compensation, and company-supported service-learning and charitable giving campaigns.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Bryan Hope: Don’t be a bottleneck. As I’ve moved upwards and led larger and larger teams it has become critically important that I don’t allow myself to be a bottleneck. As a leader its important to ask the right questions, make timely decisions, and empower my team members to execute. This includes getting comfortable with, and good at, delegating. Effective delegation is something that is practiced and learned. It allows teams to execute with speed at scale, and it allows every member the opportunity to learn and grow in their careers.
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
Bryan Hope: The Unified Communications & Collaboration Teams delivers a number of IT services that enable colleagues to stay connected, to operate as one VMware, and to deliver for our partners and customers. Examples include telephony and contact center solutions, instant messaging and chat, file storage and sharing, real-time collaboration tools, and even our own colleague social network. We strive to offer services that are frictionless and delightful, with a relentless focus on colleague experience and outcomes.
VMware Careers: You are the Global Co-Lead of the PRIDE@VMware POD (Power of Difference) tell us more about this POD and why are you proud to be a member of it?
Bryan Hope: Firstly, I’m proud that VMware genuinely believes and acts upon the values of diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equality for all. At VMware, our diversity and inclusion efforts are more than just checking the box. They are real efforts lead by colleagues at all levels of VMware and sponsored by our most senior leaders. Second, I’m proud to be the co-founder and co-lead of the longest-running Power of Difference (POD) community at VMware. We’ve made great progress in raising awareness, building a network of allies, making talent acquisition more inclusive, and significantly improving benefits for transgender colleagues and their families.
VMware Careers: June is Pride Month, what does that mean to you?
Bryan Hope: Pride Month represents a time for both celebration and protest. During Pride Month we celebrate the birth of the LGTBQ+ rights movement in its modern form, while also continuing to protest against the injustices many LGBTQ+ people still face today. We celebrate the allies who have been critical to the movement and key to the progress we’ve made towards equality for all. Importantly, this year we also recognize and thank the Black community who were at the very genesis of the movement, and we stand with them today as we all fight against racial injustice.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow for a role in your org, what interview tips would you give them?
- Be prepared: Do your research so that you know about VMware, and why you want to join VMware and be in this role.
- Be bold: Come to me with a vision for the role. With opinions and ideas for what you would do in the role, and how. I am hiring because I have a pain point to solve for. How can you be the solution?
- Be conversational: I believe the best way for us to learn about each other is to have a conversation and not just to answer questions. Be ready to engage, to bounce ideas back and forth, and to be surprised at how quickly we ran out of time.
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