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 Dharma Srinivasan, and we welcome any questions you may for her. Please leave a comment on this post or send us your questions via Twitter or LinkedIn.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Dharma Srinivasan: I’ve spent twenty plus years building teams and tools for scale, performance, E2E, pipeline, and infrastructure engineering. The last ten of these have been at VMware, and earlier stints include Google, CTS, Symantec, GoGrid, etc. My focus has been on quality, developer productivity, and cost optimization. At VMware, I started as an individual contributor to the role of performance lead on a single product. VMware continuously matched my pace of delivery by increasing my scope of work and role. Eventually, I moved to management to align with my skills and interest. My range increased to multiple products and then to the entire product portfolio of the business unit. VMware always enables an individual to demonstrate their ability to handle a broader scope. I am also impressed by how fair and balanced the internal move process is, thereby providing an unlimited level of opportunity to develop specialized and varied skills.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for?
Dharma Srinivasan: I am impressed by VMware’s commitment to making EPIC2 (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community) values a core tenet. We are both held accountable and recognized for upholding these values. VMware truly believes in using technology for good, like with investments in reducing the carbon footprint. Our moments of pride come from instances when our products are used for the greater good of the community, like solving problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a woman (and minority) leader, I am proud to work for a company committed to building a diverse environment. I’ve observed and experienced that VMware listens, cares, and responds with empathy.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Dharma Srinivasan: Mentorship! Nobody should have to hack their way through their career. I’ve had many inspiring and helpful mentors who have helped me fine-tune my technical and soft skills. I strive to provide similar support and guidance not just to the team I manage, but anyone in my fuller circle that could use the help. I view mentorship as an exchange of ideas and experiences; the mentee’s skills add to my own and guide another.
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter? What makes your team unique in the market? What are differentiators that will attract the best of the best?
Dharma Srinivasan: Our charter here at Carbon Black is to build and operate extensible, scalable platforms and pipelines. These pipelines build, secure, deploy, test, and continuously deliver all Security BU products. We test the product E2E for security, scale, performance, and functional aspects. We are a global team, hiring in the U.S, Sofia, and India
Safety has always been the cornerstone of SDLC. Now with the world moving to distributed work culture as the new normal, the need to secure endpoints is urgent and here to stay. VMware Carbon Black is uniquely positioned in this space. The engineers in this DevOps org would impact the community by securing and delivering these solutions with high quality. Here we learn the domain and tech stack of not just a product but the surrounding VMware ecosystem.
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.
Dharma Srinivasan: Be yourself, we really want to get to know you! The panel is your prospective team, assess if you feel comfortable. Quiz the panel enough to know if the role matches your aspirations.
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