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. This week we’d like you to meet Senior Manager End User Computing Shalini Krishna. Have questions for Shalini? Please leave a comment on this post or send us a message via Twitter or LinkedIn.
Senior Manager End User Computing
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Shalini Krishna: My career journey includes seventeen years in software product development in different roles. I’ve worked on a variety of technologies in domains such as printer software, multi-dimensional analytics databases, and CRM applications. My current area of work is around desktop virtualization systems and I have a ringside seat to the inner workings of mission-critical enterprise systems. I’m a Senior Manager, in the End User Computing business unit at VMware leading a global, diverse team of engineers working closely with customers on the VMware Horizon suite of products.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different than any other tech company you have worked for?
Shalini Krishna: VMware’s culture is very employee-focused and is emphasized through our EPIC2 values. When I first started in my role I was very impressed by the mention of community as a core value and its realization through the VMware Foundation. One VMware Foundation initiative I’m most impressed with is Service Learning, where VMware employees are given forty hours paid time-off per year to contribute back to the community. This shows VMware is making a real commitment to making a difference. The other aspect is putting innovation at the center of everything and again backing it up by programs and events such as RADIO, the annual R&D innovation offsite. Even outside of R&D the innovation quotient is quite high in how people in other functions approach their jobs.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you have moved upwards in your career?
Shalini Krishna: Listening hard and cultivating a growth mindset is critical when navigating projects so that one can take on challenges and turn them into opportunities to learn something new and move the needle. Rocket science requires patience, perseverance, curiosity, empathy, constant learning, working smart, and not taking oneself too seriously all the time!
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
Shalini Krishna: VMware enables digital transformation for our customers via the Any Cloud, Any App, Any Device vision. The end-user computing (EUC) organization is focused on offering our customers digital workspace solutions, with consumer-like simplicity and enterprise-grade security, for their employees. Within EUC, Horizon Enterprise is a global team of highly motivated, talented, and passionate engineers who work hard and collaboratively to ensure a high level of mission-critical assurance to our customers.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to an interview with you tomorrow what advice would you share with them?
Shalini Krishna: Read about VMware, understand the vision, strategy, and product portfolio. Share what you are passionate about and how that translates to success in the workplace. Demonstrate your value proposition with specific examples that showcase your unique talents and how you can apply them to solve problems. Be your authentic self!
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