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 Director, Engineering — Tharish Mohammed. Have questions for Tharish? Please leave a comment on this post or send us a message via Twitter or LinkedIn.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
I have been fortunate to work on amazing, market-changing products in Silicon Valley. I started my engineering career right after school in India in 2001. I moved to the US and joined Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto as a software engineer working on various products and services. Before joining VMware, I was with Aruba Networks, where we launched an enterprise-grade, cloud Wi-Fi management, and analytics solution from scratch. I joined VMware in July 2017 in EUC (End User Computing) business unit, VMware End-User Computing runs the world’s largest Digital Workspace Platform – Workspace ONE. We are the recognized market leader in the end-user computing space and leads the industry.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for?
VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. With VMware solutions, organizations are building extraordinary experiences by mobilizing everything. The impact and the reach of the products we produce are second to none. We are lucky to have a very loyal customer base, and the fortune 500 companies look up to us to guide them in their digital transformation journey. During the latest COVID crisis, our remote desktop and productivity solutions from EUC have enabled essential workers and remote workforce to be productive.
“It’s a great feeling when you know that the essential workers who put themselves out there to serve the community are doing so because of VMware infrastructure and the solutions that we build. The customer is front and center of everything that we do here at VMware. – Tharish Mohammed
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Bring clarity. Identify ambiguous, challenging problems in your organization and company, act on them early and bring clarity. This will set you up as a leader. Your ability to partner with others is equally important as well. An old African proverb says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” –You can be useful in your job by doing fantastic work by yourself, but you will go a lot further if you can bring the entire organization with you.
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
VMware End-User Computing (EUC) runs the world’s largest Digital Workspace Platform- Workspace ONE. I lead engineering efforts for Horizon Cloud within EUC, which is responsible for delivering cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications to any device and anywhere. Our team focuses on adding precious capabilities to this platform by simplifying the management and provisioning of applications and desktops in the cloud. We work on a diverse set of technologies from low-level protocol stack to highly distributed, scalable systems in the cloud.
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?
We are looking for passionate software engineers and engineering leaders to join my team. We value software engineering fundamentals and the ability of software engineers to solve real-world challenges. The end-user computing space is unique and challenging, and we need engineers who can lead and bring clarity. Our team is very passionate about work. We are looking for a similar passionate, creative, and self-motivated engineer who is a quick learner and can deliver on end-to-end responsibility. You should be flexible and willing to work in a continually changing environment with the right attitude and deliver on our promise to our customers, partners, and ourselves. The customer is front and center of everything that we do. You should also be able to explain some of the past products you have built, and the decisions influenced you to build them the way you did.
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