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 Ventsislav Potchekanski — Senior Director of Engineering.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Ventsislav Potchekanski: Technology enthusiast, software engineer by heart. I graduated from the Mathematics and Informatics section in Sofia University with a specialty in Computer Graphics. Since then, I’ve worked on computer games, multimedia apps, real-time systems, telemetry for racing cars, virtualization, infrastructure automation, containers, and cloud management.
This is my second tenure in VMware. In 2007, I became part of VMware through an acquisition. In the following twelve years, I have worked with this fantastic team to develop our Bulgaria site as an innovation hub for VMware, and a world-class engineering organization.
I rejoined in May of this year with a mission to establish an engineering team for the Security Business Unit (SBU), also known and VMware Carbon Black.
“VMware’s EPIC2 The company values focus not only on the business side but also on the team and the broader community. Giving back is the norm here.” – Ventsislav
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company that you have worked for?
Ventsislav Potchekanski: VMware is unique in several aspects. Firstly — it’s a remarkably innovative company. VMware completely revolutionized the IT industry with the innovation of VMs (virtual machines), essentially enabling the cloud. Today, it continues to innovate in an ample space of technologies, including clouds, modern apps, and security. Secondly, VMware is a force for good. VMware’s EPIC2 values focus not only on the business side but also on the team and the community as a whole broader community. Giving back is the norm here. Finally — it’s people who are passionate, smart, ambitious, and supportive. They work hard but play as hard.
Some questions don’t have obvious answers. The environment is very complex. Don’t get blocked by this, and don’t give up. Seek advice, keep trying, and don’t be scared to fail. – Ventsislav
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s mission?
Ventsislav Potchekanski: We are building an engineering team for the VMware Carbon Black (Security Business unit) in Sofia, Bulgaria. As part of this business unit, our mission is to deliver endpoint, server workload, and modern application security. It’s a core part of the ‘Intrinsic Security’ vision of VMware. Our team is a part of a global organization with groups in the United States, Israel, and India. We are working with modern technologies on our data platform and security products. These products and solutions are delivered on-prem and as a service in the cloud.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow for a role on your team, what interview tips would you share with them?
Ventsislav Potchekanski: Firstly, do not hesitate to apply to one of our openings! We are looking for software engineers with different experiences: backend and front end, system-level Windows, Linux and MacOS programming, performance and end-to-end testing, CI/CD pipelines, and infrastructure automation. Background in security is very welcomed, but not a requirement.
Before the interview – be curious and check out what we do. During the meeting, be yourself. When you join, be ambitious, be curious, and push hard.
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