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. This week we’d like you to meet Deb MacCallum.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Deb MacCallum: My first job in tech was writing software to manage the space shuttle’s configuration parameters. The team was led by a senior female manager who instilled in us incredible respect for the quality of product and focused on code efficiency. That experience also validated for me that diversity is crucial for creating a strong development team.
After that, I spent time working in the IT management domain, developing or leading teams building monitoring, configuration management, and security software solutions.
I have been fortunate to have worked in substantial public companies and start-ups, including my own. I have run businesses within an organization for which I had revenue responsibility. These experiences helped me understand that innovation can be active in any size organization and is critical. You must create a path for those opportunities.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for?
Deb MacCallum: The focus on engineering excellence and diversity at VMware far surpass any organization that I have been associated with in the past. Diversity is not a talking point at VMware. It is a corporate goal for which senior leadership is held accountable. These differentiators were evident during my interviews with the company and reinforced in my first sixty days.
The Women in Engineering group within CloudHealth was established almost four years ago. Since VMware’s acquisition of CloudHealth, the organization has thrived and ballooned in size, and it is now present in VMware’s Boston and Bangalore offices. With VMware’s support, we intend to take the group to the next level by supporting the hiring of women returning to the workforce and those looking for opportunities to work from home to keep a better work–life balance. We have already seen success in these areas.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Deb MacCallum: My career path has not been a straight-line trajectory. My career has included picking up responsibilities in adjacent areas such as operations, product management, support, etc. This exposure to internal stakeholders has given me a much better understanding of how engineering contributes to business needs. I believe that experience has been key to my career progression.
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?
Deb MacCallum: CloudHealth by VMware, provides multi-cloud management support to over 8,000 customers. The SaaS-based product enables small to enterprise customers to manage cost, security, and governance. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to work with the leading cloud service providers and drive solutions that solve extensive scale data set problems while using modern service architectures. The teams are world-wide and offer technical growth opportunities as architects, team leads, and managers.
The leadership is committed to the continual evolution of the product suite. Innovation is an opportunity for everyone. We are focused on ensuring that people have a chance to influence our future roadmap.
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?
Deb MacCallum: Be prepared to talk about your involvement in driving change – architectural, quality, or process. Explain how those changes benefited customers. The fundamental key to significant software development is recognizing the need to evolve to meet customer needs.