Meet the Hiring Manager

Meet The Hiring Manager: John Drummond – VP of Network Services and VMware on VMware Program

Our Meet the Hiring Managerseries lets you know the people who grow teams at VMware. You’ll learn about our hiring managers’ career paths and what they look for in candidates during the interview process. This week we’d like you to meet John Drummond.

  • Job title: VP of Network Services and VMware on VMware Program
  • Years at VMware: 9 years and 7 months
  • First job: My first job as a teenager was working for a plant nursery. It was labor-intensive but rewarding. I enjoyed talking to customers and helping with their gardening needs. The thing I looked forward to the most was the fun, loose working style of everyone there.
  • Fun fact: I’m an avid golfer. I carry a single-digit handicap even with three kids, a wife, and a dog. When I travel for work or vacation, I try to golf every chance I get. My manager once asked me what I wanted to do in my career, and I said I wanted to see how I could play more golf!
  • Favorite social distancing activity: Losing touch with our friends was difficult. To help, we had social gatherings in the driveway, sat around a fire, and discussed how we were all coping and laughing. Just reconnecting at a distance was enjoyable.

VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?

John: Before VMware, I spent some time at Ernst & Young LLP in the IT support department, where my interest peaked in networking and telecom networks. I then joined a startup, Manhattan Associates; they grew from 300 people to over 2,500 quickly. After 12 years, I left and went to the startup AirWatch and joined when they were 50 people; a few years later, we were acquired by VMware. Since joining VMware, where I was leading IT for AirWatch, I expanded my role to lead Client Engineering for many years; I led the Network team and the VMware on VMware Program. I also led the Colleague Experience and Technology team for 6 months while we were in-between leaders and also was an Expat with my family in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2019.

VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have previously worked for?

John: The EPIC2 culture grounds me. It is everything I want to be and reminds me that doing the right thing while showcasing our EPIC2 culture will give excellent results. I thoroughly enjoy giving back to the community; even when I travel to another office or region, I look for opportunities to give back to that local community; in many cases, we hold group events to rally the team, get people collaborating, and build trust outside of work.

VMware Careers: What gets you out of bed in the morning?

John: I like to influence change. I’m excited about leading change, encouraging teams, and breaking down barriers.

VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?

John: Listen more, talk less. Have empathy. Work together.

VMware Careers: What makes the team you lead so effective?

John: Aligning people while listening and understanding what motivates teams helps me guide very talented individuals to perform at their best. Getting to know people at a personal level builds trust. Trust between teams and peer teams helps to create speed. The people on the team make all the difference. Understanding career development plans, goals, and aspirations help me find opportunities and stretch goals for people.

VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow, what interview tips would you give them?

John: Bring your authentic self to the interview. Describe career highlights and tell your story. Describe ways how you build trust and if you are interviewing for a people manager role, describe the genuine ways you care for your employees, teams, and managers. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas; everyone’s voice matters.

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