Meet the Hiring Manager

Meet the Hiring Manager: Koyeli Dasgupta Negi – Senior Manager, Worldwide Business Operations

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 Koyeli Dasgupta Negi.

Snapshot

  • Name: Koyeli Dasgupta Negi
  • Job title: Senior Manager – Training & Development, Worldwide Business Operations
  • Years at VMware: 6 months
  • First job: My first “paying” job was during my university years way back in the early 2000s. I provided private tutoring to a grade 5 kid and earned Rs.500 a month.  I went on to tutor the kid till grade 10, even after I started working full-time.
  • Fun fact: I traveled solo to Cambodia to explore Angkor city in 2019. It was one of my top bucket list items and was an absolute treat. You can read a little about my Angkor experience in my blog here – https://koyelihere.blogspot.com/ (Disclaimer – I am not a blogger, I am just a random writer!)
  • Favorite social distancing activity: During the long lockdown period in India (apart from spending a lot of time with my family), I decided to invest in myself (after realizing it was high time!). I started a fitness journey where I started walking, running, and got into eating healthy. I managed to shed 14 kilos. I am still trying my best to stick to most of it, although I admit it’s tough at times!

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

Koyeli: I started off (pretty much by chance) way back in 2005 as an Instructional Designer, not really knowing what this field was all about or what a future in it looked like. Over the years, I fell in love with this profession and explored various roles in the learning/training space. It has been an absolutely enriching journey so far where I have worked with companies such as HSBC, Cognizant, and Deloitte, and now here I am, exploring the exciting world of VMware!

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

Koyeli: What definitely stood out for me when I was interviewing with VMware last year was our EPIC2 values. The values really resonated with me, and I just knew this is a place I would love to be in if given a chance. Ever since my first day, I have witnessed EPIC2 in action here, and it makes me very proud that I am part of this organization that lives and breathes these values daily.

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

Koyeli: I know there is always a new challenge that awaits me every day. My work is to streamline training and development for the World Wide Business Operations team, and that’s enough to keep me motivated and get me going.

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

Koyeli: My three biggest lessons as I have moved up the career ladder are;

1. Never stop learning – We are in an ever-changing world, and it’s important to stay in tune with it. Also, every person you meet in your journey – your peers, juniors, seniors, and leaders has something to offer in terms of knowledge. Always be hungry for what knowledge you can soak up at every step of your journey.

2. Invest in people – There is no better investment. Spend time understanding your team, coaching and mentoring them as required. I have spent hours building teams, coaching and mentoring team members, and helping them through their career journeys. There is no greater satisfaction than to see your team and people succeed.

3. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – I have consciously followed this all along, taking up challenges that have somewhere made me a little unsettled. This also includes moving jobs. These decisions have only added to my learning in a big way. Always be ready to take up those challenges even if it makes you feel slightly unsettled.

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

Koyeli: Bring your authentic self – that’s the best thing you can offer in an interview. Do your homework, read up about VMware, its people, services and how we operate, and anything that can be relevant to the role you are interviewing for.

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