Our Meet the Hiring Manager series allows you to get to 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 Minako Kawagishi.
- Job title: Engagement Manager, Technology Consulting, Professional Services Organization
- Years at VMware: 9 years and 7 months
- First job: Staff, Human Resources Department
- Hobby: Swimming has been one of my favorite hobbies, so I take swimming lessons when I have time.
- Favorite social distancing activity: I love taking morning walks. Since I live in my hometown, I walk along the paths I used to take when I was a child, reliving my childhood memories.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date.
Minako Kagawishi: I started my career in a domestic telecommunications company as a part of the human resources team. After that, I moved to a manufacturing company to work as a data analyst. I then discovered and joined VMware and built my career as a business analyst but eventually shifted to being a project manager. Currently, I am managing the project management team.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for in the past?
Minako Kagawishi: The people are great! Experiencing the warmth and support from everyone that I’ve worked with, I felt a huge difference between VMware’s EPIC2 culture and the culture of a closed off work environment.
I also feel that the culture of willingness to contribute to society is wonderful, not only through work, but also through active volunteer activities. VMware’s Service Learning Hours program allows me to volunteer in the Sakura Program, which helps women who have left work due to childbirth or childcare to re-enter work.
VMware Careers: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Minako Kagawishi: I am inspired every day by the team members who are constantly thinking about how to improve productivity and are taking action on their own to find ways to make it happen.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Minako Kagawishi: I learned the importance of asking the question “Why?” about everything. By focusing on the “why” or the purpose of a task, a project, etc., I’m able to learn. I believe that gives me an advantage.
VMware Careers: What makes the team you lead so effective?
Minako Kagawishi: We increase our team’s productivity by creating an atmosphere where anyone can express their opinions and questions, members can speak up without hesitation, issues can be resolved on the spot, good ideas can be incorporated immediately, and quick responses can be made.
VMware Careers: What is your next career goal?
Minako Kagawishi: As a manager, I hope to support each member of the team so that they can grow and enjoy their work. I would like to expand the scope of my work as a manager by always focusing on the “why” so that I can grow together with everyone.
VMware Careers: What do you love the most about your role as Project Manager for the Technology Consulting Services?
Minako Kagawishi: In a global environment, you have contact with many stakeholders and feel the growth of others as well as your own personal growth. Additionally, we’re able to meet with our fellow project managers and global counterparts at annual events, and it’s very motivating to meet in-person after working together remotely.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow, what interview tips would you give them?
Minako Kagawishi: VMware is a company that values people and community. We encourage you to be yourself and show us how you can contribute to the company to the best of your ability. We look forward to hearing from you.
Could you see yourself working for a manager like Minako-san? Click here to apply as a Project Manager for Professional Services at VMware!
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