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An Inside Look at VMware Bulgaria

With over 120+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring industry-changing IT innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness, which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Bulgaria office in Sofia, Bulgaria is like today!

 

Who We Are

The VMware Bulgaria office is located in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. Sofia is the largest city in the country, situated in western Bulgaria at the foot of the beautiful Vitosha Mountain. The city abounds in rich history and is an important cultural and historic center not only for Bulgaria but also for the whole Balkan region. Today, in the backdrop of its rich history, Sofia is a modern, youthful city that is home to several major universities, cultural institutions, and thriving businesses.VMwareBulgariaOffice

Established in 2007, VMware opened its doors in Sofia due in large part to the talent of the local engineering community in Bulgaria. Today, VMware Bulgaria is home to over 500 employees. As the largest Research & Development site for VMware in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), VMware Bulgaria boasts some of the best software developers, quality engineers, technical writers and product managers in the world, who are at the forefront of developing key VMware products focused on cloud management and automation.

Building on the success of its first site in Bulgaria, VMware opened a Professional Services Center for Excellence in Sofia in 2015. Closely tied to VMware Bulgaria’s R&D Center, the Professional Services Center for Excellence supports VMware’s customer and partner needs across EMEA. Over the years, VMware Bulgaria has transitioned from an R&D facility to a multifunctional hub with product, professional services and business operations teams.

Employees in the Sofia offices come from diverse ethnic backgrounds (Bulgarian, American, Spanish, Greek, Polish, Syrian, Russian, and Israeli to name a few). Collaborating through audio and videoconference meetings or visits to sites around the world, our people are empowered to work on global projects that foster cultural and professional growth.VMware Tech Awards 2015-031

 

Our Culture in Action

The culture in Sofia is all about passion for what we do, innovation in everything we do, and seamless execution together. Our passion to continuously innovate comes from the realization that we are working on products that are helping our customers solve their toughest business challenges. Through technology preview events onsite, VMware customers have the opportunity to meet our developers, test new product updates, and share real-time feedback on products, which allows us to create best in class products.

VMware Bulgaria’s progress as a site would not have been possible without an open and collaborative environment. Through internal technology events, including product demos, poster sessions, and borathons (employee-led hackathons), our people are able to get hands on with products allowing for continuous learning and innovation.

Teamwork goes hand-in-hand with team play. Apart from having sports groups in futbol, biking, and yoga, VMware Bulgaria is proud to have taken home first place during VMware’s Amazing Race 2015 challenge, a global employee health and wellness contest that encourages our people to live balanced lives.DSC_2154-48

Giving back to the communities that we live and work in is important for our people. Through the support of the VMware Foundation, employees join forces to organize skills-based Service Learning events that make an impact on the Sofia community. From technical conferences and contests aimed at local expert groups in Software Development, Quality Engineering and Technical publications, to career counseling and virtualization courses at the local universities and high schools, taking time out of the workday to serve the causes closest to our hearts is making change happen in Bulgaria.

Defining the Future

As we look to into 2016 and beyond, we’re thrilled for what’s in store for our community. We will soon be introducing the VMware IT Academy at the leading universities in Bulgaria. Through the Academy, students will receive instruction on the latest virtualization innovations from VMware engineers. Its rewarding to see firsthand the imprint our people are making on our future technology leaders and the Software-Defined era.

 

 

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How A Great Idea Can Land You the Chance of A Lifetime: Intern Poster Session to VMworld

Avanti3Avanti Patil is a vCenter Site Recovery Manager Intern and a current Northeastern University student. She works out of the Cambridge, Massachusetts office and is enjoying exploring Boston.

When engineers first think about “virtualization”, the next thing that pops up into their heads is “VMware“. VMware is the virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions leader in the market because of their world-class products and business standards. The fact that this company was also voted amongst Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2015 ensures the healthy working environment for VMware employees. I always wanted to get first-hand experience working with such a huge enterprise. This dream became a reality when I joined VMware as a vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Intern.

The most notable pattern throughout my internship, in addition to the exciting project work, was the positive interaction and relationship-building opportunities I had with my coworkers. I am grateful to my manager, mentor, and Women Connecting Women mentor — who supported me and pushed me to do my best. I became close to the other interns over the summer, we had a blast together. All the interns bonded on personal level, while completing service learning for Avanti2the Boys & Girls Club, participating in Codezilla, and exploring historic Boston.

My goal from this internship forward is to interact with different people across teams and understand VMware’s work culture through these conversations. The social gatherings help to keep in touch with people who share similar interests, and are also an opportunity to share new ideas — not just about work, but about the city and its people.

As an intern, I’ve been exposed to a lot of cool new products and the cultural impact has left me speechless. The Intern Poster Session is the best reflection of this. The Poster Session is a science fair-type event at the culmination of the Summer Internship Program. Each intern, or group of interns, creates a poster to showcase their project work or propose a new idea. Judges and participants decide on the best ideas presented. The best part of Intern Poster Session was interacting with the coworkers who have been working on VMware products since inception, and watching them get intrigued by my idea! The response to my project was overwhelming, which led me to win the Poster Session.

The prize for winning the Poster Session was an invitation to VMware’s annual technology conference, VMworld. At the conference, I hope to grow network by continuing to interact with new professionals, learn valuable career tips from keynote speakers, and have an awesome time celebrating the company that has helped me realize my dreams!

Be sure to virtually join me on my journey as I “take over” the @vmwareu Instagram account on Monday, August 31 to help kick off VMworld.

— Avanti Patil

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Empowering VMware People to Drive Their Self-Development and Growth

Developing one’s career is an art developed over time using experience and resourcefulness. Today Maria Raimundo, VMware University Relations Recruiter, sheds light on VMware’s innovation culture and how it supports the growth and development of its employees through skills training, educational reimbursement and mentorships.

 

At VMware we grow our business by creating value for our customers and partners. More importantly, we grow our people by investing in development and fostering a culture that embraces learning as a part of the innovation process. Not only does the process of developing yourself improve your personal and professional life, but it can assist in your collaboration with others and your overall contributions to the wider community. Here are a few of the resources that VMware employees can take advantage of to reach that next level of growth and development in their career.

VMware Edge Portal

The VMware Edge Portal is an internal portal that offers self-directed development for any employee from any location at anytime. VMware employees can sign up for classes that are related to their role, enhance professional skills or take certification courses to improve a particular discipline. You can even check out digital ebooks for free from Books24x7! So, if you’re looking to take that additional Java-skills course, need some extra help with public speaking, or want to take a certification in your field, it’s all possible through the VMware Edge Portal.

VMware Professional Development Assistance Program

VMware empowers each employee to drive self-development in partnership with his or her manager. The Professional Development Assistance Program provides financial support for external professional development courses, certifications and degree programs that are not offered internally at VMware. Have you ever thought about pursuing a part-time secondary degree or another type of program at some point in your career? If your answer is “yes,” then this is where our Professional Development Assistance Program comes in. We offer assistance to help offset some of the financial cost for the secondary degree with management and HR approval. That’s a pretty awesome perk.

Fostering a Mentor Relationship

Perhaps the greatest teachers you’ll encounter at VMware are your fellow coworkers. Having a mentor is not just limited to your immediate manager (though we hope you find them as a great resource). There are many opportunities to discover colleagues who would be willing to provide both personal and professional support as you grow at VMware. Be sure to connect through our internal social network, VMware Link, support our commitment to giving back to the community through the VMware Foundation, and get to know other members from different teams through our weekly social events. Sometimes even a casual meeting could lead to someone who can help you re-think about how you’re approaching your career goals.

In the end it is up to each of our employees to take advantage of the resources and opportunities provided to them here at VMware. How do you plan to grow to that next step?

 

-Maria Raimundo, VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

 

About Maria:

Maria is a University Relations Recruiter at VMware. Her primary focus is on hiring engineering students for both internships and full-time positions throughout VMware’s Research and Development teams. Before working in Human Resources, Maria was a California certified K-12 teacher. She has found a happy medium in her current role of guiding students through what may be some of their first corporate experiences.

 

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9 Tips to Help you Ace a Technical Interview at VMware

You spent hours on the resume, weeks on researching the right companies, and now just got word that you’ll be having your first phone interview – congrats! Interviewing for a technical role can be an exciting (and nerve-racking experience). At VMware, our hope is that every student who interviews with us has a positive experience. The key to this, we feel, is helping every candidate know what to expect each time they interview. Hear from Maria Raimundo, Technical Recruiter within the VMware University Relations Team as she shares 9 tips to help you prepare and feel confident for your technical interview at VMware.

 

Whether your interview is on the phone, via video conference, or in-person, our policy is to ask straight-forward questions that pertain to the job and assess your overall fit for VMware. We know this may be the very first time you’ve ever interviewed for a company, and that your prior experience may be limited to school work (which is okay). With all of our university hiring, our strongest motivation is assess the potential of each student. Here are 9 tips that I believe will help you successfully prepare and ace an interview at VMware.

 Interview Prep Tips

  • Be Able to Speak to your Resume: Your resume is the first place we look. Come prepared to discuss any and all projects and coursework you’ve listed. Don’t just tell us what you did, but how it made an impact: share with us how you lead a project, when the results didn’t go well, how you learned from it, and why you loved solving that particular problem.
  • Practice Your Code: Brush up on those technical skills if the position requires it. For most R&D positions, we ask you to write out your code live. Practice writing on a white board or via a virtual chat room.
  • Speak to your Answer: Discuss your thoughts and processes out loud so the interviewer can truly see where you’re coming from. Even if you don’t come up with the right answer, this helps our interviewers understand how you approach a problem.
  • Don’t Bluff if you don’t know the Answer: We do ask hard questions but we don’t expect you to know everything. Again, it’s okay if you don’t know – you can even admit that – but we encourage you to ask more questions or just tell us what you do understand.
  • Ask Questions: Ask your own questions, too! We love that – it helps us understand what matters to you and shows forethought.
  • Interview Attire: Come comfortably dressed in business casual attire. No need for anything fancy – just something nice that makes you feel confident and professional.
  • Be up-to-date on the Latest Industry Trends: Read up on the latest industry trends. Again, we don’t expect you to know everything about us, but it’s a good idea to be able to speak comfortable about our business at a general level. Here’s a place to start.
  • Learn about our values: Do your homework and make an authentic connection to our shared values and how you connect to them. Or at least start a conversation on your understanding of the values.
  • Say ‘Thank you!’: Mom and Dad were right – saying ‘thank you’ goes a long way! It’s always a good idea to thank your interviewer for their time at the end of the interview.

Remember – it’s not just anyone who is granted an interview, so if you’re nervous, just remind yourself that you’ve done well so far. This is the next step in what will be a life-long journey of building a career; regardless of the outcome, you are going to be that much closer to building skills that will serve you well. Take that deep breath and happy interviewing!

 

Maria Raimundo

 

About Maria: Maria Raimundo is a Technical Recruiter with the VMware Palo Alto University Team. She’s has been working in HR and Staffing for over 8 years and loves helping students get their first job. A California native, she received her bachelor in English Liturature from Santa Clara University. Prior to working in the tech, Maria was a high school English teacher.

 

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The First Job Out of College: Now Which Offer Do You Accept?

With graduation in the not so distant future, the task of accepting a full-time job is one that might be on many of your minds. While this is an exciting time, making a final decision on which role is most suitable for you will take time and thoughtful consideration. Hear from Allison Steinkopf, VMware University Relations Recruiter as she shares the 5 steps that she took when deciding to come and work at VMware as a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. 

 

The process of accepting a job offer begins with a job description. After reviewing the description, ask yourself whether or not you have the necessary skills, passion and vision to complete the requirements of the role? After this, you should explore the finer details of the project work to decide if it will excite you. Finally, if the company’s hiring team thinks that you’re a fit for the role and you think that you’re a fit, you accept their offer. Simple, right?

For many students looking for career opportunities post graduation, it’s not always as easy as the above scenario. In many cases, students pursuing technology careers are often given multiple job offers from a variety of innovative companies. While it can be a good situation to have multiple offers on the table, it can definitely make the decision process more complex. Here are 5 steps that I believe you can take in order to accept a job offer that is right for you.

First, I encourage you to go beyond the job description and think about the factors that can be left out of a decision. Second, it is important to think about the team and coworkers that you will be interacting with daily in your role. Do they value collaboration and challenge and encourage each other to do their best work? Can you see yourself easily becoming a part of this cohesive unit? Third, the company culture is an important aspect to consider because this, along with your team relationships, often determines whether or not you jump out of bed in the morning or groan when the alarm goes off. Fourth, do you see growth opportunities with the position in consideration? Don’t just think about today. Think about where you could be in five years at an organization. Fifth, consider whether you sincerely believe in what the company is trying to accomplish and whether or not it believes in empowering you with the resources and tools to drive what’s next in your career.

Ultimately, these are the most important factors that I considered when I decided to join VMware upon graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles this past June. VMware is a place of passion, innovation and collaboration that has propelled me forward on my path to becoming the best professional that I can. My team enables me with the skills that I need while I push them to work smarter, not harder. I know that I made the right choice and hopefully this will help you do the same. Thankfully, I can happily say that I don’t groan when my alarm goes off in the morning.

 

Allison Steinkopf

 

 

About Allison: Allison Steinkopf is a University Relations Recruiter who works out of the VMware Austin, Texas office. She is a recent Austin transplant from California who loves to explore new restaurants and all that Austin has to offer.

 

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Defying Convention: Disney Lam, 2013 VMware Intern and Cambridge Poster Session Winner Discovers What’s Next

At VMware, students are both challenged and rewarded with meaningful work and rich experiences in a collaborative environment that empowers them to architect what’s next. Hear from Disney Lam, 2013 Common Services Intern on her internship project findings, winning the Cambridge Intern Poster Session and attending VMworld San Francisco.

 

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Disney Lam, 2013 VMware Common Services Team Intern

Having completed previous internships in network administration and systems engineering roles, I saw the impact of VMware’s technology. Therefore, when VMware was recruiting at the University of Waterloo, I applied to internship positions not only as an intern hopeful, but also as a devoted fan. Fortunately, interviews went well and I was given the privilege to intern on the Common Services Team in VMware’s Cambridge site.

When the internship started, my mentor/manager gave me a list of potential projects to choose from. The projects were all very open-ended, so there was a lot of space for creativity. I chose to work on a project that will enable automatic discovery of services within a local environment. To fully develop the project, my mentor and I embarked on investigation, design, and implementation phases.

In the realm of service discovery, there already exist many protocol standards and they are commonly used to find network printers. Some examples include Multicast DNS, Universal Plug and Play, and Service Location Protocol. Despite the effectiveness of these service discovery protocols, they require the use of multicast and broadcast messages, which is blocked in many networks, due to security reasons. Thus, many infrastructure administrators resort back to static means of advertising services. This not only makes an infrastructure more difficult to manage, but it can decrease service availability as well. My project was to address these existing issues so that service discovery mechanisms can be deployed in any networking environment. At the completion of my internship project, I, along with the other 2013 interns, had the opportunity to present our findings to VMware employees at the annual Intern Poster Session.

Personally, the VMware Intern Poster Session was a nerve-wracking experience at first. Being a Computer Science major in a room full of people whom I am not well acquainted with really drove my anxiety levels up. For the entire session, I stood by my poster, answering questions that engineers had. Since VMware engineers are experts in the field, there were a lot of difficult questions. Members of the VMware Academic Program also came by to ask questions, so interns really needed to present their work from both a technical and business perspective.

As the session passed by, I became less nervous and more confident. I was very happy whenever I was able to explain why the project was designed a certain way when addressing concerns. I enjoyed speaking with other teams about how they can integrate the project into their own code. Some engineers even asked me when the project was going into production! I think it is quite rare for interns to get this amount of constructive feedback in the short time that they are with a company. I honestly believe that my presentation skills improved exponentially during that time!

I ended up really enjoying my poster session experience. I knew that it was because I had an amazing internship at VMware. My mentor/manager gave me a lot of freedom to explore solutions while nurturing me with guidance. The rest of my team became a fountain of knowledge for me and were nothing short of absolutely supportive. I remember times when I ran into problems that team members would directly approach me to provide help. Even at the poster session, the rest of the VMware engineering community was sharing their expertise to help interns grow intellectually.

However, winning the poster session still came as a complete shock to me. As an undergraduate, I was fearful of entering the poster session because most other interns were Masters and PhD students with a lot of experience under their belts. It still feels a bit strange when people address me as “future innovator”. Yet, now that I have won, I have learnt to be fearless, to be audacious, and to “defy convention”.

The prize for winning the poster session was an all-expense paid trip to VMworld in San Francisco. Since there were a lot of Sysadmins and Network Engineers there, I felt right at home. All the attendees and I were so impressed as products like vSAN and NSX were being announced. I remember back during my other internships as Sysadmin, my co-workers and I would praise VMware products and how they were changing IT in its entirety. This time, however, as opposed to not only being able to admire the innovation, I can say that I am a part of it!

 

Disney Lam

 

About Disney:

Disney Lam was an intern with the Common Services Team in Cambridge, MA. She is a fourth year Computer Science undergraduate at the University of Waterloo who is passionate about network and systems architecture, design, and management. On the Cisco certification ladder, Disney is a Cisco Certified Design Professional. She has served as Undergraduate Research Assistant with Professor Carol Fung and Professor Raouf Boutaba of the Networks Research Group and Professor Robin Cohen of the Artificial Intelligence Group in the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

 

 

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9 Tips to Get the Most Out of your Next University Career Fair

Are you interested in making the most of your next campus career fair? If your answer is ‘yes’, then connect with Peggy Hsu, VMware University Relations Specialist as she shares nine tips that will empower you to showcase your strengths, make meaningful connections and ultimately help better determine what you would like to pursue professionally. 

 

Heading into the fall semester, students are often curious about best practices for attending a career fair. Here are nine simple yet effective tips that I recommend.

1. Know who is attending & map out a strategy

Depending on the fair and how many employers are of interest to you, you may not have time to speak with every company (and lines can get long). Make a list of priority employers* so you can allot enough time to spend with each of them at the event.

*Your university career services center should have a list of employers (as well as what types of positions they offer to perspective students).

2. Do your research

If you are interested in a company, take the time to review their history and current projects. Explore their website by looking for news reports and press releases to find topics of interest to you. These make great conversation starters with company representatives attending the event! This knowledge will show employers that you are truly interested in learning more about what’s next for their company.

3. Bring copies of your resume

Even if you have submitted your resume to a company or to career services prior to the event, it is always best to bring extra copies. You want whomever you speak with to have a point of reference (and have your contact information if they are interested in speaking with you at a later time). If you are interested in different types of roles, you may want to come with more than one version of your resume so that it is tailored for certain positions. It is critical to proofread your resume and make sure your contact information is current. Be prepared to speak to your resume, experience and skills.

4. Prepare an elevator pitch

You don’t want to sound like you are reading off of a script, but you do want prepare a 15- 30 second introduction. You only have a short time to impress an employer in these types of settings. It is pivotal to let them know that you are well spoken and that you have done your research. Showcase your strong points so that you can elaborate on why your background would be a good fit for the role(s) you are interested in pursuing.

5. Prepare questions

Be smart about the questions you ask. You do not want to ask questions that you can easily find on the employer’s website. Employers like students who are proactive. Remember, you do not have that much time with each representative, so use it wisely. 

6. Engage one-on-one with employers 

Career fairs are a rare opportunity for you to engage one-on-one with employers. You should take advantage of this time and use it to engage with employers and not with your friends. It is okay to attend the event with friends, but establish relationships with employers on your own. This is your chance to find out what opportunities are best suited for YOU.

7. Find out if the company will be participating in other events on campus

Companies will often host information sessions or other events on campus during their visit. Attending company-sponsored events will give you better insight to the company (as well as their culture). Some companies engage in on-campus interviews too. If they do, it would be beneficial to know when those dates are so you can apply to their job(s) before their application deadline.

8. Collect business cards 

If possible, try to collect business cards or contact information from employers. If you do, be sure to follow up with a thank you message (can be email) within 24-48 hours. This is simply a courtesy and it may make you stand out!

9. Apply on the company website 

Many companies are trying to move away from collecting paper resumes at career fairs. Most employers will still want you to apply online even after accepting your resume. This is because companies need to capture your information in their applicant tracking system so you can officially be considered an “applicant”.  It is CRITICAL that you apply online if an employer asks you to do so. This is not to duplicate efforts, but rather because they are required to do so for compliance reasons.

In summary, prepare yourself. Make the most of your time at on-campus events because these are rare opportunities to showcase your strengths outside of a formal interview setting. You never know what opportunities could be around the corner. You may end up speaking with an employer that you might not have otherwise connected with and you will likely gather more information to better assess where you want to grow your career.

Regardless, you can pick up some cool swag.

 

Best of luck!

Peggy Hsu

 

About Peggy: Peggy Hsu is a University Relations Specialist for VMware working out of the headquarter office in Palo Alto, California. She manages the relationships and engagements between VMware and university campuses across the U.S. She enjoys interacting with students, providing guidance and finding new creative ways for VMware to engage on campus. During her spare time she enjoys traveling, watching movies, eating and dancing.

 

 

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The VMware University Relations Team is Headed Back to Campus! Are you?

The VMware University Relations Team strives to empower student innovators with the resources and opportunities to architect what’s next in IT and for themselves. Connect with Amber Daniels, Senior University Relations Specialist as she welcomes the newest members of the University Relations Team and highlights the university pit stops the team will be making on a campus near year this Fall.

 

Fall is upon us, which can only mean one thing…. it’s time for the VMware University Relations (UR) Team to head back to campus! We will start this season with a few new faces on the UR Team and a few new universities on our roster. Meet our new teammates and find out where you can connect with us on campus this Fall!

 

 

Austin, Texas Teammates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Hollenshead (UR Recruiter), Amber Daniels (Sr. UR Specialist), Allison Steinkopf (UR Recruiter) – If Allison looks familiar to you that is because she was the University Relations Intern last summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lestin (UR Specialist)

 

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Jikado Hanna (UR Recruiter), Heather Fish (UR Specialist), Matt Wendorf (PhD Recruiter/Specialist), not pictured Keri Riley (UR Recruiter)

 

Palo Alto, California Teammates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back row- left to right – Dustin Stites (Director, UR), Meagan Shannon (Intern Program Manager), Sarvenaz Ghodosizadeh (Recruiting Coordinator), Leanne Farmer (Recruiting Coordinator), Trish Austin (UR Recruiter), Daniel Kim (UR Recruiter), Michael Anvari (UR Specialist), Jimmy Khov (Recruiting Coordinator), Jim Salas (Manager, University Recruiting) Front row- right to left- Amy Roberts (HR Coordinator), Maria Raimundo (UR Recruiter), Peggy Hsu (UR Specialist), Danielle Stevens (MBA Recruiter), Shawn Sigona (UR Recruiter), Heather Scola (Operations Lead, UR), Not pictured Ernie Salle (UR Recruiter)

We will target over thirty campuses this season and have over sixty events planned!

You can check out the where’s and when’s right here on our list of University Relations Campus Events Calendar!

Here’s to another successful season! We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

 

Cheers!

 

-Amber Daniels

 

About Amber: Amber Daniels is a Senior University Relations Specialist for VMware working out of the Austin, Texas office. Prior to her role as a University Relations Specialist, she was a recruiter on the University Relations Team. Amber enjoys connecting with students and planning creative ways to engage with them. During her spare time, she likes spending time with her two year old and watching college football- not at the same time.

 

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A Look Back at the 2013 VMware Summer Internship Experience

At VMware, students are both challenged and rewarded with meaningful work and rich experiences in a collaborative environment that empowers them to architect what’s next. Hear from Kim Hollenshead, University Relations Recruiter as she shares her take on a few memorable intern experiences from the past summer.

Summer’s quickly coming to an end and a good number of our interns have already returned to their university campuses and even more are set to depart from VMware campuses within the coming weeks.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had final week phone calls with some of our interns and each time I’ve started the conversation by asking them if they can believe their time with us is over. Every one of the interns I’ve spoken to has answered with something along the lines of how they can’t believe time has flown by so quickly.

VMware’s typical internship is 12-weeks and the majority of our interns are relocated to one of two major campuses – Palo Alto, California or Cambridge, Massachusetts. This year we also had a handful of students in our Colorado and Austin, Texas offices.

Since the greatest majority of our students head to our headquarters in Palo Alto, we make sure that they have some fun events and learning opportunities to attend outside of their normal intern project work. Some of the things that took place this summer included:

  • An ice cream social where they were able to mingle with the other VMware interns from various universities across the country
  • A kick-off event where they heard directly from VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger about VMware’s three areas of focus: Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing and Hybrid Cloud as well as what’s next for the business
  • Various Tech Talks and Leadership Speaker Series as well as a PhD symposium
  • MBA Coffee Chats geared specifically to our MBA student’s interests
  • Service Learning Projects where interns contributed their time to give back to the community
  • Several fun outings including a trip to the Tech Museum in San Jose and Angel Island
  • We also hosted a few events focused on connecting our female engineers to other professional female engineers so they could talk through workplace and career advice

And at the end of every intern season we host several poster and presentation sessions where interns can show off the research and business plans they’ve worked on during their time with us. It’s always great fun to see how much our interns have accomplished and afterward there’s a voting process where the winners receive a fully paid trip to VMware’s premier event – VMworld.

With all the fun and excitement that’s built into the 12-weeks that they’re here with us, it’s always bittersweet to send them back to school, but when we do we can rest assured they’ve both enjoyed their time with us and that they are returning with a larger understanding of the work VMware employees do and the work that we’re architecting for future generations to come.

 

-Kim Hollenshead

 

About Kim:

Kim Hollenshead a University Recruiter at VMware, has held various roles within human resources (HR) since 1997 beginning with that as a corporate recruiter in Austin, Texas. With the evolution of the internet, Hollenshead found herself mesmerized by online social networking and social media and became involved with these outlets in 2005. Today, Hollenshead marries her HR and online social persona by advocating the use of social networks. She envisions them as tools to help both employees and employers in ways that can either better employees’ skill sets or to create value by using online tools to make high impact business decisions.

In October 2010 she joined VMware as a contract Recruiting Consultant and finding candidates to fill Sales, Sales Operations and other various business roles across the US. (www.twitter.com/vmwarekim) and in August of 2011 transitioned to VMware’s University Relations department as a University Recruiter. She’s currently supporting Networking, Security, Virtual Center, VM Cloud Director and Tech Ops business units to find VMware the brightest recent graduates and interns.

When she’s not busy with her VMware recruiting you’ll often find her reacquainting sorority sisters as the VP of Membership in the Texas Hill Country / North Austin ADPi Alumnae Association. She’s a lover of Tex-Mex and anything on Bravo TV and enjoys gardening, cooking, paper crafting, making jewelry and hanging out with her 3 dogs and a cat that has the personality of a dog and her husband.

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A Mentor and Mentee’s Take on the VMware Internship Program in Sofia, Bulgaria

At VMware, students are both challenged and rewarded with meaningful work and rich experiences in a collaborative environment that empowers them to architect what’s next. Learn more about the VMware Intern Mentor Program in Sofia, Bulgaria and see how our people work side-by-side with our interns to share their guidance and feedback, empowering career growth on both sides.

 

The VMware Internship Program at our Sofia, Bulgaria site provides students with the opportunity to grow and develop professionally over the course of three to six months while participating in an internal Research and Development project. Throughout the internship, each intern will have an experienced engineer as his or her Mentor. Intern Mentors share guidance and regular performance feedback on projects as well as how to navigate the professional world successfully.

In today’s People Spotlight, we’re highlighting two VMware employees that have experienced both sides of the Mentor/Mentee role during the internship program, Lyubomir Pishinov, a current MTS and former 2012 intern at VMware Sofia and Konstantin Spirov, a Senior Software Engineer working on vCenter Orchestrator.

 

Intern Mentee:

Name: Lyubomir Pishinov

Office location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Job title: MTS

Period at VMware: 10 months

Favorite tech gadget: Kindle

 

What sparked your interest in technology?

I can’t tell for sure, but maybe like most children, I was fascinated by the computer games of my childhood. Along with computer games, I started to become interested in everything that was connected to computers. After my first days in high school I knew that my future would be tied to computer technology.

What is life at VMware like for you?

An amazing experience. It is fantastic that I have a chance to grow professionally here at VMware. Every day I learn so many new things and I’m really glad that I have the opportunity to work among some of the best professionals in the industry.

What has been a fun VMware moment for you?

Well, a really fun VMware moment for me was when our TechOps team played a Halloween joke on coworkers on site. When I came into work that day it took me more than a few minutes to realize why my mouse and headphones didn’t work. The mouse laser was sealed with a piece of Scotch tape and the headphones were plugged in the microphone jack. It was pretty funny after I realized what was going on.

How would you describe your mentorship experience at VMware? Share your biggest takeaway.

To have the chance to get assistance and guidelines from your mentor during the internship is really essential for the success of your internship project. The combination of creativity and experience is the main factor that turns ideas into reality during an internship at VMware. Overall, my biggest takeaway was the emphasis on staying closely focused on the goals of my internship project and evaluating the pros and cons of each decision that I had to make as an intern.

What advice would you give to future VMware Interns?

My advice to future VMware Interns is to work hard, be proactive and embrace learning opportunities.

 

R&D Mentor:

Name: Konstantin Spirov

Office location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Job title: Senior Software Engineer, vCenter Orchestrator

Period at VMware: 3 years

Favorite tech gadget: My ergonomic keyboard with angle adjustment capability and my “Pomodoro” kitchen timer.

 

From a Mentor`s point of view what is the benefit of interning at VMware?

The IT job market in Bulgaria is very competitive, even for the internship positions. Luckily VMware has one great advantage over our competitors – we are able to provide rich experiences and meaningful projects to work on in a collaborative environment.

A VMware internship is a great start for a student’s career, and they really learn a lot. 70% of the learning process is goal oriented (learning by doing), but in the remaining 30% of their time, interns have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a horizontal direction – to experience the work in an enterprise environment, to discuss the big picture with employees and to explore the great library of courseware we offer for our employees.

And last but not least, an internship at VMware looks great on a student’s CV (resume). The opportunity to succeed is great – it’s not a secret. An intern’s project research could be used as a proof of concept or early prototypes for real product features. Very often we are able to offer a full employment position to the successful interns.

How would you describe your Mentor experience at VMware? What has been your biggest takeaway?

The project I proposed was a software development framework, which provides the opportunity of using Java applets with HTML5 browser without JRE installed on the client machine. The intern I was mentoring (Minko Gechev) was a perfect match for the project – was very focused, and he really liked the domain area. The project required knowledge in many languages and API and proactive research. We set some milestones, and I gave sufficient buffer time for Minko to orient and fill in the gaps. He was able to learn and grow very quickly. At the end of every milestone we discussed the architecture and tactical ideas for implementation.

Minko’s knowledge about JavaScript design patterns was great, so we talked a lot about the new Web approaches and frameworks. These discussions provided a fresh perspective to my role. From the mentor’s viewpoint –  now I can more effectively decide where I should lead and where I should leave freedom. I learned (without laziness and without abandoning my responsibilities as a lead) how to trust more and to expect trust in return.

The most important factor, which made our collaboration very natural, was the fact that we shared the same passion on the bleeding-edge approaches. Personally for me the opportunity to experiment and play with a project, which is not in production was also great. We were able to complete our major tasks two months before the deadline. Afterwards, we prepared some Tech Talks highlight our project results and presented them to other teams within VMware.

Overall, the mentorship of the internship projects is something employees voluntary do; the reward is the joy to help these young people in boosting their talent.

 

 

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