A Day in the Life At CA: Kayla Fuller, Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Kayla Fuller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

CA Accelerator is the internal incubation program of CA Technologies. Part startup, part venture capital and part think tank, the Accelerator is one way CA Technologies encourages internal innovation and barrier breaking within our organization. The CA Accelerator is a unique opportunity to join a big company, but have the feel of working for a startup.

As part of our “Day in the Life” blog series, we’re checking in with some of the people who build and define our latest projects and asking them what it’s like to work on an Accelerator team.

Meet Kayla

Kayla is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for CA and Head of Growth for FreshTracks.io, a CA Accelerator project. She joined the company very recently, working for Freshtracks.io for just a couple of months now out of the company’s Boulder and Denver, CO offices.

“It has only been a few weeks, but I am really loving it here so far! The emphasis on work-life balance is fantastic, and I have a wonderful team.”

Prior to joining CA, Kayla spent most of her career at advertising agencies and brings a diverse background in almost every type of marketing.

We asked Kayla what attracted her to a role with a CA Accelerator.

“I love the startup feel with all the benefits CA has to offer. I get to do innovative, fast-paced work with amazing resources I wouldn’t have access to at a traditional startup. The Accelerator offers the best of both worlds.”

What does a Sr. Product Marketing Manager/Head of Growth do?

“My job is to help FreshTracks.io grow! I do this through marketing, branding and go-to-market strategy.”

A typical day for Kayla starts with an overhead standup where she and the founders review Agile boards and discuss how to move things forward for the day from a strategic perspective. She spends most of her morning in meetings, and the second half of her day creating or planning.

“My favorite part of my job is that strategic and creative thinking I get to put into our product, and our brand as a whole.”

Kayla also loves her location and workspace.

“I love working part of the week in downtown Denver, and part of the week in Boulder. Both locations have such fun office spaces and are close to great restaurants and breweries.”

Photo by Johnathan Koonce (singledegree.format.com)

We asked Kayla what she would say to someone considering a role with a CA accelerator.

“Working for an Accelerator is a blast. It is wonderful getting the best of both worlds. Be ready to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.”

Does a job on a CA Accelerator team sound intriguing to you? Take a look at our open jobs on Accelerator projects on this page.

If you want to learn more about how the Accelerator came to fruition at CA Technologies check out this article, featuring our CTO Otto Berkes.

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A Day In The Life At CA: Software Engineering Manager

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Software Engineering Manager at CA Technologies?

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you insight on these key facts from the perspective of a real CA employee. This Software Engineering Manager profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

Meet Petr

Petr loves to play Ricochet (similar to Squash) and Football and is very active when it comes to sports. He is currently pursuing an MBA degree to further develop his managerial skills.

Petr’s Career Story

Petr has been at CA Technologies Prague for over 10 years. He originally joined as an Associate Software Engineer, and three promotions later, is currently a Software Engineering Manager.

“At CA I started as an Associate Software Engineer in 2006. After 1 year I was promoted to a Software Engineer position. In 2010, I was promoted to Senior Software Engineer and started working with databases which was a completely new experience. Since the time I joined as an Associate Software Engineer, the company has changed a lot. We started using agile methodologies. With this working framework, more opportunities became available which gave me a chance to present my complex knowledge from the beginning of product development to the end of development life cycle. The fact that CA developed me from junior level all the way up to managerial level, it has given me the foundations and knowledge to lead two teams and I’m looking forward to the new challenges ahead.”

The Life of a Software Engineering Manager

We asked Petr how he would describe his role as a Software Engineering Manager and why he loves it.

“In layman’s terms, I’m responsible for developing my team’s skills and careers, building new teams for continuous development and progress. The compliance of our processes within Software Engineering is something I also manage and look to continuously improve  in my role.”

A typical workday for Petr starts with checking his calendar to ensure reminders are in place. Once his day is fully scheduled and his ‘to do list’ is in place, he prioritises tasks, before fetching the first mandatory cup of cappuccino.

“Every day is different but the goal is usually to finish all the tasks from the list I’ve created for my actions. This is a big satisfaction for me to see all the deliverables being completed at the end of day. The biggest part of my role revolves around meetings.”

When we asked Petr what is the favorite part of his job, he told us how he loves to see the progression of his team at CA and having a direct impact on CA customers.

“Making decisions that can directly impact customers makes me feel really good. It is important for us to be productive and adding value everyday. Aside from our customers, it’s a real satisfaction to see people develop within Software Engineering careers here at CA.”

Life At CA

Petr is certainly a fan of the office and the area on the business park in Chodov. He likes the individual working areas in the office and the overall setup is a perfect environment for effective teamwork. He is also complimentary of the break out areas, with the abundance of meeting rooms.

“I like the promenade among different offices where I can meet different people. From time to time there are events organized such as volleyball, football tournaments or Halloween celebrations. The environment is always kept clean. Offices on the business park are close to the subway which makes it easy to move around the whole of Prague without using a car. In other words, the office is perfectly reachable from every part of the city.”

We’re extremely happy with the benefits we offer to our Prague employees to meet their “work life balance” and it is a vital part of why Petr loves his #LifeAtCA.

“CA provides so many benefits that it can be difficult to remember them all. Some of them are only seasonal and available for certain parts of the year but others are more permanent. The most innovative benefit seems to be that you are allowed three days off when you adopt a pet or grieve and deal with the loss of a pet. Personally, I appreciate having the day off to celebrate my Service Anniversary Day. It is one day which just simply allows me to reflect and relax so that I can continue to add value to CA.”

Petr’s Career Advice

Petr would recommend a Services position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to work for a global company who invest in their employees.

“It is not about the job you do but about the brand you work for. CA has big potential for everybody who takes their role and professional career seriously. While other well-established software companies needs are to keep and maintain their market or brand position, it can allow for lack of opportunities because they are risk averse. On the other hand companies like CA have the opportunity to grow and are more open to allowing employees to take opportunities. From my own experience at CA, bureaucracy has been limited and I have had the freedom to make an impact in my role.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Petr for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Software Engineering Manager! You can follow him on LinkedIn here.

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How Veterans Empower Tech, Careers and Culture at CA Technologies

Veterans at CA Technologies share their stories, experiences and advice on military to civilian career success.

It’s now a well known fact that diversity of thought, backgrounds and experiences powers business success. CA has known this for years, and one of the endeavor we’re most proud of in this arena is our effort to recruit and transition veterans into fruitful careers.

Last year CA received the 2016 Military Friendly Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer designation by Victory Media (publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse) for the strength of our company wide military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service. We also partner with and recruit from NPower, a non-profit committed to building brighter futures for military veterans by providing access and opportunity to tech skills to help them achieve their potential.  

In light of Veterans Day, and to further honor and appreciate our veterans, we’re sharing stories and advice from a few of our employees with military backgrounds. We received priceless nuggets of wisdom on:

 

Veterans at CA Technologies

James Kokoszynski, known to his colleagues as Jim or “Koko,” is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marines. The veterans at CA Technologies started an internal Veterans Diversity group in 2014, which consists of about 50 or so veterans globally, and which Jim is humbled to lead. “It’s more of an awareness.” he says. “It’s a small community within CA which provides relevant information. We use it as a source to share benefits information, upcoming events, etc. When we first kicked it off, I put up my OCS (Officer Candidate School) picture and where I served, and everyone else starting doing it too. There’s recognition and mutual respect. The recognition speaks volumes. It’s been nice for all of us. I’m not at every office to get to know everyone, but it brings us all together.”

Jim was able to help pull together an inspiring group of veterans for us to honor and to receive more first-hand insight into how they translate their value in a job hunt, build their career with their skills base, and enjoy their civilian roles.

Translating Skills for Your Resume and Interviews

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“The military experience I received has taught me to never quit, even when you are unsure of the outcome.”

~ Randall Cason, Customer Experience Representative, Global Customer Assistance

“I attribute all of my opportunity and success to my years in the military. There, I cultivated and refined my technical skills, developed discipline, learned the value of a team, and witnessed true professionalism. These experiences accumulated in my own personal toolbox. I employ these tools daily to shape my career at CA and to promote the success and security of CA and our customers.”

~ David B. MillerPrincipal Consultant, Services | MSGT(Ret) US Air Force/Air National Guard

“The Marine Corps taught me many lessons that I apply to this day in my civilian career. The most important however has been applying the Marines core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.  Honoring myself, my customers and my co-workers. Having the Courage to take chances. Lastly, Commitment to excellence. These three words have provided a foundation for who I am.”

~ Don Chastain, Sr Director Presales | USMC 1993 – 1999

“As a veteran I recommend that Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines exploit their leadership and technical proficiencies that the military provides and take advantage of transition services to hone your resume and interviewing skills. Also get or stay involved in veteran and professional organizations to keep your networking skills active. CA Technologies offers excellent opportunities for veterans to leverage their military expertise, especially uncompromising integrity and results-oriented expertise, both are crucial in CA’s DNA. Best of luck in the future!”

David Scarbalis, Advisor, DoD/Intel Enterprise Solutions | COL(Ret), US Army

“Military training teaches you to approach problems differently, pay attention to detail, and have a harder work ethic than most people. Companies like CA want people like that who are dedicated, hard working, and have integrity. Don’t think your military experiences, training, and way of thinking isn’t an asset, cause it is the greatest asset your bring to the table.”

~ Andrew SpearSoftware Engineer | Sgt. US Army National Guard

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“Being at CA, I use the military experience to help lead and resolve client technology business issues as well as being a voice of the client to CA to enhance and improve our relationship with our customers.”

Rodrick Penson, Sr Principal Consultant, Pre-Sales | Us Army and Army Reserve

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“The Army and Army Reserve prepared me for a career in challenging the status quo by instilling a clear focus on the mission and an emphasis on continual personal growth to adapt to an evolving set of challenges; never accepting complacency in one’s self or others.”

~ Joseph Valeriano, Principal Consultant, Agile Management Presales | Army MOS: 35N—Signals Intelligence Analyst

“It’s great to work for a company that values leadership skills, the same skills I honed while serving in the military. Veterans know how to get teams moving towards a common goal. CA provides veterans continuing opportunities to lead and this benefits everyone.”

~ Mark Turner, Sr. Engineer, SaaS Ops and Delivery | Former Cryptologic Technician (Collection), Second Class, U.S. Navy

Veterans at CA Technologies

“As part of an organization such as CA, an important part of reaching project milestones through to completion relies on everyone as employees communicating and working effectively together. When given a job to do, the military leadership holds you accountable to see it through, which is also important when working together and fulfilling your role on the team here at CA.”

Clifford Pinnock Jr., Principal, Platform Engineer | US Navy, Hospital Corpsman-FMF

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“My military experiences have shaped my civilian career today. It taught me discipline, organization, and respect for superiors.”

~ Dick Cermak, Sr Support Engineer | US Army, Specialist Fifth Class SP5

 

“The U.S. Marines provided me with a foundation for many things that transitioned into the civilian workforce, such as teamwork and mission accomplishment. Those are crucial elements to get things done in Corporate America. Another thing that has also had a huge impact on my professional development is having a positive attitude in the face of adversity. The best things in life certainly do not come easy. Attitude combined with initiative can make all the difference in the world, and I have certainly been blessed by allowing it to shape my world over the years.”

Brian Rayner, Solution Account Manager, Enterprise Management | US Marines

“My training and experience in the USAF shaped my ability to be a leader as well as a team member and remains the cornerstone for my business career. Fellow veterans, that same training and experience can be your cornerstone as well.”

Mark ShadaPrincipal Contracts Manager, Worldwide Law Dept. | Captain USAF 1973-1978

“The best advice I received upon retirement after 20 years in the Air Force and 4 wars came from a dear friend. She reminded me that my career in the Air Force uniquely prepared me for life in my civilian career.

The military provides a sense of purpose and ownership; we don’t have the luxury of waiting for someone else to do or handle the things we’re responsible for. It also teaches us to weigh the pro’s and con’s of a given situation, then make a decision based on our judgement. As a Senior NCO, I was given orders that needed to be carried out, both at peace and at war. My job was to determine how best to accomplish those orders and lead teams to successfully execute them. We train constantly, and we learn to respect the abilities and opinions of our teammates; we rely on each other, often with our lives, so we trust each other implicitly. The advice I was given was to hold on to the values I learned in the military, and to do my best to apply them in my civilian career. That advice has served me well in life and in my career at CA Technologies, and I advise my fellow former service members to heed it as well.”

Scott ScogginsServices Program Manager | MSgt USAF (ret)

“As an former Infantry officer with two combat tours cross collaboration is key. Working as a collective team, building plans where everyone understands their role & deliverable is key to winning. The same principals apply in the corporate world. Everyone has a role, leverage the greater team for the greater good of the mission. “

~ Steve Cantin, Solution Account Manager DevOps | Infantry Captain (ret)

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“This country wouldn’t be what it is today without the sacrifice of those that served.  CA has been great to me for the last 17 years.  The team work and “can do” attitude that we learn in the military is a huge benefit to CA.”

 ~ Jeff WolfePrincipal, Platform Engineer, GIS | SPC, US Army, Desert Storm

“It was a great honor to serve my country if only for a short time in the US Navy. It was a humbling experience to be a part of one of the greatest organizations on the planet…an organization full of people so committed to the cause of freedom, so full of pride for their country, and so willing to sacrifice so much to fight for what they believe in. The discipline that I learned while serving in the Navy and the level of integrity and personal accountability we were held to as part of the submarine crew has served me well in both life and in my career. I am grateful for the opportunity to have represented American and will never take for granted the remarkable men and women of the US Military.”

~ Rob Jenkins, Principal Business Tech Architect | US Navy

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“You have no control over how people will view you but you do have control over how you are seen.’ This quote came from one my mentors in the military and to this day I live by those words by taking charge of things I have control over.”

Ed Luna, Sr Principle Consultant | Sergeant USAF

 

Leadership Lessons From The Service

“I enjoy working here because of the flexibility. The Marine Corps is really small and you have a lot of latitude. I feel the same way at CA because I’m leading my people in the same way. There is no micromanaging. I want my team to have flexibility. I feel CA really encourages a situational awareness environment. I don’t know everything, just because I’m a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps doesn’t mean I know everything. There’s no way I know more than my architect who has 40 years in mainframe. I never will. I’ll just remove the roadblocks because that’s what leaders do.”

~ Jim Kokoszynski, VP, Software Engineering | Lt Col, US Marines, Retired

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“My service as a Combat Infantry soldier clearly had no direct link to a career in the Software business. However, the lessons learned, particularly about leadership during my time in service has been absolutely invaluable to me in my business career. Interestingly, many of our DNA attributes at CA are also key attributes for a soldier. ‘Uncompromising Integrity” resonates the most in that respect, and I’m proud to work for a company that lives up to their word by creating a performance-based culture, investing in quality employee development programs such as the Leadership Development Program, staying on mission, and honoring our commitments to customers, employees, and shareholders.”

Rob Esdale, Director, CA Services Enterprise Management Practice | SGT, US Army, 101st Airborne Division

 

Veterans’ #LifeAtCA

“My military experience showed me know that that I can do anything that I put my mind to. When I started CA in Jan 2000, I was at crossroads as to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I started out as the receptionist to get my foot in the door at CA. I took night classes and obtained my undergraduate and graduate degree while at CA. I had some awesome managers who asked me what I wanted to do once I graduated and had that open communication. I moved up from the receptionist, Facilities Admin, Customer Information Specialist, Financial Contract Analyst and now I manage a team of 8 Contract Managers. I enjoy seeing the company do well and knowing I helped in some form or way. CA has helped shape my career and I am thankful for the opportunity they have afforded me to work for such a company who values Veterans.”

~ Wendy BeamManager, Financial Contracts | Specialist, Army National Guard

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“CA has been the most military friendly company I’ve ever worked for. They’ve given me as much time as needed to complete my reserve duties no questions asked. They’ve gone way beyond the requirement of the law and it’s greatly appreciated by this veteran.”

Lowell H Higley, Sr Principal Product Manager | Major, US Air Force Reserve (retired)

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“Serving my country in the United States Air Force was my honor and privilege. It provided the opportunity to expand my personal borders physically, emotionally and spiritually. CA has provided continuing evolvement by providing a culture that allows me to continue to retain the meaningfulness of my military years; recapturing the challenge of working with brilliant people to solve big problems whose scope exceeds any personal gain.”

~Doris J. Wilkerson, Principal, Business Insight Analyst | Veteran, United States Air Force

“The US Armed Forces, at its core, is a meritocracy; you are judged on your abilities, not your race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other categorization. A core value instilled in me during my time at the US Air Force Academy and on active duty in the US Air Force was Mutual Respect. I deeply believe CA Technologies embraces this core value. WE are stronger because of our diversity, not in spite of it.”

~ Matthew MillerSr. Principal Consultant, Presales | Captain, US Air Force (former)

“I am grateful to work for a company like CA Technologies that actively seeks veterans and promotes the concept of leaders at every level. I witness the Air Force Core Values that I lived and breathed for over 20 years every day while working on projects that are aimed at making our customers successful. I am proud to be a part of the CA Team.”

Janice R. Johnson, Senior Project Manager | Lt Col, Air Force, Retired

“It’s not easy for a Veteran to transition into the civilian workforce or life style. With employers like CA opening up opportunities to Veterans, appreciating what we sacrificed for our country and the skills we can bring into an organization; it helps to ease the burden and anxiety that can be associated with moving away from a military career. It has been said “Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.”  At CA we promote accepting responsibility, adhering to a higher ethical standard and answering the call when our Clients need us.”

Darryl MeadeFinancial Contracts Analyst | Personnelmen First Class (Surface Warfare), Retired U.S. Navy  5/25/79 – 5/31/99

“CA is developing a culture starting with good core leadership with relevant goals and values, as well as a solid infrastructure in world class products and middle management team. Along with the innovative staff, whether it’s Research and Development, or other company employees or troops that believe in the mission or products, all of which can make any company or form of Military apparatus thrive or succeed.”

~ Tom Boyd, Principal Software Engineer | US Navy – Boatswain Mate Second Class

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“CA has always fostered an atmosphere of support, dedication and career growth for our military veterans. As a veteran and current military spouse, CA leadership has also provided unwavering support for the CA military family.”

~ Marie Purucker, Principal, Customer Experience Manager | Veteran (Desert Storm), U.S. Air Force

“As a Vietnam War era veteran I have seen respect and appreciation for our military grow tremendously over the past several decades. Veterans come uniquely qualified to perform many different types of jobs, and it is both encouraging and satisfying to work for CA where we can contribute and continue to serve as we did during our military careers.”

~ Cary F. Andrews, Director, Practice Services | U.S. Navy EM1(SS), 2/72-7/81

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“I have found that the qualities that I learned in the military such as Leadership, Teamwork, Loyalty and taking care of your troops work just as well in a corporate environment. I find that military veterans typically turn out to be outstanding employees and always like to give them an opportunity. I love that fact that CA recognizes our military veterans and actively supports them during deployments.”

~ Doug Milligan, Sr Director Employee Education | Sgt, US Army Airborne, Desert Storm Veteran

Veterans Day CA Technologies

“I am proud to be a Veteran as well as an employee of CA. My years in the military helped develop the discipline and drive to get the job done correctly and quickly. CA recognizes these positive traits and recognizes those that have served. Thank you, CA.”

Bob Galella, Principal Support Engineer | Petty Officer 2nd Class US Navy

“CA recognizes the skills and value that veterans offer. The corporate culture, competitive spirit and mission focus that is shared by the leadership and employees of CA, make it a perfect environment for veterans to excel and succeed. This is why I have chosen to pursue my civilian career goals with CA.”

Pete GrellDirector, Corporate Aviation | LTCol USMCR Ret.

“The military focuses on the same essential building blocks as CA. ‘We’ are self-aware, authentic, customer- centric, creative, agile, resilient, results-oriented, collaborative, socially aware with uncompromising integrity….always. CA is a company any veteran should be proud to work for.”

~ Pamela Zeberlein, Advisor, Business Analysis | MSgt, US Air Force Reserve, Retired

“I enjoy working at CA as I enjoy the culture and the work I do. I feel like I am actually making a real impact on the success of my team and the success of the CA Unified Infrastructure Manager product.”

~ Mike Hake, Sr Software Engineer | US Marine Corps, F-18 Aircraft Avionics Technician

“CA was incredibly supportive. When I was activated to leave for 9 months in Iraq, I had to turn in my laptop and my badge, and not only are you leaving your family at home, but also your friends and colleagues at work which was very difficult. But everyone from my manager and co-workers were really supportive of me and my family when I was gone. I received care packages from different departments, and my department signed a CA flag with some well wishes on it which I brought to Iraq. When I got back they were incredibly welcoming to me. There was a welcome sign in the lobby my first day back with balloons. My position was held for me, my office was how I left it. I got my laptop back and my badge. I resumed my duties. I picked right up where I left off. My workload was shared across the department, everyone stepped up while I was gone. The entire company has been very supportive.”

~ Dan Kolenda, VP, Business Practices & Compliance | LTCol, US Army Reserves

 Veterans at CA Technologies

 

Dan also wanted to add how CA supports the veteran community by giving back. We have partnered with the Scott Rigsby Foundation to help sponsor a family weekend for the families of wounded warriors, and for the last 10 years our sales organization in the Northeast has sponsored a golf tournament with customers, partners, and CA employees for Adopt-a-platoon, which delivers care packages to troops overseas. “The fact that CA is so supportive of our military and our veterans, makes me proud to be an employee here. And it’s clearly one of the reasons why I love being here and plan to stay,” he says.

MFECA Technologies has been named a
2016 Military Friendly® Employer!

 

Recently CA Technologies partnered with the American Red Cross and the VA Hospital of New York City on the Lower East side of Manhattan to host a Job Search Tips and Tricks workshop for local veterans. Through this two day workshop, CA colleagues were able to build relationships with the men and women who served our country, hear each of their stories, and assist them in working towards the next steps in their professional career.

“Not all employers do what CA does,” says Kolenda. “It shows our support and recognition for those who have made this country what it is. Hopefully it encourages others to be like CA. It’s welcoming to see that CA appreciates and seeks out those who have those military experiences and those unique skillsets.”

Happy Veterans Day to our honored service men and women!

 

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A Day in the Life At CA: Skyler Cozad, Sr. Consultant, Digital Presales

Insight on what it’s like to work in Digital Presales at CA

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you insight from a real CA employee. This Sr. Consultant, Presales profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Skyler

Skyler started with CA Technologies in 2014 as a Presales Associate, working with prospects to identify challenges and pair those to CA solutions. He came to CA from one of our customers.

“The excitement of coming from the customer side, working with a product that I knew and appreciated as a valuable tool for my job, is something I now carry when sharing our tools and solutions with customers and prospects alike.”

Fast forward three years, and Skyler has now moved into the role of Sr. Presales Consultant. So, what exactly does a Sr. Presales Consultant do?

“I work with customers to identify and solve IT problems. Usually this means digging through log files, replicating problems that they’ve seen, or just educating them on how they can use the tools in a way that suits their workflows.”

“I’m excited to have the ability and connections to work one on one with our customers to help them strategically leverage their solutions more effectively, and ultimately achieve the results they are after.”

 Loving the workspace

Skyler works with the Digital Presales team in CA’s Plano, Texas office.

“Working in an office has been a great experience. Previously I worked from home, and having the ability to coordinate and work with coworkers directly has been great. Problems seem to get solved a lot more quickly when you have the ability to turn around and ask questions, bounce ideas around, or just relax and shoot some dart guns at a teammate who may be focusing too intently on something else.”

“The office space is great in terms of how it’s set up. There are cubes, but not so tall that it keeps you from seeing your neighbors, communicating directly, and not having to walk across the floor just to see if your sales guy is available.”

What’s an average day like?

A typical day for Skyler includes a number of conference calls, strategizing on the best way to accomplish customer goals, and the occasional ping pong match.

“The first thing I do in the morning is spend about an hour to an hour and a half catching up on companywide emails, or studying up for the calls of the day. So much of what the team does involves specialized conversations around unique technology and features, it’s great to have the quiet to sit, read and process how this information will be presented back to the customer in the conversations for the day.”

The best CA benefit?

Skyler says the best benefit available at CA is the attention managers give to their employees, especially in terms of being able to take time off when needed, whether it’s to be present for a family emergency or to recover from a stressful time in the office.

“Having that time available makes it possible to work in a way that works best for you. I enjoy working in sprints, which can be days, weeks, or months long depending on the season. During this time I prefer to work many early mornings and late evenings. Although this can be very productive over a short period, it eventually leads to feeling tired and in need of rest. This benefit allows me to take time when it’s available to rest and recharge, but still be able to work the way that I enjoy most.”

 Why CA?

CA is a hidden gem when it comes working in sales at a B2B tech company. What advice would Skyler give to someone considering a sales job at a lesser-known company?

“View it as an opportunity. An opportunity to bring what you bring to create impact on the culture. Here in Plano, the team built the culture that we have today, we participate in the planning of our events, we’ve researched and continue to build a modern workspace with new technologies, and finally, we take ownership of the work that we do and the outcomes we achieve.”

If you’re interested working in Presales with CA, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on sales roles that match your search.

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A Day In The Life At CA: Associate Software Engineer

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an Associate Software Engineer at CA Technologies?

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you insight on these key facts from the perspective of a real CA employee. This Associate Software Engineer profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

Meet Ksenia

Ksenia Ponomareva, Associate Software Engineer has a keen love for tennis. She likes to play it with her colleagues in the morning hours to keep herself fresh & focused.

Ksenia’s Career Story

Although Ksenia has only just recently celebrated her 1st year at CA Technologies this summer, she’s made real impact to the business at the Prague Technology Center. Ksenia has two university degrees in IT, but never planned to work as a programmer. She decided to give a try & is now very satisfied with her work!

The Life of an Associate Software Engineer

We asked Ksenia how she would describe her role as an Associate Software Engineer and why she loves it.

“My job is not just programming, I do a lot of different things, such as studying product, investigating the code and testing fixes, as well as have meetings and training’s. I am always learning new things, and CA provides you with the opportunity to improve your professional skills and I really enjoy this.”

A typical workday for Ksenia starts with organizing the top priority tasks for the day, before fetching the first mandatory cup of tea.

“Every day we have stand up meeting. There we discuss the things each of us are working on, our plans and current blockers. I find this very helpful as it gets me in sync with the rest of the team. We also have what’s called a parking lot. It is a voluntary continuation of up meetings, where people help each other solve their current problems and blockers.”

When we asked Ksenia what is the favourite part of her job, she told us how she loves to solve the programmes that directly impact the products and customers.

“Programming problems are challenging. I enjoy the satisfaction of completing a challenge. It is always a great feeling when you solve another puzzle that you know will help the product and the customer and you can go on to the next one. I constantly learn new things that come with new problem solving tasks and I like it very much.”

Life At CA

Ksenia is certainly a fan of the office and the area on the business park in Chodov. She likes the very neat individual working areas in the office and the overall setup is perfect for effective teamwork. She is also a fan of the break out areas, and the abundance of meeting rooms.

“We have very nice park around our office. In the summer we enjoy having lunch outside. The surrounding areas are very pleasant and I love to take a small trip to the the little pond where the ducks swim. In the office I like the kitchen very much, it’s a great space. I can have a coffee break with my colleagues in an unofficial setting and discuss what we are working on together. It’s also great for networking as I get to meet people from different projects and departments there.”

We’re extremely happy with the benefits we offer our Prague employees. In particular, Ksenia is a fan of the benefits we offer to meet the sporty needs of of our employees, which is one reasons she loves her #LifeAtCA.

“CA provides us with an opportunity to do sports (yoga and pilates) during work time, all costs covered by CA. It also provides us with language lessons, where I study English and Czech.”

Ksenia’s Career Advice

Ksenia would recommend a Software Engineer’s position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to be part of large global software company with great career opportunities and company culture.

“Working at a company like CA can be very rewarding & stimulating. CA provided me the opportunity without any previous working experience in Mainframe, proving that the company willing to invest to their employees. All newcomers take part in the two-month intensive training program (Associate Engineering Program). Employees can benefit from a designated mentorship that will help to build a solid technical foundation.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Ksenia for sharing her Day in the #LifeAtCA of an Associate Software Engineer! You can follow her adventures on LinkedIn here

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A Day in the Life at CA: Software Engineer

CA Accelerator is the internal incubation program of CA Technologies. Part startup, part venture capital and part think tank- the Accelerator is one way CA Technologies is encouraging internal innovation and breaking barriers within our organization. The CA Accelerator is a unique opportunity to join a big company, but have the feel of working for a startup. If you want to learn more about how the Accelerator came to fruition at CA Technologies check out this article, featuring our CTO Otto Berkes. Launched in 2015, the Accelerator is relatively new so we wanted to check in with some of the folks who build and define our latest projects, and ask them a few questions on what it’s like to work on an Accelerator team.

Meet Ali

Ali is a Software Engineer who joined the WhoZoo.io team five and a half months ago, and works out of the Santa Clara office. Ali has an eclectic background, likes to draw as a hobby, and who knows – you may have seen him in the past dancing in a panda costume (panda has since retired). Intrigued? So were we.

Diversity of thought is proven to increase team productivity, innovation and the bottom line, and Ali’s background is not lacking in variety.

 “Prior to joining CA Technologies, I spent the last few years as an independent contract Software Engineer.  My professional career varied quite a bit before that: handyman repair work, TA-ing for various Biology courses, managing local bands & organizing art shows, prepping samples in a plant pathology lab, & content editing, to name a few things.”

Ali enjoys drawing as a hobby

YOUR ROLE

Accelerator team members often wear multiple hats, particularly as the team is being built, so we asked Ali – bare bones, how would he describe his job?

“On the most basic level, I’m one of the engineers developing the WhoZoo web application by creating its structure, then styling & defining the behavior of that content.  Beyond that, I enjoy acting as a cross-team networker, assisting collaboration & creating meaningful professional relationships.”

The CA Accelerator encourages internal employees to pitch their idea to the CTO and board members, and if the project gets funded then the team will receive small, incremental investments, like a startup. We asked Ali what attracted him to a role with the CA Accelerator.

“CA Accelerators feels like a “CA Labs” space, a fast-paced world where people from within can cook-up new ideas & assemble a team to give it life.  For those that enjoy making, building, & trying-to-understand things, like myself, this environment is a progressive, experimental, & innovative paradise.”

What about WhoZoo specifically?

“As for WhoZoo itself, my interest has been rooted in the mentality.  Culture is defined through a trickle-down effect.  From the very first interview, what prominently stood out to me, was the leadership’s genuine empathy: for each other, for their peers, & for their users.  This culture of helping & support is a prime foundation for success.”

YOUR #LifeAtCA

Each project team has a unique working style and culture that Founders help foster from day one, and we wanted to know what this might look like on the WhoZoo team.

“After I setup my workspace, I usually post a podcast or article I found interesting or relevant to the team’s chat, then create my todo list for the day.

Every morning we run through our daily standup so we’re all on the same page, then other members of the development team & I usually sync up.  Around 11:30 we get lunch, usually with some of the BlazeMeter team.

What I always look forward to is “The Roost.”  Every Friday, we spend 50 minutes, together, not working.  This space where we could talk about anything has helped us form a more personal & friendly bond.” 

You can read more about “The Roost” in Simon’s (WhoZoo’s founder) blog post.

What is Ali’s favorite part about his office/workspace in Santa Clara?

“The setup.  We can easily pair or ask for feedback from other teammates or the others around us.”

Ali’s workstation

 

What about his favorite CA benefit?

“The “Bring What You Bring” mentality.  The culture at CA encourages everyone to proactively improve the space we share & the way we work, based on each other’s actionable feedback.”

Ali’s favorite spot at the Santa Clara office

 

Ali spoke on the personality type that would flourish in the accelerator setting, but what would he say to someone considering a role with the CA Accelerator?

“It’s fast-paced & can be challenging at times.  But the support system that the CA Accelerator program has crafted is a finely tuned machine, helping you & your team be the best you can, while still having a healthy life-energy-work balance”

To learn more about Ali- check out his website and connect with him on LinkedIn

If Ali’s story with the Accelerator peaks your interest, we highly encourage you to look at our open jobs on Accelerator projects that can be found on this page.

Search here or join our Talent Community and create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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The case of the creepy company

Case of the creepy ccompany

Will your new job be just right or a howling fright?

Starting a new job can be a scary proposition. Are you going to like it? Will it be everything the company promised? Are you jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?

The answer to allaying your anxiety lies in doing thorough research on the company you’re considering before you ever accept the offer. In addition to the qualifications for the job, you should also look for clues about things like the company’s mission, values and culture.

To help with your research, here is a list of some spooky signs that your new dream job may really be a nightmare.

 The headless company

You’ll undoubtedly find polished headshots of the company’s leadership on its website, but can you find any other employee stories? The people who are in the trenches every day can offer first-person perspectives you won’t get from slick website copy. Ideally, you’ll be able to find stories from people who work in the same position and/or department that you’re considering.

The social media ghost town

If you’re like most people, social media is the first place you’ll look for information on a company. If you find an abandoned Facebook page with no posts since way back in 2015, and an Instagram with exactly three photos, it’s a sign that the company isn’t social savvy and perhaps not very current in its thinking.

The case of the missing job description

While a bulleted list of required skills is helpful, it won’t give you a complete picture of your role. A good job description will give insight into such things as:

  • The company’s culture
  • The culture of your specific department
  • How this role contributes to the company as a whole
  • The kind of technology you’ll be working with
  • What kind of team you’ll be working with

The clues that don’t add up

At face value, most companies are going to project an awesome company culture, but sometimes candidates can receive misinformation either in their own search or directly from employees. Maybe a recruiter boasts a lively office environment with volunteer activities every quarter, but when you show up for your interview you only notice a couple of disgruntle employees in cubicles, and when you ask about the last volunteering event your interviewer participated in they raise a brow.

As mentioned, researching the company prior to interviewing is of the utmost importance, but if you get the chance to interview onsite, use the opportunity to play detective and see if everything you’ve heard about the company up to that point is seemingly accurate.

We encourage you to practice your company research skills by exploring this website as well as our social sites:

Facebook: facebook.com/CATechnologiesCareers

Instagram: @LifeAtCA

Twitter: @CA_Careers.

You can also follow #LifeAtCA for photos and stories from our people around the world.

If you’d like to explore careers with CA Technologies, you can search our open jobs here, or join our Talent Community to be notified when jobs matching your interests are added.

 

Cathy Bible

Senior Marketing Specialist, Talent Acquisition

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Five tips to successfully prepare for your job interview

Five tips to prepare for your job interview

You never know exactly what you’re going to get in a job interview. On one hand, it could be an engaging, enjoyable experience. On the other, it could feel like a never-ending interrogation. Unfortunately, you don’t have total control over which experience you’ll have. However, you can tilt the odds in your favor by being proactive and thoroughly preparing for your interview. It requires some effort, but it’s worth it!  Proper interview preparation makes your responses to questions more applicable to the job at hand, and can give you a competitive edge over other candidates.

Being prepared can give you more confidence in selling your talents, and help offset some of your interview jitters. Here are five tips to help you prepare for your next interview.

Research

Give the company’s website a thorough look. You should familiarize yourself with their products and services, but also pay attention to their About section and their Mission statements. These are great places to find hints about the company’s culture. Another great way to familiarize yourself with a company’s culture is to review (or stalk) their social media platforms. Scroll through company Facebook and Instagram photos to put some people and imagery behind the mission that the company promotes as their culture.

Review & Print Resume Copies

Updating your resume is a crucial step in preparing for the interview.

  • Make sure your resume clearly highlights your previous responsibilities and successes, and also provides a clear snapshot of the impact you had in those roles. Use bullets to quickly capture the important details.
  • Double check for grammar and spelling errors by reading the text aloud. It’s also always a good practice to let someone else proofread your resume to catch errors that you may have missed.
  • Print off a few hard copies to bring with you to the interview. Even if you sent it electronically, it’s not uncommon for the interviewer to ask for a copy if he or she forgot to print one out ahead of time.

Have Questions for the Interviewer

This is commonly overlooked, but having a couple of relevant questions to ask your interviewer can make a big difference in their perception of you. Have 3-5 questions on standby, and make sure that some of your questions reflect the research you’ve done on the company.

Dress to Impress

Make sure your clothing is clean and ironed, and that you’re exhibiting good hygiene. Does your hair need a quick brushing? Is there anything stuck in your teeth? And while you may need a piece of gum to freshen up from your morning coffee, don’t forget to spit it out before speaking with the hiring team!

Arrive Early

Map out the interview location – know exactly where you are going. Leave enough time to find alternate routes if needed. This can prevent some unnecessary stress and allow you to arrive early enough to gather your thoughts, review your resume, and take a breath before your interview begins. You can also use the extra time to strike up a conversation with the receptionist if there is one. Getting some small talk in right before meeting with the interview team can help loosen your interview tension.

These tips can’t guarantee you will get the job, but you can have the satisfaction that you gave your best effort to make the best possible impression on your potential employer.

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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Cristiana Darra

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Cristiana Darra. She’s Principal Consultant, Presales.

What does a Principal Consultant, Presales do?

Cristiana Darra

Cristiana takes a leading role in specifying technical solutions, writing proposals and tender, building custom presentations/demonstrations and delivering Proof Of Concepts (POC).

“My job is to support sales productivity and deal flow by securing the “technical close’ in complex environments. I collaborate with sales, services, engineering, and technical support resources to ensure proposed deals include technical solutions that accurately address customer needs, and are appropriately supported by key customer technical decision-makers. “

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Cristiana about what she brings to CA she told us that her main asset is empathy, as she strongly believes in the need to create a trustworthy relationship with customers.

“I always do everything I can to create the right level of empathy. I do not work (only) to sell. I work with the precise goal of helping customers achieve their goals. I believe that this attitude is appreciated by customers who take a serene and collaborative attitude towards me. This helps to create the basis for customers and CA success”

Cristiana and her family: from left to right, her sons Massimo e Marco and her partner Luca.

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Cristiana’s advice to current or future female leaders is to not focus on being a women in business, but to put that girl power into being the best version of you.

“It happens sometimes that women are on the defensive, waiting to react to a skeptical attitude from clients or colleagues. It happened to me when I was younger. Thoughts of this type only produce one result: a distraction from the ultimate goal. The reality is that in the end, there is no interest in anyone, man or a woman, unless you excel and lead by example. Count only on what you have to say and what you can do.”

My female inspiration

Cristiana has many female and male role models but mentions her biggest inspiration is Fabiola Gianotti.

Fabiola Gianotti, currently CERN Director-General was the first woman to hold this position. Her smile is always a source of inspiration for Cristiana.

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/27265-Fabiola_Gianotti

“Generally speaking, I feel a great admiration for all women who are so strong and who aren’t afraid to feel frail or weak in particular situations. Having confidence in yourself and in our own capacities does not mean to be robots. Women cry more easily than men. So? Does this make us less valuable professionals? Absolutely not. I have never had a precise reference model, but I do have a great admiration for Fabiola Gianotti.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“Uncompromising Integrity – because passion for my job forces me to always honor my commitments. Authentic – because I try to be open and transparent, as often as I can.”

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Cristiana Darra – Principal Consultant, Presales
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Patrícia Paladini Adell

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Patrícia Paladini Adell. She’s the Director of Globalization.

What does a Director of Globalization do?

Patrícia is responsible for a team of translation professionals whose main aim is to provide translation services to enable international sales.

“I like to say that our job is to facilitate Product Teams, Corporate Marketing or any other teams at CA to translate and localize their products or assets into any language.”

Bring What You Bring

Patrícia with her future women leader, her daughter Bruna

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Patrícia about what she brings to CA she told us that her main asset is creativity, as her job is to take care of designing the technology that supports translation execution following automated workflows at CA.

“Because me and my team are constantly looking for the best standards and approaches in delivering the highest quality translation assets, we have to bring the best customer experience, as well as maintain exceptional attention to detail when it comes to our delivery.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Patrícia believes that you should not be afraid of taking risks, whether that is at work or in general life.

“When I talk to women about challenges, sometimes I get the impression that they doubt if they are able to take a certain risk or if they are ready for that next step. It’s great to be self-aware, and that’s one of of CA’s mission DNA traits, but you also need to be positively reflective and move away from this ideology of negative self-awareness that can put ourselves by default on a secondary plane. Be brave. Take risks.”

My female inspiration

Patrícia has many female and male role models but mentions her biggest inspiration is her mother.

Patrícia and her mother

She was able to develop herself having come from a very traditional education in which women were supposed to be “nice and quiet” to being at the forefront position in leading a family business and raising for large amounts of years on her own, a family of 5 children.

Patrícia with her mother and four siblings

“Specific to my career at CA, I would like to mention names like Debra Danielson, a role model to all of us as women in leaderships positions. Nivedita Aggarval, a top women reference in work ethics not only at CA but also specifically for women in India. She participates in several conferences and events to help Indian women to take leadership positions. Outside of the organization, women like Anna Schlegel, who’s one of the top influencers in the Globalization arena. Anna is one of the founders of Women in Localization, a professional organization for women with a mission to foster a global community for the advancement of women and the localization industry. Finally, I cannot avoid mentioning my colleagues in the Globalization team and my best-ladies-friends and sisters, all them women leaders in their professional and family areas: every time we get together, we end up exalting the role of women, supporting each other in our daily challenges and celebrating women success.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“I believe woman leaders should fulfill all our DNA traits but I would like to place emphasis on the following:
– Self-Aware (perception is reality)
– Resilient (we never give up)
– Creative (we always have a plan B for everything)
– Uncompromising Integrity (we ask the right questions to clearly understand and support our goals following ethical, honest, forthcoming and transparent approaches).”

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Patrícia Paladini Adell – Director, Globalization
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