A Day In The Life At CA: Associate Services Consultant

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an Associate Services Consultant 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 Services Consultant profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

Meet Yashar

Yashar Abbasov, Associate Services Consultant, is a man of many hobbies. Here he is at sea, which is a place Yashar loves to be.

Yashar’s Career Story

Although Yashar will only just have celebrated his 1st 18 months at CA Technologies at the end of this year, he’s made real impact to the business at the Prague Technology Center.

“I started working at CA a little over 15 months ago. This is my first post-university full time contract.”

The Life of an Associate Services Consultant

We asked Yashar how he would describe his role as an Associate Services Consultant and why he loves it.

“I automate complex, lengthy and expensive installation, configuration, release and deployment processes. I help top Forbes 500 companies in banking, insurance, telco and logistics to succeed in the application economy in adopting CA’s continuous delivery tools and best practices along the journey.”

A typical workday for Yashar starts with a big welcome to his fellow team members, followed by setting up the environment for the top priority tasks, before fetching the first mandatory cup of cappuccino.

“I never felt that any two days are the same at CA. We do have recurring calls and meetings, but there are always new challenges which turn into satisfying rewards as I accomplish them. As any other multilingual certified consultant working at CA, I often travel abroad for business. I’m constantly developing new skills through training’s that are offered to me.”

When we asked Yashar what is the favourite part of his job, he told us how he loves to see the impact of his work for customers, the support unit he has as well as the vast diversity of talent CA has in Prague.

“First one is the impact of my work. Second, is that I always get the support I need from my colleagues and my manager. The same way, I am always pleased to help. Finally, I like the international diversity of our teams.”

Life At CA

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

“Our office sits in a modern building which is located on premises of a stunning technology park on the south-west of the Czech capital. It has all the amenities and facilities needed nearby. There is even a shopping mall 10 minutes away by walk. The best part is the wide range of choices for where to go for lunch.”

We’re extremely happy the benefits we offer to our Prague employees meet those sporty needs and it is a vital part of why Yashar loves his #LifeAtCA.

“CA offers lots of great benefits, but my favourite one is the vouchers we get for sports and entertainment activities. I use them to get discounts for swimming and bowling.”

Yashar’s Career Advice

Yashar would recommend a Services position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to be part of large global software company with great career opportunities and company culture.

“CA is one of the largest software companies in the world with an astonishing portfolio and customers. It is great for people who like to work with software, develop software and to learn complex business processes and the latest trends in technology. CA maintains great culture, openness to innovation and global career opportunities.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Yashar for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of an Associate Services Consultant! You can follow his adventures on Twitter (@bardimus) and LinkedIn here.

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A Day In The Life At CA: Senior Director, CPM & Mainframe

Ever wonder what it’s like to be in Customer Portfolio Management 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 profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

Meet Neil Hardiman, Senior Director, CPM & Mainframe

Neil has been working for CA for last seven years in the Customer Portfolio Management (renewals) and Mainframe teams.

Neil’s Career Story

While Neil has an engineering background, he has spent more than 25 years of his professional life looking after large customer relationships through sales and marketing roles.

“I was educated as an engineer so problem-solving is in my DNA. From selling mining truck fleets at Caterpillar to very large backup power systems (Hawker), telco infrastructure (Fujitsu),  IT projects (Fujitsu & Unisys) and finally to software at CA. It took me a while to find my way to software but I feel this is where I belong.”

 

Life of a Senior Director in Customer Portfolio Management & Mainframe

As a Sr. Director, Neil is responsible for the CA contract renewals business and new mainframe business unit sales in Australia & New Zealand.

One of Neil’s favorite parts of working at CA is his team – “I have an awesome team. We all work well together and I enjoy coming to work every day. I’m lucky to have such a great team – they make me look good! I can’t ask for more than that.”

“We are generally involved in all the large and complex customer transactions, which can create a high-pressure environment. The team thrives on this and we never lose sight of our ‘Mission Essential’ motto that reminds us that with the growth of the application economy, large organizations are committed to the mainframe more than ever and it is our role to help them maximize their value from this business-critical platform.”

Email and Salesforce are the tools that dominate my day but, call me old school, I have a handwritten to do list that I revisit every morning, rewrite and reprioritize. The manual routine of rewriting the list brings a sharper focus to those important but low priority tasks that keep getting pushed out. My to-do list is always long and ever-changing but I get great pleasure in crossing things off the list as DONE.”

Life at CA

Neil likes to keep fit and healthy and appreciates the great on-premise gym and shower facilities at his CA Sydney office, as he regularly cycles to work.

“Like any capital city, Sydney peak hour traffic is bad. Cycling to work instead of driving only adds 10 minutes to my commute and the challenging hills keep me fit. The best bit of my cycle commute is the glorious Sydney harbor views I get to enjoy along the way.

Neil feels that CA has some great onsite childcare facilities that his team members get great benefit from. In fact, one of his team members who has been with CA for more than 16 years, started her career at CA as a preschool teacher.

Neil has also attended the company’s Compass Club for top Sales performers on two occasions (Africa & Europe) and feels that this is a fantastic way of recognizing not only individual achievements but also the support of the families in achieving those goals

Neil’s experience at CA

I feel at CA you can make a difference. I don’t feel like a small cog in a big wheel. Despite being on the other side of the world in Sydney Australia, I feel I have full access to anyone in the company.

 

If you’re ready to be your authentic self at work and bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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A Day in the Life of An Intern: Paige Smith

Paige Smith, Global Communications Intern

Wondering what it’s like to be an intern or associate at CA Technologies? We’ve asked a few of this year’s outstanding group to share their experiences and talk about #LifeAtCA as an intern/associate.

Meet Paige Smith, Global Communications Intern in our New York City office.

Paige interned with a small software company last summer, but gravitated toward CA this year because she wanted to work for a company “large enough to allow for many diverse experiences.”

“I gravitate to global companies because so much of business today occurs across borders. To align yourself with a company with teams across the world will give you a better opportunity to have a more realistic internship experience, as well as the opportunity to meet a diverse collection of coworkers.”

We asked Paige to describe her intern role.

“My duty is to support the Global Communications team in whatever capacity they need. Lucky for me, that could be anything, depending on the day. There are recurring duties such as compiling daily, weekly and biweekly newsletters, but I’ve also written pieces for CA’s Highlights blog, penned bylines for executives and compiled internally and externally distributed content like articles and videos.”

A typical day for Paige involves commuting to the city via train, where she likes to catch up on email before getting into the office.

“Much of my duties are media related, so often my first page opened in the morning is the Wall Street Journal or various tech outlets. There are weekly meetings with teams to catch up, where I take notes, then returning to finishing or editing an article.”

Paige usually grabs lunch with other interns at a deli near the office, then eats with them at a nice park that is close by. The afternoon is spent catching up with people on projects or upcoming deadlines. Then, almost every day after work, she goes for a run in Central Park, which is just five blocks from the office.

Paige Smith, global communications intern
Enjoying a fun hike!

Paige says her favorite part of her internship is the pace at which she moves on a daily basis.

“Unlike my previous experiences and what my friends tell me of their experiences, I have not had a single time where I had nothing to complete. I’m a person who loves to be constantly moving, so this is perfect for me. I also love the diversity of tasks I’ve completed thus far.”

When asked about the best part of her workspace, she said she likes the collaborative capabilities it has.

“My cubicle mate, Sam, is also interning, but on the more technical side of things. Our conversations about everything from AI to current politics and how it relates to security have been fascinating.”

She also loves the overall vibe in her office.

“It’s not silent, and there is always something going on. Hearing people constantly working around you inspires your work which is something I really enjoy.”

Paige has also cultivated a great relationship with her manager.

“My manager has been an incredible mentor for me thus far. From encouraging me to reach out to team members to even having a conversation about my LinkedIn, he’s been very influential and encouraging.”

What one quality does Paige feel is important to being a successful intern at CA?

“It’s incredibly important to be proactive in all regards. It is daunting for an intern to knock on a door of someone he or she may not know, but it’s sometimes necessary for an opportunity to open up.”

Paige also has some advice for candidates coming to interview for an internship at CA.

“Preparation is vitally important. When working with a company who seeks to deliver cutting-edge technology, you, as the interviewee, should at least have a baseline knowledge of the products and solutions offered, as well as others in the marketplace.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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A Day in the Life of An Intern: Irene Weng

Irene Weng, Devops Intern, Santa Clara

Wondering what it’s like to be an intern or associate at CA Technologies? We’ve asked a few of this year’s outstanding group to share their experiences and talk about #LifeAtCA as an intern/associate.

Meet Irene Weng, DevOps intern in our Santa Clara, CA office.

This is Irene’s second internship – her first was last summer as a technical training intern at Lucasfilm. We asked what attracted her to an internship at CA this year.

“I wanted real-world industry experience in software engineering and development, and I thought that CA would be a great place to learn from seasoned engineers and developers. I was also interested in working with a team towards building an effective product.”

In her intern role with us, Irene has gained hands-on experience configuring a login provider to the front of CA’s APM application, and designed a logo and icons for the Unfit application.

A typical day for Irene involves biking in around 9 a.m., grabbing a coffee, checking emails and working hard until lunchtime, when she eats with her intern friends and sometimes a few full-timers. Her day also usually involves an afternoon break playing ping pong or pool with the other interns, then back to work until she leaves around 5:30.

Irene said her favorite part of her internship is the people she’s met and befriended in the office. “Everyone is very friendly and kind,” she said.

When asked about her favorite part of her workspace and office, she said:

“The entire 6th floor is an open space with a bright color scheme and cool furniture that gives more of a startup-y vibe.”

Irene Weng, Intern, Santa Clara Office

What advice would she give to a candidate coming to interview for an intern or associate position at CA?

“Don’t feel intimidated by the technical questions and logic puzzles, and make sure to clearly explain your thought process while solving each question. It’s okay if you have no idea how to approach a technical question either, just make sure you explain all your ideas. The interviewer will give you hints along the way too.”

CA’s mission is guided by its DNA, beliefs that all employees strive to live by. We asked Irene what her favorite DNA aspect was her favorite.

“The ‘creative’ aspect is my favorite, perhaps due to my background in fine arts; I’ve learned that creativity can manifest in totally different ways, which leads to more innovation, new ideas and alternate solutions to seemingly difficult problems.”

Many people who are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Irene why an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B technology company as opposed to a better-known brand.

“I think the work you do at an internship heightened by the environment and culture that it’s set in makes or breaks the experience, rather than the prestige or popularity of the actual company. As such, students or newcomers to the tech field should really research different internships/positions/contracts and what each role can provide as an opportunity, and make sure to apply for something they’re genuinely passionate about.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day in the Life of An Intern: Molly Pfaff

Molly Pfaff, Talent Acquisition Intern

Hi! My name is Molly Pfaff, and I am a Summer 2017 Talent Acquisition intern seated in Islandia, NY.  I am going to be a junior at the College of the Holy Cross, where I am a Pre-Business English major. This is my first internship experience, and I was attracted to CA when I interviewed here and was introduced to the culture of employees, and the common values shared across the company.

This summer I get to sit with the recruiting team, where I will be listening to and participating in what they do every day from requisition prepping to calling candidates and everything in between.

Molly Pfaff workspace
My workspace.

A “typical day” in my internship is very dynamic, which is my favorite part.  While I am usually interacting with members of the Talent Acquisition team, I have also been able to have a shadow day once a week with members of the people, compensation, benefits, and mobility departments as well as work on projects with the campus & diversity and marketing teams.  I usually like to include a run on the treadmill in the Fitness Center (or a trip to Chipotle) in my daily routine as well.

Love the fitness center!

While every aspect of my internship experience so far has been nothing but valuable and enjoyable, my favorite part has been meeting and learning from such talented people who are always willing to answer questions and help out.  The DNA Mission is a model that CA uses to define the company and its traits are those that employees strive to live by, and is a significant part of the company. My favorite aspect of the DNA Mission is the ‘collaborative’ piece. I have found that all the different departments and teams I have been exposed to overlap with each other, and work together to innovate and produce rewarding results for the overall organization.

That being said, I think one quality that people need to be successful here is drive, as well as cohesiveness.  Throughout my time at CA I have come to realize that a common thread amongst the people who work here is that they are driven to establish contemporary and innovative ways to help the company succeed as a whole.

A piece of advice I would give to a candidate coming to interview at CA would be to be yourself and not be afraid to ask questions to whomever you are lucky enough to meet.  While CA is a huge company, many people don’t know much about it before they get involved. I would suggest doing your research beforehand, because you will be surprised and impressed with what you find.  Just because you’ve never heard of CA prior to your interview doesn’t mean that they don’t have great resources, big-name clients, successful departments, and enthusiastic employees. In my experience this summer I have encountered all those things and learned about far more than just the corporate world.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day in the Life of an Intern: Alan Chin

Alan Chin, associate accountant

An intern’s job at CA is fast-moving and full of new experiences. We spoke with Alan Chin, Associate Accountant. Find out what he had to say about life at CA!

1. How is your time at CA setting you up for real-world experiences?

During my first few weeks, I had to adjust not only to waking up earlier (college life), but getting first-hand experience on what happens in my department. I learned new skills, fine-tuned my time management skills so I’m a calendar ninja and learned proper work-etiquette.

2. As a millennial, why do you think it’s important that we all “bring what we bring” to have different and unique perspectives?

One of the things that really attracted me to the company was the value CA puts on diversity and different perspectives. The “bring what we bring” phrase has personal meaning to me because I have witnessed the adversity my parents had to face growing up. I believe having a company embrace one’s own unique identity and perspectives is critical to growing a global brand and promotes acceptance of different cultures and values.

3. How does your role contribute to eliminating the barriers between ideas and outcomes for our customers?

I help ensure our customers get an accurate and comprehensive summary of our quarterly and yearly reports.

4. What would you say about the mentors and teams you’re working with at CA?

One of the best things about CA is the people. I have come across so many colleagues willing to help whenever I had a problem or just needed to talk. They made me feel comfortable with their openness, while offering great advice and support.

5. What advice do you have for others just starting out?

Put yourself out there and jump at opportunities when they present themselves. Each opportunity offers a chance to learn something new, while meeting great people in the process.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA,  learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day In The Life At CA: Digital Sales Account Owner

Life at CA Digital Sales Account Owner

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Digital Sales Account Owner 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 Digital Sales Account Owner profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

 

Meet David

Digital Sales Account Owner David Hardy is what we like to call a “boomerang”. After working with CA for five years, David left to join another company. However, David says he jumped at the opportunity to return in a business development role, supporting our Global Service Providers, “which I was very excited about, regretted leaving frankly”.

Life At CA - Business Development
David Hardy shows off his creative side with hobbies that include photography, digital and video!

David shared with us that his decision to return to CA is often justified through his experiences.

“CA management and co-workers are there when you go through a family crisis, be it a family member, health issue, or otherwise.  I had the occasion to experience this first hand and it really cemented my conviction that CA is the best company to work for (even with our areas to improve, which we are always working at).”

 

David’s Career Story

In 2003, David joined CA Technologies in his first role as a member of the Brightstor storage products team. In his new role, which began in 2011, David provides support for CA global service provider partners. This was initially IBM Global Services for four years, and David is now a part of the HP Enterprises Services team.

These roles make a huge impact on our global offerings. “I develop sales opportunities to partner with our service provider partners on CA solutions that are a white space for them. These partnerships help to complement their offerings, grow revenue while growing CA’s market presence.”

 

David’s #LifeAtCA

So why does David love his job?

“Working with awesome people and meeting new contacts over the phone. Helping to bring people, client requirements and solutions together! Every day is a different adventure!”

David is also a pretty big fan of CA’s new Tampa, FL office, where he is based. “Our new office has the most awesome view – the best of any company that I’ve worked for in my career! It also has a great layout and location (even with the traffic)!”

Life At CA Business Development Tampa View
View of Tampa, FL from our offices.

 

The Life of a Digital Sales Account Owner

A typical workday for David includes working from home one day a week (gotta love that flexibility!). He enjoys starting his day with a review of updates from his team and the company, through our internal social collaboration sites and emails, and greeting his local co-workers with fresh coffee in hand. This sets him up for success to dive into collaboration with the sales team and research to help his global service provider account discussions more effective.

“Lunch is often had in our kitchen room with a view, then enjoying a walk through downtown Tampa or along the Tampa Riverwalk.”

Tampa Riverwalk
The beautiful Tampa Riverwalk is just steps from David’s CA offices.

In the afternoon, David serves our customers and partners with discovery meetings, demos, and various other partnership activities.

“Training is also a part of many days, ‘sharpening the saw’ on product knowledge and skills to improve.”

 

David’s Career Advice

We asked David what you should know if you’re considering a career with CA Technologies.

“CA is a 30 year old company, which is not really new. Today though, CA has the startup attitude, with exciting new products, organically grown software and connected in to the application economy.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to David for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA in Business Development!

Are you interested in a sales role at CA Technologies?

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Rachel Duran

Pride Month Profile: Jesse Santa Cruz

Throughout LGBT Pride Month, CA Technologies celebrated by spotlighting a few of our amazing employees from the LGBT Community. Even though Pride Month is technically past, we have one more outstanding employee we’d like to introduce.

Meet Jesse Santa Cruz, Coordinator, Talent Acquisition, who is based in Boulder, CO. Jesse began working for CA two years ago. He originally worked for Rally Software, then helped the recruiting team when CA acquired that company.

We asked Jesse to describe exactly what a Coordinator, Talent Acquisition does.

“I ensure that candidates and interview teams meet on time and have meaningful conversations that lead to stellar hires for CA. A typical day for me includes tons of interview scheduling for roles across the country, meetings with the local HR team, and assisting the Talent Acquisition Marketing team with tasks such as social media analytics and copy editing.”

“This is my first role, and I’m glad that I kick-started my career with CA!”

Jesse says that the culture in the Boulder office has had a great impact on him as a member of the LGBT community.

“I have worked in places where I struggled with being completely open with my co-workers with what I do on weekends, who I go on dates with, and what my true interests and hobbies are. The team here in Boulder is judgement free.”

When Jesse isn’t at work, he enjoys getting outside for a hike. “Living in Boulder, Colorado, the outdoors is king!” You can also find him sifting through thrift shops for quirky graphic tees, and “attempting to emulate Bob Ross paintings with small yet incremental success.”

What would Jesse say to a member of the LGBT community considering a career with CA Technologies?

“Bring What You Bring! I would tell them that if they are looking for a job in tech, CA is a great place to be. CA’s clear dedication in messaging, as well as actions about increasing diversity is proof that the stale ‘hush  hush’ corporate environment is being disposed of with the culture of inclusion that CA Technologies is striving to create.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day in the Life At CA: Simon Cockayne, Founder, WhoZoo

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 key insights from the perspective of a real CA employee.

Meet Simon Cockayne. Simon began his career with CA 17 years ago, when he came with the acquisition of Sterling Software. Since then he has worked with different business units on several products as a Developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Product Manager, member of the CA Coaching Circle and member of the CA Council of Technical Excellence. He is now working on WhoZoo, a startup he founded in the CA Accelerator.

“I am trying to build WhoZoo: A self-learning map to the human beings in your ever-changing organization.”

“As the founder it is my job to lead the team and, through the scientific vigor of Lean Startup, explore and learn as swiftly as possible if/how WhoZoo can be built into a thriving business.”

Simon works from his home and collaborates with the WhoZoo team and team members from other startups across the CA Accelerator. He says his favorite part of the job is the autonomy to try new things and the opportunity to put his trust in the people around him.

In fact, Simon said the best benefit of CA is the people who work here:

“Bright, inventive, passionate people. Eager to succeed and eager to help each other. To work together in our CA mission to ‘eliminate the barrier between ideas and outcomes’ – and thereby help people all around the world be successful with their endeavors and adventures – well, that’s just ace.”

Simon is also an ally of the LGBTQ community at CA Technologies: a believer in the power of diversity and inclusion. We asked Simon about his experience with CA as an ally and supporter of the LGBT community, and what he would say to someone from the community considering a career with CA.

“CA is an incredibly inclusive environment. Bullying and discrimination are NOT tolerated.”

In addition to the people, he also loves the CA Accelerator workspace in Santa Clara, CA.

“That’s a wonderful space for collaboration. And it’s not just the contemporary décor…or the light space…and open collaboration areas…it’s the feeling that anything is possible…and if you start with that feeling…then anything really is possible.”

Bring What You Bring

CA asks all of its employees to “Bring What You Bring.” What unique traits does Simon bring?

“I talk too much. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I laugh a lot, sometimes too loudly. I am overly sensitive and worry about other people’s feelings. I am scared of heights. I am not afraid to experiment and try new things and fail in a public blaze of disappointment. I believe the happiness of the team is more important than the happiness of the customer. Only happy teams can be incredibly creative/productive…& that’s what makes customers happy, long term.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

And if you are especially interested on working on the WhoZoo team, check out out the job opportunities at the WhoZoo careers page.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.