We caught up with Ondrej Tulach who is based at our Prague Technology Center. He joined CA back in July 2011 as a tester to work on security and then was promoted twice. Now he works as a Software Engineer for Mainframe.
The favorite part of Ondrej’s job is to create a well-established test that developers call the “Ondrej’s insane test”. It helps to figure out the problem early in the development cycle and ensures that it gets fixed before delivering it to the customers. In software engineering terms, he loves to see an RC=0 in his TC JCLs.
CA Technologies recently took part a university careers fair and Ondrej was one of the demo presenters. We asked Ondrej how the event went?
“We did a demo for SYSVIEW and ISPFDIT. Sysview has been one of CA’s best products ever, a much more powerful alternative to IBM’s native SDSF. In Windows terms: Sysview is like if you took the Windows Task Manager combined with the Disk Management console, event viewer, performance monitor – and control panel of all your database machines.”
Ondrej loves to work on ACF2, a security product on CA’s mainframe.
”ACF2 is one of just three security/access control software on the Mainframe, the other two being IBM RACF and CA Top Secret. On Mainframe, there is an opposite philosophy than on other systems: if you haven’t explicitly granted privileges, you cannot do anything. This is called ‘No rule, No access’.
There are many inevitable results of the security. For one, it means much higher bar for both design and testing. If failure of your product means collapses of a whole company or government institution, the only acceptable design philosophy is ‘fail-safe’, delivering a robust product as humanely as possible. That is the pinnacle of software testing, and the direct opposite of the ‘safe-fail’ philosophy of reckless improvisation and non-robust design promoted by the whole ‘Agile’ movement. Security is also inherently interesting and a captivating subject, making you work hard to deliver because you know how much is at stake.”
What other products have you enjoyed working on recently at CA?
“I am currently working on Log Analyzer. Log Analyzer is a product for Database Administrators working on the IBM DB2 relational database. It allows auditing, database activity replication to data warehouses, recovery of accidentally dropped database objects and analysis of database activity.”
Ondrej suggests a career in Mainframe for those who are looking for something special or if you’re considering not following the crowd when it comes to a career in tech.
“Mainframe has immense hardware capabilities, far beyond what the x86, x64 or ARM architectures have to offer. One z14 box offers the same HW performance as a whole farm of traditional servers. And finally, there is a constant lack of expertise on Mainframe, so if you join now, you have a competitive edge for your career.”
We asked Ondrej why should someone consider CA Technologies if you’re a software engineer looking to work with Mainframe Technologies.
“I enjoy the work-life balance – you’re not required to do overtimes (even though many people do them voluntarily, wanting to finish the WIP they have opened before they go home) unless you’re having a support service for high-priority customer issues. Also, the flexible working hours are great advantage. Plus, work from home and sick days are available.”
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a 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 Software Engineer profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.
Ivan Satsiuk, Software Engineer, is a lover of cycling. Ivan cycles to work and back home most days.
Ivan’s Career Story
Ivan originally started working as an Associate Software Engineer back in May 2016 before getting promoted to Software Engineer in July 2017. He was working on CA Easytrieve and then moved to Blockchain technology.
“I started as an Associate SE, working on a product called CA Easytrieve. It is a great product with massive revenue, but I wanted to get more development experience rather than maintenance, and the business helped support my move to another team. At the same time, I had discovered a Blockchain technology and figured out that it has great potential in the world and for CA Technologies. Long story short, I’m currently a Software Engineer working as a part of a Blockchain team here in Prague.”
The Life of a Software Engineer
We asked Ivan how he would describe his role as a Software Engineer and why he loves it.
“I am a Programmer who’s working with Blockchain. I have also been part of the Itertest/Symdump team, and that was a great experience for me as well. With this team I’m currently part of, I have dived into Agile principles and witnessed them being applied. The best part of each team that I have been working with is the great level of professionalism of every engineer, manager, scrum-master I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
A typical workday for Ivan starts by checking his emails and setting up priority tasks for the day and set a plan rest of the week. Ivan is keen to keep up to date with technological trends and information.
“Since our team was born only a few months ago – we are quite busy. We constantly discuss the potential of Blockchain use-cases, searching for new ones, and talking to our customers. I also spend a lot of time wrapping my head around the tech behind Blockchain frameworks, which is relatively complex and is being improved every single day. We also plan educational sessions for our colleagues.”
When we asked Ivan what is the favorite part of his job, he told us how he loves programming and getting the results without any errors.
“Every programmer knows this feeling when you are discovering a new way for your program to perform exactly the way you have designed, while passing all the functionality tests. So, this is my favorite part.”
Life At CA
Ivan is certainly a fan of the office and the area of the business park in Chodov. He loves the office location as it is close to the Metro station and shopping centre. One of his gym’s is located there, and he has everything he needs within a short distance of few hundred meters from work.
“A few months ago, we moved to a new building. It is hard to describe it in short, one just has to see it, it’s fantastic. One thing I can say – the office certainly has a personality. The location of the office is still the same, and we have access to all one could think of in a matter of minutes. Also, the shopping centre here in Chodov has finished its reconstruction and now has one of the best cinemas in the city just 5 minutes away from the office.”
As you can tell from Ivan’s introduction, he’s a lover of cycling. We’re extremely happy the benefits we offer to our Prague employees meet those sporty needs and it is a vital part of why Ivan loves his #LifeAtCA.
“I am using the Sport Card – a card that allows employees to visit one of the sport facilities of his/her choice. The best part about it is that card doesn’t just provide access to a few gyms in the city, it has a massive network of places around the country. It provides access to gyms, swimming pools to trampolines and even some marital art clubs.”
Ivan’s Career Advice
Ivan would recommend a Software Engineering position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to be a part of great culture and wants to stay ahead in technology.
“I’d recommend them to compare reviews of employees of each company and see where they can fulfill their potential the most.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Ivan for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Software Engineer! You can follow him on LinkedIn here.
Are you interested in a Software Engineering role at CA Technologies?
When searching for a job 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 and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Customer Experience Managers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.
Meet Kris MacKay. Kris brings a unique technical sensibility to his role as a Customer Experience Manager that’s critical to his ability to not only solve customers’ problems, but truly understand what they’re going through. “I have BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering, plus several years of experience in software engineering, including development and QA,” Kris explains. “This makes me sympathetic to the needs of our customers since I’ve been on the other side of the table, trying to get an application to work or to fit my particular situation.”
In addition to his technical know-how, Kris also knows how to deal with people. He has been part of the CA Customer Success Team for two years, with more than ten years of customer facing roles prior to that helping people, in his words, “use hardware and software through training and customer support.”
For Kris, customer success isn’t just about fighting fires. “I like to help people solve problems, but also really enjoy when I can help someone discover something new,” Kris says.
Kris also loves seeing that learning and application process in action. When asked about a recent success story, Kris shared how one customer used CA to better serve their own customers. “It’s exciting to see how they’ve put the pieces of our API Management and Service Management solutions together to increase their development throughput and work with THEIR customers to better serve them,” he described.
To facilitate successes like these, Kris focuses on making sure that the right people are in the right place at the right time. “If someone has a pressing issue, that means ensuring Support has what they need and gathering information to assist,” Kris elaborates. “At other times, it’s viewing pieces of a customer’s work to introduce them to a product feature that they haven’t had time to explore or is new and could really benefit them.”
Kris believes that great support comes from a simple commitment: “It’s key to keep communication lines open.” He puts this in practice by practicing active listening. According to Kris, “It’s important to not only hear what’s being said, but to ask questions to find out what else is going on. Information is often uncovered when the client and I discuss the situation together – not when I just respond to a request.”
That same spirit of openness carries into Kris’s life outside of work as well. In his free time, he helps teach kids in grades 3-8 how to program. Kris also enjoys bike riding and dining out at the wide variety of restaurants in the Dallas area.
Updating our goals for the new year is a time-honored tradition, and if career success is on your 2018 agenda, a resume refresh should be on your resolution list. The job market is changing fast, and whether you’re actively seeking a new role or aiming for a promotion, you’ll want to sharpen your professional presence and digital footprint to keep up with today’s demands. We’ve polled our own recruiters and dug into some new scholarly research to compile the top three tips for upgrading not just your resume, but your professional clout, networks and personal pitch.
Manage your personal brand
Job seekers should treat their public social media profiles like a company manages its brand1. Maximum visibility will result from best practices such as using strong keywords, professional images and engaging summaries.
Social media is disrupting the recruiting process, as candidates and recruiters connect and build long-term relationships online and skip the middle men, such as job boards1.Online networks provide ongoing relationships through the power of connection, messaging, big data and forum discussion. While LinkedIn is the largest professional networking platform1, platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are becoming more frequent sources for recruiters looking for top talent. Most CA Technologies recruiters have Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, where you can connect with them and see regular job openings and other CA career updates in their posts. You can find them easily with a quick search for #BringWhatYouBring on your favorite social network.
Don’t limit your connections on professional networks such as LinkedIn to people you have worked or gone to school with. It’s wise to search for others with similar skillsets and recruiting professionals at the companies on your target employer list. Pro tip: recruiting professionals have various titles that do not include the term “recruiter” – “talent acquisition,” “headhunter” and “sourcer” are all common versions of titles you should value in your professional network.
Connections are most valuable when you maintain and nurture them through discussion. Regularly sharing interesting thoughts on industry news and collaborating with others in your area of expertise will demonstrate a passion for your work and keep you top of mind for your connections. And don’t just share; add your thoughts and expertise to spark a conversation. If you enjoy writing, a LinkedIn article is an easy way to publish long-form thoughts on succeeding in your line of work. The point is to craft a strength-based narrative and authentically communicate your career identity. According to data expert Rachel Cohen and career counselor Rebecca L. Toporek, successful career narratives can be achieved through both positive and negative stories and experiences, which can shape strengths and assets2. Identify your career narrative by attaching your real-life successes and lessons to hot topics on your timeline.
Learn the key to keywords
Be sure to identify active, clear keywords to feature in your resume. Building a solid keyword list to describe your work value can be key to standing out and confidently communicating in interviews, cover letters and profile summaries. According to master resume writers, you can build a strong list of keywords by thinking through five distinct categories3:
Hard skills and factual data
Include words that demonstrate key skills that apply directly to your tactical work, such as “media buying,” “programming” or “web design,” but don’t forget the specifics like “HTML,” “Java” or “data analysis.” These keywords should be featured in your skill tags on your LinkedIn profile as well.
Soft skills and attributes
Think of how you work with others, and try to be more distinct than “team player.” Terms such as “networking,” “time management,” “critical thinking” and “conflict resolution” will stand out and clearly communicate those qualities that are difficult to display in a portfolio.
Give specifics on the types of projects, products or services you’ve worked with. “Agile project management,” “DBaaS sales” or “gamification development” are more specific and intriguing than the same terms without descriptive adjectives. Additionally, list attributes of the industries of your professional experience. “Retail,” “transportation” or “finance” can go a long way in establishing yourself as a strong match for a role that prefers that background.
Education and training credentials
Give your schooling or certifications a plug wherever possible. You may have been an IT support technician for 10 years, but if you don’t have “A+” somewhere in your online profiles and in your resume, you risk getting missed on automated searches and algorithms that match talented people to open jobs.
Are you passionate about a cause, volunteer in your community or have an interesting hobby? Sprinkle some of that personality into your online profile summary to stand out amongst your peers.
Don’t just list skills, show them
You’ve probably been asked to show ROI on something in your professional career, and the same principal applies to “showing your work” on your resume and in your online profiles. There are two key ways to do this.
First, on a resume, you should add a few stats that show the results of the efforts you’ve listed under each title. Whenever possible, those stats should include a business result. If you managed a team, what specific steps did you take to develop them and what percentage of your total headcount were promoted? If you were responsible for ordering supplies, what did you do to improve that process and what percentage of your budget was saved as a result? Data is everything; be concise and specific about your impact.
Second, when it comes to your public online profiles, include links to case studies, blogs, Slideshares, images, gits, or videos displaying your work. If you don’t currently have any relevant professional content like this, you may want to consider compiling a portfolio for this purpose.
You can find many more tips on resumes, job search and interviewing in our Candidate Toolkit.
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Toporek, R. L., & Cohen, R. F. (2017). Strength-Based Narrative Résumé Counseling: Constructing Positive Career Identities from Difficult Employment Histories. The Career Development Quarterly,65(3), 222-236. doi:10.1002/cdq.12094
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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 organization.
Meet Nada Buckley. She’s the Director of People Business Partner, ANZ
What does a Director of People Business Partner, ANZ do?
Nada takes a leading role in managing the ANZ People Team, and provides People Business Partner support to the ANZ Sales Business, as well as providing advice and guidance across general people issues.
“I wear an APJ Talent Development hat, in conjunction with my other APJ and Global TD partners, to develop and deliver critical training right across the APJ business.”
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 organization and when speaking to Nada about what she brings to CA, she told us that her main asset is her experience and passion, as she believes in delivering value to employees and making a positive impact on the business.
“I have had the good fortune to perform different management roles over the course of my career, including leading the CA APJ HR Team, and having the great opportunity to live and work in Hong Kong for 10 years. The exposure to the diversity of this great region, and to be able to apply that learning to our business issues every day, is both a privilege and a gift.”
One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders
Nada believes that a woman should be true to herself. She should be authentic and should have a sprit to never give up – even when it gets dark out there.
“Be deliberate about choosing WHO you are – both at work and outside of work – and never allow anyone to make you feel small – because that is a choice that every one of us has within our own control – so don’t give that power away to others.”
My female inspiration
Nada has many female role models, but mentions her biggest inspiration is her Mother.
“My mum – she is the purest, most authentic, as well as strongest person I have ever known. If I can be even half the inspirational person that she is, then I will have achieved something in this life.”
Women in Leadership qualities
CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Nada has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.
If your New Year’s resolutions include finding a better job, you’re not alone. But are you ready for the hunt? Here are a few tips to get your 2018 job search off to the right start.
Update your resume
You may have heard it a thousand times, but it bears repeating: always have your resume updated and ready to go. Even if you aren’t in the market, that perfect job opportunity will often present itself when you’re least expecting it, especially as many companies ramp up hiring in January. As you’re scrambling to add your most recent experience to your resume, the company is probably already talking to other candidates who may be better prepared. If you want a competitive edge, you should be able to provide an up-to-date resume at a moment’s notice.
Send the signal
In case you missed it, LinkedIn now offers a button you can click to discreetly let recruiters know you’re interested in hearing about new opportunities. To access it, navigate to your LinkedIn profile, then scroll down to view your dashboard. Under “Career Interests,” click on the button to turn the feature on.
You’ll be directed to a screen where you can enter more information about the types of job opportunities that interest you.
Lock down your social profiles
More and more employers are checking out social media profiles of potential candidates before making decisions on interviewing or hiring. You may want to think twice about posting things like:
Risqué photos, memes or stories – While may it have been an epic wet t-shirt contest, chances are the pics aren’t going to impress a potential boss.
Polarizing political or social opinions – You are certainly entitled to them, but be aware that a recruiter may not share your views and find them off-putting.
Ads for your side hustle – There’s nothing wrong with selling cosmetics, kitchen gadgets or home goods in your spare time. However, if your entire newsfeed is devoted to it, a potential employer might wonder if your attention will be fully focused on their job.
If you want to continue doing you on social media despite the potential pitfalls, at least be sure to go into your privacy settings and make sure only your friends can see your Facebook feed and your tweets are set to private.
Now you’re ready to launch your 2018 job search! You can find many more tips on job search, resumes and interviewing in our Candidate Toolkit.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Site Lead for Research and Development 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 Site Lead for Research and Development profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.
Mike comes with a very strong experience in managing teams and is very passionate about his work.
Mike’s Career Story
Mike has been working with CA Technologies since January 2017, and has made a real impact at the Prague Technology Center.
“This is my first role at CA. Previously, I was working with an International Bank for almost 15 years. They’re actually one of CA’s customers. I started my career as a database administrator and moved into a management role after 2 years. I was asked to then move to Singapore to set up a new team. I moved to Prague in 2010 and it was at this time that I shifted my career to lead engineering teams”
The Life of a Site Lead for Research and Development
We asked Mike how he would describe his role as a Site Lead for Research and Development and why he loves it.
“I am responsible for attracting, developing and retaining the best engineering talent in our Prague office and for the delivery of our Prague Mainframe engineering teams.”
A typical workday for Mike starts with checking his emails to ensure reminders are in place. Once his day is fully scheduled and his ‘to do list’ is in place, he priorities tasks, before fetching the first mandatory cup of cappuccino.
“I spend most of my day in meetings either in person or on the phone. I travel about once per month on average to meet with customers and/or colleagues. In the Czech Republic, it’s common for people to go out for lunch and this is a great opportunity for me to spend time speaking informally with different people about what they are doing and any challenges they are facing that I can help with.”
When we asked Mike, what is the favorite part of his job, he told us how he loves to see people’s career successes at CA.
“I really enjoy the variety of work and challenges and the satisfaction from being able to help other people succeed. We have around 400 engineers in Prague across 5 different business units, so there is a lot of variety and challenges for me every day.”
Life At CA
Mike is certainly a fan of the new office and the area of the business park. He likes the open space working areas in the office and the overall setup is a perfect environment for effective teamwork.
“What I like most about my work space is that it is in the open space, so it is much easier for me to collaborate with my colleagues. We also have a huge café/kitchen where everyone goes for coffee, lunch, etc. It’s a great place to meet people for informal conversations that helps me to keep a pulse on what’s happening in the office.”
We’re extremely happy with the benefits we offer to our Prague employees to meet their “Work Life Balance” needs and it is a vital part of why Mike loves his #LifeAtCA.
“I really like CA’s anniversary day off. It’s a great way to show appreciation to the employees and it’s a great opportunity to relaxand recharge yourself.”
Mike’s Career Advice
Mike would recommend a Site Lead for Research and Development position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to work for a global company who invest in their employees.
“It doesn’t matter how well known a company is, but what technologies it is into. The most important things to consider when looking at a company are the people/culture, the learning opportunities, and the ability to make a difference. CA is great in these areas.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Mike for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Site Lead for Research and Development! You can follow him on LinkedIn here.
Are you interested in a Site Lead for Research and Development role at CA Technologies?
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.
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.
As the founder of the Accelerator project named Yipee.io, Mark works out of the Colorado Springs office doing everything including hiring the Yipee team, measuring the project’s success, and driving the product direction, among a slew of other responsibilities. Yipee’s goal and vision is to simplify multi-service Docker applications from creation to orchestration. We are building the IDE for Docker applications.
We asked Mark what exactly is Yipee.io, and how did he come up with the idea?
“[Yipee.io is] helping architects, developers, and operators take Docker from the toy and experimental stage to solving actual problems for their business. Teams I’ve worked on have solved similar problems in the past. When Docker was beginning to gain traction, I recognized the need for Yipee.io “
The CA Accelerator program empowers any employee to pitch a project idea via lean canvas to the CTO and angel team, and if the idea is accepted to the program, then the team receives incremental investments in phases, like a startup.
Working on an Accelerator team shares many of the same attributes as working at a startup, but within the framework of a large and successful software company. This has its advantages because teams have access to CA’s extensive resources. Mark lists some of them:
Having a well-defined framework, Lean Startup, to follow
Support from a friendly angel team rooting for our success
The financial backing of a Fortune 500 company
Having a group of founders within the accelerator, which is extremely valuable when I need to talk through ideas. We share our successes and failures openly.
Mark also describes the benefits at CA as “comprehensive and extensive.”
An average day
Mark has a busy day-to-day schedule, but enjoys finding the time to take a break and get outside for some fresh air. In general, what’s the breakdown of Mark’s day?
“Check the metrics from the previous day (signups, returning users, net new models, etc). Review the backlog (in Waffle.io, another incubation project). Catch up, never caught up, on email. Meetings with users, developers, and others within CA – often about integrations with Yipee. Review status of existing experiments. Learn more about the space, internalize the information, figure out if, how, when we should/could adjust. Take a run or bike ride to clear my head.”
Advice for potential candidates
Mark’s team is largely an engineering group, so he’s typically looking to fill development roles. While hard skills are important, when it comes down to bare needs, Mark is looking for candidates who are “smart and gets things done.”
Each Accelerator team has a unique culture and working style. Mark says his team thrives on teamwork and constant improvement, and gives great advice to those looking to join an Accelerator team.
“[Be a] team player. Curious and motivated to answer questions. Desire to solve problems for our customers. Constantly strive to be better. Be open and honest about yourself and your abilities. Have a good idea where you want to go professionally.”
Since CA Technologies is a B2B company our brand is often not as recognizable to job-seekers, but it’s an exciting time to join life at CA.
“Prepare to have fun working in one of the hottest technical spaces. Be ready to be challenged to do things differently. This is a combination of a startup and large company – the best of both worlds.”
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.
As a part of STEM initiatives, Jim and some of his colleagues were invited to deliver a series of presentations to talk with over 60+ students from local secondary school, Gymnazium Benesov, to help them understand what it’s like to work in technology – and the variety of jobs available. This is a part of Create Tomorrow, CA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program in Europe that aims to address the STEM skills gap and gender imbalance in Europe by encouraging school students to consider future careers in STEM.
“The students were aged between 16 and 18 and were a blend of 50/50 male & female. We were asked to talk to them about how we developed our careers in IT along with other subjects.”
Jim and his colleagues delivered an Agile Lego workshop. They then presented a quick overview on Agile/Scrum and then helped the students with an exercise to ‘build’ a village.
“The idea went down very well as there was a great interaction within the teams. We took a team each a as scrum master and advised them on ways to meet their deadlines. Some of the feedbacks were very positive. The students were given an idea on how crazy working against deadlines can be!”
Jim and his colleagues delivered a presentation on interviewing techniques providing advice and information about building effective CV’s and how to be successful at a job interview.
“We covered topics like current affairs – highlighting issues we face in the world today – and how technology plays a vital role in the way we socialize, work and transact in a fast-paced app economy. The students were very interactive and communicative and seemed to take a great deal from it.”
We asked Jim what did he enjoyed the most about giving back and inspiring the next generation into STEM?
“It was great to interact with these students and share experiences and life stories. They were very enthusiastic, so very willing to talk about their way of life and what they expected to do in the future.”
On asking Jim what students think about a career with CA Technologies, they went away knowing far more about the brand the role CA plays in the tech space.
“Many of the students voiced that they are interested in CA as a company and a place where they can develop their careers in the future. As they are only starting their university studies, they will always have CA Technologies in their minds for the future. We even spoke about future internships during their university studies.”
In a thank you message by students after one of the talks, one student said:
“Thank you for all the help you have given us with our future career. I especially appreciate the information and advices you have provided about our decisions in our professional life. Now I am convinced that I want to study IT at the University of Economics in Prague. I am pretty sure that I would like to see you one day as a colleague and from what you said I hope that it will be in CA Technologies. Again, thank you so much. I greatly appreciate your generosity.”
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”.
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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