Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Nada Buckley

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.

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Nada Buckley – Director of People Business Partner ANZ. Connect with Nada on LinkedIn here

A Day In The Life At CA: Site Lead for Research and Development

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”.

Meet Mike

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 relax and 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?

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A Day in the Life at CA: Nathan Devoll, Team Lead, Digital Presales

What’s it 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 and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Team Leads for Digital Presales is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Nathan

Nathan Devoll, Digital Presales

Nathan has been with CA for three and a half years, working in the Plano, Texas office. He started fresh out of college in our Digital Presales Associate Program, which consisted of nine months of intense technical and soft skills training. Since then, he has moved up, first into a Consultant role supporting Service Virtualization, then into a Team Lead Role, running the Continuous Delivery Digital Presales team.

“As a team lead [I] help my team members achieve their personal goals and achieve success, and work with the sales team to strategically win business for CA.”

An average day

Nathan’s day typically includes a mix of customer discovery calls, internal calls and product demos. The first thing he does every day is check his email and calendar, then on to prepping for meetings or working on any projects that may be on deck.

Nathan says the best part of his job is helping people remove the barriers that stand in the way of their success.

“For customers, this is by helping them understand the best way to leverage tools and processes. For my team, this is removing barriers and teaching.”

The office

Nathan says the people are the best part of the Plano office.

“The digital sales and presales teams are like a big family here in Plano, and that helps to make it fun to go into work daily.”

Nathan - CA Together in Action

He also likes that his workspace is close not only to the presales team, but also the sales team.

“When you are next to each other daily, there is an atmosphere of continual improvement that begins to develop. It is also very easy to walk over to someone and have a conversation face to face.”

Benefits

While CA offers a wide array of benefits, Nathan says that his favorites are the “tiny things.”

“For instance, the company caters breakfast on Fridays and they provide fresh, movie-theater style popcorn once a week.”

 Why CA?

We asked Nathan why someone might want to consider CA over some of the better-known technology companies.

“I would say that we are well known within the technology space, but the cool thing about being focused on strictly B2B is that I know that I help most of the companies that people use daily create and execute on their vision, which then allows them to continue innovating.

“The other cool thing is that here you get to experience a company’s digital transformation first-hand with things like project Tensor and the move from mainframe focus to a more distributed focus.”

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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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Janice Cox

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 Janice Cox. She’s the VP of Sales and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.

What does a VP of Sales and Managing Director ANZ do?

Janice takes a leading role in collaborating with customers to help them grow their business through utilizing CA software.

“I am responsible for driving sales, building the partner ecosystem, developing new business and managing overall operations.”

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 Janice 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 customers, the coaching and leadership of CA’s employees, business growth and effectiveness.

“I understand the importance of working closely with customers to help them achieve success in their business. Doing this well every day is what counts. When our customers are recommending our products and services to other organizations, that’s my measure of success.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Janice believes that mistakes should never stop a woman from achieving the best in their careers. Failure is just a stepping stone to success.

“Develop your confidence through learning from your mistakes and believe you can overcome the problems you encounter – there is always a solution.”     

My female inspiration

Janice has many female and male role models, but mentions her biggest inspiration is Meg Whitman, Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

“I believe Meg Whitman is a very impressive global CEO. She is practical and pragmatic. Customers are always front and center of what she’s trying to achieve and she will drop everything when the major issues hits, demonstrating to both customers and staff, that being there when it counts is everything.”  

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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. Janice has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

Collaborative – I am first and foremost a collaborator. This is both in the internal and external sense. I like to see the results of our efforts materialize in business growth for our company and our customer’s organizations.

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.

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Janice Cox – VP Sales and Managing Director ANZ
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It’s All About Presales

In Sales, there are many parts that make the engine work, we can think of these as cogs on a wheel. One of the “cogs” is Presales also known as sales engineers. But who are they and what do they do?

These technically savvy individuals with a knack for Sales conversations leverage their expertise to align business and technical requirements for prospects and customers. Typically, Presales consultants work shoulder to shoulder with salespeople, providing the skills needed to demonstrate how technology can bring value to businesses. This is achieved through onsite meetings, workshops, conference calls, online presentations, video conference calls, etc. Other examples of day to day tasks include participating in tender responses, helping uncover customer needs, proving the concepts, providing training, and so on.

As subject matter experts, Presales consultants are often also responsible for assisting the partner community, training them on products, helping progress deals, etc. Furthermore, Presales might be called upon during public events; where presentations to broader audiences might be required.

Throughout all this, a Presales consultant acts as a guide for the customer, as well as his or her colleagues, both internal and partner.

The Digital Universe 

In the age where digital forms of communication are taking over, many of the Sales related tasks we typically perceive as face-to-face are conducted remotely. Presales are no exception with product demonstrations, training and all that jazz being delivered digitally. To a point, even proof of concepts or supporting them is something we see being done so more often.

The shift towards digital does improve efficiency although at the same time creating new challenges. Take product demonstrations for example. When sitting across the table of a customer, you can tell whether they are with you, something an online presentation can´t always provide. It is then up to the Presales professional to adapt to this environment, and come up with ways of keeping the person on the other side of the line engaged, interested, and willing to take the next steps following the demonstration. The same goes for other tasks which are done remotely. Digital Presales must provide a similar experience as their onsite counterpart, only without the great benefit of body language and other positives of a face-to-face meeting.

Still, the benefits of remote delivery are hard to ignore. From the customer´s perspective, having a demonstration done remotely creates an opportunity to evaluate more solutions, as it is so easy to get in touch with more vendors. There is less hassle in joining an online demo than in hosting (sometimes multiple) salespeople. Think of all the emails you don’t have to send in planning for it and the coffee saved. Just as some prefer to shop online instead of visiting a shop in person, more and more do the same when shopping for IT solutions.

From a vendor perspective, not having to arrange travel for a team of people to another country for a two-hour demo session represents a great chance to cut down on travel costs, and carbon footprint. The Sales organization gets to cover more ground, and can pursue opportunities it previously simply could not.

Do you have what it takes to be a Presales consultant at CA Technologies Prague Office? Then submit your CV to our recruitment team via email here.

Meet our Presales team at CA Prague office

Stefania

 
I am from Italy and have been in Prague for over 5+ years. I have been in Presales for over a year now when I joined CA Technologies. My territory is within EMEA and I’m currently looking after CA’s Project & Portfolio Management Products. Outside of work, my hobbies include: cooking, reading, listening to music, watching TV, tai-chi, and mathematics.

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Stephen

I am originally from Brighton, England. I lived in Prague for 2 years and have been living outside Prague for the past 4 years. I have worked in the Presales field for 3 years, with 9 years in the IT industry, and joined CA in August this year to work within the EMEA Agile Ops team. Outside of work I enjoy playing, creating and recording/producing music, travelling, gardening, hiking, cycling and swimming.

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Mohamed

I am originally from Egypt and living in Prague for 3 years so far. I joined CA in March 2016 as a Security Services Consultant then moved to Presales for more than 1 year till now. I am covering the Cyber Security Portfolio of CA (CA Privileged Access Manager – CA Identity Suite – CA Single Sign-On CA Advanced Authentication) for EMEA. I am someone who enjoys working out and travelling.

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Vito

Hi there! I’m originally from the South of Italy and I’ve lived in Prague for 4.5 years. I joined CA 2.5 years ago with the Presales Academy in Prague and this is my first experience in a Presales role and I love it. I’m covering CA PPM (Project & Portfolio Management) for the EMEA regions. In my spare time, I love to spend time with friends, travel as much as I can and do sports in particular football and martial arts.

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Adrien

Hi! I am originally from France and I have 3+ years of experience in enterprise tech support and interestingly I have a degree in History & Languages. I have always been curious of technology; with Linux in particular. I’ve been part for the CA Presales team for more than 2 years now and I got the chance to expand my skills tremendously, when I joined. I didn’t speak Spanish at a professional level and now I do. At work, I enjoy having to explain clearly the business value of software features to customers. In my free time I like travelling, cooking, reading, listening to music and tinkering with my Linux environment. I am native in French and can speak English, Spanish, Czech and a little bit of Russian (working on it these days).

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Daniel

Originally from the North of Spain but working & living in Prague for 4 years and half, I’ve been working at CA in Presales for under a year, covering all Presales for IT Service Management, IT Asset Management and Automation products for the whole of the EMEA region. My motto is, “If you do it, do it with passion”. The combination of my technical expertise and a Sales oriented attitude has made Presales my ideal role. I had previous B2B Sales experience and a deep technical experience with corporate IT Services systems so here I can develop both, my tech knowledge and my sales skills.

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Ondrej

Born and raised in Prague, I’ve been in the city for close to three decades, in Presales for one sixth of that, mostly for CA. There are two vastly different disciplines present in today’s IT world, sales and technology. Being Presales means getting the best of both, as you get to keep in touch with the technology while being responsible for conveying it’s value to customers. That’s what brought me to it, and that’s what keeps me at it. Outside of work, I’m a father, metal head, a wrist-watch enthusiast, fan of good foods and drinks, with a few more selves hidden up my sleeve.

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Dalibor

Originally from the Czech Republic, I’ve been living in Prague and within Presales for 5 years now. I joined CA Technologies some 3 and a half years ago and currently look after Agile Operations, ITSM and AUTO, PPM across EMEA. In terms of interests and hobbies, I very much like to keep up to date with new trends and the latest technologies. New ways of doing business is what excites me and customer experience is what drives me.

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Do you have what it takes to be a Presales consultant at CA Technologies Prague Office? Then submit your CV to our recruitment team via email here. Not finding what you’re looking for, join our Talent Community and set up direct job alerts here.

Shahana Ginwala – Marketing Coordinator,
Talent Acquisition, Global
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A Day in the Life of An Intern: James Roberts

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 James Roberts, Business Intern at our Ditton Park, CA office.

This is James’s first internship as a Business Intern. We asked what attracted him to an internship at CA this year.

“CA is one of the leading companies when it comes to employee welfare, this was a keen incentive for me because it showed CA would be a place where I could be creative and my ideas would be considered and appreciated. It also thrives with a diverse work culture with people coming from all parts of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. When arriving at the CA Technologies building at Ditton Park for my assessment day, I developed an instant buzz for the positive atmosphere within the building. The building boasts spectacular facilities and the role that they were offering gave me a great perspective of the company, what’s not to love?!”

In his intern role with us, James has gained hands-on experience in organizing events alongside with different business units to help gather both new leads, in addition to strengthening the relationships with current customers.

“My role allows me to transition through departments, including Marketing, Communications and Sales. This gives me a holistic view of the company and the chance to develop a wide range of skills within different environments.”

A typical day for James involves biking in around 9 a.m., grabbing a coffee, checking emails and working hard until lunchtime, when he eats with his intern friends and sometimes a few full-timers. His day also usually involves an afternoon break playing football or tennis with the other interns, then back to work until he leaves around 5:30.

James said the favorite part of his internship is to handle the challenges & task that he comes across every single day.

When asked about his favorite part of his work space and office, he said:

“It’s hard to pick the best part of Ditton Park because it boasts so many incredible places both inside and outside the building, from table tennis to acres of land to walk around, it is the perfect environment to work in. The sports facilities though are a cut above, with football pitches, tennis courts and a well-equipped gym, Ditton Park offers a wide range of lunch times and after work activities to improve employee well being. Having such a vast choice of activities around Ditton Park really does set it apart from other offices when it comes to employee satisfaction and well being.”

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

“Bring what you bring, whether it be passion, innovation, or weirdness, CA has a place for you. It is important for you to be just yourself, because whatever you bring, it will fit into CA’s diverse culture. CA revolves largely around teamwork, so showing that you can bring individuals together and be a catalyst for conversation is a great way to impress in an interview scenario.”

Winners of the UK CA football tournament this summer

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

CA’s collaborative part of its DNA is for me the most important aspect. It is the catalyst that allows the rest of the DNA to flourish, giving opportunities for people to be creative in the workplace. The collaborative nature of CA has allowed me to build relationships with the people I work with, which has helped me progress with my learning a lot quicker.

                    

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

“I would suggest looking at the company and what it has achieved and especially for the way they treat their employees. From being the best company to work for single parents to receiving awards for employing a diverse workforce, CA’s unique working experience offers an incredible introduction to the world of technology.”

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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Shahana Ginwala – Marketing Coordinator,
Talent Acquisition, Global
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How we’re creating a more diverse and inclusive CA

We work and live in a fast-paced environment, especially in the Tech industry. We are constantly evolving to stay ahead of the curve to achieve business results and win in a competitive industry. For many companies, diversity and inclusion has become a key focus; it is the “right thing to do.”  It is good for employees and good for business.

A 2015 McKinsey report found that companies in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry mean, and those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have returns above the industry mean.

Simply put –  diversity drives better performance and if we don’t embrace a diverse and inclusive mindset, we risk falling behind.

Research to prove this fact has often been based on characteristics that you can visibly see, but diversity goes beyond these factors.

Diversity and inclusion is not limited to what we look like. It’s about fostering an environment where people with different backgrounds and opinions can work together and challenge one another to elevate the collective thinking, creativity and actions of the group. Different perspective provides us the opportunity to challenge our assumptions and adjust our biases.

Every organization has a different strategy; at CA Technologies, our position is to focus on inclusivity and take a multifaceted approach to making progress holistically. Our goal is to remove bias by embedding a diverse mindset in everything we do. Our actions speak volumes to demonstrate our focus and commitment on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

We pride ourselves in taking risks and experimenting with different approaches to see what will move the needle. Over the last few years, CA Technologies has implemented several innovative strategies focused on eliminating bias, breaking down barriers and increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Pay Equity: As of January 1, 2017, CA Technologies became the first company to no longer request applicants’ previous salary history during the interview process for both external and internal candidates. Offering compensation packages that are competitive and based on knowledge, skills and abilities helps to eliminate any previous existing pay parity issues that may have been rooted in bias. The intent is to create a more level playing field and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn fair compensation for comparable work and advances an inclusive environment where our people can thrive. CA made this important shift not because of future legislation, but because it is the right thing to do.

Diverse Candidate Slates: Until recently, during the interviewing process, we required that at least one, and ideally more than one, candidate in every pool of candidates presented to a hiring manager qualified as diverse (defined as a woman, a person of color, a veteran, or an individual with disabilities).

In FY18, we raised the bar even further to require at least two women on each candidate slate for at least 75% of our filled requisitions. According to a 2016 study by HBR.org, their research demonstrates that having more than one woman or minority in the finalist pool of candidates would significantly increase the likelihood of hiring a woman or minority. When there is only one woman, she does not stand a chance of being hired, but that changes dramatically when there is more than one.

Diverse interview panels: Our benchmark aims to have a diverse panel on 100% of our requisitions to ensure that we have diverse representation to allow for a variety of perspectives in the interview process. Having a diverse panel not only helps manage unconscious bias, it also provides candidates the opportunity to meet and experience the diverse set of people who make up CA Technologies.

Unconscious bias training: “If you have a brain, you have bias.” Scary thought?  Indeed. We all bring our own biases to work each day, therefore we implemented Unconscious Bias training throughout the organization to help employees understand, recognize and mitigate bias.

Casting a wide net as we source for our open positions: We pursue and engage with a wide range of job candidates through partnerships with diversity organizations, diversity focused career fairs and job boards, recruitment at universities whose populations include a higher percentage of women and minority groups as well as targeted social media and networking channels.

Job Descriptions: Often job descriptions are plagued with bias, which is why we’ve improved our ability to connect with and attract diverse top talent by looking closely at our job descriptions and job postings to ensure the language we use is inclusive and not biased.

Diversity is not just about hiring and fair pay, it is a team sport.  It is about inclusion in every aspect of our work culture.

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Carolyn Rooney

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CA Prague Inspires The Next Generation

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.”

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.

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James Conway – Director, Software Engineering, Prague
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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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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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