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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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.

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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.

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Pride Month Profile – Lauren Rapkin

CA Technologies is celebrating Pride Month by spotlighting a few of our amazing employees from the LGBTQ Community.

Meet Lauren Rapkin, Senior Event Planner. Lauren is a remote employee working from her home Maryland, where she begins each day with coffee and a morning walk with her puggle, Bailey.

Lauren’s career journey with CA started four years ago when CA acquired Layer 7 and she was promoted into her current position. In her role, Lauren strategizes, plans and executes all types of events CA hosts or participates in, including tradeshows, conferences, workshops, customer advisory boards and, of course, CA World. Earlier this year, she completed our Leadership Development Program (LDP), a year-long program targeting leaders at all levels.

“I love that each day is different. Since I work on many different types of events, most days include collaboration with different teams and departments. Some weeks travel is required, which I enjoy!”

Bring What You Bring

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys photography, crafting, and building things. She says this naturally enables her to think outside of the box and come up with unique solutions.

“Creating memorable face-to-face experiences is what I do. I want customers to walk away from an event feeling a connection to CA, understanding that we can work with you to solve your business challenges.”

We asked Lauren about her experience with CA as a member of the LGBT community.

“It’s always been extremely important to me to work for a company that aligns with my own personal values. I got married two years ago and the team threw me a bridal shower, so sweet! I’ve always felt very comfortable being me. Having the respect and support from CA fuels my drive, I WANT to go the extra mile.”

What about CA benefits?

“CA has generous benefit plans, including fertility coverage and adoption assistance. This can be extremely helpful for LGBT couples looking to start a family.”

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

“Join our team! This is a place where we work hard, smart and are challenged to break barriers. CA has made diversity and inclusion a priority.”

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.