A Day in the Life At CA: Diana Goshorn, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children’s Center

Dia

What it’s like to work as a Lead Teacher at a CA Montessori Children’s Center

We’re introducing some of the outstanding Teachers at our company-subsidized, on-site Montessori Centers, which CA has provided for the past 25 years in our larger global offices for the children and family members of our employees. This profile of one of our Montessori Lead Teachers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

 Meet Diana

Diana Goshorn, Lead Teacher CA Montessori Children's CenterDiana Goshorn is a Lead Teacher for ages 0-3 at the Herndon, VA Montessori Center. She has been a teacher for 11 years, and has worked at CA for a total of six years. She has been in her current position for three years. She says her love of teaching started very early for her.

“When I was a child of 7 or 8, instead of going outside to play with my friends, I wanted to go to my neighbor’s house to feed her baby a bottle. When the child got older, they would let me babysit for short periods of time.”

In later years, Diana discovered that she had a knack for communicating with young children, so she decided to study Early Childhood Education.

When she’s not teaching, Diana likes to stay active.

“I work out at least once a week and more if possible. I also draw or paint. On the weekends, I love to go biking with my husband or just snuggle together to see a movie at home.”

An average day

Diana starts her day at 8:05 a.m., when she arrives and begins greeting her pupils and their parents and talking briefly about how the previous night was. When the parents leave, she proceeds to feed or change the infants as needed. If she has an assistant, one of them works with the more independent children while the other works with the youngest infants.

“We are very attuned to each child and know their particular patterns so we can meet their needs moment by moment. Although we have a guiding schedule, we are flexible to accommodate each child at this age.”

The rest of the day “goes by between feedings, changing diapers, singing, dancing, reading books, providing a lot of language, napping, and as much laughter as possible.” Diana’s day ends at 5:05 p.m.

The best part of the job?

Diana says her favorite part of the job is the joy she shares with the children.

“For the most part, I am greeted each day with wide smiles and warm hugs. I feel so fortunate to start each day that way!”

She also loves the physical environment at the center.

“The physical environment at this center is beautiful. I have seen many daycare centers that look gloomy and overcrowded. Thanks to CA’s vision, we can offer the children and their parents a bright and happy place each day… My classroom is my home … I strive to make it happy and peaceful.”

CA Children's Montessori Center, Herndon, VA

She adds:

“During the first three years of life, children internalize unconsciously the foundations for beauty and order, among other human tendencies. Thus, it is critical to have and maintain a beautifully prepared environment. I take that to heart.”

CA benefits

Teachers at our Montessori centers enjoy the full range of CA Technologies benefits.

“CA’s benefits are great because they are corporate benefits. A lot of the daycare centers cannot provide any benefits. I am most grateful for my 401k, and the flexible time,” said Diana.

CA’s tuition assistance and flexible time also helped Diana finish her AMI Montessori training.

We asked Diana what she would tell teachers about working in a Montessori school sponsored by a tech company, as opposed to a more traditional setting.

“First, I would tell them to think about the benefits as part of a well-rounded salary. Second, the fact that CA offers an AMI Montessori curriculum, which is a child-centered approach to education, allows us as teachers to really observe each child as a whole person and scientifically apply our knowledge to our practice in innovative ways.”

“I want to express my gratitude to CA, to my boss, Danielle Stoessel, and to all my coworkers here at the Herndon center for making each day a wholesome and growing experience for me. They say that when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. I absolutely vouch for that because that is how I feel about working here.”

If you’re interested in teaching at a CA Montessori Children’s Center, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on teacher roles that match your search.

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A Day in the Life at CA: Pedro Bullaudy, Digital Sales Partner Account Manager

Pedro Bullaudy, Digital Sales, Partner Account Manager

From sales to salsa, learn how Pedro is breaking barriers every day

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 Pedro Bullaudy, Digital Sales Partner Account Manager, is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Pedro came to CA 13 years ago with a sales background in the distribution industry, having worked with global firms such as Arrow Electronics and AT&T. He started working tele-leads at CA’s Customer Interaction Center (CIC) in Tampa, FL, before moving to the Channel Sales team and Digital Sales Partner account management.

Recently, the Florida Department of State recognized Pedro with a Florida Heritage Award – presented annually to citizens who have made long-standing contributions to Florida’s cultural heritage, and honor the state’s most influential tradition bearers for excellence, significance and authenticity.

For more 20 years, Pedro has served as a bandleader and the driving force behind the Tampa Bay Area’s salsa scene, delivering original arrangements, fresh energy and the best of Latin music repertoire. He was born in Santiago de Cuba, but fled with his family in the freedom flights from Havana to Miami.

Pedro Bullaudy, Digital Sales, Partner Account Manager

After settling in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Pedro developed an interest in music and began playing trumpet. He came of age as salsa began to coalesce among Puerto Rican and Cuban musicians in New York. He shared the stage with Latin music giants like Eddie Palmieri, Roberto Torres, Jose Fajardo and began performing with the progressive group, Cuba Song, with Edwin Bonilla who is known for his decades-long run with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.

Pedro’s group, Orquesta INFINIDAD, has performed twice at the Super Bowl, as well as at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, House of Blues, in a Netflix film and in many local festivals.

We asked Pedro a few questions about his job at CA and his music. Here’s what he had to say.

1. How do you contribute to eliminating the barriers between ideas and outcomes for our customers?
I take the time to work with our Partners and internal teams to understand the different perspectives, possibilities and human factors that are specific to a challenge. Based on that, I translate a vision into an approach, and present it in a way that produces desired actions through individuals and groups.

2. Why is it important that we all “bring what we bring” to contribute different and unique perspectives?
This brings to mind the story of blind men describing different parts of the same elephant. Each based their response on the section that was immediate to them, and each was different. By bringing and discussing different perspectives, we can come to more fully understand the bigger picture and how to more effectively approach solutions.

3. Tell me a bit about how you’re bringing it outside of work with your recent 2018 Florida Folk Heritage award.
I bring a vision of the level of excellence that we are trying to achieve, and understand that it takes work. This, coupled with realistically addressing the details with sincere communication, has helped me to consistently produce harmonious outcomes!

4. How does music help inspire you to do great work at CA?  
It is very satisfying and makes me happy – which makes for more positive work all-around. It also teaches that consistency requires discipline for a smooth outcome. Through improvisation, it demonstrates that anyone can make stuff up… but to make it right, it takes work.

5. Why is it important to you that you’re making a difference – both at home and at work? How are the two related?
They are both in their own way “family” and I always look bring my best to both. When I do that every day – I feel alive, happy and ready to face any challenge that comes my way.

For more information on the Heritage Awards ceremony, click here. Watch Pedro’s interview with Lissette Campos on ABC News, here.

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A Day in the Life at CA: Kris MacKay, Customer Experience Manager

Kris MacKay Day in the Life At CA

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.

 If you’re interested a career with CA, search here or join our talent community and create a custom job alert to get notifications on jobs that match your search.

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A Day in the Life at CA: Ryan Phillipowsky, Digital Presales Consultant

Ryan Phillipowsky, CA Digital Presales Engineer

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 and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Digital Presales Consultants is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Ryan

Ryan is relatively new to CA – he’s been working as a Digital Presales Consultant in the Plano, TX office for around seven months.

What exactly does a Digital Presales Consultant do?

“I help large organizations resolve their day-to-day IT challenges by introducing them to software solutions and industry best practices.”

Always learning

A typical day for Ryan starts with morning coffee, returning emails and prepping for customer calls.

“Work is actually pretty fun for me. My days consist of customer demos, and surprisingly, learning. Continually learning while on the job is a huge upside for me. I’m always excited to learn more about my area of focus, as it allows me to offer additional insight and value to our customers.”

The best part of the job

Ryan say the best part of the job is interacting with customers.

“I love going onsite and interacting with our clients in their own environment. This personal interaction not only allows me to properly contextualize the needs of our clientele, but it also contributes to a more trusting and productive working relationship with our consumers.”

The workspace

Ryan enjoys the collaborative layout of the Plano office.

“Having an enclosed yet open work area is awesome. It accommodates for needed privacy should my schedule be demanding, while still allowing me to openly interact and socialize with my coworkers.”

Desk of Ryan Phillipowsky, Digital Presales Consultant

However, he says his favorite part of the office is the people he works with.

“We’re a healthy mix of professional and silly, which makes the office environment equally fun and productive.”

Bring What You Bring

We asked Ryan what he feels is the best CA benefit.

“CA fosters quite a unique and inclusive work environment. Unlike most corporations, CA is incredibly considerate of family dynamics, personal growth or hardship, and all else that comes with being ‘you.’ My manager has been a wonderful representative of all that makes CA a desirable place to call ‘work’.”

Room to grow

We asked Ryan why someone might want to consider working for a B2B technology company like CA over a more well-known brand such as Google or Microsoft.

“Unlike other tech giants, CA continually shows a vested interest in their talent and our personal successes. We have the resources of a global company with a culture that encourages longevity and career progression.”

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

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A Day in the Life at CA: Robyn Crotty, Sr. Product Marketing Manager

CA Accelerator is the internal incubation program of CA Technologies. Part startup, part venture capital and part think tank, the Accelerator is one way CA Technologies 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.

Meet Robyn

A marketing Jill-of-all-trades, Robyn Crotty is based out of our Denver Colorado office and works with the Yipee.io team helping the project gain awareness and make it to market. Robyn has been working for CA for 9 months, and has been working in different aspects of marketing at other companies for the last 7 years. Robyn has a lot to bring to the table on the Yipee.io team.

Robyn enjoys hiking in her free time

Team members on accelerator projects often need to wear multiple hats, particularly as the team is being built. What is Robyn’s title and what is she currently working on?

“Head of Marketing for a CA Accelerator Incubation – working on everything – strategy, digital marketing, demand gen, events, onboarding – you name it, I do it.”

Working for an Accelerator project is different than working for a large fortune 500 company, but it’s also different from working for a regular startup. What does Robyn like about her role on Yipee.io?

“Ability to work in a startup environment that is well funded with less risk. I can make quick decisions and grow my skills without many barriers to innovation.”

We asked Robyn what makes her current role with Yipee.io different from jobs she’s had in the past.

“More flexibility, ability to test and try new things, little barriers to getting the job done, but more uncertainty of success with a new product.”

Robyn exploring Hoi An, Vietnam

Anyone who has worked in a startup environment can attest to the fact that building a product from the ground up is exciting, and at times chaotic. As with most roles in a startup, a typical day at work is the atypical.

“I am constantly working on different projects, initiatives and experiments, so each day/week/month is unique.”

The Accelerator environment is not for everyone. What would Robyn say to someone considering a role with the CA Accelerator?

“It’s a great place for people who want to work in a fast paced environment who are okay with working under a level of uncertainty. Great teams!”

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

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

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Recruiter relationships – what should they look like?

Getting an “in” with a recruiter at the company you want to work for is often the first step to landing a job. Candidates on the job market are no strangers to interviewing and hiring horror stories. Bad candidate experience leaves jobseekers sour, and with the urge to respond to recruiters similarly to the notes that Jane Ashen writes in her article, “Dear Recruiter: Everything You’ve Wanted to Say But Couldn’t.” One bad experience with a recruiter builds a bad reputation for recruiting, but it’s important to remember that recruiters are meant to act as your friendly company contact – there to make the task of transitioning to a new job smooth and less stressful.

A great recruiter is like a shepherd into the work place; they’re there to help guide job-seekers on the path to a fruitful career. In many cases, a recruiter is the first person candidates get the chance to speak with at a company. Whether you apply to a job directly, or if you’re lucky enough to have a recruiter contact you personally, you’ll want to make sure that your first encounter is memorable. Leave the recruiter curious about your background and enticed to learn more. The recruiter will likely have the initial chance to sell your story to the hiring manager before you get the chance to do so yourself, so you will want to clearly state the skills you possess that will make you successful in the role. Also make sure to give a good dose of your personality, because cultural fit is just as important as the hard skills. The recruiter has likely already looked over your resume by the time you get to speak with them, so the initial conversation is your chance to add some color to the black and white sheet of text that is your CV.

A recruiter should be dedicated to candidate experience, and will be just as invested in finding the right hire as the teams who make the ultimate decisions. The candidate acts as the customer in this transaction, and the recruiter is there to provide a service, which is a positive interview experience, whether you end up being the right fit for the team or not.

People(HR) and Recruiting team in Boulder, CO

The euphoria of receiving a job offer for the role you just interviewed for is undeniable, and getting rejected is quite the opposite sensation. While rejection almost always hurts, candidates often comment that the one thing that can really add salt to the rejection wound is never receiving any feedback from the team. Feedback takes time for a recruiter to collect, especially if the team is interviewing multiple candidates. However, a candidate should not be expected to wait long for some sort of correspondence from the recruiter or interview team. Recruiters should contact the candidate shortly after an interview to get an idea of how the candidate thought the interview went, then the recruiter should meet with the team to determine finalists and ultimately reach a hiring agreement. After an interview, it’s easy to feel that the recruiter is asking you to “hurry up and wait,” but if you’re not receiving feedback, be persistent and let the recruiter know that you’re open to any type of feedback whether it’s positive or constructive criticism. You likely won’t get feedback the next day, but if it’s been a week or two, a follow-up is completely appropriate. If the company decides to ghost you after an interview, just keep in mind that the interview practice you received will make you that much more prepared for the interview that will land you the role that’s perfect for you.

Without a doubt, interviewing is a sensitive process, and the recruiter is an important cog in the wheel, so make the connection with them like you would a budding friendship, and they will have your back. If you’re interested in advice on questions to ask during an interview and the ones you should avoid then check out this article from Built in Colorado that features two recruiters from CA Technologies.

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Jesse Santa Cruz

Marketing Specialist, Talent Acquisition

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

Kayla Fuller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

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

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

Meet Kayla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kayla also loves her location and workspace.

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

Photo by Johnathan Koonce (singledegree.format.com)

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

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

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

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

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: 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: Associate Software Engineer

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

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

Meet Ksenia

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

Ksenia’s Career Story

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

The Life of an Associate Software Engineer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life At CA

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

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

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

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

Ksenia’s Career Advice

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

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

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

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A Day in the Life at CA: Software Engineer

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

Meet Ali

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

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

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

Ali enjoys drawing as a hobby

YOUR ROLE

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

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

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

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

What about WhoZoo specifically?

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

YOUR #LifeAtCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ali’s workstation

 

What about his favorite CA benefit?

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

Ali’s favorite spot at the Santa Clara office

 

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

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

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

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

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