Thrive at CA: Meet Abbasali Tavawala, Manager, Internal Audit

Thrive At CA - Abbasali Tavawala, Manager, Internal Audit

As part of our Thrive program, an internal initiative at CA focused on driving a diverse and inclusive work environment, we’d like you to meet a few of our employees and learn what unique attributes they bring that allow them to thrive at CA.

Meet Abbasali Tavawala, Manager, Internal Audit, and learn how his love of reading and learning new skills helps him bring valuable insights to his job.

 

Check out #LifeAtCA and #BringWhatYouBring on social media to learn more about our culture, and meet some of our great people first-hand and see what they bring to CA each day.

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A Day in the Life at CA: Jeania “J” Burton, Information Services Engineer

Jeania Burton, Information Services Engineer at CA Technologies

What it’s like to work as an Information Services 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 and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Information Services Engineers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet J

Jeania “J” Burton has worked for CA for four years, working in our Boulder, CO office. Before that, she worked as a college-level academic and creative writing instructor at Colorado State University, where she earned her master’s degree in writing.

“I liked teaching, but I went into the master’s program with an eye toward being a working writer; so, when a friend of mine said they were hiring technical writers at his office, I jumped at the chance.”

J is a member of two or three development scrum teams at any given time, where she brings in the user’s experience, challenges and desires into what our products might do and how they might do them.

“Using the information that I gather from Project Managers, Product Owners, Architects, Developers, QA Engineers, and others about our products, I write how-to guides, and produce how-to videos that help our customers do what they need to do in order to take care of their customers.”

An average day

The first thing J typically does when she logs in for the day is read a passage from The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living, a book of stoic philosophy co-authored by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.

“I like starting the day with this book because the stoic philosophy jibes very well with the Agile methodology, where the only constant is change.”

Next, she checks documentation spaces for user comments and responds to them – even if it’s just to say that we’ll need to research their question or suggestion and get back to them. Then she checks her email and calendar and gets ready for whatever might come her way.

“No two days are alike and no day is predictable.”

J works on with a development team in Raleigh, North Carolina and with the Documentation team of other writers in Boulder, Colorado, so she attends daily stand-ups and Agile ceremonies with the other writers, and semi-regular WebEx synch ups with the team in Raleigh.

“In between regular meetings I’m often in one-on-one meetings with SMEs, working on text or video deliverables, and doing ad hoc work on initiatives in our information Engineering BU.”

J usually uses her lunch to read, research, or look at social media. She also looks for ways to be social in real life.

“Every quarter, our manager brings the writers together for a team lunch, and the development teams do semi-regular team-building stuff, too.”

She is also always on the lookout for opportunities to meet people outside of the office.

“Last spring, I entered a contest put on by the group Women at CA, the prize for which was the chance to go to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Orlando, Florida. There, I got a chance to meet many of the CA people with whom I work remotely, and women from all over the world.”

The best part of the job

J says her favorite part of the job is being a working writer.

“When I was a kid, I day dreamed about being a writer and I am one. I might not be writing best-sellers as part of my ‘day job’ – like I dreamed of back then – but the informational writing and video work that I do on a daily basis does flex the critical thinking muscles that I use in the creative writing and videos I do in my time off.”

CA Benefits

J says that while the entire benefits package at CA is great, the most important thing to her has been the flexible time off and the support from her supervisors to take it.

“My manager and her managers always make me feel like I’m a human being first and an employee second, which is no small thing. My Dad passed away a year before I started at CA, and I really appreciated being able to take days here and there to help my mom in Utah sell the house to move.”

Many people who are new to the tech industry don’t know CA Technologies. We asked J what advice she would have for them about them about choosing to work for a lesser-known B2B technology company, rather than a better-known brand.

“At the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Orlando, Florida this past October, I worked the CA Technologies booth at the career exposition for a few hours. Talking to the recruits, I said that CA is one of the biggest technology companies that they maybe hadn’t heard about as a consumer because our clientele is mostly enterprise businesses.

“Because we are a big company, you get all that entails, such as great pay, benefits, corporate integrity, potential to move around and up through the company etc. But each site, even the HQ in Islandia, is small enough that you get to know and befriend your teammates like you would at a smaller company. It’s the best of both worlds.”

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Day in the Life At CA: Oliver Sims III, Sr. Director, Presales

Oliver Sims III, Sr. Digital Presales Consultant

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 Oliver Sims III, Sr. Director, Presales, is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

In his role at CA, Oliver helps internal and external customers get to the heart of their issues, and then enables a solution. As a leader in the Mainframe Presales organization, he and his team are at the center of sales opportunities that are not only are significant in value and scope, but are onramps for positioning CA as a go-forward partner. Internally, he has worked to nurture an impactful relationship with the Product organization – one that pay dividends for both sides.

Outside of CA, Oliver is an advisor and angel investor for minority startup companies, and serves on several boards including the Sam Walton College of Business Diversity and Inclusion Board, the Walton Colleges Deans Advisory Council, HackMy Future, Joyful Giver and the Community Empowerment Council (CEC) in his hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He is passionate about the mentorship of African American and other employees at CA, and creating a culture of inclusion, diversity and gender parity.

We asked Oliver a few questions on how he helps eliminate barriers, both at work and in the community. Here’s what he had to say.

How do you contribute to eliminating the barriers between ideas and outcomes for CA customers?
I believe most barriers are imagined and can be overcome with intellect and determination. Ideas are the beginning of all things and can come from anyone.

Why is it important that we all “bring what we bring” to contribute different and unique perspectives? 
Experiences birth vantage points. The mere fact that every person has a different life story filled with unique experiences is clearly a signal that we’re all different. Those differences are valuable, especially when it comes to solving problems and creating new solutions.

Tell me a bit about how you’re bringing it outside of work with your recent appointment to the advisory board for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas. 
The University was a springboard for my career success, so I feel compelled to give back. Serving on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Board allows me to assist in the design and execution of programs that positively impact the minority student population. A student’s success on campus is key to graduating, which is key to becoming a contributor to our economy and society, so we don’t stop with on campus success. We also help students gain meaningful experiences through mentorships, internships and the acquisition of softer skills that are important to gaining a job – and thriving in it.

What did you learn from this experience that adds to what you do at work every day?  
Working with other professionals to solve problems, design initiatives and sell those to the staff sharpen the skills that I deploy daily at CA. Both boards are made up of talented individuals from diverse backgrounds, which provides an amazing opportunity for personal growth.

Why is it important to you that you’re making a difference – both at home and at work? 
I feel the U.S. has vibrant and varied economic opportunities, yet still the level of poverty, blight, imprisonment and people who believe they don’t have a fair chance are trending the wrong direction. I’m aware of how fortunate I am, and I want to help others. I read See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar as a freshman at the University of Arkansas, and it greatly affected me. The premise is, if you help people get to where they want to go, you will, in turn, reach your own goals. Doing enriching work—for profit or not—breeds internal satisfaction that is difficult to match.

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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Kelly Long

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 Kelly Long. She’s the Vice President for Communications, Asia, Pacific & Japan.

What does a Vice President for Communications, APJ do?

Kelly takes a leading role in managing the APJ Communications team and helps promote CA’s brand.

“When you see an article about CA in a business or tech publication (in print or online), or read about a CA solution on a blog by an influencer, or watch a CA spokesperson being interviewed on a news channel or a social platform, or read an analyst’s report that features CA, or attend a town hall, or participate in a CSR program that helps promote STEM or assists young people in underserved communities. That’s all part of what the Communications team does to help build, promote and raise the trust, corporate reputation and awareness of CA.”

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 Kelly about what she brings to CA, she told us that her main asset is her passion, experience and social awareness as she believes in delivering value to employees and making a positive impact on the business.

“I love what I do. And, I’ve been doing this for a while. I’ve been fortunate to have worked in different industries, across the region, with colleagues and bosses from around the world. The passion, experience and social awareness would be part of I bring.”

CA APJ Media & Analyst Chinese New Year event

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Kelly believes that in order to lead to the best of our abilities we must be able to see things from both sides of the table; the leader and the follower.

“Lead how you would want to be led.”

My female inspiration

Kelly has many female role models, of which are amongst her family members.

“I can’t name just one. I grew up in a family of strong women. My grandmother ran away from home to further her studies at a time when mainly boys progressed beyond high school. My aunt had her own advertising agency and was a creative director of a few global agencies. My other aunt was a top sales person. My mother is working into her 70s (part-time because she enjoys it and when she’s not at work, she’s holidaying with her girlfriends). I grew up knowing that with hard work and determination, you can achieve your goals in 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. Kelly has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“Resilient” – Stay the course – embrace challenges, learn and be better.

“Agile” – This is an ever-changing world – be adaptive and be ahead of the change.

“Collaborative” – Success is a team sport – working together and winning together.

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Kelly Long – Vice President, Communications, APJ. Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn here

Why do I love to continuously learn about the Mainframe?

We caught up with Ondrej Tulach who is based at our Prague Technology Center. He joined CA back in July 2011 as a tester to work on security and then was promoted twice. Now he works as a Software Engineer for Mainframe.

The favorite part of Ondrej’s job is to create a well-established test that developers call the “Ondrej’s insane test”. It helps to figure out the problem early in the development cycle and ensures that it gets fixed before delivering it to the customers. In software engineering terms, he loves to see an RC=0 in his TC JCLs.

CA Technologies recently took part a university careers fair and Ondrej was one of the demo presenters. We asked Ondrej how the event went?

“We did a demo for SYSVIEW and ISPFDIT. Sysview has been one of CA’s best products ever, a much more powerful alternative to IBM’s native SDSF. In Windows terms: Sysview is like if you took the Windows Task Manager combined with the Disk Management console, event viewer, performance monitor – and control panel of all your database machines.”

Ondrej loves to work on ACF2, a security product on CA’s mainframe.

”ACF2 is one of just three security/access control software on the Mainframe, the other two being IBM RACF and CA Top Secret. On Mainframe, there is an opposite philosophy than on other systems: if you haven’t explicitly granted privileges, you cannot do anything. This is called ‘No rule, No access’.

There are many inevitable results of the security. For one, it means much higher bar for both design and testing. If failure of your product means collapses of a whole company or government institution, the only acceptable design philosophy is ‘fail-safe’, delivering a robust product as humanely as possible. That is the pinnacle of software testing, and the direct opposite of the ‘safe-fail’ philosophy of reckless improvisation and non-robust design promoted by the whole ‘Agile’ movement. Security is also inherently interesting and a captivating subject, making you work hard to deliver because you know how much is at stake.”

What other products have you enjoyed working on recently at CA?

“I am currently working on Log Analyzer. Log Analyzer is a product for Database Administrators working on the IBM DB2 relational database. It allows auditing, database activity replication to data warehouses, recovery of accidentally dropped database objects and analysis of database activity.”

Ondrej suggests a career in Mainframe for those who are looking for something special or if you’re considering not following the crowd when it comes to a career in tech.

“Mainframe has immense hardware capabilities, far beyond what the x86, x64 or ARM architectures have to offer. One z14 box offers the same HW performance as a whole farm of traditional servers. And finally, there is a constant lack of expertise on Mainframe, so if you join now, you have a competitive edge for your career.”

We asked Ondrej why should someone consider CA Technologies if you’re a software engineer looking to work with Mainframe Technologies.

“I enjoy the work-life balance – you’re not required to do overtimes (even though many people do them voluntarily, wanting to finish the WIP they have opened before they go home) unless you’re having a support service for high-priority customer issues. Also, the flexible working hours are great advantage. Plus, work from home and sick days are available.”

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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Ondrej Tulach – Software Engineer, Prague
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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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Press for progress: creating a CA where everyone can thrive

Thrive at CA

Thrive week at CA celebrates a diverse and inclusive workplace

March is a special month for us at CA Technologies as our people will celebrate Thrive week, which coincides with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month in the US. Thrive is our internal initiative focused on driving an inclusive work environment that enables diverse perspectives, experience and thought — all of the factors that are key to driving innovation and business results for CA, our customers and our shareholders.

This year, the theme of International Women’s day, #PressForProgress, encourages us to push even harder toward greater inclusion, diversity and parity. I could not agree more. We must all work together to ensure equality for all – not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it drives better business outcomes. When we harness the power of everyone, we are more innovative, productive, and create better solutions –  and that is simply, good business.

The innovative approach we take at CA embraces experimenting with different practices, failing fast and quickly learning from missteps to help move the needle. As I reflect upon all we have accomplished at CA, I am proud of the progress we have made thus far – but certainly won’t rest on our successes. I believe there is a strong need to press forward and continue the momentum as we focus on removing bias overall to create a more inclusive and diverse CA.

It is no secret that the Tech Industry – and all industries – are working hard toward a more representative workforce. Our goal at CA is to focus on inclusion first – we not only want to see a change in our representation, but also feel the change in our environment. Leveraging an inclusive mindset, we take a multifaceted approach to removing bias interpersonally and system-wide by evaluating our programs, processes and benefits to ultimately achieve a more diverse workforce and make progress holistically. We want to enable a truly inclusive environment so that we can realize the benefits of a diverse workforce and drive business value. We’ve made some big changes to our processes and policies to ensure we create an environment where equality and parity are foundational, bias is removed from our system, and our pipelines are fortified with diversity.

  • Pay Equity: Effective January 1, 2017 CA became the first company to no longer request current or historical compensation information from internal and external candidates during the interview and hiring process. Offering competitive compensation packages based on knowledge, skills and abilities helps eliminate any previous existing pay parity issues that may have been rooted in bias.
  • Diverse Candidate Slates: In an effort to build a pipeline of diverse candidates, we ensure we have a diverse slate of qualified candidates for our open positions. Since instituting the program five years ago, we have increased the diversity of our applicant pool by 25%.
  • Diverse Interview Panels: In order to embrace diverse perspectives during the interview process, we ensure we have a diverse panel of interviewers for our open positions.
  • Leave of Absence: Effective January 1, 2017, CA’s paid Family Medical Leave (FML) time off increased from 6 weeks to 12 weeks for leaves that are otherwise unpaid (i.e. maternity, paternity, adoption, care for ill family member, leave to care for self if approved for family medical leave but not approved for short term disability [STD]).
    • For maternity leaves, the 12 weeks begin after the conclusion of the any disability leave meaning a typical is fully paid for 18 weeks.
  • Leave of Absence Phase-Back Program: CA provides a generous, fully paid phase-back-to-work program for employees returning from leaves to care for family members automatically for two weeks to ease the transition back to work.

We further solidified our commitment to inclusion through our participation at the 2018 Makers Conference, where CA was one of 40 board members to raise their voices and announce a powerful initiative to advance women in the workplace. #Raiseyourvoice

“CA pledges to conduct a policy and process audit across the company to evaluate for possible areas of bias and implement solutions to remove bias where it exists.” ~ Lauren Flaherty, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, CA Technologies

I look forward to pressing even harder for progress in 2018 and beyond. Check out #LifeAtCA and #BringWhatYouBring on social media to join us on the journey, and meet some of our great people first-hand and see what they bring to CA each day.

Beth Conway, SVP, People at CA Technologies
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Beth Conway, SVP, People

Sahar Kanani, Principal Agile Program Manager
Sahar Kanani, Principal Agile Program Manager
Abbas Tavawala, Principal Internal Auditor
Abbas Tavawala, Principal Internal Auditor
Débora Silva, Communications Analyst, Latin America
Débora Silva, Communications Analyst, Latin America
Maria Jackson, Director, Talent Development
Maria Jackson, Director, Talent Development
Fabio Mazetti, Sr. People Operations Analyst
Fabio Mazetti, Sr. People Operations Analyst
Meghan Stabler, Advisor, Business Unit Strategy
Meghan Stabler, Advisor, Business Unit Strategy
Catherine Migoya Schlie, Sr. Digital Sales Account Manager
Catherine Migoya Schlie, Sr. Digital Sales Account Manager
Jim Kokoszynski, VP, Software Engineering
Jim Kokoszynski, VP, Software Engineering
Maria Silva, Instructional Designer
Maria Silva, Instructional Designer
Martha Dewey, Services Client Manager, Mainframe Practice
Martha Dewey, Services Client Manager, Mainframe Practice
Lina Forrestal, Sr. Social Media Manager
Lina Forrestal, Sr. Social Media Manager
Michael Natoli, Sr. Advisor, Customer Success
Michael Natoli, Sr. Advisor, Customer Success
Laura Martinez, Principal Experience Designer, WhoZoo (A CA Accelerator)
Carolyn Rooney, Director, Talent Development
Carolyn Rooney, Director, Talent Development
Brad Smith, Program Manager
Brad Smith, Program Manager
Katherine Demacopoulos, VP, Corporate Marketing
Katherine Demacopoulos, VP, Corporate Marketing
Christie Morin, Program Director, Knowledge Services, Global Customer Success
Christie Morin, Program Director, Knowledge Services, Global Customer Success
Elizabeth Grayson, Administrative Coordinator
Elizabeth Grayson, Administrative Coordinator
Marie Purucker, Principal, Customer Experience Manager
Marie Purucker, Principal, Customer Experience Manager
Kellie Marshall, Sr. Operations Analyst
Kellie Marshall, Sr. Operations Analyst
Kate Guggenheim, Sr. Principal, Talent Development
Kate Guggenheim, Sr. Principal, Talent Development
Karen Longcoy, VP, Global Services Marketing
Karen Longcoy, VP, Global Services Marketing
Mary Lou Prevost, VP Regional Sales Public Sector
Mary Lou Prevost, VP Regional Sales Public Sector
Marie Daniels, Sr. Director, Global Customer Success
Marie Daniels, Sr. Director, Global Customer Success

A Day in the Life at CA: Menka Goyal, Sr Principal 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.

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.

Menka’s Journey to CA

Menka started her journey into the world of Technology at NIT University in India, where she completed a degree in Electronics and Communication. Since graduating from NIT, Menka has been working in technology for 21 years, six of which have been spent working for CA Technologies. Menka started at ITKO when it was still a small Service Virtualization company, and at the time CA acquired ITKO she was leading the Software Engineering team. Menka recently transitioned to the CA Accelerator project called KnowThings.io and works from the Plano, TX office a few times a week and the rest of her time remotely.

The Accelerator

The Accelerator gives team members exciting opportunities to influence the product they work on in all areas, and watch the project’s progression from the beginning, which is one of Menka’s favorite parts of the job.

“Although I am the architect and my role is technical, I see the other sides of the product and can influence how those things are done too. It’s a great pleasure to see the journey of your product going from infancy to a mature market leading solution.”

Life on an Accelerator project is fast paced; it’s all about reacting quickly and pivoting to meet customer needs and solve the problem at hand. But the teams also recognize that taking time off is important to recharge.

“The work life balance is great, you have the benefits of a big company with the energy and freedom of a startup. Having worked here, I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”

A day with Menka

Menka has mastered the art of balancing life and work, and has an efficient system for staying on top of project goals.

“After dropping my kids off at school, I come in, check my emails and then have stand up. Then I work on whatever goal I set for myself the night before. Hopefully I finish my goal before I leave. I leave around 4:30 so that I can be home when my kids get home from school. I have dinner with my family, and a nightly cup of tea. If I accomplished my work goals, I read for personal development (trying to pick up a new language, building things, or public speaking). If I didn’t, I code or research and design until I’ve reached my goal for the day. Sometimes I go to bed early, sometimes I am up late trying to solve a big problem. I love it.”

Life at CA Benefits

One of the advantages of working for a startup within a large company like CA is that Accelerator team members get the same benefits offered to all CA employees. What would Menka say is the best CA benefit?

“The health benefits. My husband also works in tech, and most years CA’s benefits are better than his company’s. I have family members with health needs and we max out our deductible every year. Knowing that CA will cover the difference means that I can focus on my family and that is incredibly reassuring.”

CA believes that taking time away from work is a good way to promote your health, morale, and productivity, and therefore we have a flexible time off policy that encourages employees to take the time they need. CA can also help employees make the most of their time off, as Menka comments “one year, we booked a trip to Orlando and saved around $800 on our family vacation, by using CA’s travel benefits.”

In conclusion, Menka says that CA’s commitment to its workforce has been a huge boost in her career and enthusiasm, and if you’re considering a role with a CA Accelerator project you should take it!

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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A Day in the Life at CA: Principal, Communications

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

Meet Archana

Archana, Principal, Communications, is very passionate about her work and is an avid writer.

Archana’s Career Story

This is Archana’s 3rd role at CA. Archana has made a real impact on the business at the India Technology Center.

“I had joined in the Solution Knowledge team for the ARCserve product team where I used to work on solution briefs, PPTs and help the SWAT team. When that team was dissolved, I joined the sales operations team where I used to help with Excel sheet for product SKUs. When I came to know that there was an opening in the Corporate Communications team, I applied as part of internal mobility and I have been with the Corporate Communications for 6.5 years.”

Interesting fact: This is Archana’s 2nd innings at CA Technologies. She had worked for 9 months earlier and quit and rejoined.

The Life of a Principal Communications

We asked Archana how she would describe her role as a Principal, Communications at CA and why she loves it.

“I take care of internal and external communications. Internal communication is for employees – taking care of internal branding, communicating the strategy to employees, organizing town halls, helping Executives with their presentations, helping out with site-wide event communication, writing articles for the intranet. As part of external communications, I liaise with the PR agency to arrange for media interactions for executives, write press releases, help with social media postings, write/edit articles, PPTs. I also help with CSR activities planning and CSR budgeting.”

 

A typical workday for Archana starts with replying to her e-mails and then organizing the top priority tasks for the day, before fetching the first mandatory cup of tea.

When we asked Archana about her favourite part of the job, she told us how she loves to interact with executives, some of whom put in their time and effort in guiding her and giving valuable tips and they feel happy when she succeeds.

“I also love researching, writing and editing articles. Sometimes juniors come to me to ask how to write an article or seek advice and I am always happy to guide them. One of the juniors came to me a few weeks ago to say that his mom asked him to say, “thank you” to me for something I helped him with. In my six years in this role, this was the biggest compliment I thought I got.”

Life At CA

Archana is certainly a fan of the office and the area of the business park. She likes the very neat individual working areas in the office and the clean and green campus.

“Best part of my workspace is the money plant (Scientific name: Epipremnum aureum) that I have on my desk. I feel happy to see the plant growing and when people come to my desk, they say wow such a big money plant, you must be rich :)”

Archana is extremely happy with the benefits that CA offers to its employees. In particular, she is a fan of the benefits that are offered to meet the work-life balance of the employees, which is one reason she loves her #LifeAtCA.

“Overall, I think CA offers great benefits, especially the comprehensive “Health and Wellness” program. One of the benefits that CA offers is the work from home option. Three years ago, when my dad passed away and my mother needed support, thanks to my Manager, I could get additional work from home option to help support my mother. I am truly grateful for this.”

 

Archana’s Career Advice

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

At CA, I have learnt a lot. Especially, in my current role, I can never complain of a dull moment. And there are multiple opportunities as part of internal mobility at CA, to shift and learn and network.”

 

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Archana for sharing her Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Principal, Communications! You can follow her on LinkedIn here

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Richa Negi – Marketing Specialist
Talent Acquisition, India
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