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: 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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Pet Benefits for CA Employees!

Pet benefits at CA Technologies

CA Technologies offers best-in-breed Pet Benefits for employees’ fur babies!

In addition to our popular benefits for parents, did you know that CA has pet benefits for pet parents? CA employees can take time to appropriately welcome the addition (paw-ternity leave, if you will) or to grieve the death of their beloved animal friends. We will also send a special gift bundle to welcome new fur babies to #LifeAtCA, at the employee’s request.

pet benefits at CA
Chief People & Places Officer Guy Di Lella understands how important it is to foster relationships between pets and their people by giving them time to bond, and this benefit is another way CA is continuing to develop family-friendly benefits to make the company an even greater place to work.

“One of the most effective ways we can make our customers successful is through the strength of our people — by attracting, developing and retaining the right people to achieve our Mission; by being a great place to work; and by creating an environment that marries hard-charging DNA with a little fun,” Guy said in a recent note to employees.

Here are the details:

  • If you get a new a pet that would benefit from special parent-pet bonding time, you may take up to 3 fully paid days off.
  • If you get a new pet (or got a new pet since the beginning of 2016), you can receive a CA-branded “pet bundle” to welcome your newest addition to the CA family!
  • If you are faced with the unfortunate loss of a beloved pet, you may take up to 3 fully paid days off to help grieve and deal with your loss.

We’re looking forward to seeing all the happy CA pet pics on social media! Tag yours with #LifeAtCA so we can share the love.

Are you interested in working for a company that values your commitment to your furry family members? Search our open jobs or join our Talent Community to receive updates on jobs that match your skills and interests.

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A Day In The Life At CA: Digital Sales Account Owner

Life at CA Digital Sales Account Owner

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Digital Sales Account Owner 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 Digital Sales Account Owner profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

 

Meet David

Digital Sales Account Owner David Hardy is what we like to call a “boomerang”. After working with CA for five years, David left to join another company. However, David says he jumped at the opportunity to return in a business development role, supporting our Global Service Providers, “which I was very excited about, regretted leaving frankly”.

Life At CA - Business Development
David Hardy shows off his creative side with hobbies that include photography, digital and video!

David shared with us that his decision to return to CA is often justified through his experiences.

“CA management and co-workers are there when you go through a family crisis, be it a family member, health issue, or otherwise.  I had the occasion to experience this first hand and it really cemented my conviction that CA is the best company to work for (even with our areas to improve, which we are always working at).”

 

David’s Career Story

In 2003, David joined CA Technologies in his first role as a member of the Brightstor storage products team. In his new role, which began in 2011, David provides support for CA global service provider partners. This was initially IBM Global Services for four years, and David is now a part of the HP Enterprises Services team.

These roles make a huge impact on our global offerings. “I develop sales opportunities to partner with our service provider partners on CA solutions that are a white space for them. These partnerships help to complement their offerings, grow revenue while growing CA’s market presence.”

 

David’s #LifeAtCA

So why does David love his job?

“Working with awesome people and meeting new contacts over the phone. Helping to bring people, client requirements and solutions together! Every day is a different adventure!”

David is also a pretty big fan of CA’s new Tampa, FL office, where he is based. “Our new office has the most awesome view – the best of any company that I’ve worked for in my career! It also has a great layout and location (even with the traffic)!”

Life At CA Business Development Tampa View
View of Tampa, FL from our offices.

 

The Life of a Digital Sales Account Owner

A typical workday for David includes working from home one day a week (gotta love that flexibility!). He enjoys starting his day with a review of updates from his team and the company, through our internal social collaboration sites and emails, and greeting his local co-workers with fresh coffee in hand. This sets him up for success to dive into collaboration with the sales team and research to help his global service provider account discussions more effective.

“Lunch is often had in our kitchen room with a view, then enjoying a walk through downtown Tampa or along the Tampa Riverwalk.”

Tampa Riverwalk
The beautiful Tampa Riverwalk is just steps from David’s CA offices.

In the afternoon, David serves our customers and partners with discovery meetings, demos, and various other partnership activities.

“Training is also a part of many days, ‘sharpening the saw’ on product knowledge and skills to improve.”

 

David’s Career Advice

We asked David what you should know if you’re considering a career with CA Technologies.

“CA is a 30 year old company, which is not really new. Today though, CA has the startup attitude, with exciting new products, organically grown software and connected in to the application economy.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to David for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA in Business Development!

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Rachel Duran
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A Day In The Life At CA: Software Engineer

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

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you key insights from the perspective of a real CA employee.

Meet Adam

Adam McKeown is a Software Engineer in our Vancouver, BC office.

 

Adam’s Story

Adam got into his technical career relatively late in the game. He started going to BCIT, a local technical college, at age 30. The contacts he made there opened the doors for networking opportunities, which led him to CA Technologies.

At work he spends most of his time looking through other developers’ code to find areas that need improvement or don’t line up with standards.

 “I really like that the work that I do feeds into something larger and that I can stand behind it. As a QA Analyst, I sort of have the final say in what goes out the door, and if I’m not satisfied that it’s what the client needs it gets reworked.”

Adam says he gets excited coming to work because he knows he’s going to learn something new every single day. He’s already encountered three to four new languages in the 10 months that he’s worked here.

When asked about the most challenging aspect of working for CA, Adam said it is the speed at which things move.

“We’re a big company, but at the same time we react very quickly to changes in the market place and to our clients’ needs. We use the Agile methodology, which means we’re on sprints and PIs, and every PI our product owner is coming to us and saying this is what the client wants, this is what the business needs and it’s up to us as a team to decide how we’re going to meet those challenges.”

Life at CA

One of Adam’s favorite parts of CA is the trust and respect he’s found here.

“At CA Technologies, we’re respected. There’s a lot of trust placed in us to do what we say we’re going to do, and we reward that trust by working hard and meeting all of the challenges that are set to us.”

He also enjoys the collaborative atmosphere and the diversity at CA.

“We spent a lot of time collaborating here at CA Technologies. We’ve got a lot of smart people from a variety of backgrounds, and it’s great because we have all of those different viewpoints and experiences and educations blending into one another.”

Adam’s Career Advice

According to Adam, the number one thing you need to be successful at CA Technologies is confidence.

“You have to have confidence in yourself and in what you know, because you’re going to have to apply it every single day. Sometimes you’re going to disagree with your co-workers and that’s totally natural. We want you to bring that passion, because we want you to teach us things that we don’t know.”

Thanks to Adam for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Software Engineer! You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.

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A Day In The Life At CA: Principal, HR Talent Development

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Principal, HR Talent 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 key insights from the perspective of a real CA employee.

Meet Jennifer

When Jennifer (Jenn) Budveit, Principal, HR Talent Development isn’t working, she loves to travel with her family, especially to Disney World, and have fun with her family and friends.

 Jenn’s Career Story

Jenn has worked in human resources for more than 19 years and has her Master’s degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University. During her career, she has held the positions of Training, Recruiting and Hiring Manager, Regional Process Manager, Onboarding Specialist, and Instructional Designer.

At CA, Jenn she was hired initially as a Senior Instructional Designer, designing content for various Talent Development programs. Her role has evolved to help support the Global Leadership Development Program (LDP) as the lead for instructional design and content development, provide support for LDP alumni along their continued leadership journey and is one of the global facilitators. She also provides a consultant role on measuring the impact and value Talent Development provides throughout the organization.

“I have been at CA for a little over three years. While I was not actively looking for a new path along my career journey, I knew I needed to be. I thought about the type of role, and the type of company that would be ideal for me one year before joining CA, but didn’t know how or when I would find that ‘perfect’ fit. Then CA reached out to me and it was all meant to be.”

The Life of a Principal, HR Talent Development

We asked Jenn how she would describe her role.

“I am part of the team that aligns our internal leadership development program with current industry trends, the business environment and the internal opportunities for leadership development within CA; both for the capabilities to be successful today, as well as into the future. We want to ensure LDP is providing the type of experience and the support our employees need to expand and grow their leadership capabilities.

A typical workday for Jenn includes a mix of working with others on content alignment and execution of the leadership development program and LDP Alumni community, as well working individually in designing content and activities.

We asked Jenn about the best part of her workspace, and she said that she loves being together with her co-workers and teammates.

“The brainstorming and collaboration that takes place on a daily basis, along with lots of fun and laughter, makes it a wonderful place to be in every day. The Islandia office, and this campus in general, is absolutely beautiful and designed with the employee in mind. Between the wonderful cafeteria, the workout facilities, the Montessori school, and the grounds; they all make me very proud to point out to anyone and everyone that this is where I work.”

When we asked Jenn what her favorite part of the job is, she told that she loves seeing the impact of the Leadership Development Program, or any of CA’s talent development programs, have on those participating.

“My passion has always been in finding the gap between actual and desired performance, determining which will be needed to effectively reduce or eliminate that gap, and then seeing that all play out successfully.”

Life At CA

Jenn has especially enjoyed the work/life blend she’s found at CA.

“The focus on work/life blend has, for me, been the best CA benefit. This is something I did not have in companies I have worked for in the past. I have the ability to put my family first when they need to be, and that makes it so easy to put CA first when it needs to be.

What would you say to someone considering working at CA Technologies?

“I will admit I did not really understand what our company did until I started researching it. I would say that just because CA may not be a household name to you, doesn’t mean it isn’t doing absolutely amazing things. It is such an exciting time to be a part of CA; every single employee is a leader here because every individual brings their unique perspective to the table. In a company that focuses on innovation, you want to be where your opinion will not only be heard, but it will be counted.”

Thanks to Jenn for sharing her Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Principal, Talent Development! You can connect with her on LinkedIn here.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by Empowering Women In Tech

International Women's Day CA Technologies

International Women’s Day 2017 asks us to be bold for change, and CA Technologies is up for the challenge.

As the team and I plan various events, social media engagement and recognition to celebrate International Women’s Day, I am compelled to reflect on some highlights related to the diversity and inclusion journey at CA. We’ve been recognized for leading the way in changing the face of STEM through awards like Working Mother 2016 Best Companies for Multicultural Women, we’ve been applauded for our external campaigns aimed at empowering women in tech, and our women responded more favorably than men on 80 percent of our key drivers of engagement in our employee survey. However, our work is not done, and I thought this would be a perfect time to share some of our newest and most innovative efforts launching in 2017.

International Women's Day Pay Equity

Solving Pay Equity

At CA, we strive to be on the leading edge of change when it comes to eliminating bias from the workforce and to be thought leaders in the technology industry. Pay equity is and always has been important to CA because we believe all people should be compensated based on what they bring to the position and the company. Continuing this focus and commitment, we now prohibit discussion of previous compensation during the application and hiring process.

This simple and important shift will allow us to focus on the areas that matter in determining a compensation package. 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.

While at CA we have gender parity as it relates to compensation, we want to be vigilant and continue to make forward progress on removing possible areas of bias and advance our inclusive environment. Basing job offers on previous compensation can perpetuate gender wage inequalities. The gender wage gap has not significantly improved since Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Women in the U.S. earn 79% of their male counterparts, on average, for the same jobs.

CA is proud of our historical focus on equality and pay parity. We constantly seek opportunities to continue forward momentum and we are particularly proud of our most recent proactive step. There are some proposed changes to pay equity legislation that focus on closing the gender wage gap in the United States, the earliest of which is not scheduled to take effect in Massachusetts until July 2018. We hope other tech employers will follow our lead and similarly implement this practice across their workforces to ensure all employees are fairly paid.

WATCH ARIANA HUFFINGTON’S INTERVIEW WITH CA TECHNOLOGIES CEO MIKE GREGOIRE ON PAY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN TECH

International Women's Day Diverse Slates

Diverse Interview Slates

We are committed to ensuring we cast a wide net as we source for our open positions through diverse candidate slate and interview practices. By focusing on reducing bias in the process and managing against individual unconscious bias, the diverse candidate slate requires at least two candidates in every pool of candidate qualifies as diverse. Similarly, diverse interview panels ensure that we have diverse representation among the interviewers.

It may sound like a small effort, but we know these programs work and we’ve been recognized for our results. For instance, of our senior-management hires in 2016, 13% were multicultural women, which was 44% higher than the industry average of 9%. Additionally, in the last two years, we have increased the representation of women in technical roles by 14%. It’s a good start, and we are enthusiastic about building on this momentum to increase our overall diverse representation.

International Women's Day Referral Bonus

Increased Referral Bonuses for Diversity Candidates

To help us build a diverse candidate pipeline, we are looking to those who know CA best – our people. Employee referrals are a great source for CA and those who are referred to the company, tend to be successful. While we do pay competitive incentives for referring any candidate that ultimately is hired, we have recently announced a double referral incentive for those candidates who are women, veterans, minorities, and/or have a disability.

These are just a few of the ideas we’ve implemented in our recruiting practices, and that doesn’t cover all of the daily pieces of Life At CA we offer in continuing support of the women on our teams. Take a look at these blogs from women at CA about our unique benefits and policies:

Welcome to (Working) Motherhood by Kristin Shulman

Thoughts on Software Engineering, Motherhood, and Diversity in Tech with Aline Gerew

Why I Chose Technology and Technology Chose Me by Annabel Sunnucks

Added Benefits For Breastfeeding Working Mothers at CA by Rachel Duran

 

Also, be sure to check out #BringWhatYouBring on social media to see the diversity of women at CA, as they share their diversity of backgrounds, experiences and thought on International Women’s Day.

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A Day In The Life At CA: Associate Services Consultant

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an Associate Services Consultant 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 Services Consultant profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

 

Meet David

David Pokorny, Associate Services Consultant, is very active when it comes to doing outdoor sports and activities. Here he is parachuting, as well as a snap from one of his many enjoyable mountain bike rides.

David Pokorny - Associate Services Consultant

 

David’s Career Story

Although David has only just celebrated his 1st CA Technologies work anniversary, he’s made real impact to the business at the Prague Technology Center.

“I started working for CA Technologies 12 months ago. For 10 months I’ve been working on a project for a big UK customer, taking care of their security solutions.”

 

The Life of an Associate Services Consultant

We asked David how he would describe his role as an Associate Services Consultant and why he loves it.

“My role is to help customers get the best out of their CA products, in order to both support and drive their business. As a Services Consultant, it’s vital I have great understanding of both – CA software and our customers, the people who are working with it.”

A typical workday for David starts very proactively, summarizing tasks he has for the upcoming day, saying “hello” and sharing a French Press Coffee with his team members.

“Usually we have daily stand-ups with our customer in the morning, where we are talking about finished and upcoming activities. Then I start working on agreed tasks. When I need assistance, I utilise my amazing team mates who are keen to help me. When it comes to lunchtime, we have many nice places to eat around the office where we can go. After eating lunch, I enjoy spending time on the table football in the office with team mates. It’s fun and gives the brain a break.”

When we asked David what is the favourite part of his job, he told us how he loves to see the impact the products are having on our customers.

“I like customizing our products to fit customer needs. What I really enjoy is the time when we get to actually present it to customers and show them the impact. The biggest motivation I get from what I do is the fact that customers are seeing success and adding value to their business through using what I have delivered.”

 

Life At CA

David is certainly a fan of the office and the area on the business park in Chodov, in which he describes it as an “oasis for business people”. He enjoys the natural environment surrounding the offices with ponds, and various animals like ducks and rabbits hoping on the green grass. David is also a fan of the surrounding activities available including volleyball and giant chess.

“The Prague Technology Center is more than just usual open office space. I enjoy the extra comfort we have: large desks; powerful equipment and laptop that’s necessary for me to do my job; comfortable chair and seating; plus, various beverages available in a kitchenette including free soft drinks, tea, coffee, fruit juices and water.”

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As you couldn’t tell from David’s introduction, he’s a lover of sport. We’re extremely happy the benefits we offer to our Prague employees meet those sporty needs and it is a vital part of why David loves his #LifeAtCA.

“CA has many benefits I like, but my favourite is most definitely the vouchers for sport activities and the access I have on the Business Park to do sport. Doing the job I do, means I’m sat for the majority of my day at my desk which is not very healthy. Doing sport after work is essential for good health and I am glad we have many sport benefits here at CA.”

 

David’s Career Advice

David would recommend a Services position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to be part of large projects, with the potential to positively impact millions of people.

“Put simply, people globally are using technology that is reliant upon CA products and they don’t even realise it. CA is running core systems for huge companies, so you can expect to be working in large challenging environments. To put things into perspective, the project I’m currently part of has almost 100 million of our customers using our systems, which most definitely keeps me motivated to do my best at what I do.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to David for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of an Associate Services Consultant! You can follow his adventures on Twitter (@david_pokorny) and LinkedIn here.

Are you interested in a Services role at CA Technologies?

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Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

 

A Day In The Life At CA: Principal Software Architect

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Principal Software Architect at CA Technologies?

Vitezslav Vlcek - Software ArchitectWhen 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 Architect profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.

 

Meet Vitezslav

Vitezslav Vlcek, Principal Software Architect, has been in the Software Development and Engineering space for over 20 years. In his spare time, he’s a keen music and dance fan. Not only does Vitezslav play piano and has done since he was 12, he is also part of a folk dancing group.

 

Vitezslav’s Career Story

Vitezslav has an abundance of experience in the Mainframe space and has been with CA Technologies for over 8 years at the Prague Technology Center.

“I joined CA 8 years ago after I finished my PhD focused on Applied Mathematics. At that point in time, I had never heard of either CA products nor CA Technologies, however I did know about mainframe technology, because we had a class on hi-performance computing at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Sometimes, the lecturer would tell stories of his own career and mentioned Mainframe several times when he was doing some computation on ES EVM (a Russian clone of IBM360). At that point, I thought Mainframe was old and redundant technology. How wrong was I!”

Vitezslav Vlcek - Software Architect & 3 Minutes Team

Vitezslav has seen amazing support when it’s come to his own career development at CA Technologies. He’s had 5 different roles in his 8 years.

“I started as an Associate Software Engineer. After 6 months in the development team building MSM (Mainframe Software Management) from scratch. I was then promoted to Software Engineer and became part of the L2 Support Team, which was both a big challenge and opportunity to speak with customers, improve my English language skills and expand my Mainframe horizons. 3 years ago, the L2 support team disbanded as there was no business case for the team anymore, as we had solved all the solutions we needed to by which time, I’d become Senior Software Engineer. It was at the time when CA started to implement the Agile Transformation of Mainframe Business Unit. We formed an Agile Team called ‘3 Minutes’ and I was promoted to a Principal Software Engineer very quickly. This was not the last change in my career as most recently, an architect position became available. I applied, and due to my deep insight into internals of our products and knowledge of customer requirements, I became a Principal Architect.”

 

The Life of a Principal Software Architect

We asked Vitezslav how he would describe his role as a Principal Software Architect and why he loves what he does.

“I review incoming requirements and evaluate whether they fit our future plans. I asses how viable the product plans are and if they could be implemented. I define the architecture of products, planning both the product build and how the technical components will be connected. Sometimes I also develop small prototypes to help us better envision product plans as real products. I’m also a support resource in helping other team members with incoming issues and any product related questions they may have.”

A typical workday for Vitezslav starts with a brisk walk to work, a well brewed cup of tea and a look of his emails. He always meets with his team to have regular catch ups on progress and up-coming working.

“Come lunchtime, I enjoy having a small walk to get some fresh air. It’s important to have that time away from the desk screen. I normally have calls with our US colleagues who become active around 3pm our time in Prague (due to time difference). It’s then typically back to tackling issues and assessing new enhancements. Once a week, we get our innovation juices flowing by attending our Patent Review Board where we assess new ideas.”

Ask people what the favourite part of their job is and 99 times of out 100, people will not say “problems”. When we asked Vitezslav what his favourite part of his job is, you guessed it, he answered, “problems”. He certainly loves the challenge and compares his role to that of a detective and doctor when it comes to solving and fixing problems.

“I like solving technical problems – it is like puzzle. Customers provide a few hints, sometimes they are misleading so it can be like detective work. Once you identify the culprit (the issue), you then play the role of the doctor who must find a cure to heal a broken part. Moreover, it’s like being a doctor for humans, expect you’ve now got to fix the issue of a much larger, more complex mammal. In terms of my role, I’m having to fix issues on products that are very big and complex, which is where the challenge lies. Other challenges include building new enhancement requests that are coming from customers or internal teams. Usually we have to figure out how to develop new functionality in a very limited time to please the customer, whilst ensuring it doesn’t limit or break existing functionality.”

 

Life At CA

Vitezslav loves a lot about his #LifeAtCA. The office is in a very good location, and takes just 30 minutes to walk or 15 minutes by bike to get to the office. Vitezslav doesn’t have to use public transport at all. He also likes that the office is very well equipped, with shower facilities, massage room and the garage facilities are bike friendly.

“Most of my work is done sat stationary at my office chair, therefore I suffer from lack of movement. That’s why I really enjoy that we have regularly available office massages, yoga and pilates that I take full advantage of. It is a great opportunity to stretch all my muscles and it’s great for the mind. I’m lucky that both my wife (she works for CA as well) and I have participated in numerous CA Fitness Challenges. It’s very much built into our daily routine to walk to the office and back home every day.”

 

Vitezslav’s Career Advice

“Imagine what would happen if Google’s ‘search functionality’ or Facebook’s ‘post publisher’ was down for one day and compare it to the failure of any mission critical systems from flight ticket reservations to banking systems. Do you want to be a part of a company that creates the software that other companies depend on to succeed it this digital age and bring life to their products and services? Do you find mission critical systems interesting? If yes, then CA Technologies might well be an option for you.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Vitezslav for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Principal Software Architect! You can connect with his adventures on LinkedIn here.

Are you interested in a Software Architect role at CA Technologies?

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CA Technologies is proud to be the Silver Sponsor at Grace Hopper Celebration India 2016

Grace Hopper Celebration India (GHCI), the largest gathering of women technologists in the country, is set to take place in December from 7th – 9th Dec 2016 and we are excited to be part of it. GHCI focuses on the career, research and entrepreneur interests of women in computing and technology.

Meet some of CA’s amazing women leaders who will represent CA at GHC this year.

 

Nivedita Aggarwal-Grace Hopper India 2016
Nivedita Aggarwal

”I started my career with Tata Infotech (now TCS) in 2000 as a trainee. After trying various technical roles at TCS, I joined CA Technologies in 2004 and picked up a career in product documentation. I started off writing product documentation for Mainframe products. Soon, I found myself identifying issues with the current process, proposing ways to solve the issues and leading people to fix issues. So, I naturally transitioned into a management role, handling documentation teams for a few business units. In the quest to expand my horizon, I took additional responsibilities to lead the development and support of tools for the global publication team and later started leading the globalization team as well. This is my 13th year at CA and I now head the Engineering Services team at CA India Technology Center. I’m responsible for Product Documentation, Globalization, DevOps services, Accessibility, and Securability teams in India. Learning the nuances of each domain was so gratifying and made all the extra work so much more worthwhile. It was   so important for me to understand the domain so that I could guide the team in the right direction.”

Nivedita Aggarwal, Director, Information Services

 

”I have more than 17 years of experience in this industry. I am currently working as a Director – HR Business Partner for Technology Group with CA Technologies. I have worked with Companies like Microsoft, 3Com, HCL and some start-ups. I have experience in Talent Development, Talent Acquisition and as a Strategic Business Partner. In addition to HR roles, I am also a Diversity Champion and lead Diversity Initiatives for CA India. I have Masters in English literature and bachelors in Economics from Delhi University. I am also a Certified Diversity Professional from DTUI.”

Sharmila Khan – Director, HR Business Partner

 

 

Kavitha Sastry-Grace Hopper India 2016
Kavitha Sastry

”I work at CA Technologies as an Advisor in the Global CIO Office. I have close to 20 years of industry experience both in the US and India in a variety of Customer facing leadership roles along with managing global Data Centers, Global infrastructure and Application support teams. I hold B.Tech in Electronics and Communications and M. Tech in Image Processing from Andhra University. I have held various Leadership roles at Silicon Graphics, Rovi Corporation, Patni-Igate and EMC. I strongly believe in and have managed to bring work-life balance into my teams. Currently I am working on two complex problems a) Measuring and Increasing Productivity from various collaboration tools across the company b) Putting in a process to measure Risk and Governance for all SaaS applications deployed within a company. I am also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion forum at CA Technologies. And a committee member of the ABI Hyderabad chapter and ABI India. I am committed to various “young women empowerment programs” in my neighborhood village communities.”

Kavitha Sastry – Advisor, IT Program Management

 

David, Crescentia Kalpana-Grace Hopper India 2016
David, Crescentia Kalpana

”I have more than nine years of experience in the Technical Writing field and will complete seven years at CA Technologies this December. I love technology, interacting with people, and writing. These traits make me best suited for the technical writing field. I work closely with the agile teams, and the experts of the product like support engineers to provide accurate and error-free content. I have worked with various technologies such as mainframe, security infrastructure, business process management in a SOA environment, SaaS, and master database management. I actively participate in the product forums to receive feedback and answer customer queries. I have dabbled with various forms of information presentation like videos and blogging. I am mother of a six-year-old rambunctious boy and love every minute of it. I am a true blue Hyderabadi who loves books, movies, and food. A feminist who likes to keenly observe the working styles of women vis-a-vis men. One day I hope to help under-privileged women by microfinancing their businesses.”

Crescentia Kalpana David – Senior Information Engineer

 

Kruthi Kunjalu - Grace Hopper India 2016
Kruthi Kunjalu

”I have been working with CA Technologies as an Associate Platform Administrator since June 2015. I joined CA Technologies after completing my Engineering in Computer Science from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad. Ever since I started, I was able to work and deliver solutions on trending technologies like Chef, Alexa and Azure. In my role, I handle the implementation of Infrastructure as a Code (IaaC) for CA Technologies. I am responsible to ensure that all the newly launched servers are customized according to CA standards through Chef. I also contribute extensively to the Automation requests from other teams. I like to spend my leisure time reading articles on psychology and love to get to know people across different fields. Spending quality time with kids makes my day. The ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ is one of my favourite movies and a quote I love is “The world is your oyster. It is up to you to find the pearls.”

Kruthi Kunjalu – Associate Platform Administrator

 

Meet us at Grace Hopper Celebration India, CA Technologies booth.

GHCI is a great platform to talk about your work, share knowledge, learn and above all get inspired by some amazing women leaders in the industry. We are celebrating the spirit and success of women in technology. Come, meet us at CA Technologies booth and learn about CA products, innovations, benefits, our work culture and career opportunities. We want talented people to join our team and work towards achieving our mission of eliminating the barriers between ideas and outcomes.