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”.
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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