Intern At CA: Laura Haldane

One of CA’s interns, Laura Haldane, took the time to discuss her time at the company and her perceptions after having worked ‘behind the scenes’. A Business Management graduate at Oxford Brookes University, she wanted to get an insight into the inner workings of a software company of CA Technologies’ calibre. Laura’s internship lasts until the 24th of August 2018, upon which she shall return to university and hopes to go on to work in a multinational company in the technological industry.

What attracted you to an internship at CA this year?

Having studied Business Management at University for 2 years before taking on an internship, I knew I wanted to get experience working in a software/tech company. It became clear to me over the course of the two years that effectively every company needs to undergo a Digital Transformation in order to keep up to speed with demand online and on apps. CA helps customers manage their online portfolio and compete strategically in the marketplace. In addition, the office here at Ditton Park in Datchet is fantastic. There are gym facilities, outdoor basketball courts, which are great to use during lunch breaks or after work.

Tell us more about your role in the EMEA Communications?

My role has allowed me to gain hands on experience with our Create Tomorrow program, which is where our CSR efforts are focused in EMEA. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at local schools and speak on panels. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Europe and a highlight so far has been attending the European Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. I’ve also had the opportunity to gain experience with our PR Agencies in London, helping them write pitches for press and create social content calendars.

What is a typical day for you?

Wake up at 7am – make myself a cup of tea and read the news, check Instagram and Facebook…( I like a slow start to the day, I hate rushing around in the morning). Leave for work and drive to the office around 8:30am. I grab a coffee before getting to my desk and always check my email first thing. Depending on how busy I am, I will take a lunch break around 12 and play basketball/netball or take part in Yoga or Pilates. I leave work around 5:30pm and usually meet up with a few of the other interns for dinner or drinks.

Favourite part of the internship?

The opportunity to travel and work with a European team. My team have been extremely welcoming and collaborative, involving me in as much as they can. I have helped run Deploy Your Talents events in Germany and attended a Security Roundtable discussion in Brussels.  I also attended a Quarterly Communications Team meeting in Milan and received training in Crisis Communications Management.

Would an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B Technology Company as opposed to a better-known brand?

I’ve always enjoyed the reaction I get when I tell people I work at CA Technologies, especially when I tell people my age. 8 time out of 10, nobody has heard of CA as they are a B2B company, so I quite enjoy telling them who CA are and how our products are enabling companies to digitally transform. Despite being lesser-known, our products are actually used by some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Netflix, L’Oreal and BT.

Favourite aspect of the DNA mission?

COLLABORATIVE: I truly enjoy working as part of a team to make sure a task gets finished. My European team are great at giving me advice where needed and providing me with constructive feedback on work. They understand that in order for me to get the most out of my internship, they need to work closely with me on tasks that they feel I would be good at. It is hugely satisfying to work with a team that are passionate about what they do too.

Advice for a candidate coming for an interview at CA Technologies?

Come prepared and do your research. Having confidence is also key, but being able to show that you’ve done your ‘homework’ for the interview shows you plan ahead. In addition, don’t be afraid to talk about your hobbies and interests outside of work. Wellbeing and having a work/life balance is something that is encouraged by the Wellbeing at CA team and shows to the interviewer that you have passions and interests beyond the world of work.

CA is extremely happy to welcome Laura to its vast family and wishes her success for her career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship, learn more and search our open positions here, or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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Intern At CA: Vasu Sharma

Through our Intern @ CA blog series, we cover the stories of such enthusiastic interns who have joined CA Technologies. Vasu Sharma is a final year student of The UPES College, Dehradun, who had interned with CA as a Cyber Security Developer.

How did you know about CA Technologies?

On asking Vasu about how he came across CA Technologies, he said “My answer to this question is a bit different from those of other interns. CA Technologies is a B2B company which creates products for large enterprises. I came to know about CA Technologies when it visited my college for the first time. And to be honest, once I heard the news of CA visiting my campus I did my research around the company and was very much overwhelmed by its products.

How was the Intern Program selection process?

Fulfilling dreams isn’t very easy and requires hard work and dedication and it is only then that one relishes the fruit of labor. For Vasu, the selection process was intensive but worth it.

“Getting an internship with a corporate that has such a great product base was quite surprising. I never thought of getting into a company this big as an intern, but thanks to CA’s business structure of having a separate business unit for Security, I got the opportunity I was looking for. I have done B-Tech with a specialization in Cyber Security and the company came to the campus for recruitment with a single vacancy in Cyber Security. Fortunately, I was selected for the role after 3 rounds of interviews. The first round was an aptitude assessment which was held on Cocubes, an online platform. This was followed by an online video interview which analyzed my technical knowledge of Java and the details of the projects I had done in the past. The final round was an online HR interview which focused on behavioral and situation-based questions. A week later I was offered an internship with CA technologies as a Developer in the Cyber Security business unit.

What exposure did you receive on your CA Internship?

Internships are there to provide an extensive learning experience which prepares you for the actual challenges you’ll face in the fast-paced, dynamic, competitive and ever-growing industry. This is exactly what CA provided Vasu with as well as such freedom within what he delivered.

He said, “I worked within the Security business unit and was assigned a server-side migration project. Apart from this main assignment, I worked with logarithms for some functionality engraving in existing products. I also took up a project that belonged to a completely different business unit and this was possible because CA gives you the freedom to select, work and learn about any project that interests you”.

How did your assigned CA mentor benefit your Internship experience?

As part of the internship program, it’s crucial interns feel supported through their time at CA. Vasu was no different and spoke positively of the great support he received from his mentor Venky Venkata Swamy Karukuri.

“On the first day of my internship I was introduced to an architect (basically a product designer) named Venky and I feel fortunate to have worked under him. He assigned me to challenging projects and despite his busy schedule, he would arrange for weekly meetings to ensure that I was on the right track. He would guide me around various aspects of technology and life, clearing all my doubts regarding my project and the industry. He introduced me to several experienced colleagues who were a great source of learning for me. The experience of being an intern at CA was unlike any other.”

What do you like most about CA Technologies?

The company believes that in order to hone one’s skills and perform well, employees require a conducive, lively and relaxed environment and that is only possible when people come together and feel like a single unit.

“To be honest, the best thing about the company is the collaborative nature of its employees who make time to respond to queries despite being busy. There is a strong team spirit among the members of staff and a zeal to excel as a team rather than an individual.” says Vasu.

How was the success of your Internship rewarded?

A dedicated and passionate student, a proficient mentor and a jubilant environment make the perfect potion for success. But being appreciated and rewarded makes the success even sweeter. On being asked about the appreciations and rewards he received during his internship, Vasu replied, “I did receive appreciation for the three projects I worked on”. But being offered a permanent role at CA was the biggest reward for him.

“To be honest, getting a pre-placement offer from a product-based company is the best feeling in the entire world for a B-Tech graduate. I was thrilled the moment I received a call from the company saying that I’d been offered PPO. I was overjoyed by the news and I didn’t think twice before agreeing to take the offer.”

What do you like most about the ITC?

Vasu was extremely complimentary of the India Technology Center in Hyderabad and the facilities available. We asked Vasu as to what were the main things about the ITC that made him look forward to coming to the CA campus every day?

His response was, “CA has a great campus with a lot of greenery and open spaces. The workstations are spacious and comfortable and the refreshment station on each floor is loaded all the time. The cafeteria too gives a variety of food options”.

What advice would you offer to those who are currently looking for an Internship?

On being asked as to what he would advise to others on choosing a company to work for, he happily stated, “CA is a B2B company and hence many may not be aware of the brand, but CA has a presence in every sector from banking to e-commerce and other applications. As CA is a product-based company I would recommend aspirants to know about algorithms and data structures from a technical point of view. Also, in terms of why CA is an employer of choice, CA employees enjoy a great work life balance and flexibility at work.”

CA is extremely happy to welcome Vasu to its vast family and wishes him all the success for his career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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A Day In the Life at CA: Ramesh Manickavel, Director for Agile Program Management

What it’s like to work at CA as a Director

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 Director for Agile Program Management profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Ramesh

Ramesh Manickavel is the Director for the Agile Program Management unit, located in the CA India Technology Center, in Hyderabad. He joined CA Technologies in 2009 but took a short break of 5 months from the organization in 2011 post which he re-joined the organization. He says, “That tells you about how much I like CA”.

Before joining CA Technologies, Ramesh had worked for GE (General Electricals) as a developer/architect for online Parts Store as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt involved in the organization-wide process improvement projects. Post this he joined Oracle India Development Centre as a Technical Staff Member. Today he works as a Director for Agile Program Management where he’s tasked with enabling product development teams to provide predictable on-time delivery with improved quality.

 

 

An average day.

Ramesh is an early riser and reaches office by 8:30 am after an hour of jogging. He then plans his day meticulously by going through e-mails, pending items from the previous day and preparing for meetings to be scheduled for the day. He reviews the various agendas for the meetings and ensures he has the required data & details. He likes spending the lunchtime with his peers and colleagues and occasionally steps out with them for team lunch.

“Walk around the campus is a must post lunch for me. I try to keep half hour for myself post lunch to be able to plan for rest of the day or to catch up on items that I couldn’t do in the morning. Late afternoons and evenings are mostly consumed in meetings.”

Ramesh likes reading in his free time and tries to make time for it whenever he can.

“I make time for myself to go over blogs and videos shared with me by my team members, peers or anyone else on leadership or technical staff. And my day ends with some reading (fiction mostly) even if it is for 10 to 15 minutes.”

The best part of the job.

On being asked about what part of his job he likes the most, he said, “Interacting with people – whether it be technical discussions or brainstorming on new ideas, it’s amazing to see how diverse we are in terms of functional/technical knowledge, skills, experience yet aligned to a common vision. Making a difference by working with such great minds is what I love about my job.”

He also loves his workspace which is right in the middle of his floor which makes it easier for him to interact with the team. “It’s bright and comes with my favorite two whiteboards. I have the habit of writing a lot on them when I have my discussions with teammates.”

On office surroundings and facilities

“We have an amazing campus to walk around, especially the location near the amphitheater introduced by my friend Satbeer. It’s serene. That’s the place I choose to unwind and spend some quiet moments with myself. I have brought my family several times on site and my mom just loves our campus. She thinks that her son has the coolest job in the whole world and its kind of true!”

Ramesh was full of praise for the CA facilities and the team that takes care of it. He says, “We have one of the best facilities team in the world. I have worked with them on several occasions for different events at the team level and organization level – we just need to make it known, they make it happen.”

CA benefits

CA Technologies has an employee champion program which nominates people who help solve issues/grievances at workplace and promote various benefits for employees. Ramesh has himself been an employee champion and knows a lot about CA benefits.

“I have been an employee champion and it’s wonderful to see how much CA invests in the wellbeing of its employees. Personally, I have had emergency situations where I couldn’t go through the suggested medical procedures, but the support and help I got from CA is amazing. I also like the gesture of inviting family members to the health sessions that take place at work.”

Some words of advice

Many people that are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Ramesh what advice or comments would he have for them about choosing to work for CA. He replied, “While the branding and advertisements like ‘Bring What You Bring’ has increased awareness about CA significantly, a lot of folks think that we are chartered accountants. Personally, I like CA primarily because of the growth opportunities it has provided me with. I will tell the individuals that their career growth aligning with their aspiration is more important than the brand of the company. I choose to have a personal brand myself along with my company’s brand rather than just associating myself with a brand. With a wide range of product development teams in CA, there are variety of challenging opportunities in every area.”

If you too would like to experience the life at CA, search here for open positions or create a custom job alert to get notifications on teacher roles that match your search.

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Women in Leadership at CA Technologies | Heena Raval

Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States of America, rightly said: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating the work of several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization. This month we cover a woman who is not only intelligent and smart herself but builds and drives intelligence into software products designed to make life easier. Meet Heena Raval, this month’s Woman in Leadership star. She leads the Data Sciences efforts for CA ITC.

Senior Director, Software Engineering at CA ITC, Heena works closely with global teams across CA to develop Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence solutions. Simply put, she builds intelligence into CA products and solutions so that the end user can do data-driven decision making, become more productive and efficient in their day job. In Heena’s words, “These end users play varied roles in large enterprises who are our customers going through their digital transformation journey. Through these intelligent products, we help optimize the outcomes that they care about.”

What do you bring to CA Technologies?

On being asked what she brings to CA, Heena said, “Best in class industry experience, customer empathy, thought leadership on digital transformation through a niche discipline of data sciences, and cutting-edge skills in the technology market today. I feel I bring an experience of developing entrepreneurial teams and creating a culture of high energy, innovation and outcomes.” She thus truly resonates with the CA ideology of “Bring What You Bring” uniqueness.

If you had one piece of advice to women considering, or in a leadership role – what would it be?

Women often forget how capable they are and what plethora of skills lies within them. Hence, we asked Heena to give a piece of advice to women considering a leadership role and her answer was truly inspiring. She quoted, “Don’t think about what if I fall? Think about what if I can fly? Why waste time trying to fit in when you are born to stand out. Harness your capability and intuition to lead and pave the path. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. “

Who is your biggest female inspiration/role model that’s influenced you? In life/or specific to your career?

We require continual push and inspiration to move towards our goals and this comes from someone we look up to – a role model. Heena is a role model for many in the organization but we wanted to know as to her role model is.

“I don’t have any role models as such. I get inspired by actions of several people and take away nuggets from their experiences. For instance, Maya Angelou, poet, and author, her writing, life philosophy and spirituality is inspirational. Sushmita Sen, former Miss Universe, her decision of adopting a child at the age of 25, I wonder what kind of upbringing you need to have, to make such a big decision at such a young age? She has been a hands-on single mother for the last 18 years with 2 beautiful daughters. Serena Williams is another person I look up to. Particularly how she has dealt with criticism of her race, body type and temperament by continuing to have her game do all the talking. She has been inspiring and now how she stands up for pregnancy break and believes that it is not to be treated as an injury. My everyday inspiration comes from the tireless women I depend on, my nanny, my cook. Such potential, if only they had gotten the opportunity to exploit their potential, they would not be doing jobs but creating jobs for sure. My forever inner source of inspiration is my mother, her grit and ability to give is what I would like to learn from and live by.”

What are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies?

Our DNA defines us and our qualities help us excel in what we do. Being asked as to what are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies, she said “Self-Awareness and Resilience.”

Heena Raval is a true example of a woman of substance. Her combination of intellect and hard work has made her a woman worthy of leadership. CA takes pride and cherishes having Heena as an integral part of the organization.

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

Dia

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

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

 Meet Diana

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

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

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

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

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

An average day

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

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

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

The best part of the job?

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

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

She also loves the physical environment at the center.

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

CA Children's Montessori Center, Herndon, VA

She adds:

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

CA benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Day in the Life at CA: Katie Martin, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children’s Center

Katie Martin, CA Montessori Children's Center teacher

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

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

Meet Katie

Katie Martin, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children's CenterKatie has been a preschool teacher for 7 years, six of those at the CA Technologies Montessori Children’s Center in Framingham, MA, where she teaches children from 3 to 6 years old. She’s wanted to be a teacher ever since she can remember.

“As a teenager, all my jobs revolved around children, working at camps, afterschool programs, etc. Those experiences finalized my decision to pursue a career as a teacher.”

Katie went to school with a focus on Early Childhood Education. Through her student teaching and practicums, she fell in love with working in preschool environments.

When she’s not teaching, Katie and her husband love to travel to new places or visit friends and family. She also volunteers as a coach for a youth lacrosse team in her town. “I played in college and have loved introducing the game to 9- and 10-year old girls. Seeing them enjoy the game the way I have is really rewarding!” she said.

A typical day

The first thing Katie does in the morning is set up her classroom to make sure she’s prepared for the day. The Center opens at 8:00 a.m., with children coming in throughout the morning depending on their parents’ work schedule. She greets the children as they come in and they spend time talking while enjoying breakfast. After breakfast, the children begin their work cycle. During this time, Katie works with the children individually, or in small groups.

“This teaching philosophy can take me from multiplication with one child to reading with another, or washing a table. I love being able to work one-on-one with the children, as it allows me to build individual relationships better than I can when working with large groups.”

After a three-hour work cycle, they go outside, where the children have opportunities to ride bikes, play in the sandbox, or use their imaginations to open an ice cream shop. Then it’s time for lunch.

“We eat our meals family style so we can sit and talk and enjoy lunch together. This is a wonderful time to connect as a group, before the children lay down for their nap.”

After nap time ends, around 3 p.m., there are snacks and thematic activities based on current events and the interests of the children.

“Every day follows the same schedule, but can be so different based on the children and their interests.”

The Center

We asked Katie what she feels is the best part of the center.

“The best part about the center is the team I work with. There are seven of us right now, and we really work well together to support each other and the children. Having relocated, I have really loved getting to know and build relationships with my coworkers.”

As for her classroom, she says the best part besides the children is the environment and Nala, the class’ pet rabbit.

Nala the rabbit, CA Montessori Children's Center

“The best part of the classroom is how it promotes the children to be independent and a part of their own community. The room is warm and welcoming and meant to feel like a children’s house. The children have opportunities to interact with beautiful materials and make their own connections to the world around them.

“The children adore Nala and make sure that she is well taken care of. She hops around the room during our day and joins us outside when it’s nice out. Watching the children understand the responsibility and needs of an animal at this age is such a wonderful experience.”

Katie also loves hosting Center events.

“For the Olympics this year, we hosted an Olympic day with winter events and a photo booth. Having Center celebrations for holidays and events is such a special part of our school culture.”

Katie Martin, CA Montessori Children's Center

Benefits

All employees of the CA Montessori Children’s Centers enjoy the full array of CA benefits. Katie said that CA’s commitment to education and training has been a large part of her role at the center.

“I was sent to AMI training in Dallas for three summers to learn the Montessori philosophy and my role as a lead teacher. CA sponsored the program and covered the expenses to travel and live in Texas. Working for a company that values ongoing education and personal growth is important to me.”

Why CA?

We asked Katie what advice she would give to teachers about working for tech company-subsidized school, as opposed to a more traditional setting.

“Working for a school that is sponsored by a tech company creates such a wonderful, welcoming community. The parents can come down and visit, have lunch and participate in center events. You feel like you are part of a larger community than just a school, which is a uniquely positive aspect to our program.

“The peace of mind that CA provides its employees by allowing them to take such an active role in their child’s day is special. They have made a commitment to the importance of early education, and I love being a part of their mission.”

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

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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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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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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
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
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: 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

Are you interested in a Communications role at CA Technologies?

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Richa Negi – Marketing Specialist
Talent Acquisition, India
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