Laura Haldane

EMEA Partner Marketing Programmes Specialist

"Everyone at the office is so friendly and keen to help. Everyone in the EMEA Partner Marketing team are lovely and have made an effort to get to know me."

What attracted you to apply to VMware?

I spent my industrial placement year at University working for another software company, in the EMEA Corporate Communications team. It was there that my interest in software began. I’m fascinated by the power of software and the impact it has on every part of our everyday lives.  

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up around 6:45am and start getting ready for work. If I can be bothered, I’ll go to an early gym class. (which means waking up earlier than this) I drive to work around 7:45 and listen to Radio 1 or a good podcast. I’m usually in the car for around 40-60mins traffic depending, so I like using that time to catch up on news or listen to music. I get to work between 8:25-8:45 and go straight to the kitchen to get my caffeine fix and breakfast. VMware offer free breakfast every morning, which is awesome. The rest of my day consists of meetings, 1:1’s with my team and getting work done! I usually leave work at 5:30pm – but we can leave earlier to avoid traffic and sign on at home, that’s the beauty of the industry we are in. We can literally work from anywhere!

Describe your favourite VMware moment so far

My favourite moment so far was networking with people across the EMEA business at the New Employee Orientation. I love meeting people and getting to know their backgrounds and how they ended up where they are today.

How is your work life balance?

My work/life balance is great so far. I feel productive and able to achieve a lot in a day and feel energetic enough to meet my boyfriend after work, go for a run or hang out with friends. I know in the future once I start getting more responsibility for tasks, I made need to stay later or come in earlier to get the job done, but that won’t be on a weekly basis. My manager also really encourages finding a good work/life balance.

What training do you receive on your programme?

Internally, we have a training portal called HIVE, which has allowed me to learn about the Global Marketing organisation, Partner Marketing in EMEA and so much more. We also received health & safety training and a 3 day New Employee Orientation, which involved learning about the business in more detail and working on our personal learning styles and approaches real-life work scenarios, including negotiation, conflict, dilemmas etc,  within our teams. I really enjoyed this as we got to meet people from across the EMEA business.

What is the company culture like?

From my perspective, it’s a work hard/play hard sort of culture. We work hard to get the job done, but we know how to celebrate our achievements and recognise people in the business for going above and beyond. For example, in my team, we are balancing the hard work in prepping for VMWorld 2019 in Barcelona by having a weekly Bake-Off, where each member of the team has to bring in a bake and is scored!

How have you found integrating and settling in?

Everyone at the office is so friendly and keen to help. Everyone in the EMEA Partner Marketing team are lovely and have made an effort to get to know me. I feel truly settled in and excited for my future at VMware. I know that I can approach anyone in the business, knowing that they will do their best to either answer my question or point me in the right direction.

What advice would you give to potential candidates thinking of applying?

Don’t think twice!! Applying to VMware was the best decision I made during my final year at University. They offer competitive graduate salaries and great benefits, such as gym reimbursement and discounts on certain Apple products!

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