I periodically post job openings – and I realized that what I consider “duh!” obvious (all the various roles) is likely clear as mud to folks on the outside…
Read on past the break for the “Job Decoder Ring” if you’re looking at gigs in the EMC SE family!
In the EMC SE team – roles fall into one of 3 main “buckets” (Geo-based, specialist-focused, and at our partners). Each of these roles also has various “grades”. Leadership isn’t a function of job/grade/individual contributor vs manger – it comes from one’s mojo. That said, there are Individual Contributor (IC) roles and management roles. The job grades follow this path:
- Individual Contributor (IC) path (never wants to do any org crap – and just loves the tech):
- Associate Systems Engineer I
- Associate Systems Engineer II
- Systems Engineer
- Sr. Systems Engineer
- Advisory Systems Engineer
- Principal Systems Engineer – our top IC role is the equivalent from a comp/equity standpoint to our Director-level manager role. Highly coveted. Of the 4000 or so SEs, there are only 100-ish Principals.
- Distinguished Engineer – technically, principal isn’t the true upper limit for the IC path :-) There are a very, very, VERY rare set of individuals who are DEs (which is a VP-analogue role)
- Manager path (loves tech sure - but loves recruiting, building, and managing a healthy strong team even more):
- Sr. Manager
- Sr. Director
- SVP (that’s me!) – unlike a lot of places – EMC is a place where an SE can make it to the exec staff. While I love my job, someday I look forward to someone succeeding me – so think of EMC as a place where your SE career can go far!
Now, here’s a little color on each of the types of role – all are critical to the whole working together:
- “Geo” Systems Engineers are people who are broad across the EMC Information Infrastructure and “Federation” (VMware/Pivotal) technologies. They are able to build solutions across broad use cases, develop application knowledge specific to their customers, and in general are deep experts in their customers needs. They support a “geography” at various levels of scale (think country/geo/region/area/district). They are passionate about OUTCOME – because where a specialist will “come and help”, in the end, the Geo (sometimes called “account”) SE is the one who is ultimately accountable from beginning to end.
- EMC has two market segments: 1) “Enterprise” are larger FT2000 customers; and 2) “Mid-Market” are smaller but often nimbler, more likely to adopt technology – this is where I cut my teeth, and I still think is more fun than Enterprise :-)
- “Specialist” Systems Engineers are people who’s skills and role focuses in one area or another. Sometimes this is around: 1) a given EMC technology or set of technologies – e.g, NAS Specialists, Flash Specialsts, Advanced Software Division Specialists; 2) a given “go to market” – for example people focused on a given EMC Partner, or exclusively focused on a given Global customer. Here’s a bit more on each of these:
- NAS specialists are our folks who are deep experts in NAS across Isilon and VNX. As EMC is the world leader in NAS platforms, we now have a much larger portfolio of products in this space. These folks think SAN is boring and complex – and are all about 40GbE and Etherchannel :-)
- Advanced Software Division (ASD) Specialists are our brothers and sisters who are deep experts in ViPR, and Storage Resource Management technologies. They are expected to be able to whip off puppet integration and chef cookbooks with extreme prejudice – if it can be automated and abstracted, they are all over it :-)
- Flash Specialists re our brothers and sisters who are deep experts in XtremIO and XtremSF/SW, including Scale IO. They are full of fire and passion for flash – in all-flash arrays and on the server. They think magnetic media belongs in the dumpster :-)
- Enterprise Storage Division (ESD) Specialists are specialists uber focused on block storage models. Historically, they were focused on Symmetrix (hence the name), but that is changing – they are now fluent not only on VMAX, but also VPLEX, Recoverpoint, and increasingly, the block (FC, iSCSI, FCoE) use cases of VNX too, as well as the storage fabrics that support block use cases. The name reflects a bit of an internal structure rather than a customer-centric view (they would be the counterpoint to the “NAS Specialists”, so “Block Specialists” would be more accurate) – but does reflect their awesomeness!
- vSpecialists are the specialists who are all about cloud. They speak fluent VMware, and are learning Openstack. They also often have killer end-user-computing skillz. Between learning and helping customers – they can be found blogging and active in the communities that make VMware and Openstack tick.
- oSpecialists are the specialists who are rooting for Larry Ellison in the America’s Cup – because they have a deep passion for Oracle. They secretly resent sSpecialists :-)
- sSpecialists are the specialists who love all things German – because they have a deep passion for SAP. They secretly resent oSpecialists :-)
- mSpecialists are the specialists who use Nokia phones and were the first to buy Surface RT – because they have a deep love of all things Redmond and have a deep passion for Microsoft.
- Global Architects are specialists who are focused exclusively on a single customer – our largest “global accounts”. They are by definition at the highest job grade in our ranks, and are expected to be ninjas across the EMC federation and the industry as a whole. I expect them to be able to build a Hadoop solution and data lake, automate the whole thing, virtualize it, and then help a customer build new apps using Cloud Foundry – including figuring out what to do in vCHS and what to do on a Vblock with the vCloud Suite/Openstack. Not an easy job.
- Partner SEs are teachers at heart. They work with our EMC Velocity resell and distribution partners to help them be all they can be when it comes to EMC, including navigating our byzantine processes and tools :-)
- SI/SP Specialists are like a Global Architect and a Partner SE in a sense – they have the focus and broad skills of a Global Architect – as they are focused on some of our largest Systems Integrators and Service Providers, but also the teaching/enabling nature of our Partner SEs – as the SI/SP is also an EMC partner.
- Partner Roles – I try to always look at our EMC partners not as “someone else”, but rather an extended part of our family, so often I will post roles at EMC partners if they give me a heads up.
I know it’s a weird post – but as I post job listings, I want to be able to refer back to this one… If you have questions, feel free to comment!