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June 11, 2009


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Polly Pearson

What a great story! I can see it happening clear as day.

I've often been one of the few women in the Boardroom or on business trips with Joe and other senior leaders. I've always felt that same type of inclusion you illustrate.

To add color to that word "always" ...

It happened my second week on the job, at age 25, when then CEO Dick Egan called me to his office and asked me to return some calls for him to investors. (Ah, hello, you're going to let a 25 year-old-woman-recent-hire talk to investors?!)

It happened at age 30 when my boss died suddenly and then CEO Mike Ruettgers said yes when I asked him if I could be the one to take over the top job in Investor Relations -- we had about a $6 billion market cap at the time. (Ah, hello! Really?!)

You get the pattern. At EMC, I've found it isn't about your age, your gender, your tenure or anything else -- it is about what you can bring to the table.

Polly Pearson


How badly would I want to have been in that guys shoes at the boardroom, I say that now but i would probably have been sh$ting myself as much as he was! This is all part of the learning experience though, how on earth can organisations expect you to learn otherwise!

It sounds that EMC is a place where you can express your passions and views and is certainly fully embraced from high high up the food chain, something that pays dividends to the company as a whole as this ultimately filters down to everyone.

Great read



I wish you described the EMC I worked for 2 years ago. But believe me it is far, far far, soooooo far away of the company in Europe.
Even if I still have a lot of friends in Hopkinton, none of them would say that management at EMC is a support structure, what a joke !!

Chad Sakac

Julien - I'm sorry that you had a negative experience 2 years ago.

It's true that there really is no "corporate culture" per se, there's the culture of those that surround you, and oneself of course.

I was in Paris, Munich, and London several weeks ago, and what I saw I liked, but then again, I don't work out there on a regular basis.

My comment about management as a "support structure" was intentionally in quotes - the point I was trying to make was (and again, this is in my experience), it's very non-hierarchical, that it's more of a loose scaffolding.

That can be good, and it can be bad.

Any other readers from EMEA interested in commenting?


Chad, thank you for letting me express my feelings ;-)

I was working in Paris and then London, which is better, company wise. Believe me, I haven't met anybody at EMC london who liked what they've seen in EMC paris. I'm wondering what you liked in EMC paris except the fact that you're going to nice restaurants every day ;-)

Chad Sakac

Well (and again - everyone just sees their part of the elephant), here's what I saw, and what I liked.

I've got a strong team member in Paris - Philppe Roland (you can see him here:




we held a VMware Academy (2 day deep dive for VMware/Cisco/EMC personel - lots of good questions, and interactions. Philippe has also done a great job of setting up the lab there in the Paris office, they can demo everything live (and as a hands-on technical guy, that matters to me).

I guess the key takeaway is that once again, it all comes down to individuals.

I might be tainted by the fact that I **do** love Paris (and london too), and am fluent in french - and the restaurants are indeed excellent (as they are in London also). Still - factoring it all in - it all comes down to people.....

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