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September 14, 2010


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John Murphy

Any of the EMEA openings in Ireland?




Great post!
Just wondering EMC also uses the first name.last name (a)Emc format for email?
My question is of all the contacts listed there aren't any multiple similar email aliases? Example say you have 2 Keith Coughlin's then user 1. Would be coughlin_keith (a) Emc. But the second one would be coughlin_keith2(a)Emc
Reason I say this is if there is a circumstance like that possibly someone will be flooded with resumes and emails.


Jonathan Donaldson

Thanks Chad! As always, you rock!

Chad Sakac

@ John - the openings are global. For the right person, the "circle of locality" increases in radius :-)

Reach out to the EMEA folks I listed.

@nerdblurt, we need people who "figure things out, and make it work" absent a lot of detail :-) Don't worry about flooding us. Worry about getting in touch with the right person, and pitching yourself.

Jeramiah Dooley

As a service provider customer(and someone who commiserates with the guys over at Varrow regularly) we know how hard it is to find good people. Congratulations on building a team that draws incredible engineers like moths. :-) It's a credit to you and to EMC.

Nicholas York

> Hint, EMC’s email address format is lastname_firstname@emc.com.

Chadd, that is SO last quarter of you .. firstname.lastname@emc.com is the new lastname_firstname@emc.com

Nicholas York

Oh man i double-d'd, habit.


Great information. Gives a girl something to think about.


The technical vSpecialist role description is the best I ever read...


Hi Chad,

great post, but I found something inpossible:

"We also cannot recruit VMware or EMC Partner employees (unless that candidate indicates to their existing management first that they are exploring the role)."

Imagine that, candidate goes to his boss, hey mr Boss, I found a great opportunity at EMC. If I win, I'll quit, if not, I will work hard for you, OK?

If you are mr Boss at partner company, do you trust your employee in the future?


Chad Sakac

@yy4zz - thanks for the comment. I hear that one often, and perhaps I'm naive, butI don't get it.

1) people have at-will employment - we all can choose at any time what we choose to do.

2) it's as much the boss' responsibility to create an environment where the individual WANTS to work as it the employee's job to deliver on their commitments. The balance of power is even - it's as much in the employee's hands it is in the boss' hands.

3) as a manager of a large global team, I would MUCH rather have an employee tell me they are frustrated and looking to do something new - it gives me an opportunity to try to change something in their role, change their role, or if there's no fit, start planning how I need to plan for coverage.

4) It's pretty darn bad to be trapped in a role you DON'T like. If you're frustrated - you SHOULD be looking - life is too short.

5) I've seen this done hundreds of times now - and I've seen it done the wrong way too (not as transparently in the way I outlined). Being secretive often strikes the employee as the right thing to do, but it's ALWAYS the wrong thing. The think that makes a manager (or frankly a human in the more "general case") lose trust is when information is kept from them intentionally.

Let's map out the 3 possible outcomes:

a) your boss listens, and says "don't explore other options" - you work through it with them, and perhaps get desired changes to your role, or perhaps more (where "more" is whatever "more" you are looking for. GOOD OUTCOME.

b) your boss listens, and says "I understand, but can't do anything. You should explore that option" - You then explore - and one thing happens or another. If your boss is sincere, there's nothing ventured, nothing gained. GOOD OUTCOME.

c) your boss is a jackass, and says whatever, but mentally tags you as a "betrayer". Leaving that role is a GOOD OUTCOME.


The long and short is people with the talents for the roles above should be confident in themselves. Their skills are very much in demand. They are in the driver's seat.

More often than not, it's a lack of confidence that is at the root of the question (or a total doink of a boss, in which case you should be running for the door anyway).

Just my 2 cents.


Agreed with the positive outcomes....but having seen it happen I'd say there is a "d" there.

d) your boss fires you immediately leaving you in a rather tenuous position (especially if the possibility doesn't work out)

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