My Biggest Learning Experience

Bradley Clements

Bradley Clements

DPAD - Data Protection and Availability Division

 

My first day as an intern in EMC’s Data Protection and Availability (DPAD) division was May 27th, 2014. I remember that day clearly. I walked into the building very disoriented and overwhelmed in many ways. It was such a large building with so many people all around me and I began to feel nervous. I went up to the security officer at the front desk and told them it was my first day and I was told to ask them to call someone to come down to the lobby and get me. The officer immediately welcomed me to EMC and started a regular conversation with me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the officer made my nervousness disappear. A short while later a gentleman came through the doors and introduced himself. He told me he would be helping me get setup. I followed him to my cube and he gave me my laptop and some basic instruction for what to do on my first day. Throughout the day, he checked in with me several times. His constant check-ups allowed me to feel comfortable going to him with questions because I knew he genuinely wanted me to be comfortable and succeed.

I learned very quickly after that experience that he was not the only one that truly cared about helping me get the best of this wonderful opportunity I had. Everyone I spoke with in my first week and all summer made a point to tell me that if I need anything, anything at all that they would do anything they could to help me. I was amazed at how many people reached out to me and offered to help. Before the end of my first week, I already felt like a part of the community. I felt like the relationships, connections, friends and conversations I had were all sincere. The welcoming I felt in this community was unlike any other. This is a feeling I will never forget and I hope that everyone will have a chance to experience this at some point in their lives.

One of the things I was directed to look into during my first week was this new intranet platform thing called Inside EMC. I had no idea what to expect. I went to the website and it was immediately clear to me that the sense of community I felt was something that EMC worked very hard to maintain. At first, it was extremely confusing. I could not understand how a medium between social and productive content could be created. I slowly began posting some content and joining a few groups in hopes of meeting some other interns and learning more about EMC as a company. Within two weeks of starting I had already had a lot of conversations with people from all over the US and elsewhere around the world. I made friends in my first two weeks at EMC that I plan on staying in touch throughout college.

After getting acquainted with Inside EMC, I was contacted with some work. I had trouble understanding the acronyms and I knew as part of my job that I would be using them a lot. So I reached out to someone who was very willing to help. He was thrilled that I had questions and answered them as best he could. At that point I felt confident that I could do the work I was given and if I had a question or concern I could reach out. That realization changed my mindset and outlook on college, future jobs and the rest of my life in a big way. I will never hesitate to ask questions or become involved.

Now that the summer is coming to an end, the things I will miss most become apparent to me. I will miss the community, my desk, my friends, my co-workers, the building, the events and the work. Looking back now, I realize I will miss the things that intimidated me in the beginning. I am sad that I am getting ready to leave EMC but I could not be happier with the experience I had. I gained technological knowledge and experience, insight into who I am and what I want to do with my life, connections to people in the business world, life lessons I will never forget, and friendships I will cherish forever. I will carry all of these things with me to college and wherever life takes me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Career Differentiators in HR

Renee Murphy

Renee Murphy

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition

 

I recently spoke to EMC’s HRLDPers during their orientation. HRLDP is EMC’s Human Resources Leadership Development Program. This program is made up of the brightest college graduates who aspire to have a career in HR; the program grooms them through three, nine month rotations across HR disciplines e.g. HR Business Partner, Talent Acquisition, Compensation etc.

I envy these young professionals. The exposure and support that they get through this program have proven to be career accelerators. The career trajectory of prior HRLDP program alumnae and the leadership positions that many hold across the EMC Federation speaks for itself.

The following pieces of advice received sparked a very positive dialogue:

The first thing I shared is: Know the business as well as the executives that you support – including the financials. Why the finances? Because in the end… all businesses are limited by finite resources and you need to fully understand the levers of control or constraints at play.

The other piece that I shared is: Know that your most strategic asset is the ability to influence – to influence you must build relationships with your business line partners, stay close to the actual pulse (organizational climate) and know the performance metrics of the organization. This may seem obvious but the common challenge that HR professionals face as their career grows is that they lose the pulse of the greater organization.

Engaging with these young professionals and listening to their feedback reminds me of what an amazing time to have a career in the technology industry. I couldn’t be more excited for and proud of these young professionals. It will be fun to watch them flourish.

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There are a lot of Henry’s out there!

Stacie Puma

Stacie Puma

Global Talent

 

Rewind 2010: Opening up my home to my new stepchildren was a challenging feat. I wanted them to feel at home as much as they possibly could. Part of that was deciding “as a family” to adopt a pet. “There are so many pets out there that need good homes.” I said. So we adopted our little scrappy dog, Henry.

Henry was very scared and unsure of us at first. He barked at my husband, chased him down the hall and tried to bite him. He said “We have to give him back”. I giggled knowing this was my husband’s FIRST pet ever! Henry threw up in our bedrooms, made accidents and tore up things. However with a little time, patience and lots of love he’s turned into the best dog ever!

Fast forward to 2014: I have been with EMC for almost four years and have been fortunate enough to work with many great people and have seen our culture grow and develop into a “community” within itself. This year, being part of EMC’s community involvement, I chose to donate my time to the NARF organization. NARF (National Animal Rescue Foundation) is a “no kill” pet adoption organization that you might even find volunteering their time in your local pet store.

My stepdaughter, Elena, is a Girl Scout. She donates her time quite often and I am very motivated by her passion and commitment at 10 years old. She has been making blankets for the humane society for the last three months. She was short four hours of volunteer time and was on Spring Break. I thought “What better time to spend with my stepdaughter and we can give back together?” So she and I volunteered our time to NARF at our local PetSmart that week.

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We spent hours at a time socializing three kittens that were almost full grown. They are in cages all day and they needed to get out, stretch and play. One kitten named Lady had a family waiting for her in July. The other two siblings, Rorschach and Palomino, were waiting to be adopted. They were very shy and it made your realize how scared they were. (Of course I thought of our Henry).

We fed them, played with them and cleaned out their cages. My stepdaughter didn’t want to leave them and asked if we could come back. We are going back next month and I hope Rorschach and Palomino aren’t there when we return. I hope my stepdaughter will see that they were adopted into a new family.

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When I think about all the pets out there that need a home, I could almost turn into the “Old Lady and the Shoe.” I just want to save them all. I can’t….but WE can! There are a lot of “Henrys” out there!

I think it is so amazing that EMC has encouraged and supported employees to volunteer our time. This is just one of the many reasons I love working for EMC. As large an organization as we are, it feels like such a tight community of its own. I especially enjoy the level of communication that spans throughout our employees globally. There is always new information, announcements or trainings that we are notified about on corporate and community-wide basis. EMC is doing a great job at continuously giving back. It gives me a sense of pride and belonging to be able to feel such importance in such a large organization.

 

Broad Meadow Brook Clean Up Project

Jason Vahey

Jason Vahey

Partner Support Center

 

On April 16, 2014 I was able to lend a hand in the Broad Meadow Brook clean-up project through EMC and Boston Cares.

This was a great opportunity for me as I enjoy working with my hands as well as helping out my community. The part of the project I worked on was constructing sections of a boardwalk to go over wetlands and continue a walking path. My team was great and everyone pitched in their fair share, even someone with an injured ankle was able to help out.

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There were about 20 people from EMC volunteering so the team was split in to a couple different groups that had separate projects to work on. One group helped in laying the parking lot blocks for the sections of boardwalk to sit on and another group helped cutting back saplings along the walking path.  The event seemed to be very organized which was extremely helpful; there wasn’t anyone without a job to do.

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This was my second volunteering experience since I joined the company in 2012 and I intend on keeping this tradition going. I believe it is very beneficial for employees to get involved in the community and encourage people on my team to do the same.

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BEAG Technology Day: The Power of Data Analytics

Akia Ramsay

Akia Ramsay

Black Employee Affinity Group and Total Customer Experience (TCE)

 

The Black Employee Affinity Group’s (BEAG) Technology Day aligns to EMC’s strategic goal of providing STEM education to under-represented groups. This year EMC BEAG hosted around 70 middle school students from the Sullivan Middle School and received volunteer help from over 26 EMC employees. With the help from EMC’s Corporate Community Involvement department, we were able to successfully deliver a fun packed agenda that explored the fascinating world of Big Data and the Power of Data Analytics.

While Big Data is at the forefront of IT transformation, it is often considered a buzzword that may be considered intangible when trying to explain its relevance to a group of middle school students. However, EMC executive speakers Carolyn Muise, Tom Clancy and Beth Cliff used examples of how we leverage the volume, variety, velocity and the value of Big Data every day to make decisions, such as:

  •  The way sports agents leverage statistics on athletes (i.e. number of touchdowns, running yards, speed, etc.) during the NFL draft
  • The use of academic data (SAT, GPA, etc.) by colleges for recruiting
  • The volume of demographic data captured in social media sites like Instagram and Facebook

All of the above examples made the concept of Big Data and the power of data analytics tangible to the middle school students.

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A panel discussion led by Glen Arnold showcased EMC Subject Matter Experts with STEM careers and academic backgrounds. The students were able to ask the panelists all sorts of questions about their academics, their careers at EMC and how they overcame challenges.

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Being a Data Scientist myself, my favorite part of the day was a hands-on Big Data workshop that used Legos to familiarize the students with cluster analysis, a statistical technique used to categorize data. There were other interactive activities throughout the day such as a tour through EMC’s Franklin Manufacturing site; a telepresence session with Bill Schmarzo (EMC’s Dean of Big Data); and a dialogue with BEAG’s West Coast Chapter members John Coleman and Ron Dixon.

A similar Technology Day event was held in North Carolina with around 40 students from the Pre-Eminent Charter School. The students received an overview of EMC, a plant tour, and the opportunity to participate in a Big Data workshop.

Both BEAG events received positive feedback from the teachers, volunteers, executive speakers – and most importantly the students.

 

The many milestones of our EMC Pride

John Hose

John Hose

EMC LGBT Advocates

 

This post was co-authored by Michael Dulaney.

June is LGBT Pride Month and, as in past years, EMC and ELGBTA celebrated all the progress our community has made.  EMC was a supporter of both the Boston and Seattle Pride Parades and ELGBTA organized marching contingents for each celebration to show EMC’s commitment to diversity and support for LGBT rights.  Both of the parades were attended by over 60 EMC employees as well as their family and friends.  Chief Diversity Officer Jackie Glenn marched in both parades and EVP of HR ML Krakauer led the Boston marchers.  You can see photos of the EMC marchers in Seattle here.

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2014 was a particularly momentous Pride celebration for Boston as this year marks the 10th anniversary of the legalization of marriage equality in Massachusetts.  It is also the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – which prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even in states where they were legal.  EMC joined 300 organizations in filing an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in February 2013 expressing support for federal recognition of same-sex marriage and demonstrating ways that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) creates inequities for American employers.  EMC’s endorsement is a reaffirmation of the company’s commitment to workplace inclusiveness and the promotion of a respectful and open work environment.

Pride1 Another 2014 milestone is that it marked the third year EMC earned a perfect 100 score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI).  The CEI rates all companies across their level of support for their LGBT employees, providing benefits to same-sex spouses as well as providing LGBT focused health care options, such as transgender medical care.  EMC’s continued commitment to having a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace fosters greater employee productivity and creativity while offering our company a competitive advantage.

Besides the two parades, ELGBTA hosted a number of other events this year to mark Pride month.  PFLAG Executive Director Jody Huckaby came to EMC headquarters in Hopkinton to speak about the importance of a supportive workplace for LGBT employees.  EMC General Counsel Paul Dacier introduced the event and spoke of EMC’s longstanding commitment to promoting equality for LGBT employees.  ELGBTA also hosted Janson Wu, Senior Staff Attorney of GLAD, to speak about the dramatic legal changes that have taken place since 2013’s landmark Supreme Court cases on DOMA and Proposition 8 in California.  Both of those cases helped to expand marriage equality in the United States, leading to 10 additional states with full marriage equality and a continuing advancement for marriage equality in other states.

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We can all take pride in these advances and in the support that EMC has provided for its LGBT employees.  The company encourages us to be true to ourselves – and through our example we can help others do the same.

The Finance Training Program Network Creates Multiple Opportunities

Matthew Pelletier

Matthew Pelletier

Finance Training Program

 

I am a first-year member of the Finance Training Program working with the Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis team. The program has been a perfect opportunity for me to transition out of my undergraduate years and into the “real” world. Not only was I lucky enough to come to work at a great organization, but I was able to start in the program with 20 other people fresh out of college. It was an instant, close-knit network from the first day we walked through those beautiful lobby doors of 176 South St.

The FTP network has been a key reason why I have had such a great experience thus far at EMC.  Anytime I run into a question without a clear solution, I instantly reach out to fellow FTP’ers, knowing someone will be more than willing to help. There have been multiple times I have used the information provided to me from another member of FTP to add value to a process in my own group.

This process is what caused a new initiative called the Finance Think Tank, started by Tim DeSimone of FTP’12. Many people in the Finance Organization work on similar reporting and analysis. However, there was no easy solution for knowledge sharing or collaboration. The Finance Think Tank allows multiple members of the organization to share best practices on a certain topic or work stream. We have connected members of the organization from the West and East coast in an effort to grow collaboration within finance. The Finance Think Tank has created multiple ongoing discussions and dialogues. These have helped many groups become more efficient and add value to their reporting.

This great program was created by a member of FTP and exemplifies the fantastic network of the program. The timeline from Tim’s idea to the implementation of the Think Tank was expedited by the effort of current and former FTP members. It was impressive to see everyone work together towards a united goal and how that work translated into a great final product. It is initiatives like this that make me glad to be a member of the Finance Training Program and Finance organization as a whole.

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Getting Happy at EMC Ireland

Aisling OMahony

Aisling OMahony

3 C'S Staff

 

On June 28, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 20th as the “International Day of Happiness.” To celebrate #HappyDay, American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams, whose song Happy has become a global phenomenon, asked people around the world to post videos demonstrating their happiness to the lyrics and music of his track.

After seeing a few different videos from “Happy in Baltimore West Cork” to “Happy in Sydney Australia,” I decided to answer the call. What better place to demonstrate happiness than with the amazing people I work with every day?

I wanted to capture everyone, from the people at the front desk to the directors and our General Manager Bob Savage, to generate a bit of fun and laughter across the sites and show why EMC’s Ireland Center of Excellence is such a great place to work.

Before I even thought of asking for approval I knew I had to reach out to the technical wizard that is Ger Timmons. Once he said we could do it, I knew we were on our way. The only issue we had was how to get people to do it. With that challenge, I reached out to my coworker Tricia Smyth to bring energy to the video. I knew she was the right person to get people involved and dancing. We needed someone else to help with production so our training specialist Eugene McVeigh helped us out. With that, our Happy Team was complete. Ger and Eugene were the calm and patient element and Tricia and I were the energetic element.

We got the final approval late on a Wednesday and kicked off the shoot the following morning. Within record time and with zero budget we managed to get over a hundred people to participate across three sites. Tricia and I played the song and danced behind the camera, and we even managed to get Bob Savage dancing.

Being part of this was so much fun and the final video was a huge success – 10,500 hits on YouTube so far. Thanks to everyone who participated and made this such a fun experience – this is what makes EMC such a great place to work.

Have a happy day!

2013 EMC Community Service Award – We Thank You EMC!

Brad Wrigley

Brad Wrigley

Mergers and Acquisitions HR

 

Back in June 12th 2009, our life took an unexpected turn.

Following a tough pregnancy, numerous trips and stays in the hospital (one lasting eight weeks), it was time for our baby to join the world. We had been through eight months of worry, emergency room scares and sleepless nights. Looking back, our mind-set was unlike many in the sense that, we envisaged (naively) the delivery piece of the journey to be the easy part.

This was our first child, so our understanding of labour was from prenatal classes and a couple of books we had picked up. Following two hours of doctors, nurses, midwifes, consultant surgeons, and anaesthetists running in and out of the delivery suite we knew something wasn’t right.

My wife Laura was rushed to theatre whilst I was asked to wait in the corridor. A million different things rush through your mind but ultimately you convince yourself everything will turn out fine. However, when the ‘crash-cart’ flies past, you know the odds are it won’t.

After maybe 40 or 50 minutes I received the crushing news that our little girl Ava had suffered some complications during the final moments of labour and had left us just 27 minutes after birth. So came the initial shock and all the predictable and clichéd questions enter your mind… How? Why? What could we have done differently?

Many months later, when these questions were still unanswered, and frustration was at a peak, I decided that I needed to do something to

1. Keep my mind off the situation and

2. Support others in the same position in the future.

The Baby Ava Foundation was formed and planning began on how we would raise funds.

The initial intention was to undertake a couple of runs and events over 12 months and try to raise between €2000 and €3000. However, the response to the Foundation was incredible. We were taken aback at the number of people around us who had been affected themselves or knew people who had been affected by neonatal tragedy. This made the decision to keep the Foundation going long-term an easy one.

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Now, five years after losing Ava, her Foundation has raised close to €30,000 ($41,000) and a huge part of this has come from the incredible generosity of the EMC Community Service Award. Ava’s Foundation supports some of the leading research programs in the world and some of the sickest babies in Ireland.

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Through the inspiring work of the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT), the Neonatal Brain Research Group (NBRG) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Cork, Ireland we continue to keep the memory of Ava alive and hope to create a legacy which helps many more in the future.

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Thank you EMC.

Brad Wrigley & The Baby Ava Foundation

http://www.mycharity.ie/event/the_ava_summer_challenge/

https://www.facebook.com/TheBabyAvaFoundation

EMC, Colleagues & Culture Making a Difference!

David Ford

David Ford

EMC Disability Employee Resource Group (DERG)

 

Every year in May, over 2000 people plus 200 volunteers participate in the Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA) Independence 5K Walk, Run, Roll and Stroll.  In 2013, both events, which are held on the same day, raised $208,000 through sponsorships, raffle ticket sales, individual and team online fundraising pages, and general donations. Expenses are held to less than 10% of the gross revenue due to the overwhelming generosity of the community supporters.

HMEA affirms and promotes the values, dreams and potential of people with developmental disabilities through education, support and life experiences. The group’s vision aligns with EMC Disability Employee Resource Group (DERG) efforts to bring about disability awareness while providing an opportunity for all of us to give back!

The all-day event held in Franklin, MA, was hosted by EMC and included a competitive and fun 5K race, plus a 5K walk, roll and stroll through the park and a Kids Fun Run. The event provided something for everyone – free entertainment, free food, a Kids Corner with free games, “Bubble Man,” a dress-up photo booth, face painting, music, a yoga demo, massages, health expo,  a Touch-a-Truck area, and a raffle with fantastic prizes as a special tribute to our veterans. Special displays were provided by the Franklin Police, Fire Department and the US Army National Guard. In addition, many mascots made an appearance, including Wally the Green Monster, Scooby Doo, Finz from the Worcester Sharks and many more.

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Serving on HMEA board I am extremely grateful to EMC in Franklin, my colleagues, DERG and the Latin Leadership Interest Team (ELLIT) for raising over $200,000.00 in donations again this year! Vito Gerante, a colleague and fellow board member of the DERG wowed the attendees providing four classic hot rods from his North County Street Rods organization located in Westminster, MA, enhancing the festive experience!

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Likewise, ELLIT partnering with DERG highlighted EMC collaboration culture and the spirit of teamwork the hallmark of EMC’s Employee Circles. Ligia Morales, ELLIT’s president, provided a terrific interview with a local radio station WMRC broadcasting live during the event. She provided listeners insight into EMC’s commitments to community involvement as well as the importance of giving back to HMEA.

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Kris Biagiotti, DERG president, was also interviewed and touched upon supporting those with disabilities and how DERG is committed to this annual event. A beautiful sunny day turned out large numbers of EMC colleagues and their families who participated in the run/walk or volunteered to make this event a huge success as well as a great time! As a co-founder of DERG, the heartfelt support from so many colleagues exemplifies why EMC is a great place to work. Thank you!