Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Principal, HR Talent Development at CA Technologies?
When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you key insights from the perspective of a real CA employee.
When Jennifer (Jenn) Budveit, Principal, HR Talent Development isn’t working, she loves to travel with her family, especially to Disney World, and have fun with her family and friends.
Jenn’s Career Story
Jenn has worked in human resources for more than 19 years and has her Master’s degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University. During her career, she has held the positions of Training, Recruiting and Hiring Manager, Regional Process Manager, Onboarding Specialist, and Instructional Designer.
At CA, Jenn she was hired initially as a Senior Instructional Designer, designing content for various Talent Development programs. Her role has evolved to help support the Global Leadership Development Program (LDP) as the lead for instructional design and content development, provide support for LDP alumni along their continued leadership journey and is one of the global facilitators. She also provides a consultant role on measuring the impact and value Talent Development provides throughout the organization.
“I have been at CA for a little over three years. While I was not actively looking for a new path along my career journey, I knew I needed to be. I thought about the type of role, and the type of company that would be ideal for me one year before joining CA, but didn’t know how or when I would find that ‘perfect’ fit. Then CA reached out to me and it was all meant to be.”
The Life of a Principal, HR Talent Development
We asked Jenn how she would describe her role.
“I am part of the team that aligns our internal leadership development program with current industry trends, the business environment and the internal opportunities for leadership development within CA; both for the capabilities to be successful today, as well as into the future. We want to ensure LDP is providing the type of experience and the support our employees need to expand and grow their leadership capabilities.
A typical workday for Jenn includes a mix of working with others on content alignment and execution of the leadership development program and LDP Alumni community, as well working individually in designing content and activities.
We asked Jenn about the best part of her workspace, and she said that she loves being together with her co-workers and teammates.
“The brainstorming and collaboration that takes place on a daily basis, along with lots of fun and laughter, makes it a wonderful place to be in every day. The Islandia office, and this campus in general, is absolutely beautiful and designed with the employee in mind. Between the wonderful cafeteria, the workout facilities, the Montessori school, and the grounds; they all make me very proud to point out to anyone and everyone that this is where I work.”
When we asked Jenn what her favorite part of the job is, she told that she loves seeing the impact of the Leadership Development Program, or any of CA’s talent development programs, have on those participating.
“My passion has always been in finding the gap between actual and desired performance, determining which will be needed to effectively reduce or eliminate that gap, and then seeing that all play out successfully.”
Life At CA
Jenn has especially enjoyed the work/life blend she’s found at CA.
“The focus on work/life blend has, for me, been the best CA benefit. This is something I did not have in companies I have worked for in the past. I have the ability to put my family first when they need to be, and that makes it so easy to put CA first when it needs to be.
What would you say to someone considering working at CA Technologies?
“I will admit I did not really understand what our company did until I started researching it. I would say that just because CA may not be a household name to you, doesn’t mean it isn’t doing absolutely amazing things. It is such an exciting time to be a part of CA; every single employee is a leader here because every individual brings their unique perspective to the table. In a company that focuses on innovation, you want to be where your opinion will not only be heard, but it will be counted.”
Thanks to Jenn for sharing her Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Principal, Talent Development! You can connect with her on LinkedIn here.