A Day In the Life at CA: Matthew Dover, Software Engineer

What it’s like to work at CA as a Software Engineer

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 and give you insight from a real CA employee. This Software Engineer profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Matthew

Matthew joined CA as an Associate Software Engineer in December 2016, in the Eynsham office in Oxford. In April 2018, he was promoted to Software Engineer and moved to the Prague office. Matthew starts each day methodically, preparing for the work to come.

‘I check my emails and then the CA Agile Central- this is the tool we use to manage developer work’

An Average Day

In layman’s terms, this is how Matthew would describe his work at CA:

‘I write C++ code (logic) that is packaged into a desktop application. The application then executes logic based on how a customer interacts with it. The code may be new or a fix for one that was a defect.’

For a Software Engineer like Matthew, day to day work is spent balancing technological tasks, interactions with customers and team meetings. It is therefore important to be very organized and versatile in a role like Matthew’s.

‘In my role, the day is filled with development and writing documentation, as well as customer calls about defects and asking for specification about the work we do. There are also plenty of SCRUM related meetings.’

The Best Part of the Job

For Matthew, the part of his work that he finds the most gratifying is the people aspect, where he assists customers in their queries and issues.

‘The customer related work is the best part of my job, because I enjoy knowing that what I am doing is having a direct impact on them’

Matthew also finds the CA Sodexo Food Pass to be a great benefit of the company.

On Office Surroundings and Facilities

The best place in the office, in Matthew’s opinion, is the kitchen.

‘The kitchen is where all the real work gets done!’

It’s important for Matthew to personalize his workspace, in order to help make the office feel like a home from home.

‘It’s great how big the space is, with plenty of draws and screens I can stick photographs on!’

Some Words of Advice

Many people that are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Matthew what advice or comments he has for them about choosing to work for CA.

‘Firstly, it’s wonderful that CA pays a good salary. If you network well there will be opportunities to move abroad or across roles. Also, we are part of a new conglomerate now- a semiconductor chip making enterprise software company. With this change there may be some very interesting new roles in the company, especially as new synergies are found.’

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Intern at CA: Laura Pianin

Laura Pianin, CA Product Communications Intern

Every year, CA Technologies invites our intern class to seize the summer and make an impact on our business. We asked a few of this year’s interns to share their experiences and give insight to what it’s like to be an intern here at CA.

Meet Laura Pianin, Product Communications Intern in the Santa Clara office.

What attracted you to an internship at CA?

“I grew up surrounded by technology and in a family of engineers. My dad would bring home e-wasted parts and set up computers for my brother and I to use; we taught ourselves new programs, played games, and just explored. Growing up with engineers, it was always a “figure it out” type of culture in my house. If something broke, how do you fix it? If you don’t know how to do something, teach yourself. I think that type of learning instilled a general interest in exploring the technology industry as a whole and there really is no better place to do that than in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

Technology runs though Laura’s veins. Being surrounded by a family of engineers growing up, and exposure to tech at an early age it’s no surprise that this summer wasn’t Laura’s first internship.

 “I was previously a communications intern at the Center for Women and Business at my college, Bentley University. We were a small team, but it allowed me to get to know my co-workers and develop good working relationships. Now, coming to CA, it was a big adjustment to work in a large global company. I’m thankful to have both perspectives as I figure out what working environment suits me best.”

CA Technologies has a vast portfolio ranging from mainframe to cloud and everything in between, and Laura was tasked with learning the CA product portfolio and then writing about it in a way that makes sense to all audiences.

What’s it like writing for a large tech company like CA?

“Writing about CA and the technology industry brings some unique challenges. I remember being completely overwhelmed by the shear depth and breadth of CA’s product portfolio and then realizing I have to take these complex products, themes, and ideas and tell effective stories. As someone who has always loved writing, I wanted to embrace this; I think part of the “magic” and one of the most satisfying aspects of writing and storytelling is conveying complicated ideas in accessible ways.”

Describe your day-to-day

“I usually get to the office early, right around 7:30. It’s kind of a calm before the storm feeling at that time, but I like the quiet and solitude especially when I’m working on a writing assignment. Because I work with both internal and external communications, I get varied items on my to do list. Some days I’m working on internal memos or blogs while on others I’m working on social media research or communications for upcoming events. Having a wide variety of tasks is something I value.

“Then it’s off to lunch with either my team or the other interns. We’ve had some fun intern ping pong matches and have explored the other floors together. It’s nice to connect with other people going through similar experiences and learning about all the projects we’re working on.”

“Usually, I’ll have a conference call to listen in on what the wider team is doing or have a weekly one on one with one of my managers to report back on some of my action items.”

An internship is the opportunity to act like a sponge, and absorb as much information as possible. At CA, we provide an environment that exposes our interns to as many different areas as possible, in hopes that they leave our offices at the end of summer loaded with new knowledge and with a sense of pride for the projects they worked on.

“Working in the product org, I get a good holistic perspective on lots of different areas of the company. I feel like I’ve been able to get to know CA at a much quicker pace because of this. It’s also rewarding to see a blog post or memo I worked on be published—it moved from my just cube to being accessible to thousands of people.”

What is the best part about your office?

“10th floor balcony. I hate being trapped inside all day, especially during the summer. I usually always take at least ten minutes in the afternoon to go outside and clear my head. Often, it’s where I do my best thinking if I’m having some writers block or stuck on a brainstorm.”

How would you describe your relationship with your manager?

“I get to work with two managers, one located in my local office and one in Denver, CO. Both are kind, receptive to questions, and provide helpful feedback. They let me work independently but are there if I need some guidance.”

What advice would you have for an Intern candidate coming to interview?

“Research and connect. Research CA, know the company’s mission and values, the industry it operates in, and catch up on the latest news about the company. Then, with that in mind, think about how your story, values, interests, experience, classes, projects, etc. connect to the company. This doesn’t mean don’t be yourself to try to fit perfectly into CA; in fact, one of the things that really drew me to CA was that they embrace uniqueness, so the interview is really an opportunity show who you are. Before I have an interview, I like to ask myself what do I want the interviewer to take away from our conversation, what are the key points I want to get across?”

Many people that are new to the tech industry do not know CA Technologies. What advice or comments would you have for them about choosing to intern for a lesser-known B2B technology company, rather than a better-known brand like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc?

“Although big name brands and consumer electronics companies are much more visible in the press and well-known, working at a B2B technology company gives you an interesting experience and perspective. The products CA makes allows many of these companies to actually successfully develop solutions or run critical systems effectively.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, learn more and search our positions here.

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Intern At CA: Laura Haldane

One of CA’s interns, Laura Haldane, took the time to discuss her time at the company and her perceptions after having worked ‘behind the scenes’. A Business Management graduate at Oxford Brookes University, she wanted to get an insight into the inner workings of a software company of CA Technologies’ calibre. Laura’s internship lasts until the 24th of August 2018, upon which she shall return to university and hopes to go on to work in a multinational company in the technological industry.

What attracted you to an internship at CA this year?

Having studied Business Management at University for 2 years before taking on an internship, I knew I wanted to get experience working in a software/tech company. It became clear to me over the course of the two years that effectively every company needs to undergo a Digital Transformation in order to keep up to speed with demand online and on apps. CA helps customers manage their online portfolio and compete strategically in the marketplace. In addition, the office here at Ditton Park in Datchet is fantastic. There are gym facilities, outdoor basketball courts, which are great to use during lunch breaks or after work.

Tell us more about your role in the EMEA Communications?

My role has allowed me to gain hands on experience with our Create Tomorrow program, which is where our CSR efforts are focused in EMEA. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at local schools and speak on panels. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Europe and a highlight so far has been attending the European Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. I’ve also had the opportunity to gain experience with our PR Agencies in London, helping them write pitches for press and create social content calendars.

What is a typical day for you?

Wake up at 7am – make myself a cup of tea and read the news, check Instagram and Facebook…( I like a slow start to the day, I hate rushing around in the morning). Leave for work and drive to the office around 8:30am. I grab a coffee before getting to my desk and always check my email first thing. Depending on how busy I am, I will take a lunch break around 12 and play basketball/netball or take part in Yoga or Pilates. I leave work around 5:30pm and usually meet up with a few of the other interns for dinner or drinks.

Favourite part of the internship?

The opportunity to travel and work with a European team. My team have been extremely welcoming and collaborative, involving me in as much as they can. I have helped run Deploy Your Talents events in Germany and attended a Security Roundtable discussion in Brussels.  I also attended a Quarterly Communications Team meeting in Milan and received training in Crisis Communications Management.

Would an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B Technology Company as opposed to a better-known brand?

I’ve always enjoyed the reaction I get when I tell people I work at CA Technologies, especially when I tell people my age. 8 time out of 10, nobody has heard of CA as they are a B2B company, so I quite enjoy telling them who CA are and how our products are enabling companies to digitally transform. Despite being lesser-known, our products are actually used by some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Netflix, L’Oreal and BT.

Favourite aspect of the DNA mission?

COLLABORATIVE: I truly enjoy working as part of a team to make sure a task gets finished. My European team are great at giving me advice where needed and providing me with constructive feedback on work. They understand that in order for me to get the most out of my internship, they need to work closely with me on tasks that they feel I would be good at. It is hugely satisfying to work with a team that are passionate about what they do too.

Advice for a candidate coming for an interview at CA Technologies?

Come prepared and do your research. Having confidence is also key, but being able to show that you’ve done your ‘homework’ for the interview shows you plan ahead. In addition, don’t be afraid to talk about your hobbies and interests outside of work. Wellbeing and having a work/life balance is something that is encouraged by the Wellbeing at CA team and shows to the interviewer that you have passions and interests beyond the world of work.

CA is extremely happy to welcome Laura to its vast family and wishes her success for her career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship, learn more and search our open positions here, or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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Laura Haldane – Communications Intern EMEA
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Intern At CA: Vasu Sharma

Through our Intern @ CA blog series, we cover the stories of such enthusiastic interns who have joined CA Technologies. Vasu Sharma is a final year student of The UPES College, Dehradun, who had interned with CA as a Cyber Security Developer.

How did you know about CA Technologies?

On asking Vasu about how he came across CA Technologies, he said “My answer to this question is a bit different from those of other interns. CA Technologies is a B2B company which creates products for large enterprises. I came to know about CA Technologies when it visited my college for the first time. And to be honest, once I heard the news of CA visiting my campus I did my research around the company and was very much overwhelmed by its products.

How was the Intern Program selection process?

Fulfilling dreams isn’t very easy and requires hard work and dedication and it is only then that one relishes the fruit of labor. For Vasu, the selection process was intensive but worth it.

“Getting an internship with a corporate that has such a great product base was quite surprising. I never thought of getting into a company this big as an intern, but thanks to CA’s business structure of having a separate business unit for Security, I got the opportunity I was looking for. I have done B-Tech with a specialization in Cyber Security and the company came to the campus for recruitment with a single vacancy in Cyber Security. Fortunately, I was selected for the role after 3 rounds of interviews. The first round was an aptitude assessment which was held on Cocubes, an online platform. This was followed by an online video interview which analyzed my technical knowledge of Java and the details of the projects I had done in the past. The final round was an online HR interview which focused on behavioral and situation-based questions. A week later I was offered an internship with CA technologies as a Developer in the Cyber Security business unit.

What exposure did you receive on your CA Internship?

Internships are there to provide an extensive learning experience which prepares you for the actual challenges you’ll face in the fast-paced, dynamic, competitive and ever-growing industry. This is exactly what CA provided Vasu with as well as such freedom within what he delivered.

He said, “I worked within the Security business unit and was assigned a server-side migration project. Apart from this main assignment, I worked with logarithms for some functionality engraving in existing products. I also took up a project that belonged to a completely different business unit and this was possible because CA gives you the freedom to select, work and learn about any project that interests you”.

How did your assigned CA mentor benefit your Internship experience?

As part of the internship program, it’s crucial interns feel supported through their time at CA. Vasu was no different and spoke positively of the great support he received from his mentor Venky Venkata Swamy Karukuri.

“On the first day of my internship I was introduced to an architect (basically a product designer) named Venky and I feel fortunate to have worked under him. He assigned me to challenging projects and despite his busy schedule, he would arrange for weekly meetings to ensure that I was on the right track. He would guide me around various aspects of technology and life, clearing all my doubts regarding my project and the industry. He introduced me to several experienced colleagues who were a great source of learning for me. The experience of being an intern at CA was unlike any other.”

What do you like most about CA Technologies?

The company believes that in order to hone one’s skills and perform well, employees require a conducive, lively and relaxed environment and that is only possible when people come together and feel like a single unit.

“To be honest, the best thing about the company is the collaborative nature of its employees who make time to respond to queries despite being busy. There is a strong team spirit among the members of staff and a zeal to excel as a team rather than an individual.” says Vasu.

How was the success of your Internship rewarded?

A dedicated and passionate student, a proficient mentor and a jubilant environment make the perfect potion for success. But being appreciated and rewarded makes the success even sweeter. On being asked about the appreciations and rewards he received during his internship, Vasu replied, “I did receive appreciation for the three projects I worked on”. But being offered a permanent role at CA was the biggest reward for him.

“To be honest, getting a pre-placement offer from a product-based company is the best feeling in the entire world for a B-Tech graduate. I was thrilled the moment I received a call from the company saying that I’d been offered PPO. I was overjoyed by the news and I didn’t think twice before agreeing to take the offer.”

What do you like most about the ITC?

Vasu was extremely complimentary of the India Technology Center in Hyderabad and the facilities available. We asked Vasu as to what were the main things about the ITC that made him look forward to coming to the CA campus every day?

His response was, “CA has a great campus with a lot of greenery and open spaces. The workstations are spacious and comfortable and the refreshment station on each floor is loaded all the time. The cafeteria too gives a variety of food options”.

What advice would you offer to those who are currently looking for an Internship?

On being asked as to what he would advise to others on choosing a company to work for, he happily stated, “CA is a B2B company and hence many may not be aware of the brand, but CA has a presence in every sector from banking to e-commerce and other applications. As CA is a product-based company I would recommend aspirants to know about algorithms and data structures from a technical point of view. Also, in terms of why CA is an employer of choice, CA employees enjoy a great work life balance and flexibility at work.”

CA is extremely happy to welcome Vasu to its vast family and wishes him all the success for his career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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A Day In the Life at CA: Ramesh Manickavel, Director for Agile Program Management

What it’s like to work at CA as a Director

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 and give you insight from a real CA employee. This Director for Agile Program Management profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Ramesh

Ramesh Manickavel is the Director for the Agile Program Management unit, located in the CA India Technology Center, in Hyderabad. He joined CA Technologies in 2009 but took a short break of 5 months from the organization in 2011 post which he re-joined the organization. He says, “That tells you about how much I like CA”.

Before joining CA Technologies, Ramesh had worked for GE (General Electricals) as a developer/architect for online Parts Store as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt involved in the organization-wide process improvement projects. Post this he joined Oracle India Development Centre as a Technical Staff Member. Today he works as a Director for Agile Program Management where he’s tasked with enabling product development teams to provide predictable on-time delivery with improved quality.

 

 

An average day.

Ramesh is an early riser and reaches office by 8:30 am after an hour of jogging. He then plans his day meticulously by going through e-mails, pending items from the previous day and preparing for meetings to be scheduled for the day. He reviews the various agendas for the meetings and ensures he has the required data & details. He likes spending the lunchtime with his peers and colleagues and occasionally steps out with them for team lunch.

“Walk around the campus is a must post lunch for me. I try to keep half hour for myself post lunch to be able to plan for rest of the day or to catch up on items that I couldn’t do in the morning. Late afternoons and evenings are mostly consumed in meetings.”

Ramesh likes reading in his free time and tries to make time for it whenever he can.

“I make time for myself to go over blogs and videos shared with me by my team members, peers or anyone else on leadership or technical staff. And my day ends with some reading (fiction mostly) even if it is for 10 to 15 minutes.”

The best part of the job.

On being asked about what part of his job he likes the most, he said, “Interacting with people – whether it be technical discussions or brainstorming on new ideas, it’s amazing to see how diverse we are in terms of functional/technical knowledge, skills, experience yet aligned to a common vision. Making a difference by working with such great minds is what I love about my job.”

He also loves his workspace which is right in the middle of his floor which makes it easier for him to interact with the team. “It’s bright and comes with my favorite two whiteboards. I have the habit of writing a lot on them when I have my discussions with teammates.”

On office surroundings and facilities

“We have an amazing campus to walk around, especially the location near the amphitheater introduced by my friend Satbeer. It’s serene. That’s the place I choose to unwind and spend some quiet moments with myself. I have brought my family several times on site and my mom just loves our campus. She thinks that her son has the coolest job in the whole world and its kind of true!”

Ramesh was full of praise for the CA facilities and the team that takes care of it. He says, “We have one of the best facilities team in the world. I have worked with them on several occasions for different events at the team level and organization level – we just need to make it known, they make it happen.”

CA benefits

CA Technologies has an employee champion program which nominates people who help solve issues/grievances at workplace and promote various benefits for employees. Ramesh has himself been an employee champion and knows a lot about CA benefits.

“I have been an employee champion and it’s wonderful to see how much CA invests in the wellbeing of its employees. Personally, I have had emergency situations where I couldn’t go through the suggested medical procedures, but the support and help I got from CA is amazing. I also like the gesture of inviting family members to the health sessions that take place at work.”

Some words of advice

Many people that are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Ramesh what advice or comments would he have for them about choosing to work for CA. He replied, “While the branding and advertisements like ‘Bring What You Bring’ has increased awareness about CA significantly, a lot of folks think that we are chartered accountants. Personally, I like CA primarily because of the growth opportunities it has provided me with. I will tell the individuals that their career growth aligning with their aspiration is more important than the brand of the company. I choose to have a personal brand myself along with my company’s brand rather than just associating myself with a brand. With a wide range of product development teams in CA, there are variety of challenging opportunities in every area.”

If you too would like to experience the life at CA, search here for open positions or create a custom job alert to get notifications on teacher roles that match your search.

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A Day In the Life at CA: Steve Tait, Digital Demand Strategist

What it’s like to work at CA as a Digital Demand Strategist

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 and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Digital Demand Strategists is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Steve

Steve Tait is a Digital Demand Strategist located in the CA Vancouver office. He came to CA Technologies in 2013 through its acquisition of Layer 7, where he had worked for two years. He just celebrated his five-year CA anniversary in June.

At Layer 7, Steve ran the Digital Demand Generation side of the Marketing department, and when he first came to CA he worked across business units helping to execute on digital campaigns through our digital agency. He then moved to the Marketing Operations team and worked on executing CA’s global search campaigns across business units and regions.

Now, Steve has come full circle back to API Management, working within CA’s Digital Demand Center running the global digital demand strategy.

“My job is to create digital marketing campaigns that create leads for sales to generate pipeline. I target potential customers through online marketing tactics like search engine marketing, social media and display,” said Steve.

Outside of work, Steve’s main focus is spending time with his family.

“I have two young children, Noah and Stella, who are the light of my life. I coach both of them in hockey – a perfect day for me is spending the day at the rink watching both of them on the ice.

“I have an awesome wife and we love traveling to her home country, Germany, when we get the chance. I love spending time with our German side of the family and enjoying the German culture when we’re there.”

Steve Tait, Digital Demand Strategist

An average day at work

A typical day at work for Steve involves a lot of time on calls with his team, which is spread throughout North America, including Boston and New York.

“The rest of my time is spent managing the digital campaigns from my desk in Vancouver. I generally eat lunch at my desk on the fly – a lot of the folks I work with are on the east coast so often I’ve got meetings scheduled over lunch. And I do work from home a couple of times a week as well. My job is pretty exciting, never boring.”

The best part of the job

Steve says the best part of his job is working with so many extraordinary, smart and talented people on a day-to-day basis.

He also enjoys the Vancouver office. “It’s located right in the heart of Vancouver so there are lots of options for lunch, with food trucks all around, cafés, restaurants and bars. Transit options are good as well for commuting into the office. The trains and buses are within walking distance from the office,” he said.

Many people who are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Steve what advice he would have for them about them about choosing to work for a lesser-known B2B technology company, rather than a better-known brand.

“The main thing to think about when joining the tech industry and working for CA is, it may be a lesser-known tech company, but we’re still one of the largest global Enterprise Software companies. Working for a company that’s a leader in the application economy, a company whose products are truly driving Digital Transformation on a global scale, is something to be very proud of.”

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Intern At CA: Udatta Bhattacharya

Roy T. Bennett, self-help writer and author of the famous ‘The Light in the Heart’ was quoted, “Dreams don’t work unless you take action. The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them.”

This stands very true for one of CA’s interns, Udatta Bhattacharya. A final year student of The UPES, Dehradun, Udatta always dreamt of working for a company that was a leader in the mainframe development industry and his dream materialized when he got the opportunity to work for CA India.

How did you know about CA Technologies?
On asking him about how he came across CA Technologies, he said “I heard about CA for the first time during the first year at UPES from my Mainframe faculty, when I was intrigued about the Mainframe industry and the companies involved in it. CA caught my attention since it stood out among others when it came to Mainframe based product development. All along, I was determined to pursue Mainframe technologies and got an internship in IBM. During that internship, CA again came up as the major developer of most of the non-indigenous products at IBM. The name CA was held in high regards when Mainframe-based tools were discussed.”

How was the intern program selection process?
But, fulfilling dreams isn’t very easy and requires hard work and dedication and it is only then that one relishes the fruit of labor. Udatta says it was quiet challenging to get through the internship selection process of CA.“The process involved one round of aptitude and technical screenings, one round of technical interview and one round of managerial interview. This process resulted in my selection at CA as an intern in the mainframe business unit. The process was challenging. It made me think, push boundaries, and above all, it tested my mainframe knowledge and skills, which was a unique experience for me since I never had such an experience in other selection processes. It was in this process where my knowledge in my own specialization was evaluated.”

What exposure did you receive on your CA Internship?
Internships are meant to be an extensive learning experience which prepares you for the actual challenges in the fast-paced, dynamic, competitive and ever-growing industry and this is exactly what CA provided Udatta with.

He says, “The role assigned to me during my internship was that of a learner basically. There was a lot on my plate to learn, grasp and be familiarized with. I got introduced to a couple of programming languages namely Assembler and Metal C which are the two major languages used to build and develop the tools. After having a basic idea of the languages, I was assigned 3 projects to have a hands-on with certain DB2 tools such as RC/Merger, RC/Query, and RC/Extract.”

How did your assigned CA mentor benefit your internship experience?
The right learning requires a direction, which only a mentor can provide and every employee at CA is a unique source of information and knowledge. Udatta too was mentored by one of the best at CA and he feels extremely lucky to be a part of such a supportive and helpful team. This is what Udatta had to say about his mentoring experience:

“I was mentored by Lokesh Patel, who is a member of my team i.e. DB2 Rangers. He guided me through the entire process of building DB2 tools, especially the languages used. He helped me set up my development environment along with Sridhar Pratik in the same team. He also guided me whenever I got stuck or had difficulty understanding something. Overall, he introduced me to my work and in a way, helped me kickstart my professional life. Since I wasn’t familiar with these languages before joining CA, I needed some help, reference and guidance from people using the languages, and was fortunate enough to have a mentor who is an absolute expert in the field. I got a bit of both appreciation and encouragement from the Product Owner Srinivas Adupa, who’d set milestones for me to reach and guided me through to those. My work wasn’t perfect, hence he pointed out my flaws and let me improve upon them.”

What do you like most about CA Technologies?
Learning is just not limited to skills at CA. The company believes that in order to hone one’s skills and perform well, people require a conducive, lively and relaxed environment and that is only possible when people come together and feel like a single unit.

“The thing I liked the most about the company is the work culture. It is apparent from the satisfaction and enthusiasm the people have working around me. I became familiarized with the Scaled Agile Framework and was made a part of a team and as a result, as well as shared a strong professional bond with all its members. This provided a huge motivation to work collaboratively and never feel isolated from the entire process. They’ve guided me through all my difficulties, and the best part, made me feel comfortable working with them as soon as I joined the team.” says Udatta.

How was the success of your internship rewarded?
A dedicated and passionate student, a proficient mentor and a jubilant environment make the perfect potion for success. Post two months of persistent efforts and endeavor, Udatta finally was rewarded for his hard work with an offer to become a permanent and integral part of CA Technologies.

“I received a Letter of Intent for a permanent job at CA after two months of my internship, which was of course based on my performance at the company during my internship. I felt that this was the biggest appreciation or reward of what I had contributed so far and adding to that, the result of all my preparations during the college days to get this dream job. Initially, I had a bit of self-doubt about my performance as an intern as to whether I’d be able to live up to what was expected of me. Rather, the job offer came as a satisfactory answer to all such questions.”

What do you like most about the ITC?
People are frequently asked whether they like what they do and generally, the answer is a halfhearted yes. A knowledgeable person once said the best way to gauge this is to notice if you wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work. If yes, you and your company are set for success. CA takes pride in being that company. We asked Udatta as to what made him look forward to coming to the CA campus every day?

His response to this was “The best part about my office is the fact that it has every facility that you look for in a workplace. It has a perfect balance of everything required. Honestly, during these first few days, I tended to spend more hours at work and didn’t really feel like leaving the campus. The building has a positive vibe of welcoming you to spend a good portion of your day and be productive to the best of your abilities. To back that up, there are the facilities. Up until now, I’ve been regularly visiting the gym and the cafeteria. At times my team goes for a cricket match in the field and I enjoy a game of table tennis with my colleagues occasionally. These really contribute a major part to my physical and mental health.”

What advice would you offer to those who are currently looking for an internship?
Udatta has truly set an example for other students who aspire to work at CA as interns and employees. He is the first student from his college to have received an opportunity to work for CA technologies and post his experience at CA, more and more students from his college aspire to follow the path taken by him.

On being asked as to what would he advise to others on choosing a company to work for, he happily stated, “My only message to the aspirants would be to always stay positive because good companies like CA Technologies do exist. CA Technologies, unlike many other companies, values your specialized skills and provides the chance to build your careers upon them. I chose mainframe and CA gave me the perfect platform to kickstart my career on a high note. Further, I’d advise them not to take their specializations for granted or lose hope in it. Because in CA, these specialized skills are valued to a great extent and these may lead to you ending up with your dream job.”

CA is extremely happy to welcome Udatta to its vast family and wishes him success for his career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our open positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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A Day in the Life At CA: Diana Goshorn, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children’s Center

Dia

What it’s like to work as a Lead Teacher at a CA Montessori Children’s Center

We’re introducing some of the outstanding Teachers at our company-subsidized, on-site Montessori Centers, which CA has provided for the past 25 years in our larger global offices for the children and family members of our employees. This profile of one of our Montessori Lead Teachers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

 Meet Diana

Diana Goshorn, Lead Teacher CA Montessori Children's CenterDiana Goshorn is a Lead Teacher for ages 0-3 at the Herndon, VA Montessori Center. She has been a teacher for 11 years, and has worked at CA for a total of six years. She has been in her current position for three years. She says her love of teaching started very early for her.

“When I was a child of 7 or 8, instead of going outside to play with my friends, I wanted to go to my neighbor’s house to feed her baby a bottle. When the child got older, they would let me babysit for short periods of time.”

In later years, Diana discovered that she had a knack for communicating with young children, so she decided to study Early Childhood Education.

When she’s not teaching, Diana likes to stay active.

“I work out at least once a week and more if possible. I also draw or paint. On the weekends, I love to go biking with my husband or just snuggle together to see a movie at home.”

An average day

Diana starts her day at 8:05 a.m., when she arrives and begins greeting her pupils and their parents and talking briefly about how the previous night was. When the parents leave, she proceeds to feed or change the infants as needed. If she has an assistant, one of them works with the more independent children while the other works with the youngest infants.

“We are very attuned to each child and know their particular patterns so we can meet their needs moment by moment. Although we have a guiding schedule, we are flexible to accommodate each child at this age.”

The rest of the day “goes by between feedings, changing diapers, singing, dancing, reading books, providing a lot of language, napping, and as much laughter as possible.” Diana’s day ends at 5:05 p.m.

The best part of the job?

Diana says her favorite part of the job is the joy she shares with the children.

“For the most part, I am greeted each day with wide smiles and warm hugs. I feel so fortunate to start each day that way!”

She also loves the physical environment at the center.

“The physical environment at this center is beautiful. I have seen many daycare centers that look gloomy and overcrowded. Thanks to CA’s vision, we can offer the children and their parents a bright and happy place each day… My classroom is my home … I strive to make it happy and peaceful.”

CA Children's Montessori Center, Herndon, VA

She adds:

“During the first three years of life, children internalize unconsciously the foundations for beauty and order, among other human tendencies. Thus, it is critical to have and maintain a beautifully prepared environment. I take that to heart.”

CA benefits

Teachers at our Montessori centers enjoy the full range of CA Technologies benefits.

“CA’s benefits are great because they are corporate benefits. A lot of the daycare centers cannot provide any benefits. I am most grateful for my 401k, and the flexible time,” said Diana.

CA’s tuition assistance and flexible time also helped Diana finish her AMI Montessori training.

We asked Diana what she would tell teachers about working in a Montessori school sponsored by a tech company, as opposed to a more traditional setting.

“First, I would tell them to think about the benefits as part of a well-rounded salary. Second, the fact that CA offers an AMI Montessori curriculum, which is a child-centered approach to education, allows us as teachers to really observe each child as a whole person and scientifically apply our knowledge to our practice in innovative ways.”

“I want to express my gratitude to CA, to my boss, Danielle Stoessel, and to all my coworkers here at the Herndon center for making each day a wholesome and growing experience for me. They say that when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. I absolutely vouch for that because that is how I feel about working here.”

If you’re interested in teaching at a CA Montessori Children’s Center, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on teacher roles that match your search.

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A Day in the Life at CA: Katie Martin, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children’s Center

Katie Martin, CA Montessori Children's Center teacher

What it’s like to work as a Lead Teacher at a CA Montessori Children’s Center

 We’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by introducing some of the outstanding Teachers at our company-subsidized, on-site Montessori Centers, which CA has provided for the past 25 years in our larger global offices for the children and family members of our employees. This profile of one of our Montessori Lead Teachers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Katie

Katie Martin, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children's CenterKatie has been a preschool teacher for 7 years, six of those at the CA Technologies Montessori Children’s Center in Framingham, MA, where she teaches children from 3 to 6 years old. She’s wanted to be a teacher ever since she can remember.

“As a teenager, all my jobs revolved around children, working at camps, afterschool programs, etc. Those experiences finalized my decision to pursue a career as a teacher.”

Katie went to school with a focus on Early Childhood Education. Through her student teaching and practicums, she fell in love with working in preschool environments.

When she’s not teaching, Katie and her husband love to travel to new places or visit friends and family. She also volunteers as a coach for a youth lacrosse team in her town. “I played in college and have loved introducing the game to 9- and 10-year old girls. Seeing them enjoy the game the way I have is really rewarding!” she said.

A typical day

The first thing Katie does in the morning is set up her classroom to make sure she’s prepared for the day. The Center opens at 8:00 a.m., with children coming in throughout the morning depending on their parents’ work schedule. She greets the children as they come in and they spend time talking while enjoying breakfast. After breakfast, the children begin their work cycle. During this time, Katie works with the children individually, or in small groups.

“This teaching philosophy can take me from multiplication with one child to reading with another, or washing a table. I love being able to work one-on-one with the children, as it allows me to build individual relationships better than I can when working with large groups.”

After a three-hour work cycle, they go outside, where the children have opportunities to ride bikes, play in the sandbox, or use their imaginations to open an ice cream shop. Then it’s time for lunch.

“We eat our meals family style so we can sit and talk and enjoy lunch together. This is a wonderful time to connect as a group, before the children lay down for their nap.”

After nap time ends, around 3 p.m., there are snacks and thematic activities based on current events and the interests of the children.

“Every day follows the same schedule, but can be so different based on the children and their interests.”

The Center

We asked Katie what she feels is the best part of the center.

“The best part about the center is the team I work with. There are seven of us right now, and we really work well together to support each other and the children. Having relocated, I have really loved getting to know and build relationships with my coworkers.”

As for her classroom, she says the best part besides the children is the environment and Nala, the class’ pet rabbit.

Nala the rabbit, CA Montessori Children's Center

“The best part of the classroom is how it promotes the children to be independent and a part of their own community. The room is warm and welcoming and meant to feel like a children’s house. The children have opportunities to interact with beautiful materials and make their own connections to the world around them.

“The children adore Nala and make sure that she is well taken care of. She hops around the room during our day and joins us outside when it’s nice out. Watching the children understand the responsibility and needs of an animal at this age is such a wonderful experience.”

Katie also loves hosting Center events.

“For the Olympics this year, we hosted an Olympic day with winter events and a photo booth. Having Center celebrations for holidays and events is such a special part of our school culture.”

Katie Martin, CA Montessori Children's Center

Benefits

All employees of the CA Montessori Children’s Centers enjoy the full array of CA benefits. Katie said that CA’s commitment to education and training has been a large part of her role at the center.

“I was sent to AMI training in Dallas for three summers to learn the Montessori philosophy and my role as a lead teacher. CA sponsored the program and covered the expenses to travel and live in Texas. Working for a company that values ongoing education and personal growth is important to me.”

Why CA?

We asked Katie what advice she would give to teachers about working for tech company-subsidized school, as opposed to a more traditional setting.

“Working for a school that is sponsored by a tech company creates such a wonderful, welcoming community. The parents can come down and visit, have lunch and participate in center events. You feel like you are part of a larger community than just a school, which is a uniquely positive aspect to our program.

“The peace of mind that CA provides its employees by allowing them to take such an active role in their child’s day is special. They have made a commitment to the importance of early education, and I love being a part of their mission.”

If you’re interested in teaching at a CA Montessori Children’s Center, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on teacher roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

A Day in the Life at CA: Melissa Delapaz-Smith, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children’s Center

Melissa Delapaz-Smith, Montessori Teacher, Day in the Life At CA

What it’s like to work as a Lead Teacher at a CA Montessori Children’s Center

 We’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by introducing some of the outstanding Teachers at our company-subsidized, on-site Montessori Centers, which CA has provided for the past 25 years in our larger global offices for the children and family members of our employees. This profile of one of our Montessori Lead Teachers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

 Meet Melissa

Melissa Delapaz-Smith, Lead Teacher, CA Montessori Children's CenterMelissa Delapaz-Smith is a Lead Teacher at the CA Children’s Montessori Center in Islandia, NY, where she has been teaching for almost 16 years. She has always enjoyed spending time with young children such as her cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, so it was only natural that she became a teacher. When she was a student at Stony Brook University, she volunteered at an on-campus preschool. That’s when she saw an ad for an open house at the CA Montessori Children’s Center.

“I saw that it was a Montessori setting and it was something I was very interested in, having gone to a Montessori school myself as a child.”

Outside of work, Melissa has two daughters, ages 9 and 12, who dance competitively and play softball. Her husband is also a teacher who works with children who have autism and does early intervention.

“Our family is fully supportive of each other, so we are always there for our girls, going to their dance competitions and softball games.”

Melissa and her family, who live in Long Beach, also love to spend time outdoors riding bikes, running on the boardwalk, or going to the beach. They are also huge Yankees fans and love going to baseball games as often as they can!

An average day at work

Melissa, who is often the first teacher to arrive, starts her day by greeting the children and their parents. She sets up her classroom and talks to parents about the morning or anything eventful that happened the night before. The children then help get breakfast ready and eat. By 9:15, breakfast is cleared and the children start choosing activities to work on.

For the remainder of the morning, she presents lessons, takes notes and makes observations. The children go outside to play while Melissa takes her lunch break. After lunch she helps them clean up and get settled into the afternoon work cycle. Children who are not napping choose activities, then she typically works with kindergarteners in smaller group lessons.

By 3:15, the kindergarteners leave the classrooms for their specials. On Thursdays, she teaches them science, where they utilize the center’s certified outdoor classrooms, weather permitting. When weather doesn’t permit, lessons take place in the science classroom, where she has been incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) subjects. The children then usually leave between 5 and 6 p.m.

“I love the age group that I teach. Part of the Montessori philosophy is mixed ages in a classroom, and in my classroom, the children’s ages range from 3 to 6 years old … I enjoy watching the older children take [the toddlers] underneath their wings, and they want to help them so much.”

The Montessori Center

We asked Melissa what her favorite part of the center is.

“I think that one of the best things about our center is that it is so family oriented. Many of the staff members have been working here for over 10 years. We have families who have had all of their children in the center and some of those former students are now in college. I have students that I taught who are now in high school, some in college as well, and some I keep in touch with.”

She also loves her classroom.

“The best part about my classroom is that I know the parents feel like they are not just dropping off their children with a babysitter. They know that the children are feeling loved and cared for, but they are also learning and they are getting life skills like independence, self-help and love of learning to prepare them for the future.”

CA Montessori Children's center classroom, Islandia, NY

CA benefits

Teachers at our Montessori centers enjoy the full range of CA Technologies benefits. What is Melissa’s favorite?

“I honestly have to say that for me the best CA benefit is the Montessori Children’s Center. And I am not saying this because I work there. I was able to bring both of my girls to work with me every day from the time they were 3 months old. My managers and team members were so supportive of me, as I was also breastfeeding. I was able to step out of the classroom so that I could go downstairs and nurse.”

She also found CA and the CA Montessori Children’s Center to be very supportive when her family was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“I was able to take time off I needed and our family also received donations of clothing, supplies and emotional support. It was such a difficult time, but we were able to get through because of such support and caring.”

Why CA?

We asked Melissa what she would tell teachers wondering what it’s like to work for a school subsidized by a tech company, as opposed to a more traditional setting.

“It is such a unique environment, but I believe there are many benefits to being part of a tech company versus a school district. We are able to have all of the benefits CA employees have. We are also not restricted to take vacation during regular school vacations; we can take vacations at any time during the year.

“It is more of a family environment, instead of spending September through June with the children, you get to work with these children and their families for two to three years and really get to know them. I think you take an important role in shaping these children’s minds and really become a part of their families.

“I truly love what I do and the impact I have on these children’s lives. I feel fortunate to work for a company that places an importance on balancing work and family life.”

If you’re interested in teaching at a CA Montessori Children’s Center, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on teacher roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.