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Our People | Sarah

Meet SarahWhen did you join EMC and what roles have you held in your time here?

I was hired as a contractor in an entry level Talent Acquisition (TA) Business Operations Coordinator position in May 2012. I was promoted to a full time employee in May 2014 which expanded my role and gave me new global responsibilities as our system administrator. One of the biggest highlights of my time here at EMC was when the Global Talent leadership identified me as a resource to help improve recruiting and operations in Europe. I worked a four month rotation in the London office. In July of 2015, I was promoted to manage a TA team and most recently I have been a project lead for the Dell & EMC integration.

What inspires you about our culture?

I am inspired to work at EMC on a daily basis. I love the fast pace “work-hard, play-hard” culture and I find I thrive best when there is a lot going on… and there always is! I also appreciate the dedication and understanding EMC has for their remote worker population. Because my husband is in the military, we are never living somewhere for very long and things can change at any time. EMC allows me to work from wherever I may be regardless of distance or time zone. I feel truly valued even when I am not face to face with my team or managers.

Can you share a brief summary of your experience as a military spouse?

My husband, Mike, is a Captain in the United States Army where he most recently served as his company’s executive officer at 1-75 Ranger Regiment. Over the next year he will take command of a company within the 1st Special Forces group at Fort Lewis, Washington. Over the past four years we have moved 3 times and Mike has been deployed overseas three separate times for a total of 18 months. In short, it’s been a wild ride! Change is certain in our world and so it helps to have stability where you can. For me, I’ve been able to find that stability within the Military Spouse community & the Army Family Readiness Group (FRG) as well as through EMC.

How does EMC support you as a veteran spouse?

Through multiple relocations as well as my husband’s overseas deployments, EMC has been a source of stability and growth. I am grateful to EMC for never questioning whether I would keep my job; but focusing instead on how to connect and engage me. When relocations brought me from Massachusetts to Virginia, Georgia and now Washington, I found new ways to bring greater value to my team and company. It was during one of Mike’s overseas deployments that I worked in the London office with the EMEA Recruiting team. Rather than having to leave my job every time we have to move, EMC has assisted me to be sure I can work and grow in my career from anywhere.

Other than work, what else is a source of comfort during deployments?

Without my fellow military spouses and the FRG I would not have survived any of Mike’s deployments! After joining the FRG while we were stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, I quickly found a network of support and understanding during deployments and difficult training cycles. Staying busy and keeping a routine are also so important… my two dogs help keep my company as well!

What advice would you give to other military spouses?

The best advice I could give to military spouses would be to believe in yourself and be an advocate for yourself. In the future I will lead the FRG for my husband’s company and I hope to inspire and encourage other military spouses to realize their full potential and career opportunities while moving around the country.

Describe your experience here using 5 words.

  • Flexible
  • Exciting
  • Challenging
  • Progressive
  • Inspiring
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