"Making an Impact as a Senior Software Engineer and a Member of MongoDB’s Women and Trans Coders Group"
Maria van Keulen is a Senior Software Engineer on the Server Team at MongoDB. When she isn't working on challenging technical projects, she's developing initiatives for MongoDB's Women and Trans Coders employee resource group.
I sat down with Maria to learn more about her experiences and the impact she's had on the company over the last three years.
Jess Katz: Can you tell us a bit about why you joined MongoDB back in 2016, and what you love most about working here?
Maria van Keulen: I joined MongoDB full time after interning twice at the company during college. When I was an intern, I saw that MongoDB had a welcoming, collaborative, and talented community of engineers, and I knew that this was the kind of community I wanted to pursue after college. Additionally, the projects we got to work on as interns were technically challenging and addressed real company needs. I was very excited for the opportunity to do such high priority work.
As a full-time employee, I continue to see the same great qualities in MongoDB as I saw as an intern. In addition, my time since interning has given me an appreciation for MongoDB as a leading innovator in the world of database technology. I recall our "startup-y" nature from 2014, and it's amazing to see where we are today. Presently, we are not only becoming the new paradigm of database technology, but also occupy a valuable position in the database market and are expanding into new areas of data management. I am so excited to see where we will go next and be a part of shaping the company's future.
JK: Beyond your experiences as a Senior Software Engineer, what are some of your other passion projects at MongoDB?
MVK: I am involved in a few groups at MongoDB, one of which being our Women and Trans Coders group. MongoDB's Women and Trans Coders group is a group of technical individuals who identify as women and trans who provide a network and resources for one another to grow professionally and personally. The group meets regularly for various business and social events, including periodic dinners, which I assumed responsibility for organizing in 2017. These dinners foster team building and provide networking opportunities for the individuals in the WTC group. Most recently, I have been organizing themed discussions to take place during the dinners.
I have been reading several leadership books on my own time in the interest of growing myself as a leader, including Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, Leading Matters: Lessons From My Journey by John L. Hennessy, and Mindset: The New Psychology For Success by Dr. Carol S. Dweck. I have been taking key ideas I learned in these books and organizing discussions to brainstorm how we can grow our skills and further foster a nurturing company culture. For example, we had a discussion regarding how to promote an environment in which employees have the courage to be vulnerable, as Brené Brown describes in her well-known TED talk on vulnerability.
One exciting result of this discussion was the idea to introduce team social guidelines in order to promote productive collaboration and interactions, and these guidelines have since been rolled out by the Replication team (kudos to Pavi Vetriselvan and Tess Avitabile for spearheading those efforts). We are also in the process of having these guidelines adopted by our overarching team.
The MongoDB Women and Trans Coders Group is a valuable forum for fostering the growth of our members and enacting changes to make MongoDB an even more welcoming, collaborative place to work.
JK: How have you grown both professionally and personally as an engineer here?
MVK: I joined MongoDB fresh out of Columbia University three years ago. Over these past three years, I've spoken at MongoDB World, mentored two interns, and became a Senior Engineer. Each of these journeys has taught me valuable lessons and allowed me to better my technical abilities and communication skills.
My MongoDB World talk was my first professional experience presenting to a large group of people. The presentation discussed how our New Grad team rotation program teaches New Grads to embody MongoDB's core values. It entailed an interesting combination of technical and non-technical subject matter. I drew technical examples from the projects I worked on with each team I visited, and connected the big-picture lessons I learned to the company's core values, like "Make it Matter" and "Build Together."
My experience mentoring interns taught me valuable collaborative skills. Something interesting that I learned as a mentor was to be proactive in checking whether the interns have any questions. We were taught in our mentor training that new generations of interns have become much more autonomous in general than their predecessors, and are less likely to ask questions unless prompted. I learned to take a more hands-on approach when mentoring.
My promotion to Senior Software Engineer was the culmination of my efforts both as an engineer and as a leader on my various projects. Most importantly, it involved leading a complex, multi-stakeholder project called Replica Set Flow Control to completion. This project was my most challenging experience in task management; I had to adapt the project work and react swiftly to changes in project direction and shifting engineering resources as other higher priority tasks flowed in. My experience leading this project allowed me to demonstrate my autonomy in managing large tasks, and earn my position as Senior Engineer.
JK: Can you tell us a bit more about the Replica Set Flow Control project? What did it entail and what were some of the technical challenges you faced?
MVK: I am very proud of the work that my coworkers and I did to push this project to completion. The project tackles the ever-pervasive engineering problem of alleviating a system under heavy load by limiting the number of operations permitted to execute. As a result, the system is allowed more chances to process the existing load rather than continuing to attempt new operations and forcing itself into an unrecoverable state. The project took approximately nine months of engineering effort to be successfully finalized, and I think we should be very proud of the result.
We overcame a few engineering challenges while working on this project. Firstly, Flow Control itself is a complex engineering problem. It took us three separate implementations of proof of concept algorithms to find a viable solution. Additionally, since this was a groundbreaking project, the implementations necessitated a fair amount of new infrastructure. Furthermore, this project was a very performance-centric project. The manner in which the software performs both during periods of high load and periods of reprieve was important to document and evaluate. We not only needed to develop the testing necessary to measure these scenarios, but we also needed to come to conclusions regarding what constituted "acceptable" performance in each scenario.
The second class of challenges we tackled while working on this project was the challenge of collaborating with a large number of people. I worked directly with one other engineer during the project, but there were also many external stakeholders to the project with whom I regularly communicated. Through these experiences, I was able to manage the opinions of many people (sometimes 15 or more) during meetings, find solutions that satisfied a lot of diverse opinions, and still make sure my own voice was heard. I am proud that I was able to run and be part of such a complex project while coordinating the efforts of so many team members.
Lastly, this project was a great learning experience for me because it was the longest-running project I had ever managed. It really made me appreciate the "it's a marathon, not a sprint" mentality. Although it was a bit disappointing that our first two attempts at implementing this algorithm were not viable solutions, I knew it was important to take a step back and consider that we still laid valuable groundwork for the solution we eventually did choose. We gathered a set of test cases that we would eventually use to measure the success of our final solution, and we obtained key data points on what implementation paths we needed to eliminate for this particular algorithm.
JK: Based on your experiences, what is it like to work at MongoDB?
MVK: MongoDB allows me to develop exciting technologies, make a meaningful impact both during and outside of my daily work tasks, and grow as a person, an engineer, and a leader. I'm grateful for what I've learned thus far and am excited to continue my adventure here.
Interested in pursuing a career in engineering at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe, and would love for you to build your career with us!
In celebration of International Women's Day, we are highlighting some of our most influential leaders at MongoDB. They are making a huge impact on their teams and the company as a whole. Here are a few who have grown their careers at MongoDB and inspire us every day.
Yulia Genkina, Curriculum Software Engineer, New York, NY
My journey from Russia to becoming a U.S. citizen led me to where I am today — an engineer with a career I love, and also a mentor to others. Throughout the years, I went from being indifferent about mathematics in high school to earning a full-ride scholarship to study mathematics at a great school in the US. I worked five part-time jobs to make ends meet and was constantly uncertain about what tomorrow would bring, but I never stopped chasing after my dreams. Here I am today, living an awesome life with an amazing career that I could have never imagined for myself 10 years ago. People tell me that I should be proud of myself, and I guess I am.
As a Curriculum Software Engineer, I create online courses for MongoDB University where anyone can learn about what MongoDB is and how to use it. I also speak at conferences, train newly hired engineers, and mentor interns and new grads.
Throughout my career, I've always strived to be a mentor to others. I used to be a high school teacher and I am still in touch with many of my former students. I also volunteer with mentoring programs and am always open to meeting new people who are just beginning their careers. We often don't give ourselves credit for all the hard work that we do, so being that person who reminds others of how great they are and what a world of opportunities is waiting out there for them brings me a lot of joy.
These mentorship and teaching experiences fuel my other leadership initiatives. Last year, together with some of my coworkers, we consolidated our efforts to more actively partner with schools that are part of the CUNY system. I'm also working to increase our company efforts and representation at the Grace Hopper Celebration. We have an incredible leadership and engineering team here, and I firmly believe that they deserve to shine on a global stage that brings amazing innovators together.
At MongoDB, I get to work with the smartest and most generous people. There is a strong sense of community and support where people are always looking to learn from each other. The company leadership genuinely cares about its employees. Most importantly, I love what I do here. There are so many opportunities for me to grow professionally, creatively and as a person in general.
Shalena O'Connell, VP Operations, Dublin, Ireland
I joined MongoDB about 3 years ago, and it's been an amazing journey! I took on this role to build and grow our Global Deal Desk team and today, we have a fantastic team spread across Palo Alto, New York, Austin, and Dublin. Over the last year, I extended my responsibilities by leading the fantastic Go-To-Market and Product Commercialization team as well.
In addition to leading the above teams, my role as VP of Operations requires me to think strategically and operationally. This includes working with various business partners on changes impacting the business and ensuring we have processes in place to streamline across each team. This can be challenging at a fast-growing company, but that's what makes it all so interesting! My roles and responsibilities have continuously grown and changed since I joined MongoDB-- a benefit of a rapidly growing company.
My management style consists of open two-way communication with my team and sharing and receiving feedback so that we can constantly improve ourselves. I strive for excellence from myself and my team and we all push each other to be better. Key elements we focus on are trust, honesty, and accountability. I have a strong team that is diverse in thought and experience and brings a lot to the table.
I'm proud to work at a company that embraces diversity. My personal experience as a woman leader working at MongoDB has been very positive. I've been treated with respect and as an equal, which is very important to me and what I stand for.
My passion for work and outside work includes coaching and mentoring others. I'm a firm believer in investing in others to maximize their potential, while continuously growing and developing myself.
Lorna Malone, Sales Development Manager, Dublin, Ireland
I joined MongoDB back in April 2019 and have managed the Northern European Sales Development team for the past 11 months. There are two core goals for me as the leader of this team. The first is to grow the footprint of MongoDB in this market through demand generation activities and the second is to hire, develop and promote top talent into the Sales Organization and also the wider MongoDB ecosystem.
I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to lead some of the brightest minds and talent in the industry. With this comes a level of responsibility from a leadership perspective to ensure that I create an environment where my reps feel empowered, valued and supported, and one where professional development and growth is a top priority.
I firmly believe that to develop top-performing talent and teams, I, as a leader, must ensure that they find purpose in their work and they recognize the impact they have on the overall business. I look to actively promote autonomy and encourage them to challenge the status quo in a psychologically safe environment. I encourage them to think independently when faced with challenges and give them space and the support they require to set new standards of excellence in an environment that fosters continuous improvement, mastery, and growth.
One of my proudest achievements at MongoDB was working with members of my team to break performance records. In May 2019, the leadership team defined a set of three seemingly impossible stretch goals that were never before achieved at a global level in the history of MongoDB. I am really proud to say that two members of my team were the first SDRs to achieve two out of the three goals. As a reward, I flew to Rome with Troy Quigley in January to have dinner with our CRO Cedric Pech and plan to return with Conor Peniston Bird in the coming months. An amazing opportunity and experience and just another example of how seriously MongoDB takes its talent.
Jahira Martins, Automation & Marketing Operations Manager, New York, NY
I joined MongoDB in 2016 as a Marketing Automation & Operations Coordinator and today I am a manager on the Marketing Automation & Operations team where I focus on technical program management. Our team is responsible for ensuring, managing, integrating, and operationalizing marketing technologies and solutions. As an emerging department, I get the opportunity to be innovative with solutions, continuously learn, and help shape the standards for marketing automation and operations.
Leadership to me is not only a learning and teaching experience, but it's also about the partnership and trust I build with the people on my team. I believe in having an authentic and vested interest in my team's work, their goals, overall well-being, and our conversations. These conversations, in my experience, help foster a comfortable environment where we take accountability for both our successes and our mistakes. I believe that great leaders and managers also have their own board of directors, which is their support system who continuously challenge and expand their leadership skills both in as well as outside the workplace. Finding a career mentor at MongoDB is one of the most rewarding connections I have made!
I am also truly proud that I have had the opportunity to help shape and run MongoDB's Underrepresented People of Color group (UPOC) here alongside my colleagues Cherish Richardson and Danielle James. Just this past month, we collaborated across several departments to create MongoDB's first Black History Month video featuring several members of UPOC speaking about what Black History Month means to us and the impact we have in our communities as well as our first-ever Black History Month event! I can't wait for what we do next year!
MongoDB simply lets me be myself - which is saying a lot about the kind of company that it is! As someone who started their career at MongoDB, left and boomeranged back, I truly have a great appreciation for not only the caliber of the people we work with daily here but also the trust that is instilled in each employee, enabling us to take on tremendous responsibility and make impactful contributions.
Want to join some of our incredible leaders and innovate with us in 2020? Check out our open positions and help us grow!
"My Experiences as a Senior Solutions Architect and a Mother on Parental Leave: Meet Veronica Tudor"
In this interview, you will meet Veronica Tudor, Senior Solutions Architect in Dublin. Veronica speaks about how this role compares to her previous ones, and she also opens up about her maternity leave, and how she's grown both personally and professionally at MongoDB.
Jess Katz: What made you originally decide to join MongoDB 2+ years ago?
Veronica Tudor: MongoDB is a high-growth company and we place a large focus on retaining our people and culture. I originally joined MongoDB for its technology. I have been passionate about databases since college and created a career for myself in that space. I worked at Oracle and IBM for several years around data-related technologies and I wanted a change in my career. I knew that MongoDB was one of the most loved data platforms among developers. I also knew that working at MongoDB would be a change for me since I wanted to step away from relational databases and work for a tech company with a strong and innovative technology.
While the original reason for why I joined MongoDB was because of its technology, over the 2+ years that I've been here, I discovered that the people are what also makes this an amazing place to work. In my role, I work closely with our Corporate Sales team — the team is very tech savvy and they want to understand all of the technical aspects of what we do, which I love about them. They aren't only focused on selling our technology, they actually believe in what they sell, which I really appreciate and admire. Everyone I have interacted with at MongoDB, across all teams, are extremely talented and kind. We keep the hiring bar very high.
JK: I know that you recently went on parental leave for the birth of your second child. What has that experience been like for you and how do you feel about coming back to work?
VT: I know my life back to work won't be the same after I return from my maternity leave. It will be a little bit different, but my husband who also works at MongoDB, will go on parental leave when I come back to work. For mothers and fathers to have 20 weeks of parental leave is rare in Ireland and we are lucky that both of us can take advantage of this company benefit. In Ireland, it is also difficult to find a trusted daycare for babies, so having the ability to take a paid parental leave to cover as much time as possible in our baby's first year is a huge benefit for us! (Editor's note: this is a global benefit for all MongoDB employees that can be completed at any point before a child's first birthday. In Ireland, MongoDB employees who are primary caregivers receive 26 weeks of paid parental leave, and secondary caregivers receive 20 weeks of paid parental leave).
I can tell you that with our first child, my husband didn't get parental leave and I felt that he didn't get a real chance to spend time with our son. It was probably when our son began speaking and walking that they got closer with one another, but if they had had one-on-one time earlier on, I believe that they would have been closer. I think it's healthier for a family in general if both parents have an equal amount of time to stay at home with the baby.
As different as it might be, I am very excited to get back to work at MongoDB! I love my role and I do miss my day-to-day experiences in the office.
JK: When comparing this role to your previous ones, how is being an SA different at MongoDB?
VT: Being a Solutions Architect (SA) at MongoDB is different than being an SA at another company because you get to work closer with our customers. In my experience, SAs at other companies tend to focus on back-office activities and don't interact with customers in-person or even over the phone that often. Here at MongoDB, I get to meet C-level executives and developers at various companies together with my sales peers, and I get to hear what their objectives are and what they struggle with first-hand. That kind of insight into our customers' needs is important for an SA because we get to understand our customers' challenges and come back to them with a solution that works best for them. It also gives us the chance to validate the information in real-time in order to make sure that we are approaching everything the right way.
At MongoDB, a lot of resources are made available to help address questions. For example, if I need to know something about MongoDB Atlas, our fully-managed cloud database, I can learn directly from the Product Manager or the developers who wrote the code. In big corporations, developers or Product Managers are usually behind a wall and SAs never get to interact with them. Having this accessibility to our engineering team is very important for my team.
JK: How have you grown both personally and professionally during your time here?
VT: In my role as an SA, I learn something new every day because I am constantly exposed to different cutting-edge technologies. By constantly being in touch with a variety of use cases and customers with different business models as an SA, you really need to keep up with the latest technology and changes in the industry. You not only have to be an expert in MongoDB technologies, but you also need to understand our competitors and the entire software ecosystem that gravitates around databases. As you evolve, so do they.
One of the things that I found difficult when I first joined MongoDB was being able to master context switching. In one day, I can have 4-5 different meetings with different customers who each have different use cases and sales cycles, and it can be challenging to do that constant context switch. Now, context switching has become second nature to me and it's something useful that I also apply to my personal life, especially as a mom. Without even realizing it, my brain is able to flip back and forth between different topics and projects.
MongoDB is truly an amazing place to work, especially as an SA. If you're interested in learning more about the team, please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn.
Interested in pursuing a career in Pre-Sales at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe, and would love for you to build your career with us!
I sat down with Stephanie Samuels, Regional Sales Director, to speak about how she began her career in tech sales, how some of her life challenges became the best things that could have happened to her, and what it's like to work on the sales team at MongoDB. She also discusses what her experience has been like as an African American woman in tech sales.
Jess Katz: I'm excited to sit down with you today and learn about your career path. Let's first start with, how did you get into tech?
Stephanie Samuels: Beginning my career in tech started with a series of unfortunate accidents. I'm from St. Louis but was in college halfway across the country in Boston when I found out that my family and I could no longer afford college tuition. I had to figure out how to fulfill my potential by graduating from college despite the financial challenges that so many students face.
After withdrawing from school, I began working full-time as a receptionist at a start-up software company to support myself. The CEO recognized my potential and gave me additional opportunities to learn the business.
During this first year, I was able to claim myself as an independent in the state of Massachusetts, which allowed me to apply for different types of loans since I was no longer classified as a dependent of my parents. Once I had myself established as an independent, I took the bold step to apply to Harvard University and was accepted!
Here's the cool thing — I worked full-time during the day in tech and went to school full-time at night at Harvard and graduated Cum Laude. My Harvard experience was extremely non-traditional. It was a struggle to work full time during the day and maintain a full course load at night but this struggle is what exposed me to technology. I would venture to say that I value my degree more than most because it was so hard to come by and provided me my introduction into technology.
One of the biggest lessons I learned from that time in my life is that even painful and difficult experiences have the ability to positively impact one's life if one embraces it and works hard. Had I not had to initially leave college for financial reasons, I would have never ended up at Harvard University nor would I have been exposed to the technology field. That unfortunate event changed the entire trajectory of my life in ways that I could never have imagined.
JK: That's incredible! How did you get into tech sales?
SS: I got into tech sales because I worked at some awesome technology companies and was exposed to great salespeople. I loved their energy, their drive, and their passion. They weren't stuck in a cubicle all day, every day. They appeared to own their earning potential and that was appealing to me.
Later on, post-graduation, I worked in consumer packaged goods sales for a couple of years, and that was truly the worst job of my life. In that role, my bonuses were linked to a team goal. I was not the master of my own destiny. I realized then, that I had to be in a sales role where income was based on individual contribution and merit, not a team goal. So, I talked my way into a very unconventional interview at PTC, and thus began my technology sales career. The rest, as they say, is history!
JK: I know that diversity is something that you are really passionate about. What has your experience been like throughout your career as a woman of color in tech sales?
SS: As an African American woman in tech sales, my experience has been that generally, I am the only African American in a room. Up until the last 5 or 6 years, frequently I was the only woman in the room. With extremely rare exception, I am the only African American woman in the room. In many ways, this makes me a unicorn of sorts.
Some might perceive being an African American, or being a woman in technology sales as a disadvantage. Like so many other things in my life, I see it as an advantage. One of the biggest challenges a salesperson faces is differentiating themselves from others. In my instance, people always remember me because it isn't often that they run into someone like me in technology sales.
Being a person of diversity, is a distinction that I am honored to have. It's not lost on me that a generation ago my work experience in technology was not possible. I am extremely good at what I do but I have also been blessed with great mentors. That is why I'm honored to mentor women both in and outside of MongoDB. I get involved wherever I can in schools, talking to middle school kids and teenagers, about what is possible, especially when it comes to inspiring our young girls. I'm hypersensitive around the lack of encouragement that girls and young women receive in schools around achieving success in math and science. I believe that this lack of encouragement is why there are disproportionately fewer women in the technology field today.
JK: You've worked in tech sales for many years now, and joined MongoDB in February, 2019. What made you join MongoDB as a Regional Director (RD) in Enterprise Sales
SS: I came to MongoDB after working for just shy of 13 years at my last company. Leaving that company and joining MongoDB was a leap of faith that I decided to take for a few reasons. The first is, I needed a better work-life balance. As a working mom, I was on the road every week. I needed a fulfilling and challenging job; however, I needed far less travel. I knew from the interview process that the sales leadership within MongoDB values the whole person, not just the employee. MongoDB recognizes that people are mothers, fathers, spouses, friends, etc. We have outside interests that define who we are.
The second reason why I joined MongoDB is I knew MongoDB would challenge me in ways that I had not experienced before. Although I loved the people and grew a lot in my role at my last company, I had gotten too comfortable and needed new mental stimulation. As a rapidly growing company, MongoDB is always changing and always innovating — not only in our technology, but also in our sales go-to-market strategy. We are always challenging ourselves and those around us to be the very best we can be and to build the best sales organization that has ever sold technology. I have been so impressed by the fact that my peers are as equally driven for continuous improvement as I am, which is also a tribute to our sales leadership. This team is unparalleled in the technology business. It is no wonder that I have grown more since joining MongoDB than I have in a long time.
The final reason why I joined MongoDB is the technology. I am excited to work for an organization delivering best in breed technology in a market where we have only scratched the surface. I have sold technology for a long time. Never have I sold technology that works like MongoDB! There is a reason why MongoDB is the most wanted database by developers. I have seen first-hand how our technology is the best way to use data, allows our customers to intelligently put it where they want it, and provides the flexibility to use it anywhere. No one else in our space can say that and this is why our customers love us. Who wouldn't want to sell in this type of environment?
JK: As an RD, you are tasked not only to grow the company, but also to lead a team. What is it like to lead a team here as an RD?
SS: Our sales leadership is committed to building the best salesforce in technology… period. This means, inspiring and enabling success for everyone on the team. As a data company, it may come as no surprise that MongoDB uses data to inspire its people — but at MongoDB, we take it to the next level. We use data to provide a roadmap for our people to understand how to achieve their goals. We know what "good" looks like and we know how to get our teams there. This knowledge allows us to onboard new people quickly and continuously develop our ramped salespeople.
Many sales organizations train the individual contributor. Few organizations train the leaders on how to inspire the individual contributor. MongoDB provides the opportunity for all managers to sit with their peers and collectively learn from each other about how to better develop our people, recruit, retain, and use our data to get the best results for and from our people. I have not seen this in other organizations.
It's important to understand people's personal motivations. For example, if an Account Executive has a goal of buying a new home, as an RD, it's my job to help them achieve that goal. Armed with data on what success looks like, I sit down with them and evaluate specifically what we need to do to get there. We map out the best way to leverage the comp plan to achieve their personal goals. We are very detailed about it. Some people might view this as micromanaging, but it's not at all — it's leveraging data to help achieve success. As an Enterprise Account Executive, you leave this meeting feeling inspired because as RDs, we show you how to get to where you want to be. We jump in the boat with you, and tackle these plans in bite-sized, doable, pieces together.
JK: For many people, changing roles is a huge step to take. What does MongoDB do to help new salespeople during their first year?
SS: I am glad you asked that question Jess because MongoDB's onboarding process is second to none. From day one, people joining the sales organization are greeted with a thorough onboarding plan which is a step-by-step guide to learning and enablement. For example, at about the one month mark, new hires attend MongoDB's sales bootcamp where they learn our technology, sales strategy, and pipeline generation playbooks. After bootcamp, the learning and enablement continues in the field.
I mentioned before that MongoDB is a sales-driven organization. This is evidenced by the resources the company dedicates to training and enablement on the first year that a new hire is onboarded. Our technology is great but, our ability to onboard people and make them successful and productive quickly is one of our unique differentiators in the business.
One cannot talk about onboarding new salespeople without discussing the earning potential in your first year and beyond. Upon joining MongoDB, you will have the opportunity to see success and make money in your first year. The RDs at MongoDB dedicate time to new hires and all salespeople on coupling the pipeline generation plays with their comp plans to achieve amazing results.
JK: Your story has inspired me in many ways and I know that it will inspire others. Is there anything else you would like people to know about the sales team at MongoDB?
SS: Yes, there is Jess. If you are looking to be a sales leader at any point in your career, now is the time to join. We have already grown very strongly in the past 1-2 years, and expect to continue to grow. Given our growth expectations, everyone in sales is positioned to experience amazing leadership opportunities. As an organization, MongoDB believes in promoting from within. Over 50% of all current Enterprise Account Executives and Regional Directors have been promoted this year. As good as MongoDB is at onboarding new talent, the company is equally good, if not better, at teaching leadership skills by giving people the skills, tools, and data they need to inspire their people. Most organizations don't have this depth of leadership experience or training.
MongoDB is a special place. Make no mistake about it, all of us here are committed to working hard in order to build something unparalleled in the industry. If you are interested in pursuing a sales career where you will work harder and smarter than you ever have before but be rewarded with amazing growth, learning, experiences, and earning potential, then you should apply and join MongoDB right away!
Interested in pursuing a career in sales at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe, and would love for you to build your career with us!
At MongoDB, our employees get to make a huge impact and disrupt the database software industry every day. However, making a large impact isn't the only perk of working at MongoDB. We also provide our employees with the resources they need to thrive in many aspects of their lives. We're devoted to creating an open, innovative, and supportive environment for our team.
From mid-day meditation sessions and yoga classes, to fertility assistance and an amazing parental leave policy — the opportunity to make an impact at MongoDB is real and we want to support all of our employees in that journey.
Take a look at just some of the benefits we offer our employees (some of these benefits vary by location).
Family Support Programs
At MongoDB, we have several programs that support our employees' families, like a generous parental leave policy, and a back-up care program for family members.
In January 2018, we launched a revamped Global Parental Leave Policy to better serve the needs, wants, and interests of all new parents at MongoDB. We offer 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, as well as an additional four weeks of fully paid flexible work arrangements to assist with returning to work.
We offer additional programs for expecting parents as well, like parenting workshops, a parental buddy program, and Cleo, which provides employees with fully personalized and customizable counseling on their journey to parenthood.
Lead Software Engineer, Andrew Giannotti, was one of the first employees at MongoDB to utilize our new Parental Leave Policy. His daughter was born on February 8th, 2018 and this policy made a huge impact on his life as a new father.
Having this time off allowed my wife to recover and recuperate from the birth while I took on a lot of the parenting duties like getting up in the middle of the night and changing diapers. This time really allowed me to bond with our daughter. A lot of my male friends had to return back to work only one or two weeks and they hardly ever got to be involved in the fun moments when their babies were awake. I really got to experience all of the wonderful moments with my daughter and spend time with her. While on paternity leave, I was continuously told by my team not to come back to work too early, and to stay off of my work email. I am so grateful that that part of my life was completely stress-free so I could be present with my family.
In addition to our parental leave policy, we also offer a back-up care program. Through Bright Horizons, MongoDB is able to provide access to high-quality child or elder back-up care in-home or at a center when school or daycare is closed, someone is ill, the regular caregiver is unavailable, or whenever an extra hand is needed.
We are very excited to offer these programs that support the needs of our employees.
Our flexible PTO ethos is applied globally to ensure employees take time to refresh, relax, and unwind. This policy is based on mutual trust and communication between every employee and their manager.
Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Alexandra Loh, went on a Babymoon vacation that she will never forget.
Over the holidays this past year, my manager and MongoDB made it possible for me to take time off to do something really important. My partner and I took an amazing trip to Patagonia as our "Babymoon" adventure. It was a special trip and, at 6.5 months pregnant at the time, the last one as just the two of us for the foreseeable future. I'm incredibly grateful for the flexibility and understanding to have such an opportunity.
MongoDB provides you with all of the tools you need to achieve a positive work-life blend.
Fertility and Adoption Assistance
We understand that starting a family can be challenging and we care about doing what we can to reduce the stress in our employees' lives. This includes coverage for all employees regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. We also recognize, that while some countries' national and private health insurance may cover fertility treatment for its citizens, coverage is much rarer in the U.S.
This is why we partner with Carrot in the U.S., which provides customized fertility benefits for the modern company. This includes IVF treatments, genetic testing, egg freezing, donor eggs, donor sperm surrogacy, adoption, and more.
All US MongoDB employees can sign up for Carrot, connect with a fertility expert, and find a clinic that is best for them. These services support every employee, whether they want to have an exploratory conversation, or are in the middle of receiving treatments.
The best part is that MongoDB reimburses 90% of covered costs, up to a $20,000 lifetime maximum, for employees who undergo a fertility treatment or adoption — and to protect privacy, Carrot handles the entire transaction.
Employee Affinity Groups
It's important for us to embody our values, especially when it comes to "Embracing the Power of Differences," one of our core company values. MongoDB affinity groups support our larger commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.
Our affinity groups include MongoDB Women & Trans Coders, Underrepresented People of Color Network (UPOC), MongoDB Veterans, MongoDB Women's Group, MongoDB Queeries, Ally Skills, and more. These groups provide a safe space for employees to create, ideate, mentor, and connect with one another through a common interest or identity. If you're an employee and you have an idea for a new group, we will provide you with the tools you need to build it.
At MongoDB, we recognize the importance of our employees' mental health and wellbeing. We want to break the stigma around mental health, and provide our employees with all of the support they need, especially at work. We are dedicated to providing our employees with valuable tools to face all of life's challenges.
We offer mental health programs to our employees where they can receive confidential assistance from qualified professionals.
With WorkLifeMatters, and Vhi, employees are provided guidance for any personal issues that they may be facing. This program provides a 24/7 hotline, three free sessions with local mental health counselors, and more.
We also offer Spring, which is a mental health service that uses technology and top providers to offer patients a more personalized approach to care. Employees interested in using Spring receive a mental health screening and support from a specialist when they need them, and more. At the moment, Spring is offered to our US-based employees in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and California.
In addition to Spring, we also offer Headspace, which is an app that provides hundreds of themed meditation sessions on everything from sleep to focus on reducing stress.
Wellness Events and Programs
We strive to offer an inclusive and holistic approach to health and wellbeing for our employees, their families, and the MongoDB community. In fact, we were recently named one of the healthiest employers in New York City by Sequoia Consulting Group, which is a great testament to our culture and commitment to wellness.
In select offices, we offer in-office yoga and bootcamp classes, meditation sessions, nutrition sessions, fitness challenges, chair massages, health check-ups, and more. In the past year, we hosted over 50 wellness events across the globe and scaled a wellness fair to a holistic global wellness program.
Throughout the year, we host wellness workshops for all of our employees around the world that cover topics like how to stay healthy while traveling, the ins and outs of holistic health, and how to improve your sleep habits.
In addition to our wellness programs, we also empower our employees to give back to their communities.
MongoDB is a global company with 40+ offices around the world! Each MongoDB employee has the opportunity to expand their personal and professional experiences and may have the option to relocate to another office depending on their role.
We foster a culture for internal mobility, where employees can transfer to different teams within the company. We care about our employees' individual growth and provide them with opportunities to apply for open roles within the company on other teams.
Mairéad Bennis started working on the Finance team at MongoDB in Dublin back in February, 2014. In 2017, she was offered a role in our Financial Planning & Analysis department at our HQ in New York City that she couldn't turn down.
It was a big decision to move for this role of course, but it was a very exciting opportunity for me. Today, I can definitely see that this move took my career to the next level. I've had many incredible opportunities since moving here and great exposure to the business from working within the FP&A team. I get to work with all of the stakeholders across the company. This role helped me focus and develop my career path and I have since been promoted to an FP&A Manager. On a personal level, it's been an amazing opportunity for me to get to know New York City, whilst also slightly scary since I grew up and lived my entire life in Dublin. It was definitely a big jump at first to get used to the New York way of life, but it has been worth it!
All of these benefits are in addition to our comprehensive medical, dental, and vision health care packages, as well as our Employee Stock Purchase Program. The above list of benefits is not intended to be a comprehensive description of each benefit or plan nor does it represent a guarantee of benefits to any employee. MongoDB reserves the right to cancel, revise or otherwise change benefits provided at any time.
Here, at MongoDB, you'll have the chance to work on our most core technology and programs and make a real impact at a fast-growing public tech company.
Interested in working with us? Check out our Careers page and join our team!