Women Leaders at MongoDB: Raising the Bar with May Petry
March is Women’s History Month. Our women leaders series highlights MongoDB women who are leading teams and empowering others to own their career development and build together. May Petry, Vice President of Digital and Growth Marketing, discusses the importance of defining your values, being authentic, and “getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Tell me a bit about your team. The Digital and Growth Marketing team is focused on finding the next best customer for MongoDB, helping them be wildly successful on Atlas, and accelerating their future growth on our platform. Our growth goals include driving awareness in net new audiences, generating revenue through our self-serve channel, delivering new digital experiences, and growing sales opportunities. What characteristics make a good leader? Good leaders have a clear set of personal values that guide their decisions and define their leadership style. They find joy in not just what their team does but how. A good leader is a ‘bar raiser’ and demonstrates mastery of all the company values. I value authenticity, integrity, empathy, accomplishment, and advocacy in leaders. What has your experience been like as a woman growing your career in leadership? There have been many occasions where I am the only woman and person of color in the room. Early in my career, this was intimidating and lonely, but finding allies helped. I also remember being told to “use my voice.” I was. I just wasn’t being heard. Focusing on how to speak so others listen is a skill to develop. The stakes just get higher as you advance your career. Tell us about some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned throughout your career. I’ll share two. First, I don’t have to be the best at what my team does. I have to be the best in helping my team do what they do best and excel at arranging their outputs, so it’s amplified, highly efficient, and ridiculously impactful. The second is that imposter syndrome doesn’t ever go away. It gets worse - use it to fuel your curiosity and empathy, drive collaboration, and help others grow. What’s your advice for building and developing a team? As a leader developing a team, you need to be a role model. Be authentic and vulnerable. Don’t just talk about learning and development - do something about it. Does everyone in your organization have an individual growth plan? Do they know what raising the bar looks like? Do they have regular conversations with their managers for feedback and recognition? That said, everyone is responsible for their own personal and professional growth. Take charge of your destiny by looking for mentors, coaches, and allies. What’s one piece of advice you have for women looking to grow their careers as leaders? Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Find a good circle of people to share, brainstorm, laugh, or cry with. We are our own worst critics, so be kind to yourself, stop apologizing, and go shine! Together, there’s nothing we can’t build. View current openings on our careers site.
Informing MongoDB Product Strategy Through Analytical Insights: Meet Natalya Furmanova
Natalya Furmanova joined MongoDB as a Product Manager in 2018. Since then, she’s had the opportunity to pursue her passions by making an internal transfer to our Data Analytics team where she produces quantitative insights that, simply put, help make our products better! Read on to learn more about how Natalya makes an impact in her role as a Data Analyst and what makes this team a great fit for someone who loves solving highly analytical problems. Jackie Denner: Thanks for taking the time to share a bit about your role and experience at MongoDB, Natalya. To start off, why did you decide to join MongoDB? Natalya Furmanova: At the time, MongoDB was transitioning from being a highly successful startup that created a popular open source technology to an established, publicly traded company. With my background in software engineering, I was fascinated at the prospect of making an impact on one of the core technology products that millions of developers use on a daily basis and that I myself was familiar with. The fact that the company produces a foundational technology that powers so many great applications was very attractive to me. I was looking forward to learning the intricacies of the distributed systems technology, the NoSQL paradigm, and the SaaS aspect of the product. JD: You were originally in Product Management and then moved to a Data Analyst role. What led you to make that transition? NF: I had joined MongoDB to help the Product team be more effective and data-driven by managing systems that support various product processes, with the main need rooted in the data systems (such as the data warehouse). As a Product Manager in Product Systems and Analytics, I found myself often performing analyses of the product usage patterns, establishing KPI systems, and democratizing data signals for the Product team’s use. I spearheaded several initiatives to centralize the scattered core technology usage signals in the data warehouse and led the analytical data platform technology transformation initiative for a while. After being promoted to Senior Product Manager, I realized that producing quantitative insights for the Product team was the most satisfying aspect of my role and decided I wanted to focus on it full time - there was so much to do! I had the opportunity to make an internal transfer and joined the Analytics and Business Operations team as a Staff Product Analyst while staying embedded with the Product and Engineering teams that I supported. I was de facto the first Product Analyst and have seen the team grow exponentially in the last two years. As a Staff-level team member, I have been supporting the team with my technology, data, and cross-product knowledge while performing planning activities and helping the team grow. JD: What is the culture like on the Data Analytics team? NF: First and foremost, I believe that every member of the Analytics team takes pride in providing high-quality quantitative insights.The level of talent inspires me to grow and learn. At the same time, the team puts emphasis on collaboration and knowledge sharing. Each analyst and data scientist works with a specific area of the business - be it product, technical support, or sales - which might lead to silos. In order to stay connected and collaborative, we form squads to tackle the problem from different perspectives, organize data hackathons which have resulted in several impactful projects, schedule weekly knowledge sharing sessions, and more. Curiosity and initiative are highly encouraged on our team - there are no wrong questions. JD: How does your team weave data and experimentation into the product roadmap? NF : The Product Analytics team works directly with the Product Managers, Lead Engineers, and Product Leadership team to set quantitative goals for the product’s adoption, test hypotheses by experimentation or causal analysis, find anomalies in the way our technology is used, provide supporting KPIs analysis for the state of the product updates, analyze the customer funnel in order to uncover the reasons for customer drop-off or churn, and more. We inject statistical rigor into the metrics and definition of KPIs and act as the thought partners to our Product and Engineering counterparts. Our quantitative findings power the product planning sessions, customer outreach, and marketing campaigns, and our projects range from defining KPIs to statistical modeling and feature engineering for machine learning problems. JD: How do you collaborate with other teams at MongoDB? NF: As Product Analysts, we are embedded in the processes of our respective Product and Engineering teams. For example, we review the scoping documentation in order to collaborate on defining the success metrics, meet regularly with our stakeholders and form squads for cross-team initiatives, and collaborate within the Product Analytics team and with other data teams to standardize and democratize the metrics that touch upon multiple products or features. JD: What are you most looking forward to over the next 6-12 months? NF: I am most looking forward to making an impact with several cross-team initiatives that are coming up, and contributing my expertise to solve some of the more challenging analytical problems that can help drive our business forward. JD: What makes working in analytics at MongoDB exciting and why should someone join the team? NF: To me, what’s most exciting is solving difficult analytical problems that require a combination of skills, from business acumen and analytical thinking to coding and math, and the ability to communicate the results to different stakeholder groups. There is so much work to do and so many exciting and highly technical product areas to support that anyone who joins can make an impact and be creative in their role. The last thing I’ll mention is how much I truly enjoy working with the people on my team. It’s an environment where you feel supported and know that everyone is working towards a common goal. Join a team that’s making it matter and building together. Find your next career opportunity at MongoDB .
Honoring Black History Month: How These MongoDB Employees Defied the Odds
February is Black History Month. It’s a time to reflect on and celebrate the struggles and triumphs of the black community and remember the importance of elevating black voices. Each year at MongoDB, we ask members of our employee resource group BEAM (Black Employees At MongoDB) if they’d like to share a personal story about their experiences and what this month means to them. This year, hear from Administrative Assistant Rita Henderson and Regional Director Daniel Hawthorne to learn more about their journeys into tech. Rita Henderson: Breaking Down Barriers and Owning Technology for Social Justice As we celebrate Black History Month, I am grateful for those who have paved the way for us to have a voice and fight for our rights. I am reminded of the struggles and achievements of black leaders throughout history. The fight for equal rights and justice is ongoing, and technology plays a crucial role in this fight. It is important to empower and uplift underrepresented communities in the tech industry to create a more inclusive and equitable future. I am a proud member of the Afro-Latinx community from North Philadelphia. Growing up in a neighborhood called Badlands, I witnessed first-hand the impact and struggles of poverty, high crime rates, and drugs. I am the youngest of six children, with parents who worked two jobs to make ends meet. Despite my parents' hard work and dedication to provide for their children, life was still a struggle for my family. At the age of 17, after completing my junior year of High School, I became a teen mom. Unfortunately, society tries to shame young mothers, especially teen moms of color. Many people reminded me that teen pregnancy is closely linked to single parenthood and that growing up in single-parent families remains the largest factor in increased poverty among children. Me (middle) and my sibling with our dad. Yes, I photoshopped myself in. As a teen mom, I was determined to break through the barriers society placed on me. With $200 in my pocket, I moved my daughter and I to western Pennsylvania and enrolled in Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There, I earned my bachelor's degree in Criminology and studied the school-to-prison pipeline in black communities. After the murder of the young unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown, and the Ferguson uprising, my sister and I collaborated with organizers in the Ferguson community to launch a free technology program to empower community organizers, educators, and youth with skill sets to create technology tools for social and economic justice. Graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Pictured with my firstborn London Rae and my mom. I am influenced by the work of the Black Panther Party; specifically, the 10th Point of the party’s 10-Point Platform, “Community Control of Modern Technology”. For 45 years, the Black Panther Party included the right to learn, access, and control technology as a right. Huey said, "Knowing how to struggle is the essence of winning. Recognizing ills is fundamental; recognizing how to overcome ills is mandatory." That is why I believe it is critical for black and latinx people to understand the role technology plays in our society and the economy if we want to understand social justice and create tools for liberation. When I hear people talk about technology in black, latinx, and working-class communities, they often use it as a scare tactic. The fear of data and control and the feeling that technology is too advanced and that we lack the knowledge and tools to participate can be overwhelming. However, it is crucial for our community to claim our place in the tech world. We need to change our thinking and know there is a place for us, just like there is for anyone else. I am grateful for MongoDB's value "embrace the power of differences" and creating a platform where underrepresented communities can share their stories, bring their ideas to the forefront, and be heard in the tech industry. As we celebrate Black History Month, I am grateful for those who have paved the way for us to have a voice and fight for our rights. I am also thankful for the opportunities I have been given to make a difference in my community and empower others to do the same. With education and technology, we can continue breaking down barriers and striving for equality, justice, and liberation. In 2022, my partner and I welcomed our baby girl Lara Sky. Daniel Hawthorne: Building a Career as a Black Man in Tech Sales I was brought into the world with the odds against me, a black boy born in South Central Los Angeles in the 80s. However, I never felt that I was on my own. Throughout my entire life, God has choreographed my every step. At a very young age, my parents decided to move us to Austin, Texas where my grandparents were moving their church ministry. I was raised in Austin along with my two older brothers (Dante and Derrell), my younger sister (Amber), and my younger brother (Joseph). My siblings called me the “golden child” because I was a mama’s boy and kept to myself. The elementary and middle schools that I attended in Austin were fairly diverse, and I seldomly experienced racism. In the 7th grade, my family moved to a suburb of North Austin that wasn’t as diverse, and racist experiences became much more frequent. It was then that I began to acknowledge that being black brought different treatment. There were moments I embraced my blackness, but others where I was more focused on adapting myself into someone I thought those in my non-diverse environment wanted me to be. In middle school, the place to hang out was the Rec Center. I would run into kids from other schools, and we’d have the basketball gym to ourselves for a bit. Eventually, the older guys would take over the court, but I was good enough that I typically got to play with them. I remember observing them as they entered the gym. They’d be dressed in nice work clothes with Dell badges hanging from their shirts - the Rec Center was only five minutes from the Dell HQ - and that became an early image of what success looked like for me. In high school and college, I started my career in sales with a few small gigs. I enjoyed it because I was typically one of the top sellers no matter what I sold. I even sold women’s shoes at one point! After graduating with my M.B.A, I had no idea what my next move would be. But then, that image of success popped into my head. I focused my attention on getting a sales job at Dell. Despite not having any experience in tech, I knew I could excel. Who knew that 10 years after my days on the Rec Center courts, I would land my first job in tech. I joined the inside sales development team at Dell, and it was one of the most pivotal moments of my career. The job was intense. After a week of training, it was clear that I was the least technical in every room. But, I was determined to not let anyone outwork me. We were required to make over 100 outbound calls per day, but I quickly figured out how to achieve the true objective (10 scheduled virtual demonstrations in a week) in fewer calls. Through my efficiency, I helped form new standards and began to make a name for myself. Being in sales development wasn’t my end goal. I knew I wanted to get into outside sales, so I began building relationships with some of the Dell outside sellers I worked with. During a coaching session with one of my mentors, who was also a minority, he shared some guidance that I wasn’t ready for. He told me that if I truly wanted to be in outside sales, I needed to lose my earrings because professional men didn’t wear them. Even though he and I understood that earrings didn’t define me, his guidance was that being a person of color meant I was already playing from behind, and that I should exhaust all things within my control to create as level a playing field as I possibly could. This theme would continue throughout my career. Similar to when I was a kid in the non-diverse suburbs of Austin, as a black man in tech, I’ve felt heavy pressure to be a certain way to appease others. When I was first getting started, I hardly encountered sales folks that looked like me. I’d attend internal trainings and events where there might be one or two other black sellers out of 200+ people. In many ways, I felt that I was on an island and had to live through trial and error. I had a fear that being ‘too black’ would put me at an even greater disadvantage. I walked the line and was careful about what I said or did. I hardly engaged in extracurricular activities with co-workers, and when I did, I kept my guard up. So much of my energy and effort was exhausted into protecting my brand and trying to avoid negative stereotyping because of the color of my skin. I often think about how much more successful I could’ve been had I not felt obligated to focus on the things that never should’ve mattered. My wife and our two daughters at the apple orchards outside of St. Louis, Missouri. As I stated before, God has led my path in life. Numerous times when I was unsure of the next turn to make, He introduced someone to provide direction. I’m truly grateful for the people who may not have looked like me, but provided me with valuable coaching that helped guide my career in tech. I joined MongoDB to help customers with their data transformations, but I didn’t expect that I would go through a transformation myself. I’ve never felt more empowered to just be myself, and through that, I’ve reached new levels of individual and team accomplishments. I was a direct seller for my first two years with the company, and after receiving coaching from peers and leaders around me, I stepped into management a year ago. This wasn’t necessarily a milestone or goal that I had set out for myself, but I came to the realization that there was tremendous value in helping other sellers (and their families) achieve new levels of success. What better company to step into leadership than at MongoDB. Every company has employee resource groups nowadays, but the intentionality behind those groups at MongoDB is different. Our leadership team has leaned into those difficult, vulnerable discussions, sometimes simply to listen because they knew they didn’t have the answers. Even in those scenarios, they’d come up with relevant action that they could personally be responsible for. Despite the comfort zone I had created over the past 10+ years of watering down my blackness, our Sales team encourages individuality and has brought out the best version of me. It’s helped lift a giant weight off my back. I know I’m no longer starting from behind, and I don’t fear that folks are going to judge me. As I wrap-up my first year in sales leadership, I’ve noticed significant transformation in my personal development, and I’m excited that I get to continue taking on new challenges that will bring discomfort, but instill confidence that I can persevere. As we celebrate Black History Month, I think about the opportunity I have to expose other members of the black community to a profession in sales. Our experiences and our perspectives are highly valued and necessary in order to build a better tech-centric future. We’re passionate about cultivating a culture where people of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences feel valued and heard. Find your next career opportunity at MongoDB.
Turning Data Points Into Actionable Insights: Meet May Hoque
Imagine the interesting insights you could glean from combining multiple data sources with one tool that helps you easily analyze data over time. May Hoque is a senior software engineer on MongoDB’s Atlas Data Federation team where he helps create a distributed, federated query engine that can query across data stored in multiple sources. Keep reading to find out more about his experience joining MongoDB as an intern and new grad, then continuing to grow his career here over the last four and a half years. Jackie Denner: Thanks for sharing more about your experience today, May! To start, will you give an overview on your software engineering background and how you started working with MongoDB? May Hoque: I began exploring computer science in a high school class. The class was rudimentary but I had fun learning how to build programs. I chose computer science as my university major because it felt like a career I could grow with that both piqued my interest and offered long-term stability. I am currently a senior software engineer on MongoDB’s Atlas Data Federation team. I first joined MongoDB in 2017 as an intern, then returned after graduation to participate in the New Grad Program in 2018 which gave me an opportunity to rotate working between three different teams at MongoDB over our first six months. I originally joined the BI connector team, but then switched to the Atlas Data Federation team. JD: Tell me more about the Atlas Data Federation product. MH: Atlas Data Federation is a distributed, federated query engine at its core. This core enables users to query multiple data sources with a single query, from a single interface. Other MongoDB products, including Atlas Online Archive and Atlas Data Lake , use this core as a building block for their own functionality. The Atlas Data Lake product, for example, orders and organizes data to optimize for super fast queries even as the user's data sources grow in volume. The ability to perform complex queries, even across multiple data sources unlocks valuable benefits for a variety of use cases, for example maintaining the ability to easily query less frequently used data even after archiving it from pre-existing database clusters to less expensive locations. JD: What makes Atlas Data Federation unique? MH: We’re more than just a search function — we can also store your data and organize it in a way that makes it really fast to actually answer those questions. Its integration with Atlas and the larger MongoDB ecosystem widens the scope of the value users can get from their databases. It’s convenient and operationally simple to have all of your solutions to different challenges in the same place. MongoDB Atlas Data Lake allows developers to easily store and analyze large amounts of data in a cost-effective and scalable manner without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. JD: Talk me through some example use cases your team supports. MH: The real value in large data sets lies in understanding the trends and relationships between the data points. There are endless possibilities of how organizations can use Atlas Data Federation to draw insights to motivate strategic business decisions, from answering questions about specific events, to aggregating insights across a group of data points. Atlas Data Lake stores and organizes your data in a way that makes it really fast to answer questions related to your collection of data. Teams across an organization can benefit from more insight into data learnings. A marketing team may want to know what percentage of their users have spent more than a specific amount on a single item, including supporting data like what the item was and when they purchased it. An investor may want to know how much profit an organization made over a specific time period. A product team may want to look at historical sales data from past product launches. Users can answer all of these questions and more with a query on Atlas Data Federation. JD: What projects are you currently working on? MH: I am contributing to a bigger MongoDB initiative to add more sources of data. Adding this support to Atlas Data Federation and Data Lake will make our service available to new clients who want to use the product, but currently can’t. I’m also working on a high level systems design challenge to rearchitect our systems to scale and improve our service for our customers. JD: Let’s talk about what it’s like to work at MongoDB. What makes the team and product exciting to work on? MH: The Atlas Data Federation team is primarily focused on problems relating to complex distributed systems and database engineering . These challenges aren’t often easy to work on, but the careful and rigorous thinking needed to solve them is exciting and rewarding. Plus, the solution to the data lake problem is in demand, and the projects we work on are relevant to the industry. JD: What is the overall engineering culture like at MongoDB? What opportunities have inspired you to grow here? MH: My experience on the team has contributed to my growth as an engineer. I’ve noticed a strong culture of learning, mentorship and diversity both on the Atlas Data Federation team and the company at large. I appreciate that our team has a wide spectrum of experience levels, from new grads to engineers with decades of experience. The team is collaborative and takes pride in supporting each other. Whether I work on a project independently or with a group of engineers, I’m never working solo. I always have the support of the team and people to bounce ideas off of throughout a project, which creates opportunity for growth. JD: Why should someone join the Atlas Data Federation team? MH: If you're someone who really likes technical challenges or you just want to solve really cool problems, we have no shortage of them to work on. If you’re focused on growth, we have opportunities for all levels of experience. It is possible to grow from an intern to a manager on our team because of the mentorship and breadth of projects available to work on, which I’ve seen happen for some of my colleagues. Our team environment is built on empathy and collaboration. JD: What stands out to you about your overall experience working at MongoDB compared to your past experiences? MH: After a few years on the team, I'm still consistently growing my skill set and working on interesting, fun projects – two primary reasons I continue to work at MongoDB. The problems the Atlas Data Federation team works on provide me useful experience that I can apply to future projects and challenges. If you’re looking to collaborate with forward-thinking teams and interesting use cases, MongoDB is one of the best tech companies to work for. Interested in transforming your career at MongoDB? View open roles on our teams across the globe.
How the Atlas Search Team Empowers Engineers: Meet Nolan Lum
To take advantage of the benefits of having a modern database, MongoDB users need the ability to search and filter quickly against their dataset. Nolan Lum is a senior software engineer on MongoDB’s Atlas Search team where she helps create the fastest and easiest way to build relevance-based search capabilities directly into applications. I spoke with Nolan about what it is like to grow her career on the engineering team at MongoDB. Keep reading to learn about her experience and why the Atlas Search team offers great career opportunities for people with all sorts of backgrounds. Jackie Denner: Thanks for sharing more about your experience today, Nolan. To start, can you share some experiences that brought you to where you are now at MongoDB? Nolan Lum: My first experience with software engineering was in high school, and I continued to study computer science at UC Berkeley. After graduation, I worked at technology companies as a software engineer for over three and a half years. I have worked as a software engineer at MongoDB for almost two years now. I’m currently contributing to the Atlas Search team. JD: Tell me about Atlas Search. What is Atlas Search and how does that fit into the bigger picture at MongoDB? NL: Atlas Search is part of MongoDB Atlas. Atlas Search takes the data stored in MongoDB and indexes it for full-text search. It is a separate Java executable that currently runs alongside MongoDB. It replicates the data users store in MongoDB and makes it available for relevance-based, full-text search. JD: What kind of projects does the team work on? NL: The team is tackling search-related challenges from a variety of perspectives. From the product perspective, we are working on indexing data so that it is quickly accessible and scalable and making the experience of searching and using your database faster and better than using off-the-shelf solutions . From the engineering perspective, we’re solving challenges like how to handle data consistency or whether we should provide guarantees on what data you read back from us versus the database. JD: Tell me about an Atlas search project or feature that you've worked on. NL: I worked on a feature called Resumable Initial Sync that aimed to optimize a process in our replication subsystem. The original Initial Sync process would restart from scratch if another action caused it to pause, increasing the overall time to finish the sync. I updated the process to be resumable, so users can pick up where their initial sync left off after a sync interruption. This internal update helps our users have a better experience using MongoDB. It was a fun technical challenge because I had to think carefully about which asynchronous operations were happening in which order to ensure we accurately represented our place in the overall replication process. I'm proud that we were able to ship this feature update without creating any bugs or losing anyone’s data. Our team has good processes in place to ensure that we ship defect-free software as quickly as possible. JD: What do you like about working on the Atlas Search team? NL: This team appeals to me because there are interesting challenges for every type of engineer. We offer opportunities for traditional engineering, product challenges, hard technical problems, and more. We likely have a project that interests you. I also like that I work with team members from different roles in addition to other engineers, which promotes learning and growth through the work process. While working with other engineers is important, I also value the information I learn from collaborating with other types of team members. For example, during the past couple of weeks, our product managers hosted talks highlighting two important use cases for us to consider. The information they shared helped the engineering team better understand which features are the most valuable to spend our time building. JD: It sounds like a collaborative environment. NL: It is, and to a greater degree than I've experienced in the past. We value working together. One of our shared company values addresses the concept of “disagree and commit.” I’ve heard some people question if that actually works in practice, but here I think it is working well. I see my co-workers disagree sometimes, but after we work toward a consensus, the team rallies around the solution to move forward together. JD: What is the leadership on the Atlas Search team like? NL: The team is organized in a way that allows everybody, including the managers, to succeed. Instead of traditional engineering manager roles, we have team leads who are both people managers and engineers. This works for our team because the technical managers are in touch with the team’s day-to-day challenges beyond setting roadmaps and planning meetings. The philosophy behind what it means to be a manager focuses on empowering engineers at the company to succeed and giving them the space to do that. I think we do a good job at that. JD: What has your personal experience been like working on the Atlas Search team? NL: My experience on the team has been shaped by the wide range of experience levels of my colleagues. Our team’s spirit of mentorship has given me the opportunity to learn from other engineers who are senior to me or who come from different backgrounds, which has helped me grow my own skills. I’ve also been impressed with how equal and diverse the retention is at MongoDB, which in turn helps me feel comfortable being myself at work. Taking into consideration that there are far fewer women engineers in the industry, when one female engineer leaves a company, it makes a proportionally higher difference in team diversity than her male counterpart. I’ve noticed that MongoDB spends extra attention on supporting and retaining women engineers to help keep an authentic, inclusive culture at our organization. JD: What stood out to you about MongoDB while you were interviewing to join the organization? NL: When I was interviewing at MongoDB, I was looking to work at a company that offered me growth opportunities and mentorship, and a fair and thoughtful approach to measuring performance. I wanted to contribute to an engineering organization with a positive culture that valued more than just shipping as many products as possible. One of the reasons I decided to accept an offer at MongoDB was a conversation I had with our Executive VP of Engineering, Cailin Nelson . After I spoke with her, I felt like this was a company where I could flourish. It's inspiring to have women in leadership across the organization. JD: What was your experience during and after the hiring process at MongoDB? NL: At the time of our hiring conversation, I had almost four years of working experience, and I wanted to grow my career to recognize the increasingly advanced skills I had picked up. The conversations I had with MongoDB employees gave me the sense that the performance and team cultures were fair and that the potential for career advancement was available to me. After working here and observing other engineers here for two years, I am still impressed with how MongoDB values everyone’s performance equally and avoids the favoritism trap that so many tech company cultures fall into at scale. I was originally hired as a software engineer, and I have since been promoted to senior software engineer based on my performance. JD: Did you have search-focused engineering experience before working on the Atlas Search team? NL: Before joining this team, I didn't know a lot about search specifically. MongoDB’s engineering culture made ramping up a positive experience. Relevant experience is a plus, but if you’re interested in learning about search but don’t have specific experience in it, it’s not a dealbreaker against joining the team. I encourage people to apply even if their experience isn’t necessarily search-specific. Interested in transforming your career at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe!
Skunkworks 2022: A Week of Building for MongoDB Engineers
MongoDB’s 2022 internal Skunkworks hackathon wrapped up in July, and it was a bustling time of hacking, building, and developing. For MongoDB engineers, Skunkworks is a week of no meetings and no interviews—engineers can have fun and work alongside co-workers from different teams to build side projects, proof of concepts, or anything else imaginable. Many companies do one- or two-day hackathons, maybe once per year. We do one-week hackathons about every eight to ten months. Why? Hackathons are an important part of our engineering culture and embody our values of “Think Big, Go Far” and “Build Together.” We find that dedicating an entire week to the hackathon leads to significant innovation. With more than 115 projects submitted, this year’s Star Trek -themed event was one of the best and largest hackathons yet. Building from some of the newest MongoDB 6.0 features, let’s look at a few winning projects and the people behind them. Charts Slack Integration Team: James Wang, Ryan Nguyen, Andrew McMenemy, and Muthukrishnan Krishnamurthy We work on the Charts team and genuinely love our product; plus, it’s always fun taking complete ownership of it for a week. Reporting is a big ticket item for any data visualization tool. It’s something we’ve always had in the back of our minds, and users seem really keen on it. Variations of this request have been asked on our User Voice page since 2019 , along with a request for a Slack integration with Charts since 2020 . This feature is built on top of our Embedded Charts SDK . We updated the URL used to fetch an embedded Chart/Dashboard to take on a new query parameter for screen grabbing. This new URL will trigger an AWS Lambda instance we wrote for the project, which will make use of our embedding SDK to embed and take a screenshot of the chart. Skunkworks is our favorite time of the year. Learning software through projects is so much easier said than done, especially once you start a full-time career in software. MongoDB’s hackathon improves us as engineers, provides a break from the standard work week, and allows us to work on whatever we want, whether it’s a solo project or helping to make someone's dream a reality. It inspires us to always be looking for the next best idea, along with it being a great mental health week. MongoDB Carbon Footprint Calculation Team: Nellie Spektor, Maya Raman, Cathy Wang, Rohan Chhaya, and Tiffany Feng Our team was inspired by a previous Skunkworks hackathon project focused on sustainability within MongoDB Atlas. We decided to do a deep dive on carbon footprint measurement within MongoDB. We began by investigating the carbon efficiency of various parts of MongoDB, from drivers to Atlas. For testing Atlas, we first set up multiple clusters, each varying in either location, cluster size, and sharding status. Then, using an atlas-co2 calculator script that a MongoDB Developer Advocate made, we were able to test how much carbon each cluster was emitting. Finally, we were able to display our findings about different cluster sizes and cloud providers and their carbon footprints. While investigating drivers, we tested 100 insert/find/update/delete operations on 7 of our drivers and calculated the time taken and the wattage used, which was used to calculate carbon footprint and rank the drivers in terms of efficiency. The biggest takeaway for us was the sheer difference in carbon emissions that a simple choice can make. For example, using the Rust driver instead of Java uses 144 times less electricity and therefore emissions. Simply shifting your cluster from one cloud provider in the Virginia region to a different cloud provider in the Iowa region saves over 3kg of carbon a week. MongoDB is collaborating with a third-party vendor to get more robust carbon emission calculations, while tangentially understanding how we can provide a more efficient, sustainable product. Efforts like these help us to better refine our overall corporate emissions calculations. The Skunkworks hackathon is a great initiative that shows engineers how much MongoDB values creativity and personal growth. It's amazing that we are actually encouraged to put aside our regular work and try out anything we’d like. While some people work on personal development projects, other people take the opportunity to tackle some tech debt or explore new features without the constraints of the normal product development process. Furthermore, it allows us to integrate our outside interests into our work, which makes us even more passionate and motivated. Atlas Static Site Search Team: Ben Perlmutter, Joon Young Lee, Shibi Balamurugan, Marcus Eagan, and Nick Larew Our project was inspired by Algolia DocSearch . They’ve done a great job making it super easy to add search to a website. We wanted to make something similar with the MongoDB Atlas developer data platform, and we knew Atlas had the tools we needed to make this possible. It was just a question of writing some code to connect these services and creating a streamlined developer experience. We called the project Atlas Static Site Search, and it has the following distinct components: A website scraper that pulls site data and adds it to MongoDB built using Atlas Triggers. A search index built with Atlas Search using the site data. An Atlas Function that queries Atlas Search. A React component that you can add to a website that uses the Realm Web SDK to call the Atlas Function that performs search. A CLI that you can use to set up the whole backend (site scraper, search index, and search query function) with one command. The biggest challenge was getting all the different cloud services to work together well. Since it is a one week hackathon, we didn’t have time to write proper integration tests to validate that things were working as expected before deploying them. There was a lot of deploying code, praying it would work, it not working, and hotfixing. The Skunkworks hackathon is one of our favorite parts of working at MongoDB. Whether you are an intern or an experienced engineer, you’re given the freedom to work on a passion project or learn something new. It speaks to the respect that MongoDB leadership has for the engineering and product teams. A lot of great ideas and innovative products have come out of hackathons in the past. We’ll see what happens with Atlas Static Site Search! Simulating Common Customer Workloads Team: Xiaochen Wu, Kyle Suarez, and Nishith Atreya Our team recognized how replicating customer workloads has a myriad of benefits and can directly or indirectly help build a better testing environment, empower our support team, and identify potential improvement opportunities in our own product portfolio. We tried to replicate two different workloads—one transactional and one in-app analytical. After identifying these workloads, we brainstormed how to use MongoDB features and products to support them. Then, we identified important characteristics of each workload and began replicating them using available datasets. Following this, we monitored how each workload performed in the MongoDB platform and collected insights and recommendations for our internal teams. One of the biggest challenges was trying to figure out the important characteristics of each workload we were trying to replicate. For example, it was more difficult than expected to think of the most commonly used queries, search, and recommendation patterns that would appropriately represent the transactional customer workload. After the completion of our project, we created a recommendation for MongoDB to build a workload suite consisting of workloads that cover a variety of customer industries. This would allow our engineering organization to test major upgrades, perform product research, and identify improvement opportunities in our platform. $semanticSearch Aggregation Stage Team: Thomas Rueckstiess and Steve Liu At MongoDB Labs, we're always exploring how new technologies can be integrated with MongoDB. We read a paper that was published by a few researchers from Meta describing a novel architecture for semantic search and thought this could be a cool week-long project. We made four key changes: Built a web service that was the API interface to the model Introduced an aggregation pipeline called $semanticSearch that communicated with the API Deployed the web service on AWS Built a Star Trek themed front end using React The Skunkworks hackathon helps us explore the creativity of MongoDB engineers. Every project submitted looked well polished and innovative. We walked away inspired by the talent that's evident in the business. Hackathons provide a creative outlet for engineers away from the day-to-day tickets and helps build a meritocratic culture where any project can receive recognition and reward. Join us for the next hackathon: We’re actively hiring and looking for more talented, creative, and passionate engineers who want to build the next generation of MongoDB products and features!
Honoring Latine Heritage Month at MongoDB
Heritage and culture sits at the centerfold of human interaction. With a population of more than 650 million people, speaking over 400 different languages, and spanning a geographic area from the tip of Patagonia to the Caribbean, the people of Latin America and the culture of their 33 countries are difficult to condense into one identity. In celebration of Latine Heritage Month, we asked a few Latine MongoDB employees to reflect on their heritage and ultimately how that shapes their work. Tayrin S Riojas , Head of Government Relations and Public Policy I was born in Los Angeles and moved to Mexico City before my third birthday. In my junior year of high school, my family moved back to the United States and ended up in Dallas. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have experienced living in both countries for extended periods of time. I remember high school in the United States feeling like I was in a Hollywood movie — there were big lockers, cheerleaders, and sports teams. However, I felt my friends in Mexico City had a wider variety of social activities compared to the friends I made in the United States. As Mexicans, and in many Latino cultures, we are passionate and socially driven with our families, extended families, and friendships. This is what I personally love most about my culture. We have great traditions and share in them together, from posadas, piñatas, soccer games, and even mourning. This is something that transcends our location, and I feel honored to have been raised with these values. Throughout my career, I have worked in telecommunications, film post-production, healthcare, and the government and held roles such as lobbyist, Senate Committee Consultant, and International Relations Advisor. Tech is at the core of every single one of these opportunities. I am certainly not an engineer, nor can I code anything functional, but I do have a passion for learning about technology. After having my second “COVID baby” and being on parental leave, I decided I wanted to get back into tech. A relative recommended MongoDB, and soon after, I started as a Cloud Account Executive for the Latin America market. I loved talking to our customers, and it taught me so much about the power and versatility of our tech. It was a great role, but I had spent so much time working with the government that I honestly missed it. I truly believe that to excel at what you do, you must have your heart in it. MongoDB is growing fast, and we are encouraged to build our own careers here. When I realized we had no Government Affairs department, I decided to propose it. I wrote a paper on why Government Affairs, why now, and the incredible value and ROI this could have for us (especially with our partnerships). I sent my proposal to leadership for their consideration. From ideation to leadership approving the department and role, I had amazing mentors, guidance, and support from other women at MongoDB and employee resource groups like Sell Like a Girl and The Underrepresented People of Color. I am now the Head of Government Relations and Public Policy at MongoDB. As a Latina woman, having a company of MongoDB’s size make room for your ideas and contributions has been an incredibly fulfilling journey. There is still much work to be done to build our Government Affairs department, but I am incredibly blessed to work for people I admire and contribute to the company through a role I am passionate about. If you are looking for a great career in tech, I urge you to consider MongoDB. Adriano Fratelli , Customer Success Manager My family’s history in Brazil began with my grandparents who migrated from Calabria, Italy to São Paulo in the mid-1960s. My grandfather had received a job opportunity in the largest and most modern port in Latin America, Santos. Growing up in São Paulo, my childhood was rich with Brazilian culture. I was surrounded by family, music, dancing, great food, festivals (like Brazilian Carnival ), and sports. My journey into technology began with my father. He worked for 40 years as a technology product manager in the retail industry and inspired me to pursue a career in tech. I finished my degree in Information Systems in 2014 and started my professional career at IBM as a Field Technical Sales Specialist. I then worked at Lenovo and Oracle before looking for a new career opportunity. My decision to start a new journey at MongoDB was due to the great perspective that customers have regarding our products and services, along with MongoDB’s inclusive culture. The world of technology has opened up many opportunities in my personal life by helping me improve my English language skills and giving me exposure to different countries and cultures around the world. MongoDB is growing exponentially in the Latin American region and, as part of the Customer Success team, I enjoy that I’m able to help our customers onboard and adopt MongoDB’s services. One thing that makes working at MongoDB stand out is knowing that employee’s differences are embraced and our ideas are heard. As part of a global team, it’s great to know that I have the space and support to share my ideas and am valued for the unique perspective I bring. Read more stories from Hispanic and Latine employees at MongoDB . We’re embracing differences every day at MongoDB. Join us to make an impact and transform your career.
Solving Business Problems and Impacting Customer Experience with MongoDB’s Data Analytics Team
Chris Douglas is currently a Product Analytics Manager on MongoDB’s Data Analytics team in New York City. In this article, we discuss the team culture and growth, how analysts make an impact, and the close partnership they’ve built with our product organization. Read on to learn more about data analytics at MongoDB. Jackie Denner: Hi Chris! Thanks for sharing a bit about your experience on the Data Analytics team. Can you start off by telling me why you decided to join MongoDB? Chris Douglas: Coming from an SQL background, I hadn’t used MongoDB in my day-to-day but heard good things about it from developers. During the interview process, I quickly saw how passionate people were about the product and could clearly see how many interesting analytical challenges there were to solve. I joined as one of the first product analysts and have been at the company for about two and a half years. JD: It must have been exciting to be one of the first product analysts. How have you seen the Data Analytics team grow in that time? CD: The analytics team had about 14 people when I joined and has roughly tripled in size. What I’m most proud of is seeing how the team has grown with respect to maturity, complexity, and depth of work. We’ve invested a lot in telemetry to better understand where developers are in their journey and help them get the most out of MongoDB. Our growth and maturity has allowed us to help more teams across MongoDB make better data-driven decisions. JD: How do you feel you’ve personally grown since joining MongoDB? CD: Being surrounded by extremely driven and talented people has helped me learn as a person and helped me better understand how analytics can play a part in the software development cycle. The culture here really encourages collaboration, so I have the pleasure of working with a lot of different functions (from sales to marketing to product), which helps me holistically understand the MongoDB Atlas business. It’s been great to be surrounded by people with such diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and it has opened up my world view substantially. As the Data Analytics team has scaled, I’ve had the fortune of transitioning into a people manager role. This has been a great (but humbling) learning experience where I get to collaborate and work closely with two fantastic analysts. JD: Some of MongoDB’s core values are “Build Together,” “Make It Matter,” and “Own What You Do.” How does the analytics team experience these on a daily basis? CD: Our team vision is to empower a data-driven culture at MongoDB, which connects really well to our company values. We’re often the quantitative arm of any initiative or product starting from ideation all the way through retrospectives and measuring results. We collaborate with product managers to understand where there’s opportunity for growth, ideate experimentation with the design teams, and work with product marketing around target groups for outreach campaigns. Bringing a quantitative lens into the fold helps the team prioritize and learn as much as we can to create value for our customers. JD: It sounds like your team is a true partner to the product organization. How do you weave data and experimentation into the product roadmap? CD: The Data Analytics team is really here to help contextualize who is using products today and where there is opportunity to help solve pain points for developers. While nothing can replace qualitative user research, it’s nearly impossible to do this with everyone given our scale and growth. Experimentation is a great mechanism for us to learn and see what solutions work best for our customer base. A/B testing has let us learn so much, which helps us improve the customer experience and increase our pace of innovation. JD: What makes working in analytics at MongoDB exciting, and why should someone join the team? CD: MongoDB has the perfect mix of a startup culture with the advantages of working for a larger company. I could be chatting about the health metrics for MongoDB Atlas, then jump into a go-to-market strategy meeting for MongoDB Search, then talk to an economist about causal inference study strategies. There’s always something new. There’s a lot of trust and empowerment here that fosters a very collaborative and creative environment. This is largely because we’re tackling big challenges that can make a real impact for people using our product every day. The opportunity to take part in shaping the future roadmap of MongoDB products as well as knowing your work is making an impact is what excites me. Interested in making an impact as part of our Data Analytics team? View our open career opportunities — we’d love to help you transform your career at MongoDB.
Growth and Opportunity: Why Now Is a Great Time to Join Our Sales Ecosystem in Korea
Read in Korean As MongoDB continues to scale, we are expanding our presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The South Korea market, in particular, is an important and strategic focus because we anticipate high growth in the region. Below, hear from members of our sales team in South Korea to learn how they work cross-functionally to make an impact — and how the opportunity to help build MongoDB Korea translates to extraordinary career growth. Joe Shin , Regional Director Over the past few years, MongoDB has grown rapidly because it addresses the emerging requirements of new applications and can modernize existing workloads which are struggling with traditional relational databases (RDBMSes). I've always thought that open source would become the next market trend, especially when new technologies such as NoSQL replace the limitations of RDBMSes and dominate the database market. We knew the market opportunity would be enormous for the MongoDB Korea branch because we know that our Korean customers would love to receive more active support locally. MongoDB’s organizational culture is horizontal. People of various positions in various jobs freely communicate and share opinions. In this horizontal organizational culture, each team has a clear role and works efficiently through organic relationships. As a regional director, my role is to drive local sales strategy, guide and develop our sales team on how to solve complex issues, and communicate effectively with partners — especially by escalating things when necessary to help solve problems. As a local leader, I hold myself accountable for embracing a collaborative environment where everyone cares about each other, one that encourages effective teamwork and empowers all team members to follow MongoDB’s corporate values of Build Together, Embrace the Power of Differences, Make It Matter, Be Intellectually Honest, Own What You Do, and Think Big, Go Far. MongoDB is at a great spot within the market. We already have hundreds of customers in the country, including many familiar brands such as KBS , Kakao Pay , Woowa Brothers , and many others across both traditional organizations and digital natives. In fact, Woowa Brothers have been users of MongoDB in Korea for some time and have now gone all in on our developer data platform for their international expansion into Southeast Asia. Our customer Nod Games is using MongoDB to transform the gaming industry by leading the move to pay-to-earn games using blockchain technology. Even with this success, we're still at the very early stages of a massive shift in technology, and we need to keep finding and researching our customers’ pain points to deliver them value. The Korean database market is getting bigger and bigger, and it shows enormous possibilities. MongoDB Korea is growing so fast that sales reps will have the opportunity to learn quickly and see the direct impact of their work. Hae Sung Kim , Strategic Account Director I joined MongoDB as an enterprise account executive and have been promoted to strategic account director. As an EAE, I benefited from the detailed and clear MongoDB sales methodology and enablement. MongoDB has a very passionate and strategic sales culture. There is a focus on finding the right person who can effectively deliver MongoDB’s value for the customer’s business. In addition, there is a culture of knowledge sharing across the entire sales ecosystem, so that you can take best practices from teammates and apply it within your own accounts. This culture helps strengthen sales capabilities by making it possible to establish strategies from a customer's business perspective. I also gathered enormously helpful tips from team sharing, delivered MongoDB’s value to numerous accounts, successfully completed various cases (including on premises, cloud, and ISV/OEM). I gained valuable experiences and recognition. At MongoDB, sales is not only about revenue. You work with various customer contacts within your accounts, such as developers, operations, and C-level stakeholders, with dedicated support from all internal functional departments. At MongoDB, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your sales capabilities and help a wide range of customers and industries. But more important and exciting is the communication and collaboration you will have with passionate global team members. White Moon , Field Marketing Manager I was first introduced to MongoDB about four years ago. At the time, it was still relatively new in Korea, but developers were very interested, and it was a promising and proven solution in the marketplace. When I joined, I was impressed by the diverse and inclusive organizational culture and how all employees supported one another. I joined as the first and only female employee, but I always felt that I was able to speak freely with other members of the team and that I would receive support whenever it was needed. As a company, MongoDB actively supports women through initiatives such as the MDBWomen affinity group, coaching and development for professional and career development, and holding celebrations for events like International Women’s Day. The global marketing team has also supported me by helping to ensure my region has everything it needs to strengthen MongoDB brand awareness and generate strong demand. I often connect with marketers in other regions to share best practices and learn from their experiences. Not only has this made me much more strategic, but it also gives me the opportunity to meet and become friends with people outside of my direct team. When working with the sales team, I want to be a representative partner of the Korean region and be a leader who oversees marketing in Korea. I'm not just an event planner; I'm trying to be the CMO of my region and a business partner to my regional sales team. Through local programs and account-based marketing activities, I can support driving new leads and accelerating deals. I’ve always seen myself as responsible for understanding when and why to do these programs, and how to ensure the leads make it through the sales funnel and become new customers. The MongoDB office space in Seoul. Jun Kim , Manager, Solutions Architecture I joined MongoDB when the Korea branch had just been started. To me, MongoDB’s document model and sharding capability were really attractive compared to other databases, and I was impressed by all of the technical features. I had worked for Oracle as a master sales consultant, and coming to MongoDB allowed me to gain exciting experiences in many different capacities, from meeting with developers and DBAs to C-levels. I started as a senior solutions architect and have since been promoted to a people management role. MongoDB is a very fast growing company, and I’ve seen my direct impact on the organization. It is exciting to be a part of scaling our team and MongoDB’s presence in Korea. I also feel that I’ve been developed and continue to develop through the support I receive from my peers and leadership. Our team in Korea is growing quickly, and we have a strong culture of collaborating with one another and benefiting from each other’s experiences. I am proud of what we have accomplished so far and look forward to our next phase of growth. Read about local customers BAEMIN and Nod Games, and find out what the media is saying about MongoDB in Digital Daily and TechM DataNet . Interested in making an impact and helping us scale MongoDB Korea? We have several open roles and would love for you to transform your career with us!
성장과 기회: 지금이 바로 MongoDB Korea와 함께할 절호의 기회
MongoDB 시장이 점차 확대됨에 따라, 아시아 태평양 지역이 주목받고 있는 와중에 특히 한국 시장은 향후 1~2년 내에 더 높은 성장을 기대하고 있기 때문에 주요한 영역으로 관심을 받고 있습니다. 이 블로그에서 한국의 영업 생태계와 구성원들로부터 팀이 어떻게 상호 협력하여 영향을 미치는지, 그리고 MongoDB Korea 에서 어떤 기회를 통해 커리어의 성장을 이뤄낼 수 있는지 확인해보시기 바랍니다. 신재성(Joe Shin) , Regional Director 지난 몇 년 동안 MongoDB는 기존 관계형 데이터베이스(RDBMS)와의 시장에서 고군분투하며 애플리케이션의 새로운 요구사항을 해결하고 기존 워크로드를 현대화하면서 그 누구보다 빠르게 성장했습니다. 특히 NoSQL과 같은 새로운 기술이 RDBMS의 한계를 대체하고 데이터베이스 시장을 지배하게 되면서 오픈소스가 머지않아 데이터베이스 시장의 트렌드가 될 것이라고 항상 생각해 왔습니다. 국내 고객들은 MongoDB 한국지사의 여러 전문가들로부터 한국어로 소통하며 직접 현지 직원의 지원을 받고 싶어하기 때문에 MongoDB 한국지사의 시장의 기회는 더더욱 엄청날 것으로 보고 있습니다. MongoDB는 다양한 직군과 다양한 직위의 사람들이 자유롭게 소통하고 의견을 공유하는 수평적인 조직문화를 지니고 있습니다. 이러한 수평적 조직문화에서 각 팀은 명확한 역할을 가지고 있으며 유기적인 관계를 통해 효율적으로 일하고 있습니다. MongoDB 한국 지사장으로서 제 역할은 국내 시장내 영업 전략을 추진하고, 복잡다양한 문제를 해결하고, 다른 조직과 효율적으로 소통하는 방법에 대해 영업팀을 관리하고 가이드하는 역할이라고 생각합니다. 지사장으로서 저는 효율적인 팀워크를 장려하고 모든 팀 멤버로 하여금 크게 생각하고, 함께 멀리 갈 수 있게끔 함께 만들고 서로의 다른점을 포용하여 좀더 중요한 것으로 만들어서 정직하게 자신의 일을 할 수 있게끔 모든 사람들을 서로 고려하는 협업적 환경을 만들어야 하는 책임이 있습니다. MongoDB는 현재 국내 시장에서 가장 좋은 위치에 있다고 볼 수 있습니다. 이미 국내 수백개 이상의 고객을 보유하고 있으며, 그 중에는 KBS, 카카오페이, 배달의 민족(우아한형제들), 그리고 전통적인 조직과 디지털 네이티브 등 다양한 조직에 걸쳐 수많은 고객이 있습니다. 예를 들어, 우아한형제들은 한동안 국내에서 MongoDB를 사용하다가 동남아시아로의 해외 진출을 위해 MongoDB를 통해 개발자 데이터 플랫폼에 많은 투자와 노력을 기울였습니다. 또한, 노드게임즈(Nod Games)는 블록체인 기술을 이용한 유료 게임으로의 전환을 주도하여 게임 산업을 혁신하고 꾀하고 있습니다. 이러한 성공적인 여러 케이스에도 불구하고 여전히 시장의 기술적인 혁신은 아직 초기 단계에 있다고 생각되어, MongoDB의 가치를 전달하기 위해 고객의 문제점을 지속적으로 찾아내고 도움을 드리기 위해 끊임없이 연구하고 있습니다. 국내 데이터베이스 시장은 점점 더 커지고 있고, 여전히 엄청난 가능성을 가지고 있으며, 진입할 수 있는 분야는 무궁무궁무진합니다. MongoDB 한국지사는 현재 엄청난 속도로 성장하고 있으며, 시장의 많은 인재들이 함께한다면 아마 빠르게 성장해 나가는 걸 몸소 느낄 수 있으며 자신 또한 많이 발전할 수 있는 기회를 갖게 될 것입니다. 임직원들에게 제공하는 여러 복지와 금전적인 혜택 등 패키지를 제공하는 MongoDB의 정책 외에도, 본사에서는 개개인의 목소리에 귀기울여 이러한 복리후생 제도도 계속 발전해 나가고 있습니다. 지금이 참여하기에 가장 좋은 때라고 생각하며, 함께 성장하고 싶은 분들을 모시고 싶습니다. 김해성(Hae Sung Kim) , Strategic Account Director MongoDB는 매우 열정적이고 전략적인 영업 문화를 가지고 있습니다. 고객의 비즈니스를 위한 몽고DB의 Value가 효과적으로 전달될 수 있는 적임자를 찾는 데 초점이 맞춰져 있습니다. 또한 영업 문화 전반에 걸쳐 각자의 Best practice 를 공유하는 문화가 형성되어 있어 이를 자신의 어카운트에 적극적으로 활용합니다. 이러한 문화는 개인의 영업 능력과 비즈니스에 큰 도움이 됩니다. 저는 MongoDB에 EAE(Enterprise Account Executive)로 입사하여 Strategic Account Director로 승진하였습니다. 저는 EAE로서 상세하고 명확한 MongoDB Sales 방법론을 배우고 영업에 필요한 적극적인 Support를 받았습니다. 또한 팀으로부터 매우 유용한 노하우를 수집하고, 많은 고객사에 MongoDB의 가치를 전달했으며, On-Premise, Cloud, ISV/OEM 등 다양한 계약을 성공적으로 마무리하여 인정을 받을 수 있었습니다. 특히 MongoDB에서는 단순히 Revenue 뿐만 아니라 회사의 전략을 이해하고 그에 맞는 업무를 수행하는 것이 매우 중요하다고 생각합니다. MongoDB 영업팀에 합류할 때 가장 좋은 점은 모든 부서의 헌신적인 지원으로 개발자, 운영, C-level 등 고객사 내 다양한 고객들과 함께 일할 수 있다는 것이라고 생각합니다. 또한, 몽고DB의 열정적인 글로벌 팀원들과의 소통과 협업도 매우 큰 장점입니다. 가장 중요한 것은 다양한 고객 및 업종에서 스스로의 영업 역량과 경험을 강화하고 싶다면 몽고DB가 좋은 선택이 될 수 있다는 점입니다. 문하양(White Moon) , Field Marketing Manager MongoDB를 처음 알게 된 건, 약 4년전 MongoDB Korea 지사가 한국에 런칭한다는 소식과 함께 파트너 계약을 준비하면서 부터입니다. 당시 MongoDB와 파트너십 런칭 행사를 준비하면서 느낀점은, 아직 잘 알려지지 않은 솔루션임에도 불구하고 정말 많은 개발자들이 MongoDB에 큰 관심을 갖고 있다는 것이었습니다. 시장에서 정말 유망하고 검증된 솔루션이라는 피드백을 듣게 되면서 점차 관심을 갖게 되었고 좋은 기회가 생겼을 때 MongoDB에 입사하지 않을 이유가 없었습니다. 실제로 MongoDB에 입사해 보니 모든 임직원들이 하나같이 MongoDB에 대한 자부심이 강하게 있었고, 모든면에서 서로를 북돋아주는 수평적인 분위기가 인상 깊었습니다. MongoDB 한국지사에 처음이자 유일한 여성 직원으로 입사하게 되었으나, 괴리감이나 불편함을 느낀적이 전혀 없었습니다. 성별에 상관없이 그냥 one team으로서 서로 도울 수 있는 부분들을 자유롭게 이야기할 수 있었고, MongoDB 회사 차원에서도 Women’s day 등 여성들을 위한 행사나 열린 문화에 적극 지원하는 분위기를 만들어 주고 있습니다. 또한, 글로벌 마케팅팀은 제가 속한 FM(Field Marketing)팀 뿐만아니라, 여러 마케팅 부서에서 코리아 리전의 목표달성과 전체 마케팅 방향성이 옳은 방향으로 나아갈 수 있도록 많은 조언과 도움을 주고 있습니다. 글로벌 팀 덕분에 훨씬 더 전략적인 플랜과 거시적인 관점으로 마케팅 활동을 할 수 있으며, 제 직속 팀 이외의 다양한 사람들과 커뮤니케이션하고 동료를 넘어서 친구가 될 수 있는 기회를 만들어주고 있습니다. 세일즈팀과 협력할때, 단순히 이벤트를 플랜하고 실행하는 마케팅 담당자가 아니라 코리아 지역의 마케팅을 총괄하는 리더라는 생각으로 책임감을 갖고 한국 리전을 대표하는 파트너로서 역할을 수행하려고 합니다. 로컬에서 진행하는 이벤트와 고객 기반 마케팅(ABM) 활동 등을 통해 새로운 영업 기회를 창출하고 거래를 가속화할 수 있도록 도와주는 역할이 가장 메인입니다. 하지만 이러한 이벤트를 이 시기에 왜 해야 하는지, 잠재 고객을 확보하여 새로운 고객이 되도록 하는 방법, ROI를 추적하고 분석하는 방법을 끊임없이 고민해야 합니다. MongoDB 한국지사 서울 사무실 김준(Jun Kim) , Manager, Solutions Architecture MongoDB의 문서 모델 그리고 샤딩기능이 다른 데이터베이스에 비해 너무나 매력적이다라고 생각하고 있을때. MongoDB의 한국지사가 설립된다는 소식을 접하게 되었습니다. 운이 좋게 지사 시작과 더불어 MongoDB에 조인하였습니다. MongoDB 조인 전에는 Oracle에서 Master Sales Consultant 로 업무를 하고 있었습니다. MongoDB 합류 후 DBA뿐 아니라 개발자 그리고 C 레벨에 이르기까지 다양한 분들과 여러가지 관점에서 흥미로운 경험을 얻을 수 있었고, 그 경험을 토대로 시장에 MongoDB의 인지도를 더욱 빠르게 성장시킬 수 있었습니다. MongoDB에서 선임 솔루션 아키텍트로 일을 시작했습니다. 그 후 조직이 커지고 시장에서 MongoDB의 인지도와 사용 사례가 증가하면서, MongoDB Korea도 매우 빠르게 성장을 하였습니다. 지금은 MongoDB 한국 지사에서 기술 총괄이라는 역할을 통해 많은 팀원과 더불어 MongoDB의 입지를 확장하고, 고객의 디지털 변환에 함께 할 수 있는 솔루션으로 더 많은 노력을 하고 있습니다. 조직이 커가면서 경험할 수 있는 많은 부분에서 리더십 팀 그리고 동료로 부터 많은 지원 및 도움을 받았으며, 이를 통해 나 자신이 계속해서 발전하고 확장하고 있음을 느낄 수 있는 시간이었습니다. 4년 전 작게 시작한 저희 MongoDB Korea는 매우 빠른 속도로 성장하고 있습니다. 서로 협력하고, 존중하며, 서로의 경험 공유함으로 보다 많은 가치를 만들어 내는 강력한 문화를 가지고 있습니다. 지금까지 저희가 해온 것에 대해 매우 자랑스럽게 생각합니다. 그리고 다음 성장단계를 기약하고 있습니다. 저희와 함께 하시길를 원하시는 분은 언제든지 연락 주시면 좋겠습니다. MongoDB Korea와 함께 커리어를 발전시키고 영향력을 행사하고 싶으신 분들은 채용사이트 에 많은 지원 바랍니다! 수많은 MongoDB Korea의 국내 고객들 중 ' 배달의 민족(BAEMIN) '과 '노드게임즈(Nod Games)'의 자세한 이야기를 알아보고 싶다면 언론사의 Digital Daily , TechM , DataNet 의 기사를 살펴보세요.
Development, Enablement, and Career Transformation With MongoDB’s Corporate Sales Team
MongoDB continues to grow our corporate sales team in Europe and the Middle East (EMEA). MongoDB corporate account executives sell into some of the world's highest growth and IT-focused companies, with a goal of securing net new accounts in organizations of up to 1,500 employees. Often working directly with CTOs, Engineering/IT leaders, and technical end users, our corporate sales team drives and builds solutions that serve the best interests of our customers to help them innovate faster than ever before. Hear from two corporate account executives on our EMEA team to learn more about how they’ve experienced development, enablement, and career progression during their tenure, and why now is a perfect time to join our expanding team. Career progression Sophie Gruber , Regional Director, Corporate Sales I joined MongoDB in 2019 and was looking for two things: First, the possibility of merit-based career progression and second, an uncapped product-market fit. From my initial research and what I learned throughout the interview process, it became apparent that MongoDB was a place where I would be guaranteed both of those things and more. I’ve held multiple roles within MongoDB since I began. I joined the corporate sales organization after being part of our cloud team. When I joined the corporate team, I had already been working closely with corporate account executives and understood their objectives. I received support from all levels, including peers and top-line management. I’ve recently been promoted to regional director for corporate sales in DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland). It has been a steep learning curve, but I’ve received incredible support from all around. Our BDR to CRO program offers loads of different career progression opportunities, and management supported me along the way in identifying development areas. MongoDB offers so many different routes for development and progression; they’re yours to take and make the most of. For me, the success and excitement I get from my role is working with companies, being part of their missions, and watching them come to life in their industries. The moments I’m most proud of are being part of the MongoDB Excellence Club, an initiative that rewards top sales performers, for the past two years. This year’s event in Mexico was an incredible week full of celebrations and learning from top performers around the globe. I believe that everyone has different motivations throughout their career, but one constant is the environment they thrive working in. At MongoDB, we truly live our values and celebrate thinking big and going far. Our culture is the foundation of everything we do, and even though we work in a competitive field, collaboration and teamwork are always at the forefront. I’ve met so many amazing people during my time here and am very proud to be living and building upon MongoDB’s culture with them. Development and enablement Tyconor Chan , Corporate Account Executive I joined MongoDB in November 2021 as a corporate Account Executive, and there were a few key factors that influenced my decision. MongoDB invests a tremendous amount of effort in your personal and professional development. It sounds cheesy, but before taking the role I read that MongoDB is where you come to get your “Masters in Sales.” Having just gone through the bulk of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was excited to get back to learning. The first time I met my manager he asked, “So what's next for you?” The constant development mentality is what really excites me about MongoDB. Then there’s the actual product. MongoDB is a best-in-class product and the leading NoSQL database that supports mission-critical applications for some of the world's largest companies. It satisfies a tremendous variety of use cases in every industry. I came from a hardware background, so moving to software-based selling was initially very daunting. However, between team sessions, one-to-one sessions with my buddy (an experienced rep), and our sales enablement program, my concerns were quickly put to rest. New hires are enrolled in a two-week upskill bootcamp that gets you prepped for the role. A few months later, you can refine your skills in Advanced Sales Training. I’ve had a dream start in terms of achieving immediate success at MongoDB, getting to work with new and established companies in the UK and Ireland, and playing a key role in their journey. What I am most proud of are the relationships I’ve made in the short amount of time I’ve been here. Hands down, what I enjoy most about working at MongoDB are the people and the culture. Being able to bounce ideas off of colleagues and leadership knowing they have your best interests in mind is really encouraging, especially to someone new to the business, and that’s why I can’t recommend coming to the corporate sales team enough. Like anything of worth, it’s by no means an easy role, but if you are willing to set your ego aside, ask for support, and work hard, you will be a great fit at MongoDB. Do you want to make an impact and transform your career? Join us at MongoDB — we have several open roles on our teams across the globe.
Meet Gabriella Cohen: Expanding MongoDB’s Presence in Israel as the Newest Regional Vice President
Gabriella Cohen recently joined MongoDB’s sales leadership team as Regional Vice President for Israel. We sat down to discuss her career move from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to MongoDB and the opportunities for sellers in the Israeli market. Jackie Denner: How did you come to join MongoDB, and what made you interested in the company? Gabriella Cohen: I have been privileged to work with some of the most tech-savvy and innovative startups in Israel, and many of them use MongoDB as part of their core products. Developers love the solution. This drove me to learn more about MongoDB’s technology and the potential market in Israel. The total addressable market for databases in Israel is growing rapidly, and MongoDB is only scratching the surface of this market. The extreme potential for MongoDB in this emerging market excited me and drove me to join. JD: Tell us about your experience prior to joining MongoDB. GC: For the last six years I’ve been working for AWS Israel. I joined the team in 2016 when Cloud was a new concept and the market was in its early stages of adoption. I started as an ISV Account Manager and grew to managerial positions as Startup Team Lead and Digital Native Businesses Team Lead. In my last role, I established and led the SMB Segment in AWS Israel and was part of the AWS Israel Leadership team. JD: Why do you believe that Israel is such a strategic and important market for MongoDB? GC: Israel is one of the most prominent innovation and technology hubs in the world, with an economy dominated by industrial high-tech and entrepreneurship. Israel ranks 15th among the 132 economies featured in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021. This innovation is reflected in the large number of startups active in Israel, over 7,000 — 14 times more concentration of startups per capita than in Europe. It also attracts the highest rate of venture capital funding per capita in the world. Companies in Israel are tech savvy and early adopters of innovative technologies — such as MongoDB. Many of them are “born in the cloud,” while the more traditional companies are trying to close the gap and are rapidly adopting different solutions that enable a true digital transformation. Most of the Israel technology companies target and sell globally, resulting in a growing market opportunity for MongoDB. I view Israel as a strategic market from three perspectives. First, there is a large business opportunity in the Israeli market that isn’t correlated to the size of the country. All the leading cloud vendors are opening data centers here, which indicates the high potential of the market. Second, given that the Israeli market has early adopters of innovative technologies, this could be a great learning opportunity for other regions on how to work with digital-native and startup businesses. Last, it provides a platform for the MongoDB Product team to gather feedback from tech-savvy users, which can improve our product and shape MongoDB’s future roadmap. JD: What are you most excited about in expanding the Israeli market for MongoDB and continuing to build our sales organization in the country? GC: MongoDB’s technology has a strong reputation in Israel, however I believe it is yet to meet its business potential. The challenge of crafting a go-to-market strategy for Israel, which suits the specific and unique market conditions, excites me. Together with the existing sales teams, I’m looking forward to expanding and growing the sales organization to expedite our ability to cover the market. Finally, I’m really looking forward to evolving the MongoDB Israel office atmosphere, bringing together the MongoDB culture and the warm and friendly Israeli approach. JD: How would you describe your leadership style? GC: My leadership skills, style, and approach have evolved over the years. I believe in having a clear and inspiring vision, empowering the individual, generating value to my team, and leading by example. I tend to challenge the status quo and encourage creativity to explore new ways of doing things. The pandemic has added new challenges to leaders: on the one hand, having to lead remotely with minimal in-person interaction; on the other hand, having difficulty drawing the line between personal and professional as our home and family have been the background scenery of our business meetings. As a leader, I view this change as an opportunity to bring my authentic self and encourage my team to the same. I believe this builds trust, creates a fun environment, and strengthens connections. JD: What opportunities do you see at MongoDB? GC: Careers aren’t linear, and MongoDB offers endless career opportunities in both professional and managerial positions. MongoDB’s global presence offers an exciting addition to these opportunities. While the above might be relevant to other leading tech companies, I think what is unique about MongoDB is the hypergrowth we are experiencing. Working for exponential growth companies requires constant creativity, bias for action, and ownership. Each individual has the opportunity to shine, be successful, and develop new skills daily. The MongoDB Israel office in Tel Aviv was established in 2019. We currently have over 30 employees in customer-facing roles. We have a MongoDB customer support team based in Tel Aviv as well, and they provide support to over 900 customers across all industries and sectors. JD: What has your experience been as a woman in sales, and do you have advice for other women who are looking to build their sales careers and become leaders? GC: I believe in being successful, generating value to my team and business, and the rest follows. The three tips I would give are: Be the best version of yourself and insist on high standards. This positions you as a role model and drives success. Avoid having two versions of yourself—your personal/home version and your work version—because we are the same individual and our power is in the total package. It’s all about people. Leverage your interpersonal skills to drive business — to read into situations, connect to people, and understand the subtext. Our sales team is growing in Israel and across the globe. We have several open roles and would love for you to transform your career with us!