Why MongoDB’s Partner Team is Focused like a Laser, Not a Flashlight
Four years ago, I wrote an article about how our Partner and Sales teams work together to ensure success. Since then, our Partner organization has grown five times in size and become even more of a competitive differentiator for MongoDB. As we continue to build lasting relationships with our partners and become even more strategic in how we leverage our partnerships, I’m reflecting on how far the Partner organization has come and where we’re headed. The Partner organization is the x-factor for MongoDB It starts with the customers, but more specifically, developers. Developers are creating some of the most innovative and modern applications with MongoDB, but our developer data platform is only one component of their tech stack. That’s why it’s essential to have an ecosystem of companies who help developers write or modernize their software faster. For MongoDB, this could be system integrators, cloud providers, ISVs who embed MongoDB into their products, technology partners who want to integrate with us, or resellers who enable us to sell MongoDB in new markets and regions. Most companies have a strategy for each and a team that manages these relationships, but there are a few things that make MongoDB’s Partner organization different. First, the people we hire. We look for individuals who have a sales-first mentality, are willing and able to generate pipeline, and can position the value of MongoDB. It’s extremely important for our Partner team to show ROI to our Sales teams, and I’d argue that if your Partner organization can’t do that, you might not need them. As part of the Partner team at MongoDB, you have the opportunity to master your sales skills and be rewarded for your success in finding new partnerships. One of our core MongoDB values is “Own What You Do” and it’s embodied every day on the Partner team. We demand excellence from ourselves. We take accountability for our actions and our success. We are empowered to make things happen. The second thing that sets MongoDB apart is that we manage partnerships like a laser, not a flashlight. We do not measure success by the number of partners we have. We prefer to deeply invest resources in a handful of alliances while we create an ecosystem funnel to drive the next wave of investments. We look for partnerships with organizations that our customers have told us they’d like us to work better with. Though we have over 1,000 partners, we put most of our horsepower into the top 50 based on this feedback. Lastly, the opportunity at MongoDB is enormous. If you are looking to work with a product that people love, and you believe there is an opportunity to be well-compensated for selling and building full solutions around a product, you’ll find that at MongoDB. Driving focus via the Partner Specialist teams At the beginning of this year, we created dedicated specialist teams for Cloud, System Integrator, ISV, VAR, and Tech partners. Customers have told us time and time again that they wanted us to become more intimate with their use cases and the associated ecosystem, and we listened. For example, we now have specialized teams for each cloud partner who know their products inside out and focus on strengthening the relationship by sourcing new opportunities for our sales force. This isn’t something you find in most Partner organizations, as it’s more common for teams to be generalists opposed to specialists. We began experimenting with specialization in 2021, and a highlight of this specialization is our partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). In the past, MongoDB and AWS were viewed as competitors rather than partners. In 2021, both sides realized that it’s better to work together and decided to dedicate individuals to build a partnership that has since resulted in an incredible number of co-sell wins. AWS has leaned into MongoDB and continues to position MongoDB Atlas as a preferred database for customers. This puts MongoDB as one of the top three data partners that AWS has globally, and AWS is now MongoDB’s largest partnership in the world . Scaling without diluting impact MongoDB’s Partner organization has quintupled in size since 2019. We have partners in almost every major location around the world and teams who provide regional coverage. With the ROI we’ve seen from specialization, we’ve invested in more specialists and therefore can provide more dedicated resources to each partner. MongoDB’s Partner organization is known as a place with a winning culture where people consistently deliver results. We’ve had many internal transfers from employees who joined MongoDB in Sales, Sales Development, or Marketing and decided to transition into a role on the Partner team. Similarly, our team is focused on providing opportunities for growth. The number of individuals who joined the Partner team as individual contributors and have since been promoted into Director and VP roles is extraordinary. For example, our VP of System Integrator Partner Specialists, Global Lead of Accenture Partner Specialists, RVP of Capgemini Partner Specialists, RVP of Cloud Programs, Global Lead of AWS Partner Specialists, and RVP of Azure Partner Specialists all began their careers as individual contributors here at MongoDB. As we grow our Partner organization, diversity of background, thought, and experiences will continue to be a key differentiator for us. We value different perspectives and view diversity as a way to better serve our customers. Diversity drives a culture of innovation and investing in inclusion helps us serve customers in all markets, giving us a competitive advantage. The future of MongoDB's Partner organization I’m very excited about our coming year. We continue to look for the next partnership to break records with. Whether it's Alibaba , IBM, Databricks , Carahsoft, Microsoft, or Google , working with partners to find new workloads is key to MongoB’s success. MongoDB plans to continue to invest directly in partners via MongoDB ventures as part of this strategy. We also take great pride in promoting folks into leadership positions and we expect even more of that in the year ahead. Our leaders and I live by one of John McMahon’s mottos: "Too many companies think culture is ping-pong, foosball, and beer taps. Helping people win is a culture. Teaching them how to win on their own is a culture. If people aren’t learning, earning, growing, and being promoted, they’re not staying around for the pool table.” This is why we hope you are interested in joining us. We have great products, specialized partnerships, and most importantly, a winning team of fantastic leaders. Want to be part of a team that takes ownership and makes their work matter? View our open roles today .
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.
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.
MongoDB Is A Best Place to Work in 2023, According to Our Employees on Glassdoor
MongoDB is pleased to announce that we are among the winners of the annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2023 . Unlike other workplace awards, there is no self-nomination or application process, instead it’s entirely based on the feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor. To determine the winners of the awards, Glassdoor evaluates company reviews shared by current and former employees over the past year. This year, we are proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work among U.S. companies with more than 1,000 employees. A huge thank you goes out to all our employees who took the time to share their perspective on what it’s like to work here. We appreciate all the valuable feedback as it only helps us improve. Below are just a few words employees shared on Glassdoor that contributed toward the award and make us feel incredibly honored: Senior Staff Engineer, Sydney “I have been working on the Storage Engine for MongoDB for over ten years now. In my tenure at MongoDB I have taken on a lot of different roles and responsibilities and am now a senior individual contributor. Working with my colleagues to build the best storage engine in the world as well as carefully crafting a diverse, inclusive, pragmatic, engaged and curious engineering culture. During my time here I've been able to actively contribute to its success, and have clearly understood the vision and pathway to that success. The company is continually growing and evolving to meet changing needs - it's an exciting place to work full of opportunity and challenges. Enterprise Account Executive, Tel-Aviv “Amazing tech and some of the most smart & experienced you'll ever have a chance to work with. Feedback is a big part of the culture and is given in an actionable, clear way that is intended to make you better in your craft and your results.” Deal Strategy Manager, Dublin “MongoDB is very passionate about culture and ensuring everyone who walks in the door fits the existing culture. This is a culture where openness, inclusiveness and respect are really important. Management wants to try as hard as they can to maintain the small company feel while the company scales. I have worked in some large companies where the term 'family' is used a lot but here there is truth in saying that there is a family feel amongst my team and in my office. I can attest to this as within my first year I have had to deal with two quite serious changes in my personal life and the team has been so supportive and nothing has ever been an issue. The Senior Leadership here is the strongest I have ever seen in my career and I have no doubt this company will continue to grow over the next 5 years. The offices are incredible and the employee benefits are exceptional.” Director, Developer Relations, Austin “The C-Suite management team is amazing. Dev is an amazing CEO who has surrounded himself with brilliant people who know how to execute. The market opportunity is incredible. MongoDB is the hands down leader in the NoSQL space and the "great replacement" of RDBMS is just getting started. Outstanding growth position in a turbulent market. The entire team is focused on one mission. MongoDB has one goal. We will extend our lead in the NoSQL technology sector as we disrupt the global database technology market and replace the RDBMS. Everyone here marches to the beat of the same drum.” We’re hiring in 2023 and would love for you to join us. View our current career opportunities .
How a MongoDB Internship Helped Sahi Muthyala Grow Her Skills
Sahi Muthyala Sahi Muthyala is a rising senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who is working as a Product Management intern at MongoDB’s New York City office. Sahi is currently interning with the Atlas Growth team, where she is not only helping the Product Management department but also learning about product research, product culture, and connection. In this interview, you’ll read about the learning experience and culture at MongoDB that has made this program the perfect internship for Sahi. Sezzy Rodriguez: Thanks so much for speaking with me today, Sahi. The first thing I’m curious about is how did you hear about MongoDB's internship? Sahi Muthyala: I first heard about MongoDB's internship through one of my college mentors during my freshman year at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She had just interned on the Node Driver team and had a lot of great things to say about the program. The amount of ownership, collaboration, and mentorship that she got during the course of her internship, and the way she spoke of MongoDB's culture really stood out to me. SR: That was such a great connection. Why, besides what you heard from your mentor, did you decide to intern at MongoDB? SM: I decided to intern at MongoDB for a few reasons: First, the impact that MongoDB has excites me. The beauty of our end users being developers is that our technology supports them in building applications that can impact billions of people. There is no limit to the impact that MongoDB can have, and that gets me really pumped about the problems that I'm going to be working on. Second, staying technical was top-of-mind, and I knew that I would definitely be able to do that at MongoDB, regardless of the team that I was going to be on because of how our end users are developers and how technical our products are. Third, I wanted to work at a mid-sized company, because I wanted to learn from what MongoDB does well but also have the room to contribute outside the scope of my projects/role and move quickly without too much process. SR: I’m so glad you noticed all of these things even before interning. Speaking of, tell me about the team you are interning on. SM: I am interning on the Atlas Growth team, which was formed in 2018 to focus on growing the self-serve usage of Atlas by helping users become successful to reach their full potential on Atlas. The team is very cross-functional in that product, design, research, marketing, analytics, and engineering are all working together to brainstorm the experiments that we can run and how to iterate based on results. We also work with other teams like Atlas Search and App Services (formerly Realm), which is exciting. The Atlas Growth team is currently split into three squads — Activation & Engagement, Monetization, and Product-led Acquisition. I am working on Activation & Engagement this summer to reduce the time for new users to experience value in the product and increase their engagement with the platform. My favorite parts of the team are how quantitative and qualitative we are, and how we think about the big picture. We do lots of A/B testing and iterating and are very data-driven, but also talk to customers to understand their needs and broader user/development journey. In terms of big-picture thinking, our team is thinking about how we can improve an existing product that has a lot of cross-over with other products and subproducts, so we have to zoom out and think more long-term. Even if we are running smaller A/B tests, they are often tied to validating a certain larger vision or figuring out how we should go about doing something. There is also no such thing as a failed experiment because we gain insight from every experiment that we run, which helps us inform future decisions. SR: What a great team to have. What is your favorite project you have worked on so far? SM: Definitely product research on local development. Initially, I was focused on product research for Atlas CLI, which we announced at MongoDB World, but the scope of the project expanded to local development. The focus of my user interviews leaned toward understanding users' app building and local development journey so we could understand how Atlas CLI can fit into that journey, and when and where we can surface it to users. Learning more about what different users are trying to accomplish and how they leverage our different tools was really insightful. Other major parts of this research project included a competitive analysis, user survey, and data analysis, which I used to gather findings, identify parallels, and come up with experiments that we can run. SR: That’s so interesting. What is the culture like at MongoDB? SM: The culture at MongoDB is incredible. People not only care deeply about what they are working on, but also want to know all about what you are working on and how they can support you. I care a lot about being somewhere where people are passionate about what we are building, and I see that at MongoDB. Furthermore, I love the product culture at MongoDB. We are user-obsessed. Developers will not start using our products just because of all of the cool things we say about what we have to offer. They care about whether our products and tools address their needs. It is pretty simple, but looking deeper, developers are challenging users: Not all developers are the same, and they tend to have pretty different use cases and even use different combinations of our products. These differences really push us to think about the whole developer journey and work cross-team to make sure that our users truly have the best experience. SR: What is your favorite part about interning at MongoDB? SM: The people. I am so glad that I have been around such incredible people who really care about what we do and who make sure that I am well-supported and have a fruitful experience. This internship has enabled me to learn so much from them and grow in ways that I did not even foresee before my internship started — from energy management to how to frame meetings/presentations with different audiences, and so much more. I am glad that I have found such a great fit in my final college internship. I feel like I have already grown so much as a young professional and have a strong idea of what I want to focus on next in my full-time role. SR: I’m so happy you’ve had a great internship experience at MongoDB. How has your team/mentors helped you as an intern this summer? SM: My mentor Richa has made me feel incredibly connected, valued, and supported as an intern. Even with her busy schedule, she made the time to meet with me for at least 30 minutes every day for the first few weeks of the internship to answer the many questions that I had, and she always encouraged me to explore whatever sparked my interest. Even though I have only been here for a few weeks, I have been pleasantly surprised to see how seriously my feedback is taken, whether it is around a product or process. The Atlas Growth team has made me feel just like another member of the team, and some PMs on other teams have taken it upon themselves to make me feel included and help me as much as they can. SR: Anything else you'd like to share? SM: Please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn if you have any questions about my experience. You can also follow me on Medium , where I write about product management among other topics.
How to Land Your Next Customer Success Role at MongoDB
Katie Palmer As director of customer success at MongoDB, I am thrilled to participate in growing our organization. Personally, I had two primary reasons for joining MongoDB. The first was the incredible market opportunity. The second reason was the opportunity to work alongside world-class go-to-market and customer success leaders. When I spoke with various MongoDB leaders during the interview process, I was impressed by their servant leadership approach, their genuine passion for what they’d been building at MongoDB, and their vision for customer success at MongoDB. The biggest highlight of working at MongoDB so far has been the deeply ingrained commitment to talent development in the culture here. At every level, there’s a feeling that no success is more important than helping employees build meaningful skills to achieve their full potential. One leader shared with me that the way they’ll measure their success at MongoDB is not by the number of quarters in which they hit their goals, or the revenue growth their work helped to achieve, but rather, how they were able to impact the pursuit of their employees’ goals and career aspirations. That approach has pushed me to new places both as a leader and an employee. Read on to learn more about our recruiting process for customer success and what we look for in candidates. Our approach to resumes The job-related people skills I look for when reviewing resumes include relationship building, communication, and business acumen. In terms of character-related skills, I look for signs of resourcefulness, grit, determination, and teamwork. MongoDB’s approach to hiring is similar to how we run our business. We have a data-driven, methodical approach, but we apply a human touch and creativity to supplement the science. Overall, I look for potential. I’m looking for individuals with a high ceiling, people who are going to up-level the team and make a massive impact on the business. Part of that is ensuring we bring in people with proven skills, but it also involves identifying those intangibles often seen in high achievers. Three things I look for when scanning a resume are: Relevant SaaS and/or customer success experience at an organization with a B2B sales motion A combination of technical skills and business acumen Career progression within a company The most important aspect of this role is the ability to connect business challenges and desired outcomes with the products and solutions that MongoDB offers. When I review a candidate's experience, I look for evidence of high aptitude and business skills combined with a passion for technology. In the absence of proven experience, your ability to articulate why you’re so excited to develop those skills will get me excited about having you join the team. The recruiting process Once a candidate has passed the recruiter screen, they move to the next step in the process and meet with the hiring manager. When meeting with the hiring manager, the goal is to engage in a conversational interview, where we will provide more insight into the position while discussing motivators, people skills, and experience managing customer relationships, as well as gauging technical interest and general knowledge of our products. If all goes well, we’ll schedule a call with one of our customer success team members. This step is a great opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day expectations of the role, our team culture, and how we work with our customers from someone actively performing a similar position with MongoDB. This interview will involve a case study, which is intended to be discussion based, to understand your approach to a customer use case. If the peer interview goes well, the candidate is invited to our “challenge” interview. In our case, this means that the candidate will prepare a mock onboarding meeting with a new MongoDB Atlas customer. We provide the materials, ranging from presentation slides to a basic script with expectations and platform demo instructions. At any stage throughout the process, we strongly encourage you to engage with our team and recruiters as a resource for additional information and to answer any questions you may have throughout your preparation. We’re here to help set you up for success. The three main things I look for during the challenge presentation are: A passion for technology. A strategic mindset. Are you able to balance the big picture objectives alongside the tactical outcomes throughout the conversation? Adaptability, coachability, and the ability to accept feedback. Finally, my top three tips for succeeding in the challenge are: Let your personality shine. Show us why customers will love working with you. Be curious. Think about great questions you can ask during the onboarding call and demo that will uncover details, help the customer adopt MongoDB, and make your call conversational. Take advantage of the prep call with your interviewer. Ask for feedback and apply it ahead of the challenge presentation. Hear from senior customer success manager Christina Chao on why she joined MongoDB's customer success team Christina Chao When looking for my next workplace, I knew I wanted to find a place where I could continually challenge myself and grow my career year over year. This requires a combined focus on customer success and professional development. Many companies say that they see customer success as the future, but few actually have programs or policies in place that support that notion. MongoDB, on the other hand, has put significant investment into its customer success organization. They have invested heavily in promoting customer success both within and outside of MongoDB, providing growth opportunities for customer success managers (CSMs) and ensuring that they feel heard. Most importantly, MongoDB has created a culture that genuinely encourages growth. This culture is embodied at all levels of the organization, and we are continually challenged to be intentional about our growth, step out of our comfort zone, make mistakes (and learn from them), and own what we do. Interested in joining our customer success team? We have open roles across the globe and would love for you to transform your career with us!
Women’s Advocacy Summit Recap: The Value of Inclusive Cultures
It’s July 26, 2022, and Sandhya Parameshwara, Managing Director, Accenture, opens the Women’s Advocacy Summit with a stark wake-up call: There are clear disconnects between business leaders’ perceptions of the importance of workplace culture and inclusivity and those of their employees and the wider public, especially millennials. Many leaders see culture as difficult to measure and link to business performance. Consequently, other issues often take a higher priority. Parameshwara, however, points to research that suggests that businesses with a strong focus on culture and equality also have staff, particularly women, who are more likely to reach senior positions and benefit from growth through innovation. Ahead of this curve are the people Parameshwara describes as “culture makers”—those who recognize the importance of an inclusive culture and reward those who strive to achieve it. “Culture makers are the people who say, who do, and then who drive,” she explains. “They are self-aware. They are relevant in the marketplace. They recognize and see the importance of the culture. They promote and advocate progress.” This notion set the tone for the rest of the Women’s Advocacy Summit, an event hosted in collaboration with the MongoDB Women’s Group, AT&T’s Women’s Group, and Women in Samsung Electronics. Two hundred women tech leaders and their allies came together to discuss the inequality that women continue to face in the workplace, how companies will forge ahead to accelerate their organizations’ equality, and how they’ll work to retain and cultivate their female talent. The power of courage Anne Chow, who recently retired as CEO at AT&T Business, is a clear example of a culture maker. Chatting with MongoDB CEO Dev Ittycheria, Chow discusses the value of positive change and shifting corporate dynamics. “There's no question that the future and our present require leaders to become truly inclusive,” she says. “It’s an evolving art and an evolving science.” Chow also believes there has been an evolution in corporate structures. “The power is flipped. It’s now in the hands of employees,” she explains. “One of the key things about being an inclusive leader is we need to meet people and align with where they want to be and where they want to go.” For Chow, positive change is “so desperately needed, across our businesses, across society, across the community,” and driving inclusivity requires a particular set of skills and attitudes. “Courage, especially moral courage, is one of the most foundational characteristics of great leadership,” Chow says. “You also need the realization that mistakes are simply part of the journey.” Ittycheria recalls an adage he gives his children: “Success is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.” He adds, “Hope is not a strategy; you have to take a proactive approach. You have to find a way to navigate the difficult issues.” One of the difficult issues that women—especially if they’re parents—often struggle with is work-life balance, although this is a concept that Chow challenges. “One of my famous sayings is, ‘Balance is bogus.’ Why? You have one life that has personal characteristics and professional characteristics, and you are leading that one life.” Chow prefers to view life as an “optimization equation” in which you can have it all, just not necessarily at the same time. She also says that leaders must recognize that attitudes will vary. “What are you trying to optimize to? There is no answer that Dev or I or anybody could give you that's going to inform you what the right choice is for you.” Pay it forward A panel discussion brings a wider perspective as Asya Kamsky, a principal engineer at MongoDB, invites four women leaders to share their views. Key themes include the importance of support networks, juggling the responsibilities of work and parenting, and the obligation to mentor women as they build their careers. Having grown up in India and Africa, Anjali Nair, Microsoft’s VP of Azure Operators, is familiar with cultural biases in technology. And while things have changed in the past few decades, she still believes there is a long way to go before the balance of representation is fully redressed. “It's really about women uplifting and sponsoring each other,” she says. “I want to make sure I'm doing my part. I've been involved in grassroot initiatives where we get women involved in STEM at high schools and colleges. This is going to be a continuous process.” Success strategies for women have also evolved from simply being “more like the men,” says Leigh Nager, Vice President of mobile and networks commercial law at Samsung. “We're starting to understand that women bring characteristics to the table that are good for business,” she adds. “But how did we get that recognition? We had to get representation in the first place.” Many of these themes resonate with AT&T’s Vice President of eCommerce, Maryanne Cheung, who says that while being a woman in a largely male-led industry was once a “badge of honor” for her, the value of having a peer support group became critical, especially when she had concerns about starting a family. “I had a network I could reach out to and get advice from,” she recalls. “It’s important to recognize where we can show women more of our authentic selves at all stages of our lives. It's something I'm really passionate about.” Tara Hernandez, engineering VP at MongoDB, acknowledges support she has received, and that she in turn has her own duty and obligation to “pay that forward.” She also echoes Nager’s view that there is a strong commercial argument for fostering an inclusive culture. “It's not just about growing women in tech,” she concludes. “It's about recognizing that all of us bring something valuable that will lead to innovation, growth, and business success that are all ultimately in our best interests.” There’s still time to register for the next MongoDB Women’s Group event. Register to attend “Forging your Path as a Woman in Tech” on October 13 12:30pm - 1:30pm, 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT. Interested in pursuing a career at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe, and we’d love for you to build your career with us.
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!
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.
How These MongoDB Employees Celebrated Juneteenth
On June 19, 1865, soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree. This was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Today, June 19 is celebrated as Juneteenth, a day of hope despite present-day uncertainty. It reminds us that at the end of every struggle there comes a time for a change if we persist and do not give up. Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States, and MongoDB recognizes this by providing employees with the day off to celebrate and reflect. Members of MongoDB’s affinity group the Underrepresented People of Color share what they did to celebrate. Supporting Black Businesses Kayla Warner , Internal Communications Manager Some of the delicious food and the hands that prepared it, Chef Will Coleman (@chefwillcoleman). Every year, I have to get soul food on Juneteenth. It makes me feel the most connected to my culture (and it’s always great to support small Black businesses). I spent this Juneteenth at a friend’s restaurant pop-up. Being from the Southern United States, it’s not often that I get to have the comfort foods of home in New York. His pop-up had fried fish po’boys, smoked watermelon feta salad, crab deviled eggs, strawberry shortcake biscuits, and sweet tea (that was actually sweet). These dishes and flavors brought me back to backyard cookouts and fish fries all while in the middle of Bed-Stuy. Showing up for folks in my community and building community with them is deeply important to me. Some of my favorite memories in life are connected to food and fellowship, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to create another memory with friends. Juneteenth for me is a time for the Black community to come together in corporal celebration. A day of pure celebration, to honor those who came before us, to reflect on our past and hold one another close as we face the future together. Moreover, I recognize that Juneteenth has recently come into the national conversation as a holiday. The history and importance of this celebration is still being learned by many across the country, and people are still navigating how to participate and acknowledge this day. While it may seem small, it means a lot to me that MongoDB not only held space for employees to share their Junteenth traditions and experiences but also a reminder that my whole self, including my Blackness and my Southern-ness, has a place and is respected and welcomed at MongoDB. Nia Brown , Workplace Coordinator My partner and I are enjoying our meal at Simone’s, Black-woman-owned Caribbean Restaurant in New York. This Juneteenth, while my partner and I were in Toronto, we looked up Black-owned restaurants to support. I was pleased to find there were many options. We support Black-owned businesses year round, but doing it on Juneteenth made it that much more poignant, knowing the Black dollar only lasts six hours in the Black community compared to 28 days in Asian communities, 19 days in Jewish communities, and 17 days in white communities. It’s important we educate ourselves and one another to help build up the Black community, especially on Juneteenth. Knowing the history of this holiday makes me now, more than ever, want to spread knowledge so that we are never left in the dark again. Spending Time With Family Lakuan Smith , Manager of Inclusion This Juneteenth weekend a few of my family members and I rented a house so that we could spend time together and share knowledge on the things we are doing in our lives to improve our physical, mental, and financial wellness. I chose to participate in these activities because one of my takeaways from Juneteenth is the importance of spreading knowledge and information to improve lives. I think about the news that was shared on June 19, 1865, and how important it was for those African Americans to receive the knowledge of freedom. I am also fortunate enough to spread knowledge beyond Juneteenth weekend as a manager of inclusion at MongoDB. My day-to-day consists of expanding perspectives and creating initiatives that improve the professional lives of under-represented communities. At MongoDB, I don't have to do it alone. With the help of company leadership and our affinity groups, things are changing for the better. Members of my family and I gathered together for a weekend get away and graduation party. Bryan Spears , Senior Technical Recruiter Posing with my dad, best friend, and his father after playing a round at Hanover Golf Course in NJ To celebrate Juneteenth, I hit the golf course with some family and friends. At a very young age, my dad got me into golf with my own set of clubs. As he has gotten older, it is becoming less frequent that my pops gets on the course with me, and it had been over five years since his last time swinging a club. To my surprise, but probably not his, my dad was still hitting the ball better than me at the age of 79. He might not swing the club with the same speed, but more often than not, he was hitting clean shots straight down the course! Overall, I really enjoyed being able to spend time with family and friends to celebrate Juneteenth. Thinking about all the things I was able to do with my loved ones really makes me grateful for the sacrifices made by our ancestors so that we could live in a more equal society. My dad was in his late teens and early 20s during the Civil Rights movement; he married my mom in 1969, just two years after the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all anti-miscegenation (racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships) laws the remaining in 16 U.S. states. Just being around him is like walking with history, and while I appreciate the freedom that we have today, there is still a lot of work to do in order to combat systemic racism and oppression in the U.S. and worldwide. My hope is that while we all enjoy these holidays with loved ones or use the day off to relax and rejuvenate, we also take some time to reflect and educate ourselves so we can continue to take action. Educating and Reflecting Courtney Turner , Campus Recruiter My Juneteenth weekend was spent reflecting on the past, embracing the present, and encouraging others to have a better understanding of the holiday and the injustices that we are still faced with today. I spoke virtually to a group of young African Americans about the struggle and process of getting to what we now call Juneteenth. I also spent time with my friends at an annual Juneteenth festival, enjoying their company and reflecting on what our community has accomplished and the work still ahead of us all. Spending time with friends and speaking to youth gave me the opportunity to appreciate my culture, enjoy fellowship with other African Americans, and most importantly, do my job educating others on black culture. My desire is that, as we educate ourselves about Juneteenth, we realize that being “free” or “equal” goes beyond signing an order or taking the day off. We can’t celebrate Juneteenth but not teach the history of it in our classes; we can’t celebrate but not encourage justice and equality for all. My desire is that we celebrate with a new understanding and purpose for the holiday. MongoDB is committed to building a culture of inclusion where employees of different origins, backgrounds, and experiences feel valued and heard. Learn more about Diversity & Inclusion at MongoDB .
Launching Your Tech Career at MongoDB: 2 Interns Share Their Stories
Finding the right job in the tech industry isn’t easy. It’s even more challenging when you’re a new graduate or soon-to-finish college student trying to understand the opportunities for your career in tech. MongoDB aims to make that transition easier with its summer internship program and a new grad program that are designed to provide students and recent grads an opportunity to get their foot in the door of a growing tech company. Betsy Button, a MongoDB software engineer, participated in the MongoDB internship program in 2020. Betsy Button is a former intern from the class of 2020, and she now works full-time at MongoDB as a software engineer. Due to the COVID pandemic, Button’s internship was fully remote — a much different experience than past MongoDB internships. “While a remote internship would never have been my first choice experience, the MongoDB Campus Team’s dedication to making the most out of the summer shined through all of their virtual intern events, network programming, and frequent check-ins,” Button said. She said her challenging work as an intern prepared her for her full-time role today. “I really enjoyed the high-impact project that my intern team worked on throughout the summer,” she said. “Product managers estimated that our work saved the company a significant amount of money every month, which is an awesome outcome for ‘just an internship.’” Becoming a MongoDB Intern MongoDB’s summer internship program launched in 2011 with four interns and has grown to include more than 150 interns around the world working in over a dozen roles, from engineering to product design to marketing. Mentorship is the cornerstone of the MongoDB internship experience. Each intern is paired with a mentor on their team; a Campus Team mentor; and an optional Affinity Group mentor. Interns also participate in sessions that promote professional growth, including learning and development sessions, social events, a guest speaker series, and a roundtable discussion that allows them to meet with company executives and employees across different business units. MongoDB’s New Grad Program provides a seamless transition for interns to continue their career journeys with the company. “We view the 11-week internship program as an extension of the interview process,” said Natalie Chwalk, the program manager for early talent at MongoDB. “Our interns are our pipeline of future leaders at MongoDB, so we are evaluating them on performance as much as they are evaluating us as a potential employer.” Chwalk added: “The end goal is that we convert our interns to entry-level employees. This is the ultimate win-win because we are retaining strong talent, and the new grads are able to begin their careers with a company culture they know and love.” After graduating, software engineer enrollees have three options to choose from if they return to MongoDB to work full-time: Full rotation: The new graduate will rotate on three different engineering teams every six weeks, for 18 weeks total. At the end, the employee will be permanently placed with a team based on feedback, evaluations, and business needs. Department rotation: The new graduate will rotate on three teams within their department on different sub-teams for 18 weeks. At the end, they will be permanently placed with a team, based on the same criteria above. Direct to intern team: The new graduate returns directly back to their intern team. Tristan Wedderburn, a software engineer at MongoDB, found a permanent role after his MongoDB internship. Tristan Wedderburn is a former MongoDB intern and now a software engineer on the Atlas Serverless team at MongoDB. A highly complex project he worked on as an intern led him to realize how valuable the program was. “The project was technically challenging, and it was exciting to see the project shipped into production shortly after the internship, highlighting the impact that interns have the ability to make,” Wedderburn said. Wedderburn found the Affinity Group mentorship as a particularly valuable part of the intern program. “In our sessions, we would discuss technical concepts that I hadn’t been exposed to in my engineering classes, which was cool,” he said. As for what advice he would give to prospective interns and recent graduates? It’s on you to make the most of it, he said. “Your experience is directly related to how much you want to get out of it,” Wedderburn said. “Adopt a learning mindset and ask questions when you don’t understand things. Your team is there to support you.” Button agrees with how to make the most of your time as a MongoDB intern. “Take advantage of the networking opportunities available to interns,” she said. “The people at MongoDB are some of the brightest and kindest that I’ve ever met. It’s worth spending time getting to know others outside your team.” Interested in learning more about MongoDB’s opportunities for students and recent graduates? Check out our intern video or visit our Careers page .
Celebrating Pride at MongoDB
For Pride 2022, members of MongoDB’s affinity group the Queer Collective shared sentiments about what this month means to them, why Pride is important, how they’re celebrating, and what the future holds for LGBTQIA+ visibility and acceptance. Why does Pride matter? Ryan Francis , VP of Worldwide Field Marketing “While I love the parades, the parties, and the color palette, they all serve Pride’s primary objective, which is to create visibility. That visibility has a ripple effect: It emboldens a young kid in Indiana to come out to his family and friends. And, as research has shown, knowing a queer person tends to be the driving factor toward greater acceptance of queer people generally. And then that kid lives their life proudly, which emboldens future kids to come out, and acceptance grows. But we’re under no illusion that it’s a straight line toward progress, so it is more important than ever to be proud.” Angie Byron , Principal Community Manager “Pride helps folks who are struggling to exist or who lack a sense of belonging in the world to instead find a welcoming new home among others who truly get them. Pride is embracing and respecting the differences between us and our experiences, but coming together as our whole, authentic selves in celebration.” Seán Carroll , Senior Marketing Operations Manager “Visibility and representation matter. Pride is the most visible time for people of the LGBTQIA+ community as it provides an opportunity for us to show our pride and express who we are unashamedly. People view Pride as a party, but it’s more than that. It is a time to remember the origins of Pride, which was a protest, and provide hope for a more honest and open future where we can all live in a free and equal society.” What does Pride mean to you? Shane O’Brien , Senior Manager of Regional Employee Experience, EMEA “Pride to me is not contained in one day or month. It’s a living, breathing, and evolving experience. It’s our past, our present, and our future. It’s a reminder of where we came from and where we are going. Pride is living every day without fear. Pride is knowing when to call someone in and not out. Pride is holding someone’s hand and not thinking twice. Pride is the critical relationship we have with ourselves that is not based on shame.” Robyn Anderson , Senior Director, International Finance “Pride is being myself, defying expectations. It’s about showing love for humanity. It’s about having representation. It’s building a community that respects each other and shouts loudly when there’s injustice. It’s about taking my wife’s hand in public and feeling safe, just like everyone else. Pride is allyship, growing, and embracing. It’s taking responsibility for tomorrow.” Tiffany Green , Executive Assistant “Pride means authenticity. It means standing in your truth, fully embracing who you are, and choosing authenticity each and every time. For many years, I tried to limit who I was in fear of rejection. It wasn’t until I decided to lean into my truth that I really started living.” How do you celebrate Pride? Eddie Aramburo , Team Lead, Corporate Account Strategy “I celebrate Pride every day for giving me and others in our community an unintended strength and euphoria when we let our colors burst. You know that feeling when you listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’? Yeah, that’s the feeling!” Cara Silverman , Manager, Executive Support “When I celebrate, I’m not doing it just for myself. I’m waving my flag high for those who can’t anymore, for those who fought (and continue to fight) for the freedom for our community to exist and be celebrated. I fight so that younger folks questioning their identity can feel empowered to step into their own light, because living authentically is Pride.” What does the future hold for Pride? Paul Sokolson , Senior Program Manager, GTM & Product Commercialization “I look forward to continuing to raise awareness that as humans, we share more similarities than differences. I look forward to continuing the fight for equality for the generations of LGTBQ youth that come after me.” Ashley Brown , Lead Technical Writer, Server “The fight isn’t over yet, and this Pride, I’ll be supporting not only my queer community, but also people of color, women, people with disabilities, and all members of marginalized communities who are working to secure the same rights as the historically privileged.” Tara Hernandez , VP of Developer Productivity “Acceptance starts within! Pride is more than just a month celebrated each year. For many of us, it’s celebrated every day. While things today are not perfect, seeing how far we have come despite the challenges we’ve faced gives me hope for the future.” At MongoDB, we celebrate Pride all year round. Join us in embracing the power of differences!