As a New Hire at Palo Alto Networks

Esther Weng, Business Development Representative, JAPAC

“In my first month of onboarding at Palo Alto Networks, I can truly feel the strong bonding and cohesion between each of us. As a team we share our knowledge and resources to enable and help others to achieve different goals, inside and outside of work, with no consideration of our genders, cultures, and backgrounds.”

Transitioning from the travel industry to the tech world made me nervous at first. I had a hospitality background before joining Palo Alto Networks, and I always wanted to step out of my comfort zone to achieve something big and meaningful. My role as a Business Development Representative is to drive opportunities by following up with the marketing leads and discovering new potential customers for Palo Alto Networks.

While in my first month of onboarding at Palo Alto Networks, our daily operations were affected by the coronavirus. However, it did not stop us from being a cohesive team; in the HK office, we helped each other in sourcing hygiene products and sharing our limited resources with others. I can truly feel the strong bonding and cohesion between each of us in HK. As a team we share our knowledge, and resources to enable and help others to achieve different goals, inside and outside of work, with no consideration of our genders, cultures, and backgrounds. Besides the HK team, I also work with the regional Inside Sales team, and they have shared their experience and insights with me and supported me through onboarding. With all the support and encouragement, I have adapted to the new environment smoothly.

I am lucky to be working with my teammates, who are open-minded and mutually respectful, and I believe we can empower each other to make a better workplace. I am excited to be around the great people and great minds at Palo Alto Networks.

What Inclusion and Diversity Means To Me

International Women’s Day, is more than one day. For me, inclusion is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate not only women’s contributions and achievements in society, but also the collaboration among all of us in the company to make positive change, reach ambitious goals, and build a better world together. It’s also a great opportunity for us to appreciate how much we have accomplished and reflect on how much we still need to focus on more to make a more inclusive society.
Never limit yourself because of your gender. One’s ability should not be restricted by any prejudices. We improve and excel by understanding our capabilities and seeing the true value of ourselves.

Palo Alto Networks is the leader in cybersecurity not just because we are good at what we do, but also because we believe that an equal world is an enabled world.