Being one of the first to send our employees home in March 2020, the team at Palo Alto Networks braced for what the following few weeks had in store. Like many others, this was a new moment for us. While we expected to be back in the office shortly…
FLEXWORK Creates Freedom to Move
On the personal side, I’m an active person, as cardio-intensive mountain biking is one of my top hobbies. I was delighted to learn that FLEXBenefits would pay for a new bike - I use it all the time. It’s amazing that Palo Alto Networks has so many options for us to improve ourselves and relieve stress.
On the professional side, FLEXLearn has been an invaluable resource which helped prepare me for internal mobility by providing knowledge about potential roles I would pursue. Last May, I was promoted from a Project Manager to a Program Manager. I'm still in the position today, and I'm very excited about it.
Knowing I can continue to grow my career at Palo Alto Networks, I plan to continue using FLEXLearn to expand my learning. It’s even helped me target new positions to build towards, like a Service Delivery Leader. Understanding the requirements and responsibilities of the position before I’m ready to look for that role is truly empowering. There are a ton of helpful classes related to technical training. Some of them are more technical, so that I can get more knowledge about the solutions. If you're looking at Cortex, SD-WAN, or any of the Prisma Access training areas, FLEXLearn gives you the overview to understand the product.
As part of the career development options, Udemy is another learning resource I use. I'm taking Smartsheet courses because I'm not as good as I want to be and have also taken Leadership and Communication courses.
FLEXWORK has truly made the experience more personal for each employee - allowing us to have a clear path for how we can advance internally. FLEXBenefits and FLEXLearn are two examples that let you set your own goals - whether it’s biking up a mountain, or learning a new software! I appreciate the opportunity to identify areas I was interested in and get the skills I needed to get where I wanted to go. It was really a matter of engaging and then I was on my way!
Rebecca R. Hastings, ICE-CCP, Certification Exam Development, Senior Program Manager In January 2022, after I took advantage of the Palo Alto Networks FLEXWORK program to relocate from Virginia to North Carolina, I joined a couple of Facebook groups…
While Senior Principal Software Engineer Matt Leinhos enjoys the flexibility of remote work empowered under our unique FLEXWORK initiative, he did find himself getting lonely working from home day after day, but wasn’t sure whom to speak to about…