With more than 70,000 employees globally and revenue of $24.7bn in 2015, EMC is a technology giant – and it’s set to expand. In October 2015, the organisation announced a $67bn acquisition by Dell, which is the biggest technology acquisition deal of all time.
Expected to be finalised by October this year, the merger will lead to inevitable change among the company’s workforce, with senior HR director Jennie Room at the forefront of the organisation’s UK and European operations, looking after 2,000 UK employees.
However, for now, talk of the merger is off limits. Despite this, Room is keen to talk about how EMC is building its talent capabilities for the near future.
“We’re always trying to look ahead of the curve, as the future – particularly in the tech sector – isn’t always obvious,” says Room as we meet at EMC’s UK headquarters in London.
“Our industry moves so fast, which means HR faces a real challenge to be able to respond to some of the curveballs that come at us daily, whether it’s responding to the business’ needs for talent or retaining and developing our existing employees. There is a continual war for talent for really top-class employees,” she adds.