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VMware Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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Pros
  • UK organisation trying hard on soft management areas such as work life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • Great technology and this company definitely adds credibility to your resume (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 67 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 75 reviews)

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  1.  

    2013 Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, friendly environment

    Cons

    Extensive dependence on higher management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    VMware is an awesome place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    challenging and engaging opportunities
    passionate co-workers
    start up mentality

    Cons

    Many management layers
    becoming a large company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more investment of VMware software for internal consumption
    flatten the layers as there are too many management layers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Program Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good managers, good access to resources and learning opportunities. Smart, accessible coworkers that are willing to help you learn the industry/tools. Pay is good. Work life balance very good, in my case. Might change from team to team.

    Cons

    Management vision a little bit confusing. Restructuring has apparently happened a few too many times. Coworkers generally older - mean age somewhere in the 30s if I had to guess. As a younger guy, this is a little awkward.

    Socially, people tend to stick with their teams and not branch out. People focused on work, so don't expect lunchtime conversation to go in another direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire younger if possible. Try to keep things steadier and define vision in a clearer way rather than keep talking around it - it sounds like you haven't defined it yet and are just shotgunning words at a page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My favorite company in 12 years of consulting-- delighted to have joined full time.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager Change Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Change Management in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people. Great collaboration with a minimal amount of bureaucracy. You can really dive in, roll up your sleeves and get things done quickly. I feel like I can be about 3X more productive at VMware than other places because theres' less politics. Having worked at a wide variety (15 or so) companies outside of Silicon Valley, I find that I LOVE working in high tech at VMware. I feel like I'm getting smarter and learning from my colleagues every day, rather than getting stuck in a morass of politics and 'wait and see' like at many other places.

    I like the company's admirable green practices and charitable program (5 days of paid volunteer work annually, very good and flexible match program, etc.).

    The campus is beautiful (larger than disneyland, riddled with fountains and orchards, buildings are designed by some famous green architect and they are kind of hyrbrid indoor/outdoor), there are multiple delicious cafeterias and coffee shops around campus, good free snacks program if you're based in Palo Alto, restaurant-grade espresso machines in every breakroom so I'm fueled up on about 2-3 lattes a day, etc.

    The head people person in our roll-on iday said it well when she said that VMware works hard to keep the 'heart of a startup'. As a 4.5 billion $$ company, of course it's a lot bigger than a start up, but I think there's a really good opportunity to build tools, structure and process to enable the next stage of growth from 4 B - 8 B and I'm psyched to be a part of it.

    These impressions are based on having been a consultant at VMware for 18 months and now a full time employee for 3 weeks.

    Cons

    As with many exciting, high energy jobs, you need to manage your work life balance and there can be tough times. So far, VMware has been great in this regard, but I think that's always a watchpoint when you're in a high adrenaline, high performing place.

    The other challenge is that VMware can be chaotic, so you need to have a good ability to navigate and figure things out on your own and teach yourself how to fish. We are in the middle of streamlining and simplifying our strategy and internal tools and processes, but things can still be pretty casual and not necessarily that well defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep intact the critical things that make VMware great (Heart of a startup, awesome groundbreaking products, smart people, casual & can do environment, freedom to crank out work without a ton of bureaucracy getting in the way).

    At the same time, continue the work you are doing to streamline and simplify our tools, systems, and strategy. Given 13 years as the worlds fastest growing software company, there are redundant tools, systems, and information. Getting that consolidated onto a common, simple enterprise set of tools, processes and capabilities without alienating customers, partners, or employees seems critical to enable the next phase of growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic company to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and everyone wants to hear your ideas

    Cons

    Too many meetings, just let us get the work done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great technology, Many new opportunities within the company. There are some very good things happening at VMware today!

    Cons

    Very high speed environment, poor work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great company to work for, in the US

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of extremely bright individuals, many opportunities to make a real difference. It was actually the one company I was sad of leaving (which I did for completely external reasons).
    The pay is pretty good too (definitely above market), and performance is rewarded.

    Innovation is still in the company's DNA, even though the crazy growth diluted it significantly.

    Cons

    the company doesn't really know how to handle the myriad of small offices all around the world. Cooperation with headquarters is difficult, which leads to a lot of frustration.

    Also, the work is so interesting, that work/life balance actually requires active monitoring !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in many cases, reducing the number of middle management layers would be far more efficient

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dream come true - wanted to work here for 7+ years and it's lived up to expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great products and great vision. VMware is full of amazingly talented and motivated people who are focused on making things happen. VMware's products are awesome and market leading and the vision of the SDDC is very real.

    Cons

    Internal IT can be a little challenging, however the people more than make up for it. Being remote and figuring out all the ways that people communicate and systems that need to be connected to can be a little tough, but given time and helpful co-workers it works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great benefits. In period of stagnation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant Engineers
    Opportunities to learn - tons of resourceful people you can learn from
    Benefits - great health plans, great 401k options, and great perks, MSDN accts for each engineer, Safari Books account for each engineer

    Cons

    - Politics and senselessness rampant throughout engineering leadership
    - engineers cannot regularly work from home.
    - New executive team is more focused on stock price than innovation
    - Segmentation of products - product teams are too silo'd from eachother.
    - Currently, in the midst of an exodus of great talent from Steve Harrod, Bogamil, as well as middle management. The smartest leaders are leaving...but it doesn't stop there. VMware is losing the most talented engineers to start-ups and other corperations (IMO) because innovation has dried up. Engineers are tired of integrating software and want to get back to building fresh ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on innovation and stop copy-catting. VMware has fallen behind the innovation train and it's using its bank account to acquire IP to catch up. Then, burning engineering time integrating acquisitions into the product portfolio. VMware needs to get back in the leadership role of the industry. They've been doing this for a long time, but it's become the norm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    World Class Software Company and Innovator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Simply one of the best software companies on the planet today. Great technology, great global customers and great global business partners.

    Cons

    Middle management personnel who make commitments to get performance and then do not come through on their commitments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work ! the new strategies are necessary and working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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