VMware Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
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Pros
  • There is a work life balance here that I have never had before (in 80 reviews)

  • Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Like all software companies work life balance can be a challenge (in 56 reviews)

  • There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers) (in 65 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical Support at VMW, not a shining example of how to do technical support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are very few PROs to working here. Maybe the biggest is ESPP? Not sure if this is worth the price of admission though :) You need to make enough money to afford to have money taken out of your paycheck in order to set it aside for 6 months so you can buy company stock at a 15% discount.

    Cons

    working in technical support does not provide a good view of this company, its policies, culture, or values. I have read wonderful things about VMware as a company, I have not experienced any wonderful things. I can attest to the fact that working in technical support would be tantamount to working in a completely different company - they do not share the same vision, values, culture and I am guessing management. I work for technical support but it is run like a call center at Comcast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to value people and not view them as bodies who fill seats. You cannot provide premiere technical support with engineers who have 30+ tickets on any given day with no lab environment for customer recreates or learning. You need to find out why so many good and knowledgeable people leave; likewise, you need to look toward your policy of retention. If you do not value the contribution of those bodies and rather view them as easily replaced people who answer a phone and put meaningless updates into tickets in order to meet a customer response contract, this cycle of attrition will continue and your numbers will eventually reflect you are no better than Microsoft in providing support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Place for slackers and politicans

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

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, swanky office, great cafeteria, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Politics, Not enough challenging work, good people have long gone, inept middle management, clueless senior management. You will get into the habit of slacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a shame

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    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Incredible software solution that can and will transform the IT industry. And Palo Alto apparently. The culture in Austin is bad.

    Cons

    Micro-management at its finest. It is and will drive all talent to other options. The inside sales organization has been transformed from a demand generating business unit into nothing more than a call center. Austin management team is clueless and clearly in a self preservation mode to justify their existence. Sales is pulled in so many different directions even the best and smartest are failing. This no longer for true sales people. It may be a great job for people that enjoy spinning 100s of plates and herding 100s of cats...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire middle management that have actually held a sales role. The ability to email spread sheets and metrics is not working

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    it's not what you think

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - compensation is usually good
    - depends on the group, work/life balance can be good
    - the campus is nice, pond, waterfall, turtles
    - engineers-driven company

    Cons

    - delivery doesn't matter
    - promotions from within are rare
    - performance review doesn't matter
    - poor diversity, many Palo Alto groups have more than 70 % South Asians, I wish I knew hindu
    - from career prospective, not recommended to join on your own. Rule of thumb:
    10 years of experience + PhD == Senior Member of Technical Staff, when joining on your own.
    fresh graduate == Staff Engineer, when coming through acquisition.
    - Rumor / urban legend goes that some groups used to put their junior members in turtle's pond, as part of some initiation process. It was swept under the carpet by HR. Once again, it's rumor, but why somebody will make up such rumors?
    - management / leadership rotate all the time, coming close to non-existing. I had 5 direct managers in 2.5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make no mistake, this company is 80% EMC owned.
    Beside talking about past break-throughs and zero-product conferences, products are barely built in-house.
    Lately, in addition to funny acquisitions, hiring management from Cisco / Juniper. Can look like Cisco half a year later.
    There is some attention to ethics / values, most likely ignored since C-level execs appear to ignore it themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    End User Computing Product Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    The technical people are sharp, the compensation is competitive, and HR tries hard to make it a fun place to work. Lunch is very good. Top-level executives seem in-tune with market needs and business requirements.

    Cons

    EUC marketing management is a disaster. There is a huge pressure for quantity of material, without much emphasis on quality. Very few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the politics and focus on measuring the results of tactics and strategies. Hold managers accountable for their decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    -Hostile work environment
    -CPD is junk work starring at log files and dealing with H1B's esp from China.
    -Political and toxic workplace.
    -Managers that are useless but suck upper management's rears are promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trash the entire CPD in Palo Alto. They are useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy and growth pains

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    VMware offers a competitive salary and decent benefits.

    Cons

    The company is going through growing pains right now, with a lot of restructuring and confused middle management. Top that off with lack of product direction and poor morale, the future is looking bleak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a spring cleaning in the middle-manager layer and promote from within in order to keep the positive company values alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Almost impossible to get things accomplished

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    All the espresso, soda, sparking water and tea to float you down a river. Convenient location off of Highway 280. Some buildings have a very open office concept with short cubicle walls thus providing natural lighting. Fun events for employees. Good rate of pay.

    Cons

    Construction going on for a year now that has made it stressful just to get to work. Open office concept makes for a very loud work place with way too much foot traffic walking by and noise from the break rooms with some buildings having a work environments of basically working in a basement. There is a lot of turnover with employees coming and going and way too many consultants here. In fact we seem to have so many contractors from India that the company is more and more of an Indian culture and less of an American one. In one department there seems to be very little planning ahead. Everything is last minute and becomes an emergency thus having the administrative staff running around stressed out instead of management planning ahead. The onsite café in the main building where the C-Level executives are is limited and very disappointing. The chef is trying too hard to have very unusual foods instead of just creating some good food to eat and if you order something from the grill be prepared to not only have it take 30 minutes but for them to mess up your order. Most importantly, there is no concise way to get things done. You end up using 3-4 different systems in order to get something accomplished and something always ends up going wrong. If you need to contact the help desk, you are phoning someone in India who ends messing things up even worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your employees to plan more ahead especially at the higher level of management. Require all management to take employee relations class to help them communicate more affectively with all levels. Require employees to take a class in effective management and thus becoming more proactive and less reactive. Please centralize most of the processes so that things don't get so convoluted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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

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

    Pros

    They pay higher then market rate.

    Cons

    The reason they pay higher then market rate, is because this is not a good place to work.

    The amount of politics at this job is outrageous. It is at least 3 times worst then anything you have ever experienced at previous jobs.

    Management does not support their teams, and will throw any team member under the bus if that is what it takes for the manager to not lose respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in professional managers and train them in the art respecting coworkers and working as a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized and depressing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, above average salary, still a respected name on the market.

    Cons

    Company is completely disorganized and only responds to crisis and then responds poorly at that. The crisis is usually of their own making. The Professional Services organization is mismanaged from top to bottom with no ability to enforce project scope or properly set customer expectations. Company has grown by acquisition and the overwhelming majority of the acquired products were just rebranded with little to no innovation or improvement. Product gaps galore and a sell-first mentality made this one of the most depressing jobs I ever had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you buy a company, analyze what you actually purchased instead of pushing it out the door ASAP. Stop the marketing hype which is drowning out everything else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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