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VMware Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
1,397 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 95 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 94 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 62 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    vCHS or now vCloud Air is toast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - VCHS
    Former Employee - VCHS

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    high base salary and non recoverable draw

    Cons

    product, management, expectation, culture, quota, everything vmware

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cash out your stock while you can, AWS has already ate your lunch, now they are coming to foreclose on you.

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

    Never work for Indian manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    overall company prospects and perks

    Cons

    visicious culture and middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do not join this place if you care about being in job for more than 6 months

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Learning and lots of people to guide you

    Cons

    My whole team including me were laid off without any prior intimation. Some folks had just joined a few months back and they were also laid off. The reason given was that it is a management reason. Why would they need to hire if they need to lay us off? The company does not care about its employees. No internal transfer or other opportunities were provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a thought before hiring new folks and try to retain good talent. Don't lay them off just because you feel you suddenly don't need them.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, poor IT team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, IT in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, IT in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great products
    Great energy
    Great products
    Great vision

    Cons

    Lackluster IT leadership
    New CIO hires his buddies and doesn't cultivate an environment that promotes within
    Constant leadership churn throughout IT doesn't provide a stable foundation for continued excellence
    IT leadership does a extremely poor job of recognizing the talent they already have; however, there are a few IT leadership gems that are still at VMware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - If you hire a Director, let's make sure there are actually people reporting to the person.
    - Stop handing out VP/Director titles like candy to external hires that were not even Senior Leadership potential in the company they left. BS!
    - Hire leaders that have a track record of success in other companies. Don't make me name names.
    - Focus on learning more about the talent that exists within the IT organization. Who knows. You may actually find out you have some very talented leaders in hibernation
    - Stop handing out $150K+ salaries to every IT engineer that you hire. It is demoralizing to everyone
    - Do 360 reviews. Find out who isn't performing and who is. Treat it with importance, not a checklist item. If reviews were done right, all the idiots would be gone. Guess what, they are still there.
    - Some IT leaders are still at VMware even after dozens of IT employees raise the inadequacies and deficiencies of these poor leaders. Why? Is it because of gender equality? Is it because of poor performance development, recognition, and assessment. When IT leadership keeps poor leaders in play, it sends the wrong message and stresses poor cultural values.
    - Why is it so difficult for IT leadership to identify good talent? Many reasons: our existing IT leaders only care about their own image. They blame each other for issues. They never take accountability for problems. They always tell each other they don't have enough resources. They are so focused on these things that they forget about the individual contributors. And even more depressing, very few of the IT leaders actually are strong people managers. Don't get me wrong, I hear there are some stand-out IT leaders that are very people-oriented, but extremely far and few in between.
    - Change the IT leadership. Identify the gems and keep them. They are the leaders that focus on building the people. The people will build a great organization. Get rid of the leaders that are all about themselves. The leaders that push back. The leaders that don't take ownership. The leaders that always ask for more resources. The leaders that are so quick point out the issues and faults in others, but never step to help their fellow leaders and ICs out. The leaders that the employees only follow because they hold the title. Email me if you want me to list all the good and bad leaders names out here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    over the hill tech wash-up trying to grip the next big thing...

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

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

    Pros

    still a few smart co-workers left, getting fewer by the week...good training programs still intact, although in the process of scaling down...

    Cons

    very political all over the place, no where to hide. bad mid management, upper management all just have been shuffled, the CXOs all are about one year on the job. they are well aware of the saturation of VM market, the threat from Docker...Open Compute...etc. The PTO is gone, you are suppose to have "unlimited" time off, most end up getting less time off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at VMware full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Place for slackers and politicans

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a shame

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    it's not what you think

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    End User Computing Product Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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