VMware Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
102 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
1.0
102 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger
Pat Gelsinger
32 Ratings

102 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (4)

    Not a great place for professional growth or work-life balance. I would not recommend to any of my friends.

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are generally friendly, smart, professional and helpful. If they cannot help, it's only because they are overworked. Having worked here perhaps gives your resume an edge. Some groups are ok with working remotely which helps as commuting to that part of Palo Alto is difficult.

    Cons

    Promotions are not merit-based - whoever is most politically savvy, manages up the best, saves the day or is a workaholic will get promoted. The folks in the trenches that actually do real work have to sit by the sidelines and expect more work to land on their laps. Management pays lip service to the work-life balance issue. The unlimited PTO policy is poorly implemented and very inconsistent across the board. Some people are able to take a lot of time off and completely disconnect while others are expected to check their email and be reachable while on PTO. That's not PTO. The place is now very large and weighed down by bureaucracy and processes made up on the fly. Many people are too overworked to dedicate any time to professional development. This is not a "mother of school aged kids" friendly place. Meetings are scheduled early morning (anyone ever heard of school drop-off?) and it's difficult to take time off during the summer because of VMworld in August.

    Advice to Management

    Promote good people managers. Managers who are actually interested in the professional growth and well-being of their employees and understand that their group will perform well if its people are taken care of. The staff in supporting functions is overworked and undervalued - instead of doing so many things that have everyone run around in a panic, focus on doing a much better job on fewer things. Upper management should take a step back and stop being in denial that everything is fine. Compensation is adequate but raises, bonuses and RSU grants have gotten worse over the years. People are leaving in search of better pastures which does not help overall employee morale.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Behind the times

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

    I worked at VMware

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A few talented people, generally flexible hours, pretty campus, generous ESPP and 401k matching.

    Cons

    Politics. Horrendously clueless upper management. Rewards for politics, layoffs for hard work. Rare promotions for qualified contributors, regular promotions for rear-kissers. Hopeless levels of recognition. Terrible disrespect for work-life balance and employees' time in general.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Realize your only asset is your engineering staff in Palo Alto. Admit your core products are dead and you want to be a services company. Delist from the stock market. Call Diane Greene and apologize.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Has little concept of consulting practices and uses products to sell services.

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

    I worked at VMware

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like dot.com mentalities and easy work from home

    Cons

    Poor management and shortsighted leadership. They manage quarter to quarter with little forecast.

    Advice to Management

    quit

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (2)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    high base salary and non recoverable draw

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  6. Helpful (6)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    overall company prospects and perks

    Cons

    visicious culture and middle management

  7. Helpful (9)

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  9. Helpful (7)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Resign

  11. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

Work at VMware? Share Your Experiences

VMware

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.