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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

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    What a shame

    Inside Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    it's not what you think

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hostile work environment

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsNone 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 Senior ManagementTrash the entire CPD in Palo Alto. They are useless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bureaucracy and growth pains

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsVMware offers a competitive salary and decent benefits.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Almost impossible to get things accomplished

    Senior Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsAll 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.

    ConsConstruction 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 Senior ManagementEncourage 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't work here

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThey pay higher then market rate.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBring in professional managers and train them in the art respecting coworkers and working as a team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disorganized and depressing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementWhen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Do as i say company" with suffocating work culture and hardly any project planning

    Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros* Decent salary
    * Brand to put on resume or to tell your near and dear one

    ConsThe following may not apply to every group in Vmware but this is based on my experience
    for the group i worked for around 21 months. Apart from my group, i can safely say that there is a good chance that some of the following points is true for many other groups in Vmware.

    * Lots of hierarchy where only thing cared is "who is boss" (this may include senior mts, oldies mts , staff engineer and some managers too )and there is no emphasis on getting it right or doing it right or their is no discussion on to understand what is right ; you will listen quite often 'do as i say' from almost anyone and old engineers did not even care to share their opinions with the seniors as they are accustomed to this culture ... and they know what's in their best interest. If you open your mouth slightly chances are that u would get marginalized very fast as you have done a crime by suggesting something.
    * No project planning. There is hardly any investment on planning the project and doing it in good way. Zero vision and hardly any discussion/ tech presentation/ tech meeting. Just start something to show that something is going on and then fail ahead and then try to find a scapegoat. ( i am not writing it because i was made scapegoat)
    * There is more than 50% chance that you will encounter a manager who is neither a good people manager and neither they understand or try to understand the technology. The only thing they know is they are the boss and may even treat you as you are not engineers but a slave...
    *Hardly any genuine passion inside the group ( it can vary depending upon the group though). Most of oldies is saving their job and just thinking what to write in their next status report every week
    * Management in general don't care to retain talent who had done good work or could still contribute...they are just busy in pleasing their ego..
    * Vmware did invovate a lot; but something is missing off-late (at least during my tenure)....i did not see a single innovation and lots of project had failed
    * Not much room for career growth because of heirachy and because of lot of project failures

    I firmly believe if you are talented and like open work culture and would like to work in friendly fun loving environment that also give you opportunity to accomplish something; then this is not the company for you by any imagination....

    If you are just satisfied with getting a salary and don't give much importance to work culture or just want to have proper work life balance without caring about work satisfaction or accomplishing anything....then you can try because after all you get a Brand name...

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake retirement so that good people can contribute to the company and don't leave or have to leave... Whatever you are doing any grandmother would do....i have not seen a single project getting succeeded during my tenure.... and have seen lot of people leaving or

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    leave your ego aside and try to build a team first and understand the roots of the issues....understand the strength of the employee and any problems the employee or the project may be facing and improve the work culture by fostering openness and put the emphasis on doing something right in the right way....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run away politics

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsRenewals are still relatively easy to do but...

    ConsPolitics, politics, politics! If you're a friend of Carl's, then you might be OK. Otherwise, prepare to languish. Merit, effort and results are meaningless. Either you're in the cliche or you'll never get ahead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPat, take off the blind fold and inspect your direct reports. Muster up some courage and establish some accountability. Status quo is resigning to failure. Only bold, structural changes will right the fast sinking ship.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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