VMware Reviews

Updated July 23, 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
  • You really have to drive your own work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Middle management spans the whole spectrum: Manager to VP (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Senior Engagement Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

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

    Pros

    beautiful campus set in Palo Alto, and nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    CFO manages the business via lay-offs and re-hiring versus building a sustainable business model #sadwaytomanage.

    Advice to Management

    get a new CFO before you roll up to EMC.


  2. Helpful (4)

    The Place to End Your Career in IT

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good salaries Great talent before they all left

    Cons

    - Same IT leaders from the early days running the show: Sure they changed out the CIO, but that doesn't change the foundation. Too much politics, bureaucracy, and old-fashioned decision making that applies to non-tech companies or tech companies in the 80s whom are no longer industry leaders. - Lack of Ability to Retain Talent: Similar to above, the leaders lack the experience and sense of value in retaining talent. Tons of truly talented individuals and leaders have left VMware because of poor leadership at the top. As they say, you can only hire people as good as the leaders that hire them. This makes it difficult to ever progress as an organization and only promotes a culture of reactiveness, selfishness, and silo'd workforces. - Limited growth: Because of the lack of strong leaders at the top, they are ill-experienced in building and promoting a path for their employees. The only path is out or to just keep your head down and do your work. - The New Oracle: People jokingly refer to VMware IT as the new Oracle, "The place you go to end your career". Other companies no longer see value in the folks that worked in VMware IT. If you have VMware on your resume, the recommendation by the alumni is to take it off.

    Advice to Management

    - Change the leaders - Identify the talented leaders and individuals that left and find out how to get them back. This will likely never happen, but at least ask them what you can do better. - Try to harder in keeping the talent you have left


  3. Helpful (3)

    Headed in the wrong direction.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The older Vmware was a great place to work with strong benefits and career development but now the organization has become political, stale, and brittle.

    Cons

    There is no career progression in the new Vmware, one you take a job they will never let you move up, Or into another organization. Professional growth is a joke.


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  5. Helpful (4)

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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Behind the times

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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


  8. Helpful (4)

    vCHS or now vCloud Air is toast

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Never work for Indian manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (4)

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

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



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