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Updated June 12, 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. Helpful (20)

    Disappointing

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    At the most basic level VMware really takes care of its employees. There are relatively few companies that can match what VMware offers with respect to standard and non-standard benefits. If you're good at what you do and are in a high-demand area you'll be rewarded with a very generous salary, bonus, and stock grants. The health benefits, vacation time, and access to high quality training, among other benefits, are truly top notch. There are little things too, like assistance with medical costs for those having trouble conceiving. I love VMware for this type of stuff. Additionally, the Palo Alto campus where I'm located is truly in a league of its own. Anything you could possibly want, it's here. You want a top notch gym. It's here. Multiple cafeterias with various food types? It's here. On site dental and medical care? It's here. Pinball machines? Ping pong tables? Volley ball courts? All here. The list could go on. Pretty incredible.

    Cons

    Unfortunately despite all of the Pros I listed, the cons outweigh them for me, unfortunately.

    I'll be leaving within the month.

    In a nutshell there is a HUGE management problem at VMware. I've only started in the past 6 months so I came in with what I like to think is a fresh perspective. If you can, scroll through the past Glassdoor reviews and look for one titled “Looking back, VMware has some major problems” from November, 2014. It turned out to be very, very prescient for me. I remember reading it before I started and thinking, "well, that's interesting." It hits the nail so squarely on the head it's a bit eery.

    To summarize and add my own color to that review: There is a huge disconnect between the various levels of management at VMware and what you get from one high-level VP, may not match what the Director says, which may not match what your manager says.

    Very regularly I will have a Sr Director or VP bypass my own leader (a Director) and give me completely different priorities and instructions. You end up in a situation where you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. And, just like in the movie Office Space, you find yourself telling the same thing to 3 different managers who are asking you to fill out your TPS reports correctly. I'm an engineering manager, my job is mostly spent sorting out politics and not leading a team of capable engineers.

    Ultimately the problem really affects the individual contributors, the folks that really make it happen, who are left to sort out the mess. Not surprisingly, folks get and frustrated and leave. The turn-over rate, at least in my group, is depressing.

    It's impossible to retain the top talent that VMware desperately needs to stay relevant as the technology they've built the whole business on is quickly changing (containers, Amazon, etc). There are two main camps (maybe three) of folks who seem to stick it out:

    (A) Those who are afraid to go outside of VMware because this is all they've become jaded and complacent. This has become all they know. The tell tale sign is you see them shopping online all day, reading facebook, etc.

    (B) Those on visas or something similar from India/China/etc who don't have an easy path to moving to somewhere else or are only aware of this sort of big company culture.

    (C) The third camp of folks is the highest level executives, who are quite polished as you'd expect, they stick it out because they're not really exposed to what's going on at the lower levels and are likely oblivious, or don't really care. This is just a notch in their belt before they move on to their next executive position.

    At the end of the day you're left with people who feel stuck (and are driven like rented mules to make up for the lack of quality engineers, eg working harder versus smarter) as they watch brief gusts of fresh air come by (new, smart, intelligent engineers) that quickly evacuate as soon as they get a hold of how things operate.

    It's a shame really. :-( I was so excited to be at VMware but it's time to go after only 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    The much alluded to EPIC2 values are great, but they're only meaningful/useful if they're followed and folks buy into them. I think there should be mandatory training for managers that they participate in at the time of their hiring and that gets re-upped every 2 years or something similar.


  2. Big Company acting like a Huge Company

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

    I worked at VMware as a contractor

    Pros

    Great location & campus, great products that are critical to most clients. Many very talented people, particularly folks who have been there a while.

    Cons

    Policies and procedures were complex and confusing - made going to the DMV look quick, simple and efficient. Many mid-level managers more interested in looking good to superiors than actually doing good work.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline processes - software launch, vendor approval, hiring practices. Cut down on the hierarchy.


  3. Marketing Contractor

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

    I worked at VMware as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing that I can think of--wouldn't want to work there ever again.

    Cons

    Disorganized, Lack of process, people working long hours without getting things accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Rework corporate culture


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  5. More and more ways to not pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Reston, VA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company has a great corporate office in Palo Alto, and has a great vision to grow revenue over the next 5 years.

    Cons

    From a sales reps. perspective, your OTE is meaningless. Every quarter they find more and more ways to pay you less, including decelerators, caps on deals, and outright not paying on large deals to some reps at all.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for, and the fastest way to lose talent is to mess with the wallet. Stay competitive with the leading companies, and offer opportunities for growth.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great if you're in Palo Alto, sucks if you're in Austin

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good tech, smart people, great health insurance

    Cons

    No one in sales is making real money. $4million annual quotas and people aren't even making six figures? Not even 1% of sales?? That's just insulting. Micromanagement straight from the Dell playbook - go figure, since most of their Austin managers and employees were poached from Dell. Success (which means pay) depends mostly on who you suck up to in management and therefore what territory they give you. Work/life balance and vacation policy are a joke. Frat bro / sorority sister culture. Office is in the middle of 360, so you're going to be stuck in traffic an hour a day unless you live in Westlake or downtown. Clearly a haves and have-nots comparison between Austin and the Palo Alto campus. They even started whittling down our choice of snacks from the break room, meanwhile Palo Alto has a made-to-order cafeteria with over 10 kinds of food. No onsite cafeteria, and the food trucks sometimes just don't show up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A company that leads in technology despite mediocre-to-poor marketing communications.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    Great technologies, and very smart people at the upper levels -- Sr. Director and above.

    Cons

    I can't speak to the technology side -- my impression is VMware is probably a great company to work for on that side of the house.. But the cultural values in marketing communications, where I spent my days, are quantity and speed vs. quality of work and smart thinking. VMware seems to have a knack for hiring marketing people at the manager and director level who wouldn't know quality design or writing if they tripped over it -- which they don't often do, and sadly, they don't really care. Suggestions that would improve someone's pet project or initiative are routinely ignored. People get favored and promoted owing to political skills more than anything else. Ultimately, most of the really talented people I knew in VMware marketing ended up leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Search out in-the-trenches marketing people with bona fide talent: who understand and care about customers, coherent messaging, great thinking and great work. Avoid directors with decades-long tenures at big but non-innovative companies. Most of them are simply hacks.


  8. VMware

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with many areas to expand and grow.

    Cons

    Large, impersonal, 24 hour shop.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure employees always speak English.


  9. Helpful (4)

    it was a great company, but not any more.

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

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

    Pros

    unique technology, if you are interested in learning everything about virtualization, this is the place for you, it is all about virtual machines.

    Cons

    poor management, hiring process is very loose, the bar for both managers and engineers are pretty low. It was a pleasure to work with smart people 6-7 years back.

    Advice to Management

    start with the managers, there should be a thorough review and so many manager are incompetent, they should be let go.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Typical call center, fabled "VMware Culture™" is MIA

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -On the surface, it's above average pay for doing tech support, but the breadth of knowledge required to be effective makes the bottom salary for this position seem like peanuts. If you don't think you're worth 70k, your skills probably aren't up to snuff to thrive in the job.
    -RSUs are nice, but take forever to vest
    -Set schedule, except for surprise mandatory overtime on weekends for which you may only get 3 or 4 days notice.

    Cons

    Over the last 6-10 months, there's been a hiring frenzy, a hiring freeze, and a mass exodus of some of the top performers. Management decided not to backfill before the end of the year (likely to come in under budget and line some upper management pants with a fat bonus), increasing workload on those that remained. Re-implemented weekends for everyone. Started taking away perks. Implemented some insane procedural policies and changes to the ticketing system I would be embarrassed to call a pre beta against the better judgement of virtually everyone that has to actually use it. Announced a reorg saying that there were no plans to move positions to other countries. Subsequently culled part of the herd including a manager while saying it was ok, because we're filling seats in the other countries. Management just puts on a happy face while the rest of us facepalm.

    These events are the exact opposite of what they obviously oversold when talking about this mythical VMware Culture™ that possibly at one time existed, but never really witnessed.

    Advice to Management

    Put your head in the sand, don't overperform and put on a happy face cause you never know when the headless horseman will be coming by your cube to drop the axe on your livelihood.


  11. Helpful (4)

    VMware: Unexpectedly Bigoted Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Federal Support Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Federal Support Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    VMware has an amazing reputation within the Technical industry, is one of the world's largest Software companies, with great benefits and competitive wages.

    Cons

    "vmWomen" is the most startling drawback in this company. While I fully support equality in the workplace, vmWomen does not encourage its members to seek equality, it flat-out encourages its members to pursue gender-based preferential treatment. They have even gone so far as to broadcast an internal message encouraging the female employees of vmWomen to recruit, hire and promote other women - even if they have little to no technical experience.

    Sadly, this flagrant discrimination extends itself to the aforementioned HR-related processes and actions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on diversity to the determent of the organization. Do not focus on a candidate's race, religion, gender, or anything not directly related to their ability to do the job they are being hired to do. Discrimination is discrimination - even if it seems to be favorable. Please learn the true definition of equality and stick to it. If that means you depart from the rigid, and oppressive, structure of the EMC federation - so be it.



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