VMware
3.4 of 5 1,152 reviews
www.vmware.com Palo Alto, CA 5000+ Employees

VMware Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.4 1,152 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

(298 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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It was fun.

Senior Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at VMware full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat people and good compensation.

ConsKey shifts in IT are impacting current product offering. Culture shifting more towards big company. Few opportunities for employees to move up. Company keeps hiring outsiders for leadership positions.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending so much time managing up.

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

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Good technology, buyt only pockets of good opportunity

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Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart people
Leading edge technology.
Company benefits are reasonably good.
Beer bashes are fun.

ConsVery chaotic at times
People dont have time to help and collaborate

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall good company and collaborative culture.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at VMware

ProsGood work life balance. Nice campus.

ConsDecisions are sometimes slow.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

ProsMany great people who believe in the company.

ConsLots of primadonas work here making it very difficult to do the right thing. They have been there a long time, and any change for the better is considered a threat. As a result, they will use their political connections to have you fired.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you cater to the primadonas, you will never be able to take the company to the next level. Upper management is keeping the company stock is stagnate by not taking the advice of their new employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great product, good ideas and good platform for innovation

Staff Engineer (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

Prossome brilliant individuals remain stifled by management and constantly evolving priorities

Conscollective attrition of brilliant individuals that were piecemeal to a special sauce; propelling forward as opposed to moving along

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place if your manager is good.

Engineering Manager R&D (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCompany is in a great position for the cloud computing business. Nice compass, good pay, lots of training.

ConsToo many re-org. Trying to be a big company, but sometimes lost its direction and become more and more political.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease make sure that the re-org impacts employees as least as possible. And make sure that the new manager will look at the review and provide opportunities to the new comers.
Make sure that direct manager has less power to decide an employee's fate.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VMware as a contractor

ProsThe pay is good for the position

ConsThe conversions don't take place.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo appreciate the talent that they have.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Reston, VA

I have been working at VMware full-time for more than a year

Pros- Benefits
- Work life balance
- Growing technology

Cons- Layoffs have become routine every Jan.
- Constant changes with sales alignment.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore consistency!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company, a lot of growing pains

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at VMware full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart people, great benefits, challenging work, general work/life balance and opportunity (for some)

ConsCan be reactive environment, short-sighted management and strategies (quarter to quarter or end of quarter), lots of starts and stops, slow to promote people. Hard for women to move high in the ranks. Very 'deliverables' focused environment -- sometimes more about producing 'something' versus the RIGHT thing.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has had record profits but budgets are continually cut or frozen so teams are being asked to do even more with less and it's happening at the expense of your people and the customers and partners we serve. Give us what we need to be successful and you will have more loyalty all around. Also stop being so reactive and allow us to focus on more than one thing at a time - we can do that.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One trick pony!!!

Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat working environment. Smart people. Excellent products. Admirable reputation

ConsHas become a bit of a 'good old boys' club and middle management has become a breeding ground for sycophants. Upper management is comprised of many FOC's(friend of Carl's[Eschenbach]) who are were good when VMW was a start-up but who are now out of their depth . The company has lost its way a little as it has grown and this has killed off its wonderful culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not suppress talent. Re-engage with the channel and build a senior management team that can do this. Employ the best and most qualified to promote NSX and not FOC's and sycophants. Without success in this area you will become a one trick pony.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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