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Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
370 Reviews
3.0
370 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 67 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 75 reviews)

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  1.  

    High Pay, High Stress

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

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and excellent bonus structure.

    Cons

    Very stressful. Many managers have the habit of micromanaging. If you've ever heard of the expression "Too many chiefs, not enough Indians", at VMware, it's the opposite. There are some basic differences between an American company and an Indian company, i.e. more autonomy, more trust, and more fun (I'll let you guess which one has those attributes, the former or the latter). However, the way VMware being managed has become a problem for many to consider working there for a long time. Needless to say, the turnover at VMware is always high. Internal transfers are also hard and inflexible. There are impressions around the company that VMware is more of an Indian social circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VMware has a problem with diversity, and it's not the typical one. Its long-term survival requires contributions and creativity from people with diverse backgrounds. To excel, VMware needs to behave more like an R&D organization, not a third-world style sweatshop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turning into Dell

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Great technology and constant innovation

    Cons

    Career growth is nonexistent. Lateral move billed as promotion and nepotism is running rampant from mediocre middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GTM strategy is great but moral is suffering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Large company with interesting technology

    • 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

    Pros

    * Smart people
    * Interesting technology
    * Opportunities to transfer based on interests
    * Great campus

    Cons

    * Lots of turnover
    * Promotions are political; doing good work is not enough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I used to love the company but they have gone through massive upper management changes and its not all for the good.

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

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

    Pros

    lots of employees freebies, micro kitchens, supporting charities both monetarily and by encouraging employees to give up to 40 hours a year in work.

    Cons

    lots of upper management change going on and its hard to feel as if it is a stable environment. Although the company is doing well and upward trajectory, bonuses in some departments were allocated less than 100% even for top rated employees. Contradictory to the success of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    minimize the upper mgmt. movement and let employees know what is in store for their future career paths. If the company is doing so well, why would you not reward the employees helping to get the company to their goals fairly. Its like saying getting a "B" is really the new "A"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good.

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

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    Work as a contractor, so can not comment on policies.

    Cons

    Smart people are a big plus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with bright future, but room for improvement

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

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

    Pros

    * Beautiful campus
    * Lots of training available
    * Encourages professional development
    * Great benefits

    Cons

    * Cafe food was meh
    * Deep in Palo Alto, tough to commute to
    * parking was horrible
    * Often joked as the oldest and biggest startup

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Strong technology strategy, lacking in sales & marketing strategy

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Starts with the products - customers love VMware's products - one of the best ROI stories for core virtualization that exists in enterprise software space. Great campus/working environment - little quiet but can't beat being in the Stanford Research Park if you are going to work in Silicon Valley. Very good work-life balance - people clear out between 5:00 - 6:00pm - could run naked through campus at 6:00 and don't think you would run into anyone.

    Cons

    Although we have great technology, our sales and marketing engine does not measure up to the product side of the house. So intently focused on 90 day/quarterly results that little thought is given to how we should be marketing and selling our offerings 2 years down the line. Accountability is lacking in sales groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think beyond 90 day windows. Have sales teams accountable for hitting the number but also invest in people and programs that will ultimately grow the company over the medium term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good skills improvement. good benefits. great work environment.

    Cons

    Company/Management decisions and directions change with the wind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to work, and salaries are average

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

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    There are great training possibilities, especially when joining company

    Cons

    Sometime there is a lack of guidance, and the workflow can variate a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One on ones, and team meeting could happen with more frequency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company tries to do good for employees, but too many/daily offshore early AM or late PM work sessions

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In Palo Alto: Beautiful campus, tons of online training options, different R&D programs for submitting creative ideas, TALK programs with outside speakers, programs inviting celebrities for on campus performance, VMwomen/diversity initiatives, food trucks a few times a year, awesome halloween party for family with young children, beer bash.

    Cons

    Budget cuts year over year. Moved people to lower cost countries that drives too many daily offshore early AM and late PM work sessions or handover sessions, a norm at all levels (so no whining). Multiple calls if you manage multiple projects. No holiday party, but holiday breakfast or lunch or team meal outting. Management is not shy about asking people to work over weekends, long weekends and holidays. Promotion by luck, some are fast/just right, some are slow depending on manager, management group and department. Little to no additional stock incentive year over year unless if you are in top 5-8%. No pay time off tracking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know what to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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