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VMware Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
1,416 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    mid level mgmt.

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

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

    Pros

    great technology, great benefits and employee perks

    Cons

    mid level management incompetence, cut throat politics resulting in morale decline, limited to none career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees and involve them in the decisions impacting their work lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company....but depends on the group you are in

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

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

    Pros

    Great product, innovative pricing, lots of social events (beer bashs, concerts, guest speakers (Carrie Fisher!), movie night, Halloween party for kids

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance, no diversity in work experience within group, management is not transparent, not a good place for a working mom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering flexible work schedules for working moms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Feedback on VMware

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and a good place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is average and the growth opportunities are limited. Does not have a fast paced work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the compensation and focus on your core competency.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    EUC Management Team Problematic, Avoid at ALL COST

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

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

    Pros

    VMware as a company is great. Superb innovations from most corners of the company. The engineers are super smart. The campus has been fully updated and it is beautiful. The company is incredibly environmentally conscious, this is great!!

    Cons

    The EUC management team continues to be not up to par. There are several VPs who should be fired immediately for the following reasons:
    1. Frequent and regular deceptive practices and lying to employees
    2. Unbelievably blatant cronyism favoring certain employees
    3. Lack of market understanding. Still completely clueless about why the competition is leading
    4. Sabotage employees career growth because of self insecurity
    5. Absolutely no accountability on performances

    Therefore, strongly recommend that you do not join the EUC business unit at all cost until they once again clean house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management at EUC had better fix the internal problems ASAP or risk losing some of the best talents. The morale within the team is at an all time low due to the fact that a couple of VPs are all about themselves and their cronies. These VPs are all too willing (and are already working) to jeopardize the entire business in order to satisfy their own benefits.

    Enough talk about how Jack Welch should be the model. Time to take concrete actions. Eliminate these bozo VPs before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Highly Politicized Environment but good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good Salary
    ESPP and Stock option grants
    Fully stocked kitchen
    Really nice gym and campus

    Cons

    Very, very political environment. Everybody fights for dominance and plays mind games with employees and contractors. The only way to survive is to find a "Godfather" who will protect and nurture you.
    Best survival strategy is to say "yes" to everybody with little bit of power and "no" to everybody else.
    HR uses performance reviews and ratings as a weapon to use against you when the opportunity strikes. If you align yourself with the right people, you don't need to worry about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to improve the culture. Best thing will be to look at the results and not "like-ability" of you mid to senior level management.
    Shut down failing businesses and fire those who consistently miss their targets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treats contractors like dirt

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

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice campus, challenging work good lunch

    Cons

    Contractors are treated badly. Expect to work 60 hrs a week, and get comped for 40. Late nights and weekends are common. Users totally overrun IT managers, and the PMO forces adherence to process. You're in the middle. Bad project planning and scheduling. Excel is a staple. They have Sharepoint, but don't know how to use it effectively. As a bonus, you may be literally let go at any time, contracts notwithstanding. Contracts only let for 3 months at a time,and are renewed. Zero feedback from management. Expect to be told everything is great right up to the time you are let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either use the process to control your users or stop calling yourself managers.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great Technology, but overall a mixed bag to work for...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great access to technology and chance to work with some very smart people. Good Compensation. Company is always so good exposure to ecosystem and like-minded products.

    Cons

    Internal processes are not mature at all due to rapid growth. Not enough collaboration yet between internal (business units, development) and client-facing roles (consultants, sales engineers). Employee enablement for growth is very sparse. Middle management not effective. Depending on the group you work for, can be very cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to clarify personal / career growth tracks @ VMware. Knowing the "what" is ok, however need to expand on the "how to get there". Especially there are some very mixed messages on PSO side (enablement is supported, however keep utilization high. Register for classes, however more often than not enrollment is dropped at last moment).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some great people, but mostly disorganized and poorly executed politicking

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

    I worked at VMware as a contractor

    Pros

    There are some great people working for VMware, who want to do a good job

    Cons

    Excessive churn, confusion, rework, and disagreement on every Marketing project burns workers out. There are many toxic individuals who don't actually understand their job, and who make life miserable for those who work underneath them or must partner with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    VMweary

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment
    Open to creativity
    Good compensation

    Cons

    No direction from management
    Large egos to contend with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many products that come and go, can't keep up with them all. no priority in what to market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Company Review

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good Campus

    Cons

    Lack on new innovation. Slow new features

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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