VMware Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
1,354 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 91 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 94 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 62 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 70 reviews)

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  1.  

    Get seasoned at VMWare

    • 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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very focussed, and dedicated employee base. Always ready for change, and you get immediate response for any of your queries. Great campus and flat hierarchy that you can reach out to anyone for faster issue resolution.

    Cons

    Though the company is old enough, still it works like a start up, and expects you to exceed the normal hours of working. It's too dynamic that yesterday's decision could have changed a few moments ago already.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide an assurance to employees and contractors that they can have good work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture varies by group

    • 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 interesting projects and products being developed. Meetings everyday to gather requirements for the next best thing.

    Cons

    Internal opportunities and advancement are difficult to obtain for current employees. Poor equity distribution. Advancement for women seems non existent. You have to take ownership of your own work/life balance. It is very much the "all about me" mentality- collaboration is difficult. Business units compete against themselves and it makes everyone work in silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sponsorship and mentorship is seriously lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Culture varies by function and its not all rosy

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership and HR initiatives such as corporate values are great attempts to provide direction and aspirations. Free food and entertainment.

    Cons

    VMware falls short in keeping its leaders and especially people managers accountable with MBOs, no consistency or oversight to ensure equity across the company on compensation and promotions. Compensation for people with tenure always lags the market. Very limited career path as you rise up the ladder and its who you know, not what you can do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People programs has to mature quickly and start taking care of your talent with competitive compensation and growth opportunities especially in Silicon Valley. Appreciate diversity and beware of leaders who bring in people who are just like them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very little career growth if you are remote

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart and passionate people around. Flexible schedules and good time off policy. Training is great if you are Palo Alto based; non existent otherwise.

    Cons

    Zero career growth for remote technical folks or if you happen to be in the wrong group(s). Very poor equity and bonus distribution. If you have been there for a long time, delta in the compensation of very small compared to newer hires, even at the same grade level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    "Drinking from the firehose" -get used to it

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

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

    Pros

    Hot software, great people, great place to start a career, good pay, Very smart people.

    Cons

    victim of their own success - startup mentality ( IE KAOS at times) persists ..not polished - tools used for daily work not reliable. Turn over rate is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance - frontline TSEs cannot do a "great job" in a 40 hr work week. IE cases assigned sometimes around 6 and the top case closure rate for all SMEs around ~ 4.2 -always busy... 30 to 50 cases per TSE is normal. Take a short vacation and you are even more behind. Constant requests to join the Sev 1 queue -

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work place

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

    I worked at VMware as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great/smart colleagues
    Nice environment
    Flexible working time

    Cons

    Big company / no surprises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    What a ride

    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    It was a privilege to work at VMware during the first years of their hyper growth. It was an incredible experience to be a part of the paradigm shift in IT with regards to virtualization and the software defined datacenter. The environment was dynamic with many growth opportunities for those who had the drive for success

    Cons

    Minimal training with respect to a sales methodology
    Became a big company
    Constant realignment of territories
    Broken license renewal process for customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure where to begin here

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Product, chaotic growth, toxic culture.

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

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

    Pros

    High growth environment, with a great product and good compensation package. It has a young, hip feel and is fun. Interesting policy around vacation time where it is not accrued as a specific amount but negotiated with your management based on performance and needs of the job.

    Cons

    Culture is "every man for himself" and lacks the sense of team or collaboration. Leadership turnover coupled with rapid growth causes starts and stops on strategic initiatives. Could benefit from experienced strategic and focused leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Former Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues/peers are great - friendly and knowledgeable. Product Development and Product Marketing colleagues are smart and strategic.

    Cons

    New management - promoted from within are very poor at managing people and are VERY unprofessional. I saw people "chewed' out in front of other colleagues. No training for new employees and contractors. Very high pressure environment with very little support from anyone except your colleagues.

    Internal managers in partner enablement and other departments think they know about partner management and sales but they do not. "White tower" mentality here and it is hurting VMware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. You are coming late to the party with your Cloud solution. Listen to your partners and the Field before it is too late. Get rid of some of your New middle managers and old management that DO NOT CARE about people. People are leaving VMware in droves and not just because they want to work at a startup! Act now and LEAD and remove the dead weight managers!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Work life balance is off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize employee satisfaction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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