VMware Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
1,373 Reviews

3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a work life balance here that I have never had before (in 80 reviews)

  • Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Like all software companies work life balance can be a challenge (in 56 reviews)

  • There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers) (in 65 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Adapted to changing role thanks to committed team and collaborative efforts.

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    Former Employee - Interaction Designer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, international company, far reaching impact, great learning opportunity,

    Cons

    widespread inefficiencies and willingness to misuse and not invest in contingent staffing contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give contractors credit, opportunity to join staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Who Moved my vCheese?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Coppell, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coppell, TX

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

    Pros

    Interesting and innovative projects. Great compensation, nice bonuses and stock for top performers. Good work environment with competent managers, at least in the vCHS Ops organization. Provided with most tools necessary to complete your projects. Not afraid to throw non-performers by the wayside. Decent career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Applies to Coppell office only. Geek life problems: work-life balance is a joke, kitchen no longer fully stocked, cheap watered down beer at the bi-weekly beer bashes. Professional issues: some groups actively sabotage each other. Blog and/or high number of Twitter followers can compensate for lack of education/experience/skills/work ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better beer, healthier snacks. Don't believe the hype.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    VMware Response

    May 23, 2014Social Recruiting Community Manager

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We take feedback to heart and will share this with groups internally. As for the break rooms, we will ensure they are fully stocked and the social bashes are cared ... More

  3.  

    A good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    The people are great, culture is very casual reminiscent of dot.com startups. Company overall is a good company.

    Cons

    Don't forget that one single department doesn't represent the whole company. Invest in the growth of your employees within the company vs. losing them to external competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that the company culture is consistent throughout all your offices

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was fun.

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people and good compensation.

    Cons

    Key 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending so much time managing up.

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

    VMware growth pains

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Resources for career growth are available

    Cons

    Too many stakeholders for rapid decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees and formalize feedback

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good technology, buyt only pockets of good opportunity

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    Former Employee - MTS-2  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - MTS-2 in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company and collaborative culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Decisions are sometimes slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sr Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Many great people who believe in the company.

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place if your manager is good.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager R&D  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager R&D in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great product, good ideas and good platform for innovation

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    some brilliant individuals remain stifled by management and constantly evolving priorities

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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