VMware Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
1,333 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 87 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 92 reviews)


Cons
  • Like all software companies work life balance can be a challenge (in 59 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 69 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work place

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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great/smart colleagues
    Nice environment
    Flexible working time

    Cons

    Big company / no surprises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Product, chaotic growth, toxic culture.

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

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a 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
  3.  

    What a ride

    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at VMware full-time for 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

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Former Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good place to work

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    • 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 for 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Who Moved my vCheese?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  9.  

    A good learning experience

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    • Culture & Values
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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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was fun.

    • 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 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
  11.  

    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

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