VMware Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people who need leadership, not 'metrics based' management...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    VMware has great technology, culture, and individuals contributors. There is a good amount of training and focus on developing your career, work life balance, great benefits. Actual compensation is below market.

    Cons

    The sales model is a partner / reseller model. However, the sales organization does not do enough to make their partners successful.
    There are too many former Dell people in middle management in the Sales organization. They are taking the positive, value-based selling approach the company was built on to be purely focused call metrics.
    Also, there is very little opportunity to move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way to reach the long range corporate goals is to strengthen the partner network

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Pockets of cronyism from other company " leadership" cultures (Oracle and SAP), but great actual front line people working with clients.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Solutions Architect
    Current Employee - Business Solutions Architect

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

    Pros

    Incredible potential to create a scalable high performing platform for Cloud Automation , operations and management.

    Cons

    Cronyism in middle management in Enterprise and Professional services. Oracle and SAP transplanted "in your face" leadership style causing low morale and higher attrition rates. Poor communication and excessive inter group politics for such a small group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the middle management who just focus on excessive control and fear tactics and hire leaders who intact change for the better for ALL employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. Steady company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    People are smart - at least the engineers. Also enthusiastic, especially with the new hires.

    Problems are complex and challenging.

    Culture of innovation.

    Good benefits, nothing outstanding especially for the valley. Not bad though. Fringe benefits include free concerts, celebrity talks, Friday beers, donation matching.

    Cons

    Definitely going through growing pains. Siloes in the organization means different interpretations of company goals and vision. Cross-organization communication and execution could be improved.

    Almost too many new people and lots of old timers leaving or left, taking their intellectual property/knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BUs really need to get on the same page about the company vision and make sure the interpretation is consistent down the chain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Enjoyed working there but ...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, exciting work, nice culture (mostly). While they accept WFH, they prefer you to be in the office.

    Cons

    You have to be in charge of your work/life balance. Because they no longer offer vacation as a benefit, it is easy to not take it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more than a 3 month plan. 3 VPs in 2 years and the radical change in priorities was crazy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    VMware Response

    Nov 12, 2014Senior Director, Global Benefits

    We strive for work-life integration, where our people feel comfortable making decisions when it comes to more fluidity in defining workspaces and allowing space for work or life to easily take ... More

  6. Great place to build your resume

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great technology and this company definitely adds credibility to your resume.

    Cons

    If you do not work in Palo Alto you are treated as a second class citizen with little chance of promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Democratize leadership and allow the best ideas to flow to the top independent of where they originate from.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Fast paced technology company still trying to define who it wants to be when it grows up.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    A ton of flexability when it comes to work hours for remore employees. It's EPIC2 values are great values (execution, passion, integraity, customers and community) and many people believe in them. Compensation is good if you work hard. Very minimal supervision which is good if you don't like to be micromanaged. Work-life balance is good if you make it good.

    Cons

    The direction changes quickly depending on who your leader is. A lot of disconnect between the different business units. Not many opporunities for growth. They hire from outside of the company most of the time. A lot of turnover in the last year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Partner Programs Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner Programs Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Partner Programs Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    VMware is a an important company and a good company overall. Has very good technology and is innovating and moving aggressively and evolving in terms of strategic direction. Smart executive management. Strong pay and benefits, although not likely you will get rich off of the stock of this somewhat mature company.

    Cons

    Too much micro-managment. Career development widely recognized as a weakness. Difficult to move around inside the company. Demanding environment. Loyalty not recognized or rewarded. Mostly all work and no play.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up. Take care of your people. Your employees are your best resource. You lose far too many of them. Make sure middle management is developed and trained. Develop your employees and discuss career options and a career path with them to retain them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    On the Fence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    VMware has been an innovator in the valley for some time. They are transitioning from pure virtualization to becoming a cloud infrastructure company. They are no longer operating like a big start-up but aggressively adding operational process to set themselves up for success. Many executives have been there for a long time and seem committed to the company. For the most part, employees are still wildly passionate about their roles. The campus is nice - growing.

    Cons

    As the company grows, they are now hiring in lots of folks from other former powerhouse companies that seem to be changing the culture. While some people that re brought in are good, a lot of these people just seem like they're happy to do the same job they did before at new location. Not a lot of enthusiasm. Lots of talk about where they used to work. The concern is whether VMware will remain strong or faulter by hiring a bunch of status quo people that do things the same old way. Not sure the innovation factor is still here. While some long time execs stay, some of the good ones are leaving. The turnover is natural, but when certain people leave, you start to wonder. The next two years will be telling. Career ladders are fairly non-existent. If you plan to get in, get the salary and title you want now. Moving up is rough once you get in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Confused Direction at the Top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Definitely able to grow and mature into a different level of things. Constant training offered, lots of good perks and benefits. Really good people to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management is a bit confused in their directive and how they want to move in the next direction. They need to figure some stuff out for sure.

    Under paid for everything I do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear up some bad communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Good benefits. Nice campus and a pleasant work environment.

    Cons

    Promotions and salary increments can sometimes be challenging to get.

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