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Helpful (2)

Great, but could be better.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Cambridge, MA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

* There are excellent opportunities to work closely with technical leaders, which is a uniquely educational experience. * At least within some groups, ideas live and die by their own merits (and not based on, for example, the seniority of the idea's champion). * At least some first and second line management is competent, providing feedback when asked not only during the semi-annual performance review process, but on a task-to-task or week-to-week granularity as well. * Great promotion potential for good engineers. * Salary and benefits are competitive.

Cons

* Leadership does not seem to be proactive about providing feedback. * Promotions don't always seem to make sense; the people who deserve promotions seem to get them, but so do some of the people who don't. Relatedly, management (at all levels) does not articulate the rationale for management. * Product management doesn't consistently communicate the reasoning behind decisions, making it hard to understand their point of view or to take initiative on issues that would be potentially cut-and-dry. * Inter-product relationships are still being developed; there isn't, yet, good sharing of information or resources.

Advice to Management

* Replace the "360-degree" review system with something that actually works; employees should be able to both give and receive clear feedback about performance. * Buckle down (nicely); we're grown ups. When we make a mistake, tell us. When one of our co-workers makes a mistake, tell them. If it isn't clear when someone is doing something wrong, the problem won't go away. * Similarly, provide a simple way to provide feedback when we feel you've made a mistake. I understand that the ability to provide anonymous feedback has a variety of problems, but it's hard to feel comfortable providing critical feedback in a direct manner.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (3)

    Stay for stability, Leave for promotions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Company making money through cash cow virtualization platform - Stock has been growing - Company riding cloud wave, vision set by CEO - Several new products are being introduced

    Cons

    - Poor quality of management - Nepotism (VPs/GMs hire their own friends) - Good people are leaving as they are being overlooked

    Advice to Management

    - Promote good management talent from within - Hire new talent from top companies and schools - Please discourage nepotism


  2. A company with good future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Many bright engineer to work with - Great technology

    Cons

    - Taking longer time to get things done - Compensation is not very attractive - Internal tools keep changing


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