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Not too good not too bad

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Current Employee - QA Engineer II in Beijing, Beijing (China)
Current Employee - QA Engineer II in Beijing, Beijing (China)

I have been working at VMware

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

No.1 of Cloud and Virtualization

Cons

Promotion and others are not equal

Advice to Management

Middle managers not equal to all engineers, for promotions, awards and so on

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Overall positive.

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Marketing Director

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast growing, good compensation, energetic environment, culture of open sharing of information and ideas. Culture encourages new ideas and teamwork. The CEO is a strategic genius and is taking the company in the right direction.

    Cons

    Get all you can on the front end because this company will not promote from within and this is the reason that attrition is higher than you would expect for such a fast growing company. The pay scale is good, but not as competitive as other tech firms. You will need to negotiate going in to remain whole, but it can be done if you are the top candidate.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the talent within before going outside to hire for promotion opportunities. Need to make significant changes in the sales organization, especially personnel, to be successful in an increasingly competitive environment.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Tanking fast

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Still has some good technology (vSphere is still on top, but perhaps not for long)
    - Might look good on a resume
    - Pay is OK.

    Cons

    VMware is almost entirely reliant on legacy products which are losing their niche fast. Competitors are catching up and VMware needs somewhere to go to differentiate. They have bought several promising technologies (Zimbra, Socialcast, SlideRocket, Horizon App Manager, Horizon Mobile) but they are not investing enough to keep them abreast of the competition. Management is entirely, 100% focused on revenue and becoming a $4B company - and the cuts show. Raises are next to nonexistent (even for internal promotions, which are rare.) Employees who used to have their cell phones taken care of by the company now have to "Bring Your Own Mobile" (this was billed as a great benefit to employees, but in reality we now have to purchase our own phones and pay for our own plans, with an entirely-to-small cap on what we can expense for monthly costs.) Rumor is they will be doing the same with laptops in the future, without giving employees any money towards purchasing their own computer. Within the next year, they play to eliminate vacation and sick leave (rather than earning leave, you will just "work it out with your manager" - I can only imagine this will cut back on the amount of vacation you can take.)

    Upper management has a decent vision but it is crippled by the all-encompassing focus on revenue. The company has a whole slew of useless VPs (many brought in and given lofty titles due to acquisitions.) Middle management is largely incompetent yes-men who are focused on managing upwards - a lot of them have been with the company for a long time or were part of acquisitions, so they are just "resting and vesting." Until a lot of them are sidelined or fired, I don't foresee much improvement. The market has started to realize that the company is all glitter but no gold, and the stock price is being adjusted to reflect this.

    Advice to Management

    This company has a BILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS in the bank. Spend it to enhance products that need it so they can compete in the market, and put a little towards improving employee morale (which is in the gutter.)


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