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An innovative, Gummie Bear Lover's Heaven.

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

Pros

VMware is still an extremely innovative environment, and they have an endless supply of Gummie Bears.. Cool things are happening all over the company to watch and be involved in. It's definitely been a bumpy ride, and the management turnover has certainly taken its toll, but - overall - a great experience to be a part of. Great new products coming, strength of company as a whole seems solid, overall diversity of employees and culture. The only thing constant is change. Each year at VMware seems to be so different than the previous year. I like change, and this is a great place to be if you are adaptable and open to new things. If you want to, you can learn something new often, from what I've experienced.

Cons

The billion-dollar start-up feel is gone, as we have morphed into the lean, green virtual machine. It stills feels like the roadmap for the company doesn't get translated to the trenches. Bits and pieces of information received don't help much to really feel like you are part of the evolution. After 3.5 years at VMware, I still have trouble actually figuring out what some groups are responsible for. The constant re-orgs and re-naming of workgroups doesn't help much. I realize it has to happen, but our intranet is horrible at helping employees decipher how the company is structured and what the various workgroups actually do (AND its built on crap MSFT software). The location is very non-transit friendly, which I find really annoying. Why did we build that campus out in the middle of no where anyway? Smack dab in the middle between 280 and 101.....brilliant! 2 parking spots for every 3 employees.....double brilliant! The company needs to provide more telecommuting options to employees. Not everyone wants to live near Palo Alto, nor spend an hour or so DRIVING to work each way, or better yet 2 hours each way taking transit. I, unfortunately, would have to agree with the general consensus on our middle-managers. You find you self all too-often thinking....."how did that person get their job?". Some Senior Management positions also seem to be filled with people who aren't qualified, or were qualified when they were hired but are totally inept at dealing with what VMware is growing into. Morale is lagging. I think we all miss Diane (and I miss her sweater-sets), but let's give Paul a chance, folks. This guy is brilliant in his own right and we can't bring Diane back. I'm really looking forward to seeing what she'll do next. She was a pretty incredible force at VMware. I look forward to a time in my career at VMware where I'm focused on pro-active initiatives, rather than being in a constant reactive state.

Advice to Management

Take a good, hard look at any manager who has been with VMware for more than 2 years. Are they REALLY the right person for the job their in? A good portion of them aren't. Turnover stability and overall retention are key - the great employees won't deal with bad management. Although everyone is dispensable, make sure people aren't unhappy enough to look around for something else. Even though the market may be prohibitive - if you aren't happy, you aren't happy. Lots of grumbling going on lately Our HR department seems to be basically non-existant except for the obligatory options for employees and occasional communications. Every area of the company is important. Treat everyone equally - respect should transcend workgroup. That nice lady in facilities that takes heat from everyone all day as she provides our services is just as important as the brilliant engineer who developed the latest enchancement (it would be nice though, if he would buy some long pants and dark socks).

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Time to operate like a real company

    • 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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology produced by this company is cutting edge and impressive

    Cons

    Unqualified people working on critical projects without prior experience or credentials. Too many amateurs "trying". Other departments do not share the same enthusiasm and dedication compared to Engineering. Too many 9-to-5 employees who do not have the heart for their position.

    Advice to Management

    Slash out unnecessary and redundant layers in middle management to save money and sanity among employees who do matter.


  2. Management is lacking, but engineers and perks are good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perks are on par, if not better than most companies in Silicon Valley. Location of the main office in Palo Alto is wonderful and provides opportunities to exercise outdoors. Many coworkers organize activities including running, soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and "bootcamp". VMware has one of the best technical staff I've worked with- they have to be by nature of the products that VMware develops. If you are into low level systems, I would wager there is no better place to work.

    Cons

    VMware is in dire need of good management having wasted years while waiting for Microsoft to create a virtualization product. Marketing could be better as everyone has heard of Microsoft's products, but not VMware's. For the engineers, the infrastructure leaves much to be desired. Automated testing is lacking, and manual QA is scattered throughout the world. A lot of time is wasted trying to track down issues with someone who is 12 hours ahead you leading to week long e-mail exchanges. Management seems to care more about counting beans than getting resources that engineers need to effectively do their job. Politics leading to changing requirements on top of poor communication leads to projects being late, scrapped, or rewritten unnecessarily.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on the competition and focus on removing the friction within the company. If you don't do this, any attempts at defeating the competition is futile.


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