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Was a great company to work for when smaller, seems to have had some scaling issues.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at VMware

Pros

- Brilliant software engineers. Really some of the best I've worked with anywhere.
- Cool product.
- Good work environment.
- Laid back, bay area culture.
- Successful business.
- Hours can be very flexible.
- Can work remotely.

Cons

- Difficult to move into new areas of work.
- Difficult to move from engineering to research.
- Deadlines are not expected to be met.
- Non-engineering groups seems somewhat dysfunctional.
- Rapid scaling seems to have led to scaling problems.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Encourage greater employee mobility within company.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    Great company but needs to improve employee retention program post-IPO (higher salary, promotions, stocks...)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Great technology
    Great market opportunities
    Great campus
    Great people
    Great CEO
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    Cons

    Compensation should be higher.
    Promotions don't always come after great performance.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure compensation matches performance. I've felt underpaid for some time now.
    It's not easy to grow internally: promotions are slow to come and transitions to management are even rarer.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Technical support may or may not be for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn something new is incredible. Everyday the interaction with customers brought forth new insight into the product and what it can do. The product also required a broad spectrum of Windows and Linux OS knowledge. Knowing databases, such as Microsoft's SQL or Oracle, is a great benefit. But if you want to learn a lot and be part of a growing industry, this may work for you.

    Cons

    Extreme pressure to meet the numbers instead of the original statement to "do what it takes to make or keep the customer happy." Although you may have no experience in a certain aspect of the product and request assistance from another support engineer, managment insists you "take ownership" and continue helping the customer. The customer picks up quickly that you lack the knowledge to properly help, the customer then asks for someone who can help, but you have to answer that someone will get back to them later which can cause a loss in integrity. And learning on the spot in this manner can quickly burn out the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact more with your frontline people to get a better understanding of what is really going on.

    No opinion of CEO
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