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VMware an opportunity lost by Marketing without strategy?

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Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

I worked at VMware

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Cool technology and a shot at fame

Cons

Really poor senior management (before Maritz, who is very strong). Huge egos and unwillingness to listen to those at the 'coalface'. Culture of fear esp in EMEA.

Advice to Management

Root out the unstrategic, bring-nothing egomaniacs currently in PR/AR/Communication.

As bad are the regional marketing leads and especially EMEA Marketing team, needs to learn that VMworld EMEA is a tactic NOT a strategy.

Overall a ridiculous over-promotion of those who cannot spell STRATEGIC has gone on for years under Diana Greene and has carried on because it 'Keeps its enemies closer'. This is not how a company thrives.

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

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Encourage greater employee mobility within company.

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

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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