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A bit disorganized

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

Nice people, loved my team, nice location, surrounded by trees, lunch on site, espresso machines

Cons

Schedule not communicated or well thought-out, somewhat reactive. A bit too much bureaucracy to get anything done in a reasonable amount of time. Also, VMware monitors web usage with a tool that slows down work. It requires you to log in to access sites it doesn't recognize, which is almost anything. It was faster to access information online (our product is web-based) over wi-fi than to use the network, so i would unplug the network to do general work and then have to plug in to print something. Pretty ridiculous, besides making people feel like they're kindergarteners needing supervision.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve your network and get rid of the web usage monitoring system. Also, ensure teams have the same goals so they aren't working against each other. When temporary resources are pulled from engineering to work on a project, they aren't as committed as those permanently on the project, which makes it very hard (expensive) to accomplish anything.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    great opportunities if you can pivot quickly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    still some smart people, great products and a phenomenal strategy. There's still cowboys who are getting stuff done, you just have to look hard to find them.

    Cons

    way too many overlapping projects and products, no one willing to make the hard decision to stamp out the overlaps. The consensus driven culture lives on but with so many people and decisions to be made, it can be paralyzing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some hard choices but be transparent about why you're making them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great job with lot of options for a long-term career here

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great corporate culture in the organization

    Cons

    Work life balance exists, you just have to find it between meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring from within is the key to continued success

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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