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Disappointed with lack of interactions within the team

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Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Intern in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Intern in Palo Alto, CA

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

Pros

Intelligent people - staff engineers are pretty awesome, good compensation (for interns), good pantry.

Cons

The nature of work varies from team to team - could be really interesting, could be really boring, no interaction with mentor/manager (personal experience - YMMV), no emphesis on KT. The company is growing at exponential rate and losing small company nature at the same rate. So your experience really vary from team to team.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I guess I wasn't there long enough to give any advice but if you compare the company to Google/Facebook/Apple and expect to attract talent, you should match the compensation and benefits. Specially when you spoil the interns by paying them so much.

Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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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 a 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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
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