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Fine.

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Staff Engineer
Current Employee - Staff Engineer

I have been working at VMware full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good people to work with. Management tries to be balanced. Some people don't like the increased emphasis on using a software life cycle structure, but it's actually a good thing.

Cons

Product marketing and exec management can't or don't always make the tough decisions on product direction.

Advice to Management

Customer satisfaction and solutions drive this company. Yearly releases for the sake of pushing out features and "staying ahead of the competition" may not be the best strategy. Especially at the cost of product quality. Emphasize to engineering that products have to be easy to use and be designed with a end to end usability work flow. Often the products look like the UI and user processes are an after thought to the feature itself. To HR and exec management/board: when you roll out a change in policy, such as the transition to "non-accrued vacation", give the employees time to plan for it rather than springing on people after they can't do anything. Changing policy is fine, you have to do what you have to do.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good engineers, indecisive management

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - culture of excellence, quality - a lot of smart people - genuine commitment to innovation

    Cons

    - executives lack ability Inability to make tough decision; they allow competing projects to go on too long undermining eachother leading to a no-win situations. - hyper-visor / platform team have too much say / power: VMware claim they want to move "up the stack" into management software and new domains but efforts have been obstructed by senior, core teams who only have experience building operating systems and command line tools. - promises of technical career progression don't seem too promising: Sr Staff and above seem dominated by old-timers and acquirees; little potential for organic promotion - recent "re-focussing" and spinning-off of the "Pivotal Initiative" seems to be an admission the company is incapable of moving into new areas which is disheartening.

    Advice to Management

    Be decisive and put an end to the Darwinian product development: choose to invest in something and get everybody behind it.


  2. Is a large company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Emphasizes engineering driven development and new ideas were often innovative in the past. Good modern facility in Palo Alto

    Cons

    Large size adds lots of process and may stifle innovation. Is focused on core areas now, so wide range of possibilities explored in the past are available less. Engineering and marketing can collaborate better than they do. Has hired many people recently from other large companies and they brought their own habits and practices, and VMware lost a bit of its own culture.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more autonomy for innovation


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