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Great technology but ...

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Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware full-time

Pros

VMware has great technology and they have very strong and competent engineers.

Cons

Lack of documentation - you have to find the right person with the information in their head to understand product/technology internals. They also have a very siloed set of engineering teams (which they are trying to fix). There is a general lack of integration across their product lines (also trying to fix) and the organization can be very political. They also have way to many VP's who are really only operating at the level of project manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find ways to integrate engineering teams across the organization and remove political agendas. Stress the importance of documenting internals so that new staff can get up to speed more rapidly.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fine.

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What it takes to be part of the market leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Fast-paced. Part of team that is market leader in Virtualization. Many opportunities to rotate into other positions. Nice Perks. Great gym. Open Snack Bar. Great cafe. Campus is expanding, too.

    Cons

    Cutthroat. Folks are competitive and want to get ahead. More competitive than cooperative. You need to stay on top of your game to survive and must have thick skin. Not necessarily a 'con', but must adjust quickly if you are joining from a different environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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