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Good engineers, indecisive management

Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Inside Sales

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at VMware full-time


    Pros: Coworkers are great, fun crowd, lots of camaraderie. Office cafeteria has lots… Cons: Excessive micro-management with regard to Sales. No stress on product knowledge, nor any care toward actual productivity, but rather the appearance of productivity. Contests and… Advice to Senior Management: Allow reps to use some of their individual skills/talents to manage accounts and… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Company has grown fast and infrastructure needs to catch up. Lots of smart people.

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: VMware is full of nice, smart people. The average age is not too young, which means people give importance to having a balanced life.… Cons: Company has grown fast and IT processes are sometimes medieval. … Advice to Senior Management: Invest in IT. It's ridiculous that a company this size has to postpone… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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