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Good engineers, indecisive management

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Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay, bonuses, raises. Physical environment.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Backstabbing. Managers who haven't a clue how to manage. No leadership at the middle management level. They just gossip about each other and their employees. Too much power in a few hands. Over past 3 years it's gotten worse, the emperor is wearing no clothes but no one had a guts to stand up to the one or two "bullies" who call the shots and are driving products into the ditch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your hair is on fire. You must improve morale, management, and quality or your company will collapse. Call in a consultant to tell you what it means to run a company. Retrain or fire middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has grown fast and infrastructure needs to catch up. Lots of smart people.

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in 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. The VMware Foundation shows that the company cares about more than just making money. Employees are given five days per year to use volunteering at non-profit organizations.

    Cons

    Company has grown fast and IT processes are sometimes medieval. Sometimes, things get done only by working around the established processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in IT. It's ridiculous that a company this size has to postpone simple fixes to systems used manage Channel Programs, Customer Support, and other key functions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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