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Dynamic company but struggles with identity and growth.

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Current Employee - Senior Business Strategist in Tampa, FL
Current Employee - Senior Business Strategist in Tampa, FL

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

Pros

Great enthusiasm, strong culture, positive atmosphere. Strong appreciative client base. Tremendous growth opportunities in EMEA and Asia Pacific so the company still have tremendous upside.

Cons

Weak management, poor communication, political hierarchy tacking shape with ineffective. job defensive mindset beginning to invade Director and above psyche - reminiscent of Microsoft circa 1998-2002. Client base beginning to dig deeper in VMware value proposition, awareness of competitive offerings. Companies looking to ensure they don't become too "imbedded" and dependent on 1 particular vendor, and VMware suffering from that perception.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Establish an enterprise sales culture, to much focus on "the number" not how to effectively up skill the field resources to be able to achieve "the number". Far too many messages from corporate that confuse VMware's real strengths and direction. Messaging about Pivotal its relationship VMware & EMC weakens current VMware positioning. The 900 lay offs were a sign that the company cares more about Wall Street perception that its employees, and the manner on which it was executed and communicated was amateur.

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No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty Good so far...

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    - good salary and benefits, campus
    - pretty interesting work trying to bring something unique to the marketplace
    - recent reorg finally brought much needed focus and clarity on what the company wants to be

    Cons

    - some bad decisions leading to massive wasted engineering efforts
    - no uniform process followed across teams
    - slowly losing some of its shine
    - politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customer focus is what made vmware great. Off late, some of the decisions are not totally aligned with customer needs leading to wasted efforts. Please bring laser like customer focus to all the project decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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