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Not the company I joined any more ... explosive growth and new Management caused major issues

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Former Employee - QA Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - QA Manager in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great Culture - if this is your first job out of school, you will be spolied. Many employees get to go to VMWorld, Beer bashes on Fridays, awesome campus and great culture of continued growth

Great Senior Developer - people who not only wrote the book on this stuff but also taught the classes the book was based on and we're part of the teams that did the original work which is covered.

Smart people across the board - this can be a shock for many and in some ways it's like being a pro football player - most of these people were the smartest kids in their high school, then went on to be one of the smartest people in a top five school, and when they get to VMWare, they are considered average (or maybe slightly above average) because EVERYONE is so smart.

Sexy products and huge brand name - looks awesome on your resume

Cons

Founders were forced out and much of their original team (who still had awesome ideas) has cashed out and left.

"Must have a 4.0 GPA from a top 5 School" mentality - Many groups want to limit themselves to people like themselves and even in Management there is a lot of bias against some school.

Too Much Politics - I was personally threatened by a SVP for providing review feedback on a Development Manager which was unflattering (she had zero compassion for the QA team and wanted them to work 60 hr weeks for more then a month keep the original unrealistic date that she had given). Who is friend is outside of work >= what you do

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Return to your roots and the culture of innovation ... don't worry about beating MS ... use your capital to come up with the next big thing (not just doing more stuff with VMs) and get more parking ! They had 2 parking places for every 3 offices, so if you don't come early there isn't anywhere to park.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad management. Bad culture. Good people.

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    Former Employee - Alliance Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Alliance Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Smart people. Market Leader. Leverage in business because of position.

    Cons

    Terrible management and culture. No team effort. Doesn't know how to partner. Just manipulate and deceive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start weeding out the bad apples in your management structure. Take care of your people who will leave once stock options clear!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hectic and scatterbrained

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at VMware full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Freedom to do what you think needs to be done. Still a start-up but with large corporate backing with the large ownership of EMC.

    Cons

    Inability to fix things. Won't invest, more interested in the "duct tape and bubble gum" solution than actually solving a critical problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes you have to take 1 step back to to take 5 forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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