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Smart folks, confused direction

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Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

Pros

Super smart people. Generally helpful, good work life balance, beautiful campus (Palo Alto). Despite the rapid growth, there is still a good degree of autonomy - you can find a way to make a difference, and do what you want to do. Plus they have pinball machines, and the sushi in the cafe is very good.

Cons

Rapid growth has lead to general confusion. Not sure they really know what the future holds for them, and how they're going to continue to grow.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Simplify - focus - you can't be all things to all people. The false starts across multiple areas (slide rocket for instance, application platform for example, etc) cause consternation and distress. You have a core product that leads, and you need to ensure that you continue to lead there - don't get too distracted.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good company to be in. Right time!

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

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

    Pros

    Good brand value. Effective senior management

    Cons

    Need to provide some time to employees to improve their other tech skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Smart people

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Encourage innovation
    - Healthy work environment

    Cons

    - Messed up release management
    - Failing to cope with size of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the release story right

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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