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Great company to work for as an intern

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

I have been working at VMware as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Fantastic pay, benefits and perks.

Cons

Lunch is not free, snacks are repetitive.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Do as i say company" with suffocating work culture and hardly any project planning

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

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

    Pros

    * Decent salary
    * Brand to put on resume or to tell your near and dear one

    Cons

    The following may not apply to every group in Vmware but this is based on my experience
    for the group i worked for around 21 months. Apart from my group, i can safely say that there is a good chance that some of the following points is true for many other groups in Vmware.

    * Lots of hierarchy where only thing cared is "who is boss" (this may include senior mts, oldies mts , staff engineer and some managers too )and there is no emphasis on getting it right or doing it right or their is no discussion on to understand what is right ; you will listen quite often 'do as i say' from almost anyone and old engineers did not even care to share their opinions with the seniors as they are accustomed to this culture ... and they know what's in their best interest. If you open your mouth slightly chances are that u would get marginalized very fast as you have done a crime by suggesting something.
    * No project planning. There is hardly any investment on planning the project and doing it in good way. Zero vision and hardly any discussion/ tech presentation/ tech meeting. Just start something to show that something is going on and then fail ahead and then try to find a scapegoat. ( i am not writing it because i was made scapegoat)
    * There is more than 50% chance that you will encounter a manager who is neither a good people manager and neither they understand or try to understand the technology. The only thing they know is they are the boss and may even treat you as you are not engineers but a slave...
    *Hardly any genuine passion inside the group ( it can vary depending upon the group though). Most of oldies is saving their job and just thinking what to write in their next status report every week
    * Management in general don't care to retain talent who had done good work or could still contribute...they are just busy in pleasing their ego..
    * Vmware did invovate a lot; but something is missing off-late (at least during my tenure)....i did not see a single innovation and lots of project had failed
    * Not much room for career growth because of heirachy and because of lot of project failures

    I firmly believe if you are talented and like open work culture and would like to work in friendly fun loving environment that also give you opportunity to accomplish something; then this is not the company for you by any imagination....

    If you are just satisfied with getting a salary and don't give much importance to work culture or just want to have proper work life balance without caring about work satisfaction or accomplishing anything....then you can try because after all you get a Brand name...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take retirement so that good people can contribute to the company and don't leave or have to leave... Whatever you are doing any grandmother would do....i have not seen a single project getting succeeded during my tenure.... and have seen lot of people leaving or

         or

    leave your ego aside and try to build a team first and understand the roots of the issues....understand the strength of the employee and any problems the employee or the project may be facing and improve the work culture by fostering openness and put the emphasis on doing something right in the right way....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Braindrain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace

    Cons

    * Brain drain from the Exec level on down to the rank and file over the past 12 months
    * Promotions based on who you know rather than your performance and work merit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example; hire people smarter than you; listen to your employees per surveys requested of your workforce

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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