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Run away politics

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Former Employee - Sales
Former Employee - Sales

I worked at VMware full-time

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Renewals are still relatively easy to do but...

Cons

Politics, politics, politics! If you're a friend of Carl's, then you might be OK. Otherwise, prepare to languish. Merit, effort and results are meaningless. Either you're in the cliche or you'll never get ahead.

Advice to Management

Pat, take off the blind fold and inspect your direct reports. Muster up some courage and establish some accountability. Status quo is resigning to failure. Only bold, structural changes will right the fast sinking ship.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Trying very hard to pull itself out of a steep decline.....prognosis still undecided

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent campus and work amenities. Interaction within teams is very good and for the most part there is a lot of bright and talented individual contributors. VMware also does a lot for the community and in the spirit of Paul Maritz believes in "giving back more than you take". VMware is attempting to get back to a lean and mean state but it might be to little to late as the competition is becoming fierce in the Cloud and Software Defined Data Center arena. The current CEO was brought in to help right and repoint the ship, the outcome of that is still unfolding.

    Cons

    Organization is very siloed. Large organization mentality is setting in. Room for growth is non-existant, feedback from management is also zero. As an organization VMware has lost its agility as it has grown (almost to a debilitating point) and at the same time not reinvested in its systems and framework for a growing organization. This creates a poor environment to actually get anything done. Annual review process is very lengthy and cumbersome as the mgmt. has been working on reviews (and everything that goes with them) for 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    time to flatten the organization structure a little bit. empower remaining management and hold them accountable. Provide some incentive for veteran/long term employees to stay vs being recruited by everyone else trying to get in the cloud space

  2. Helpful (3)

    VMware is confusing, complex, and eroding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in New Brighton, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in New Brighton, MN

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company perks. Pays well.

    Cons

    If you are not a star working on the core product, you do not feel valued. Several groups internally are working on competing technologies. Marketing team has little idea how the actual products work. Very old-school management philosophies, set deadline and work harder. Lots of late nights in Palo Alto.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in process improvements, get lean. Middle management and marketing are wasteful, causing mass confusion and less productive R&D teams.

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