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Ok. Not a bad place to be

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 for more than 3 years

Pros

Open communication, awesome products, good business

Cons

:/, a few people are more powerful than others.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tribal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some very talented, very nice people. All depends on the group you're in. Pleasant physical environment. Good pay, including bonuses.

    Cons

    If you're in one of the not-so-good groups, it is like living in a tribe of primitives from 10,000 B.C. Strong personalities set the direction. Whoever yells loudest, throws the most effective tantrum, or interrupts the most, that's who sets direction. Managers talk smack about other employees during your 1:1 (backstabbing anyone?). It feels like middle school with the people who suck up to the manager getting the promotions. Anyone who thinks for himself is shunned. Individual contributors are simultaneously told to "think for yourself" and "follow the conventions". Managers meddle in individual contributor work while ignoring their own managerial work. Performance reviews are late and without constructive input. No one knows why they got the bonus (or lack of) they got. Abuse of manager power can be epic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the data you collect in your employee surveys to get rid of the bad middle managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    World Class Software Company and Innovator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Simply one of the best software companies on the planet today. Great technology, great global customers and great global business partners.

    Cons

    Middle management personnel who make commitments to get performance and then do not come through on their commitments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work ! the new strategies are necessary and working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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