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Virtually, anything is possible,

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Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

Pros

Plenty of cool things to work on, from bit-fiddling in the hypervisor, to big data analysis and machine learning in the management software. Smart co-workers. Great work/life balance.

Cons

Enterprise software company, long product release cycles. Especially in the bottom layers of the stack, it's hard to turn things around.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
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    IT professionals: This is not the job you're looking for

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Good medical/dental/vision benefits
    - Casual dress environment
    - Free snacks
    - Free weekly catered dinners
    - Outstanding 6-week on-boarding and training program
    - Other training made available from time to time

    Cons

    - Run like a call center: If you come from a customer service background, you'll fit right in
    - Unreasonable work volume
    - Completely numbers-driven, to the point that managers and TSEs frequently manipulate results to fit expectations
    - Enormous pressure put on TSEs. Management will hold your feet to the fire if you get too many negative surveys from customers
    - 3/4 of your customer surveys positive? Not good enough - too many months like this and you're likely to end up on a PIP, which is a pre-cursor to being fired
    - Inflexible, varying weekly schedules set by a computer application. If you are not "compliant", you must submit a "TPS report" style exception, or face disciplinary action
    - Ticket monkeys are rewarded for volume of cases closed instead of solutions provided to the customer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - If you want to portray the illusion that this is a solutions center (not a call center), then start treating your employees like professionals instead of children
    - Pay your experienced employees accordingly
    - Do the job you are being paid to do and start forecasting and trending so you aren't caught off-guard so often with rising call volumes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Tribal

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (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
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