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Almost impossible to get things accomplished

Senior Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

ProsAll the espresso, soda, sparking water and tea to float you down a river. Convenient location off of Highway 280. Some buildings have a very open office concept with short cubicle walls thus providing natural lighting. Fun events for employees. Good rate of pay.

ConsConstruction going on for a year now that has made it stressful just to get to work. Open office concept makes for a very loud work place with way too much foot traffic walking by and noise from the break rooms with some buildings having a work environments of basically working in a basement. There is a lot of turnover with employees coming and going and way too many consultants here. In fact we seem to have so many contractors from India that the company is more and more of an Indian culture and less of an American one. In one department there seems to be very little planning ahead. Everything is last minute and becomes an emergency thus having the administrative staff running around stressed out instead of management planning ahead. The onsite café in the main building where the C-Level executives are is limited and very disappointing. The chef is trying too hard to have very unusual foods instead of just creating some good food to eat and if you order something from the grill be prepared to not only have it take 30 minutes but for them to mess up your order. Most importantly, there is no concise way to get things done. You end up using 3-4 different systems in order to get something accomplished and something always ends up going wrong. If you need to contact the help desk, you are phoning someone in India who ends messing things up even worse.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage your employees to plan more ahead especially at the higher level of management. Require all management to take employee relations class to help them communicate more affectively with all levels. Require employees to take a class in effective management and thus becoming more proactive and less reactive. Please centralize most of the processes so that things don't get so convoluted.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of problems at the management level

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Good compensation, interesting technology. Smart people at the execution level Cons: 1. Lack of executive leadership 2. HR department are free floaters that don't do anything 3. No work-life balance 4. Agreed, promotions are based on who you know… Advice to Senior Management: draw your conclusions, if you care. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Challenging sales environment with questionable sales management tactics. Totall quarterly driven.

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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


    Pros: Competitive compensation with a sales driven culture Cons: Short term focused from a sales perspective Advice to Senior Management: Provide more job specific orientation and management that can assist… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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