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Good to be there, good to leave.

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Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

A lot of great people who really want to do a good job. They take good care of you and the environment is very pretty. It was a great place to learn an area of tech that was new and groundbreaking.

Cons

Miserably unable to assess talent and promote from within. Very political, lots of maneuvering. Way too many meetings. Not set up for virtual teams and the location makes it difficult for many to get there (worldwide as well as in the Bay Area). Still a bit self-important and riding on coattails of past success.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Company needs to genuinely manage down instead of massive manage up focus. Also, what's up with the lack of women in management, sr. mgmt. and on the board?

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some smart engineers, lacking product leadership and new talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, ok perks (needs a shuttle)
    Nice campus
    Good work-life balance, 9-5
    Casual

    Cons

    No shuttle
    Very very corporate vibe
    Brain drain
    Not attracting talent - not competing outside of salary
    An engineering company led by a salesperson never ends well
    Promotions are based on time served, though not officially
    Sloppy work ships (Web Client). Bad QA? Bad Eng? Bad PMs? All bad?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize teams to focus on product excellence, not deadlines. Make decisions based on what customers want, not what's easier for us to ship by a deadline

    Be an engineering company, not an enterprise company, that's the way to make people excited about working there again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Growing tech company

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    -- Rapidly growing company provides lots of opportunities for growth
    -- Lots of smart engineers and business people
    -- Comfortable lifestyle
    -- Nice campus in Palo Alto
    -- Great pay and benefits
    -- Significant employee stock purchase program (ESPP)
    -- Ping pong tables everywhere!

    Cons

    -- No free food; limited snacks and drinks
    -- Although tons of smart people, rapid growth over the past few years has significantly diluted the talent pool.
    -- No shuttle to commute from SF to Palo Alto
    -- Relatively weak culture (not bad, just not very apparent)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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