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The magic went away.

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Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Austin, TX
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

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

Pros

Still some good technology, competitive compensation and some very smart co-workers (and some not so smart).

Cons

There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers). No clear direction now that VMware core products have reached saturation. New products are in mature markets or add little value.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees inside the company will soon lose their motivation because it is hard to work with clueless people. There is no real career path outside Palo Alto. Listen (and Act) to employee feedback.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Program Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Good managers, good access to resources and learning opportunities. Smart, accessible coworkers that are willing to help you learn the industry/tools. Pay is good. Work life balance very good, in my case. Might change from team to team.

    Cons

    Management vision a little bit confusing. Restructuring has apparently happened a few too many times. Coworkers generally older - mean age somewhere in the 30s if I had to guess. As a younger guy, this is a little awkward.

    Socially, people tend to stick with their teams and not branch out. People focused on work, so don't expect lunchtime conversation to go in another direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire younger if possible. Try to keep things steadier and define vision in a clearer way rather than keep talking around it - it sounds like you haven't defined it yet and are just shotgunning words at a page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 for 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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