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Chaotic & undisciplined

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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 3 years)

Pros

Salary is great, environment is pretty

Cons

Back-stabbing is unbelieveable. Mostly from the 'entrenched' employees (5+ years at the company). People literally go to your manager and complain about things they easily could handle directly with you. Some managers seem to enjoy sharing this with you and thus getting themselves in the middle of a grade school spat. My former manager was classic "queen bee" type. Gossipy and evil. Current one seems to enjoy drama too, though is a nicer person. Has a second-in-command that runs the show to his own liking, literally adding and subtracting people from the group meeting calendar on a weekly basis depending on whether he's ticked off at you or not. This is NOT the place to start a career, nor the place to advance in mid-career. If you're at the end of your career, have a thick
skin, and don't give a flip about anything but the salary, come on in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Set standards of professional behavior and hold people to them.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  2.  

    Mature organization with bad management habits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    good compensation, good opportunities for growth and impact if willing to put up with politics, some cool products and technologies

    Cons

    too much politics, too little communication even within small branches of the organization, lack of alignment, poor allocation of resources, inefficient processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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