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Great past, stable present, questionable future

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at VMware full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

* Salary and benefits in the high percentile of the valley.
* Very flexible work hours and work from home policy. Work hard, but go home at 5pm.
* Can choose between PC & Mac (over 60% Mac). Also very flexible on extra hardware (large monitors, docking, desktops ted.).
* people are very caring for one another.

Cons

* Parking is always challenging, even with the new parking area.
* Very slow promotion process, easier to get promoted by leaving. also very minimal pay increase year over year - 3-5%.
* Instead of being driven by customer needs, Market disruption or senior management, VMware is an engineering led company, and its direction is set by the engineers. this is great for short term delivery, but hurts the company's ability to compete and makes it play catch up.
* Company long term direction is unclear. it seems VMware like Microsoft has missed the SaaS and Public cloud revolution and is heavily dependent on legacy data center sales.
* Same as Microsoft, VMware has strong brand in enterprise IT with high prces, making it the less popular choice for openstack and AWS/Google/ public cloud users.
* Lots of process to deal with.
* Long delivery cycles making ir harder to impact the market.
* Decision making process is broken. lots of political compromises.

Advice to Management

* Define and articulate to employee and new hire VMware's long term strategy to remain relevant in the area of public cloud and SaaS
* Build an employee career plan that keeps existing employee close to the level of benefits they would receive if they just joined based on market condition and qualifications. if you won't do that, someone else will.
* Shorten product delivery cycles. we live in an agile world where quick iteration are as important as innovation.
* Create products driven by customer asks and what will disrupt the market rather than what engineering think is cool. cool is good, customer experience is better.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Chaotic & undisciplined

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Set standards of professional behavior and hold people to them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good to be there, good to leave.

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


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