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Culture varies by function and its not all rosy

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Current Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

Pros

Leadership and HR initiatives such as corporate values are great attempts to provide direction and aspirations. Free food and entertainment.

Cons

VMware falls short in keeping its leaders and especially people managers accountable with MBOs, no consistency or oversight to ensure equity across the company on compensation and promotions. Compensation for people with tenure always lags the market. Very limited career path as you rise up the ladder and its who you know, not what you can do.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

People programs has to mature quickly and start taking care of your talent with competitive compensation and growth opportunities especially in Silicon Valley. Appreciate diversity and beware of leaders who bring in people who are just like them.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Operated like a startup, but taking the long road in technology...

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to play with new tech
    Some intelligent people to interface with
    Big ideas
    Allowed to work from home
    Management can be very hands off if you're good at what you do
    Advancement if you rub elbows with the right people

    Cons

    Company is run like a startup (not in a good way)
    Management is delusional and out of touch with end users and customers
    Technology is falling behind open source (Openstack, Cloudstack)
    Company is disorganized
    Engineering documentation is difficult and sometimes impossible to locate easily
    Zimbra is a terrible email system - Migration to Outlook in progress
    No consistent communications platform - Some individuals use Skype, some use Hangouts, others Lync...
    People are scattered all over the world which add complexity to communicating efficiently
    Work hours are longggggggggg - 12 hours daily is the norm here
    Impossible to take PTO as there are always multiple projects in flight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VMware,. Wake up! You need better long term roadmaps if you're going to compete against the "new kids on the block" like Openstack and other scale out systems. We get it, you won the hypervisor war years ago but we have moved on since then. People are adopting platforms like Openshift and Pivotal for PaaS. Customers are using things like Foreman which can do provisioning, configuration, and monitoring. In order to stay relevant VMware needs to think outside the box and innovate instead of building GUI interfaces for SMB. The current crop of products are not for not an Enterprise company in any way shape or form. Single point of failure designs, poor roadmap and chaotic engineering is leading to stagnation. Disconnect from the mothership (EMC) and become a leader in the virtual Iaas, Paas, and Xaas markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very little career growth if you are remote

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart and passionate people around. Flexible schedules and good time off policy. Training is great if you are Palo Alto based; non existent otherwise.

    Cons

    Zero career growth for remote technical folks or if you happen to be in the wrong group(s). Very poor equity and bonus distribution. If you have been there for a long time, delta in the compensation of very small compared to newer hires, even at the same grade level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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