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Highly Politicized Environment but good benefits

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Former Employee - Products in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Products 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

Great benefits
Good Salary
ESPP and Stock option grants
Fully stocked kitchen
Really nice gym and campus

Cons

Very, very political environment. Everybody fights for dominance and plays mind games with employees and contractors. The only way to survive is to find a "Godfather" who will protect and nurture you.
Best survival strategy is to say "yes" to everybody with little bit of power and "no" to everybody else.
HR uses performance reviews and ratings as a weapon to use against you when the opportunity strikes. If you align yourself with the right people, you don't need to worry about it.

Advice to Management

Too late to improve the culture. Best thing will be to look at the results and not "like-ability" of you mid to senior level management.
Shut down failing businesses and fire those who consistently miss their targets.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Nice technology and very nice campus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff 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

    The Palo Alto campus is great and feels good to be there. The technology is very good and some really smart people to work with. To me the environment looked quite open and many folks were easily approachable

    Cons

    The management is very volatile. Most managers are technical folks and don't have capability to plan a product release or manage people. Smart engineers get the job done somehow. Features get dropped in every release due to poor planning. For experienced engineers it is not a great place. Lot of encouragement given to new college grads and for them it is a good learning experience.
    Something to note - the company had no new innovation for a long time.
    Benefits were very moderate compared to other companies in the Valley.
    Selling their old product (vSphere) will only take them so far.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out, the open source is coming to get your bread. You can do nothing to stop it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Treats contractors like dirt

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice campus, challenging work good lunch

    Cons

    Contractors are treated badly. Expect to work 60 hrs a week, and get comped for 40. Late nights and weekends are common. Users totally overrun IT managers, and the PMO forces adherence to process. You're in the middle. Bad project planning and scheduling. Excel is a staple. They have Sharepoint, but don't know how to use it effectively. As a bonus, you may be literally let go at any time, contracts notwithstanding. Contracts only let for 3 months at a time,and are renewed. Zero feedback from management. Expect to be told everything is great right up to the time you are let go.

    Advice to Management

    Either use the process to control your users or stop calling yourself managers.


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