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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. Great company, still growing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fast paced, cutting edge development in an explosive field. Great talent and campus.

    Cons

    Many, many products; growing in many irections at once.

    Advice to Management

    Focus!

  2. Good employee benefits, but software development process is behind other industry leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have really good benefits: decent medical/dental coverage, snacks and breakfasts are frequently provided, they have famous speakers come to campus, there is an onsite gym, lots of educational training opportunities, somewhat competitive salaries, etc...). The culture varies depending on the group, but many groups have healthy and encouraging cultures.

    Cons

    I have been surprised at the slow adoption of industry standards like agile development principals, developers doing thorough testing, and investing in developer productivity. VMware has a way to go when it comes to meeting customer needs and delivering "the right" product. Fortunately, there is strong customer loyalty that seems to make up what they lack.

    Advice to Management

    Show top-down leadership skills that drive the right behaviors throughout the company.

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