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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great Technology, but overall a mixed bag to work for...

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great access to technology and chance to work with some very smart people. Good Compensation. Company is always so good exposure to ecosystem and like-minded products.

    Cons

    Internal processes are not mature at all due to rapid growth. Not enough collaboration yet between internal (business units, development) and client-facing roles (consultants, sales engineers). Employee enablement for growth is very sparse. Middle management not effective. Depending on the group you work for, can be very cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to clarify personal / career growth tracks @ VMware. Knowing the "what" is ok, however need to expand on the "how to get there". Especially there are some very mixed messages on PSO side (enablement is supported, however keep utilization high. Register for classes, however more often than not enrollment is dropped at last moment).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some great people, but mostly disorganized and poorly executed politicking

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

    I worked at VMware as a contractor

    Pros

    There are some great people working for VMware, who want to do a good job

    Cons

    Excessive churn, confusion, rework, and disagreement on every Marketing project burns workers out. There are many toxic individuals who don't actually understand their job, and who make life miserable for those who work underneath them or must partner with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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