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Nice technology and very nice campus

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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Treats contractors like dirt

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
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