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Great potential. Trips on execution.

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - R&D Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - R&D Manager in Palo Alto, CA

Pros

Super smart people, world-changing technology, employees get a lot of freedom. Leadership is visionary. VMware has a bright future.

Cons

Growing pains. Processes are not mature and do not scale.
Decision making is not clear - lots of meetings, running around in circles.
Not a clear growth path. Not a lot of salary increases.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Changing product directions several times in the process ends up with a bad quality, late product and burned out people

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company, tons of potential, but management needs tweaking.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Interesting technologies to work with
    Industry leadership - cutting edge
    Smart engineers
    Flexible work schedule
    Good options if you started pre-IPO
    Company provides snacks & drinks, bagels on Wednesday, beer on Fridays

    Cons

    Highly political, bureaucratic organization separated into fiefdoms
    Professional goals of the employee are usually ignored
    Top-down management - i.e. big picture is often hidden from view, as a means to control who provides input.
    Knowledge sharing between groups and even between team members is non-existent
    Culture is not collaborative enough - everyone is an island unto themselves
    Does not function as meritocracy - opportunities for advancement carefully controlled & divided out to a select few whether they deserve them or not.
    Some engineers can be a bit arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage a culture of cooperation, knowledge sharing, shared responsibility (i.e. team a's success relies on your team b being successful, etc. so they will work together), communication, and fairness. Give the rank & file a voice and a window into the bigger picture - allow for innovation to bubble up from the grass roots. Do not promote managers who would be better off managing a sweat-shop, not a team of smart, independent thinking people. Employees should be given the opportunity to rate their managers, not just vice-versa. Hire people who are not just smart, but who have a good attitude. To be fair, the upper-upper management (i.e. Paul and his team) seems to get all of this, or at least give lip-service to it - but somehow this philosophy has not quite trickled down yet to every corner of the organization.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    VMWare needs strength in IT execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Some very good people, good environment.

    Cons

    No sense of Project Leadership and accountability. It's everyone or no one. All "leadership" at every project meeting. Project moves forward in stops and starts. Execution not by design.
    Project Leaders have no stake in the project.
    Culture is addicted to fire fighting and being in a stake of "emergency". Lots of burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep reforming IT into something work-able. We need to execute and give business value quickly. Recognize when you need to bring in expertise. If projects keep slipping it is an indicator of more than "too much work". To get a different result (execution) you need to change leadership.

    Approves of CEO
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