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Great potential. Trips on execution.

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

I have been working at VMware

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. 9 people found this helpful  

    Overall good for product managers. But run away from the PM team in Desktop BU.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Good compensation. Nice place in the current cloud service movement. You will gain good knowledge and make many good connections.

    Cons

    If you are product manager, you will feel great to work for any team inside VMware except desktop BU. The desktop BU pm team used to be a great team. However since late 2009, all of original founders who built this team decided to leave. The team was then taken over by an engineering director, who unfortunately lacks both product management experience and leadership quality. As part of the change, the BU also moved several engineering managers to this team to replace several experienced product managers. As a result, the team has been run by an arrogant yet highly inexperienced person. He basically can not and are afraid of making any strategic and operational decisions. He trusted people who shared the same qualities and can only follow his order. The morale in this team is extremely low. The team has a very bad reputation within the organization. If you are looking for a job here, my advice is to run as a crazy from this team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be successful in the desktop visualization area, you got to rethink the leadership in that BU.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    VMWare needs strength in IT execution

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    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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