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The Machine

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

I worked at VMware

Pros

Great company with a fast paced culture that requires a tremendous commitment of time and energy

Cons

Frenetic pace and sometimes unattainable expectations

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep your eye on the prize

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great job if you're satisfied with paper shuffling and nearing retirement

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    In the past and at this time VMware is the dominant server virtualization vendor. It's trying hard to become a leader in desktop virtualization and other areas (like email messaging systems and Java development).

    Cons

    Professional service management has no clue about what's going on because they're buried deep in legacy spreadsheet reporting systems trying to figure out how the business is doing. Professional services management over utilizes professional services consultants and then wonders why their skill sets lack depth. Americas consulting leadership is hell bent on delivering the best possible margins while nickle and diming field consultants and TAMs on simple things like meals when traveling. Our customers are tired of semi-skilled consultants showing up with a template for their outrageously expensive professional services consulting engagements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional Services Organization Management: Fix your inadequate pricing models and trim back on mid-level management head count to make your margins. Making employees pay for meals and laundry when traveling on client funded engagements is so inconsistent with customary travel expenses in other parts of the company. Spend a few bucks and let professional services employees attend VMworld (that's right folks VMware Professionals Services saves a few bucks by keeping their consultants billing instead of learning/networking at VMworld).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not an engineer? Welcome to second class citizenship

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    The company revolves around engineering talent
    Current stock price makes it hard to leave
    Growth rate of the company provides a bit of reassurance

    Cons

    If you're not an engineer, you're a second class citizen
    Company politics are getting out of control
    Advancement policy makes it difficult to grow -- no promotions outside of your group
    Croney-ism is gotten much worse in the last year with senior management all bringing their buddies in
    There is no work life balance -- routine workdays are 12 hours long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop starving the non-engineering ranks.
    Overhaul the HR policies -- make communication transparent, stop trying to "spin" everything
    Allow out of the department promotions to allow growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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