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VMware: growth as a challenge and an opportunity

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

I have been working at VMware

Pros

Great people who really believe in the technologies that they're working on.

Cons

The culture is going thru a growth phase as the company moves from several hundred people to several thousand. Processes, procedures and habits that used to work well don't scale. The company needs to adapt to this while not losing the core of the culture.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They need to continue to bring in people from the outside to compliment the talent they have. They need people who are willing to shake up the status quo so that VMware can continue to grow and thrive in the face of ever fiercer competition (especially from Microsoft).

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Other Reviews for VMware

  1.  

    Boring world changers

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    VMware takes a nice "solve the hard problem" approach to a lot of things, which makes the work more compelling. It's an incredibly strong engineering company, with incredible senior staff engineers. There's a great feeling that people won't bother you if you do your work well.

    Cons

    It's boring and geeky. You're writing enterprise software, so it's in no way glamorous and hard to explain to strangers. There's a blandness that comes with this, since almost no one is really really excited about what they're working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards a more solid grounding for feature and product decisions... stop wasting resources on things no one wants. Paint long-term inspirational pictures instead of product revision pictures. Fire incompetent people.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The virtual world is pretty cool.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    It's a billion dollar start-up. Lots of challenge and constant change.

    This company had done a REMARKABLE job at keeping up with the pace, and getting incredible, quality driven products to market quickly.

    Cons

    It's a billion dollar start-up. Lots of challenge and constant change.

    Constant management changes and lack of overall communication between organizations is a constant obstacle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency, communication, and realistic planning.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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