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Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • UK organisation trying hard on soft management areas such as work life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • Great technology and this company definitely adds credibility to your resume (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • You really have to drive your own work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Middle management spans the whole spectrum: Manager to VP (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Inside Sales Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TEXAS (TX) in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - TEXAS (TX) in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Casual environment but everyone still has the "do work" mentality. The managers aren't breathing down your neck asking about your numbers, etc.

    Cons

    Not having the option to work remotely from home from time to time.


  2. VMware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at VMware (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SLT strong vision and ability to execute

    Cons

    communication sometimes difficult in organization >14K people


  3. Helpful (1)

    Inside Sales Rep based in Austin, TX

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Freedom to manage your own day
    -competitive pay especially for outside applicants
    -lots of specialist roles and field sales opportunities

    Cons

    -bureaucratic at times, especially in getting pricing approvals
    -freedom on your own day also means minimal oversight/coaching (this may not be a con to some)
    -inability to renegotiate salaries once performing well

    Advice to Management

    Get better at clearing hurdles with process, its convoluted and tough at times


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  5. SE

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It really is not a traditional "selling" job as so many leads are provided from partners and paid in comps to do so. The luck of the draw is the accounts given (again not so much talent based more of a "give me" for all Sales at VMWare. It really is more of a "cruise" life and the opportunity to make huge windfall of money is ripe for the taking like few companies offer.

    Cons

    The culture has become too close to that of a second Dell. There is not a organized or ease of use system provided for deals. In fact money is often lost due to complex systems and even outdated reliance on Excel and tremendous old fashioned internal legacy systems that require hours of input. It is often the case that a mistake can occur and the bulk of integrated systems is in large part due to so many company acquisitions in it's history and lack of strategic thinking or internal management planning. There is also a consistency in reorgs and management rotation it makes it hard for a organized internal team to develop or thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Organize and hold self accountable to deliver productive internal processes and means for Without a doubt~ better production. The over worked environment often expressed is merely due to disorganization not from "fast growth". Money is being lost with outdated systems and too many different systems.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Manager HR

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Human Resources in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Human Resources in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have worked here for 8.5 years and have loved every minute. Have and manager that just allows me to work and express myself everyday. You are allowed to be creative, use the outer reaches of your imagination and be encouraged to bring it to the table and people will listen. Fast, dynamic, rewarding and filled with generally nice people that's VMware.

    Cons

    The sun doesn't always shine in Texas


  7. Love this company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Been here for nearly a decade and have seen explosive growth and still continue to love my job every singe day. Always exciting, you get to have fun while working on some really interesting and impactful business challenges. There are lots of opportunities to leverage your area of expertise. Still feel like I make a difference in what I do. What I work on matters.

    Cons

    I don't work on campus and wish I did. The headquarters in Palo Alto is just amazing!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  8. Helpful (1)

    It has been an interesting place to work

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of technology and very fast paced

    Cons

    As a contractor not much information is shared as far as what is going on in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge your contractors as they are an integral part of the team as much as the employees are.


  9. old boys are managers but makes money

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -pays well
    -room to advance in your career

    Cons

    -old way of thinking (by upper management)
    -prevents them from being able to adapt to the market quickly
    -certain upper level leaders are obnoxious


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great if you're in Palo Alto, sucks if you're in Austin

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good tech, smart people, great health insurance

    Cons

    No one in sales is making real money. $4million annual quotas and people aren't even making six figures? Not even 1% of sales?? That's just insulting. Micromanagement straight from the Dell playbook - go figure, since most of their Austin managers and employees were poached from Dell. Success (which means pay) depends mostly on who you suck up to in management and therefore what territory they give you. Work/life balance and vacation policy are a joke. Frat bro / sorority sister culture. Office is in the middle of 360, so you're going to be stuck in traffic an hour a day unless you live in Westlake or downtown. Clearly a haves and have-nots comparison between Austin and the Palo Alto campus. They even started whittling down our choice of snacks from the break room, meanwhile Palo Alto has a made-to-order cafeteria with over 10 kinds of food. No onsite cafeteria, and the food trucks sometimes just don't show up.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall, a great company with innovative products. However certain departments are understaffed and overworked.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, and great overall culture. Ongoing training and career advancement opportunities. Very flexible vacation policy (with management approval). Compensation is comparable with industry standard. Very fast pace, never a dull moment.

    Cons

    As in most org's, there are "clique's", and if you are not savvy enough to develop those relationships, you will be overlooked regardless of your performance. Support staff was insufficient to meet demands of the business, therefore causing staff to be overworked. Sales compensation plan very difficult to understand, and changes at least twice a year.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate and maintain core values (EPICC). When building a sales organization, consider ALL elements of the organization. Adding additional account executives without the additional support staff is problematic and limits the ability to grow the market and scale the overall business accordingly.



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