VMware Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. old boys are managers but makes money

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    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX

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

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. VMWare Palo Alto is a great culture - VMW Austin office less so. Austin is seen as the satellite office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits Pay technology customer perception of product use case,

    Cons

    Corporate is a think tank (PAlto) Austin office makes promotion beyond Sr Manager almost impossible - few women leaders. In Austin everyone thinks they are part of every decision and as a result people leave because they can't own their own business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the MIT - Harvard Standford profile - we need people with flawless execution not concepts or processes - Put in a governance model where Leaders trust their people to make the decision vs. always trying to insert themselves. Activity is rewarded sometimes more than a business result in sales area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Turning into Dell

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Great technology and constant innovation

    Cons

    Career growth is nonexistent. Lateral move billed as promotion and nepotism is running rampant from mediocre middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GTM strategy is great but moral is suffering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Innovative technology.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at VMware enabled me to be part of a company that is heavily invests in cutting edge technology. They pay well and offer excellent benefits.

    Cons

    In the years that I have been here, there has never been any clear and consistent direction of our executive leadership for their employees. I believe that VMware is a cutting edge R&D company but does not have a strong record on execution. Our accounts are constantly in a shuffle and internal processes are poorly designed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that strategies must be flexible to remain current with the time, however, changing every half has been detrimental to many of the staff. Moral has been taken a hit as deals are lost, and customer frustration has become an all time high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. VMware

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work place
    Excellent Culture
    Good Benefits
    Good lIfe work Balance

    Cons

    Challenging to move up
    tough Sales cycle Often extended to 6 Months+ for larger deals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct a day in the life of front line sales

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Growing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good things VMware is experiencing currently and proud to be a part of such a strong company.

    Cons

    Although VMware is a big company, they are still going through some pains a small company experiences. Nothing that will keep them from continuing to grow of course.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and coach them, stop trying to "manage" them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people who need leadership, not 'metrics based' management...

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    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    VMware has great technology, culture, and individuals contributors. There is a good amount of training and focus on developing your career, work life balance, great benefits. Actual compensation is below market.

    Cons

    The sales model is a partner / reseller model. However, the sales organization does not do enough to make their partners successful.
    There are too many former Dell people in middle management in the Sales organization. They are taking the positive, value-based selling approach the company was built on to be purely focused call metrics.
    Also, there is very little opportunity to move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way to reach the long range corporate goals is to strengthen the partner network

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Education Sales

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative Technology, solid and reptuable services to stand behind in a sales meeting

    Cons

    MGNT is ever-changing, communication of changing leadership was lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs to improve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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