VMware Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Working at VMware is as good or as bad as you want it to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work on some really interesting technology.
    The people are very bright.
    here is a lot of support for moving around internally from team to team to keep things interesting.

    Cons

    Not all departments are as good to work for as others. A lot really depends on your management chain.

    The HR department is constantly trying to compare itself to Google, benefits-wise. Which is a failure, because our benefits don't measure up to Google's at all.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, some interesting work, not all of which are well organized, directed, and focussed

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Work in some groups is pretty leading edge. Lots of smart people. Flexibility on work hours and working from home. Pleasant physical work environment.

    Cons

    Work in some groups is not so leading edge. Lots of hard-to-evolve software lying around. Development and introduction of tools to help developers get their jobs done has stagnated somewhat. Sometimes developers with not such terrific skills make choices that should have been (but weren't) made under the supervision or review of developers with better skills.

  3. Market share has gone to their head

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generous salary, good cross section for people with diverse skills, tremendous client install base.

    Cons

    No on-boarding, little training, HR is completely absent. Product is a commodity and new offerings are not a robust as advertised. Management appears to scared of EMC, AWS and the market in general. California dreaming has taken it toll, company is not driven to succeed and if you are miss aligned you can find yourself on the outside looking in.

    Advice to Management

    Take a deep breath, get your plan together. Don't just say what your going to do... actually do it... e.g. five programs unveiled in Q2... not a single one was a real goal...

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  5. Great place to build your resume

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology and this company definitely adds credibility to your resume.

    Cons

    If you do not work in Palo Alto you are treated as a second class citizen with little chance of promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Democratize leadership and allow the best ideas to flow to the top independent of where they originate from.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Absolutely amazing company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    -always surrounded by incredibly intelligent people
    -high levels of passion and dedication are present without crazy hours
    -code quality is valued over rushing out something "good enough"
    -great mentorship provided to junior engineers

    Cons

    -no real connection to people who use your product
    -even when working on a product that both uses and is used by other VMware products still feel isolated from other teams

    Advice to Management

    Give engineers more exposure to customers (even indirectly, e.g. passing along what they like/dislike)

  7. Mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Communicator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Communicator in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Still some cutting edge tech.

    Cons

    Difficulty absorbing tech they've acquired.

  8. Challenging and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of the Technical Team in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of the Technical Team in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great technical team.
    Friendly coworkers.
    Good environment.
    Being challenged and learning, daily.
    Well compensated.
    Good bennies.

    Cons

    Not sure about the growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems to be competent and have a vision for our product.

  9. pampered

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at VMware as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    the company really pampers you: free housing, free bus pass, lots of socials, and an entire intern program team to ensure your internship is going smoothly. you get a dedicated mentor who is very competent in their field, so you can learn a lot from the job as well.

    Cons

    make sure you have your ssn before working. you literally need the receipt before you start or they will defer your start date. this may mean arriving up to ten business days before your start date, which is quite atypical for internships.

  10. Interesting technologies, some growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots if interesting projects, academically-oriented, if you are into that. The research conducted here is interesting and advanced.

    Cons

    The company is suffering from the rapid growth over the past several years. Development methodologies are fine, but the infrastructure is breaking down under the weight of the enormous complexities. Software development is becoming eclipsed by process and productivity is slipping. Starting to feel like Microsoft.

  11. Great place to work. I was respected and appreciated there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at VMware as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Mentorship, great pay, a diverse work environment, challenging work.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give complete control over other sites' specific infrastructure to Palo Alto.

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