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VMware Reviews in Cambridge, MA

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
1,393 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 95 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 94 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 62 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Still some cutting edge tech.

    Cons

    Difficulty absorbing tech they've acquired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    pampered

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice Place to work

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Good Technology
    Nice People
    Good Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult to get

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    - Interesting projects
    - Excellent compensation
    - Great opportunity for growth
    - Smart people
    - Modern development techniques and use of best practices
    - Company is rapidly expanding

    Cons

    Due to rapid growth, VMware is undergoing some noticeable growing pains, however I am confident that these will be resolved.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great, but could be better.

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    * There are excellent opportunities to work closely with technical leaders, which is a uniquely educational experience.
    * At least within some groups, ideas live and die by their own merits (and not based on, for example, the seniority of the idea's champion).
    * At least some first and second line management is competent, providing feedback when asked not only during the semi-annual performance review process, but on a task-to-task or week-to-week granularity as well.
    * Great promotion potential for good engineers.
    * Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    * Leadership does not seem to be proactive about providing feedback.
    * Promotions don't always seem to make sense; the people who deserve promotions seem to get them, but so do some of the people who don't. Relatedly, management (at all levels) does not articulate the rationale for management.
    * Product management doesn't consistently communicate the reasoning behind decisions, making it hard to understand their point of view or to take initiative on issues that would be potentially cut-and-dry.
    * Inter-product relationships are still being developed; there isn't, yet, good sharing of information or resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Replace the "360-degree" review system with something that actually works; employees should be able to both give and receive clear feedback about performance.
    * Buckle down (nicely); we're grown ups. When we make a mistake, tell us. When one of our co-workers makes a mistake, tell them. If it isn't clear when someone is doing something wrong, the problem won't go away.
    * Similarly, provide a simple way to provide feedback when we feel you've made a mistake. I understand that the ability to provide anonymous feedback has a variety of problems, but it's hard to feel comfortable providing critical feedback in a direct manner.

    No opinion of CEO

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