VMware
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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

(356 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There is a work life balance here that I have never had before"
    in 68 reviews
  • "Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace"
    in 86 reviews
Cons:
  • "You really have to drive your own work-life balance"
    in 54 reviews
  • "over recruitment of middle management who never set foot in front of a customer but know all about sales"
    in 65 reviews
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    Great Career place

    Cloud Architect (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsUnlimited vacation, no set work hours ( team spans time zones), 100% work from home with 2-3 weeks of travel per annum, decent training, salary at or above market, bonuses paid in full usually, 401K and stock options, and full benefits. It beats working at any US bank, healthcare setting, or consulting firm.

    Consorganizational structure, team collaboration, leadership could use significant improvements

    Advice to Senior ManagementCarefully consider organizational structure, make sure teams are collaborating, provide top down feedback on what you would like to see each team focused on improving, on ideas you have to make each team more innovative, share your appreciation or feedback on ideas being presented to the company, this will certainly help motivate and drive ambition, and also make for a highly collaborative environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat cutting-edge work, good culture

    ConsI found None till date

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    Brilliant technology, the right culture, excellent people

    Senior Director, Product Management (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Prosit's always moving like a startup, there's no standing still and you have every opportunity to be part of changing the face of IT. There's no shortage of competition but you always feel like the leading contender.

    Consdifficult to navigate, sometimes lacks coordination across business units and a definite lack of organized processes. Sometimes a bit too much ADHD but likely required in the cloud computing market.

    Advice to Senior Managementwe went from being an innovative powerhouse with a strong focus on customers to being more focused on the market and follow the money. Don't lose the customer obsession and passion for innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work if you are an engineer

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsVery supportive of the people, great engineering culture in the core BUs.

    ConsAs with any large organization it really matters what team you are on. It does feel like a large startup at times (with 15,000) people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention for various BUs/projects and cull the ones that have no future instead of dragging it out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic

    Inside Sales Intern (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat Culture, great atmosphere, great pay.

    Consnone thus far, everything has been great

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Its OK!

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsWork-life balance is good. Work and compensation is decent.

    ConsThere is no career growth unless you completely agree with your superiors on every small task/bug/feature. Unlimited time-off policy is a joke, created only to save money when people do not take/get time off. Tons of VPs, Sr. Directors, and Directors without any leadership abilities. Most of them work as micro-managers leaving managers to not have any authority to take decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on people and people will build amazing products. Hire smart first-line managers and give teams freedom and ownership to build products and services. "A VP reporting to a VP, who then reports to another VP" is not a model for success, not for a tech company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    team culture

    Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Proscompany is good and campus is very big

    Consbad team culture in web marketing dept. management doesnt share information or update about the team. bad management team

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Culture varies by function and its not all rosy

    Senior Director (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsLeadership and HR initiatives such as corporate values are great attempts to provide direction and aspirations. Free food and entertainment.

    ConsVMware falls short in keeping its leaders and especially people managers accountable with MBOs, no consistency or oversight to ensure equity across the company on compensation and promotions. Compensation for people with tenure always lags the market. Very limited career path as you rise up the ladder and its who you know, not what you can do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople programs has to mature quickly and start taking care of your talent with competitive compensation and growth opportunities especially in Silicon Valley. Appreciate diversity and beware of leaders who bring in people who are just like them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Culture varies by group

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsLots of interesting projects and products being developed. Meetings everyday to gather requirements for the next best thing.

    ConsInternal opportunities and advancement are difficult to obtain for current employees. Poor equity distribution. Advancement for women seems non existent. You have to take ownership of your own work/life balance. It is very much the "all about me" mentality- collaboration is difficult. Business units compete against themselves and it makes everyone work in silos.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSponsorship and mentorship is seriously lacking.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    "Drinking from the firehose" -get used to it

    Senior Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsHot software, great people, great place to start a career, good pay, Very smart people.

    Consvictim of their own success - startup mentality ( IE KAOS at times) persists ..not polished - tools used for daily work not reliable. Turn over rate is high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork life balance - frontline TSEs cannot do a "great job" in a 40 hr work week. IE cases assigned sometimes around 6 and the top case closure rate for all SMEs around ~ 4.2 -always busy... 30 to 50 cases per TSE is normal. Take a short vacation and you are even more behind. Constant requests to join the Sev 1 queue -

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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