VMware Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
1,352 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 89 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 61 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 70 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    VP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Cool technology and a great group of guys if right leadership

    Cons

    EMC influence and culture drove the team building effort down the drain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    separate yourself from EMC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    products, people, benefits, flexibility, open work culture

    Cons

    getting into another corporate company mode, BUs needs to come together. Higher level direction needs to be reset to work as one single team as oppose to competing between business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to politics due to BU structure, ask everyone to keep things simple, lot of new VPs driving their own things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Vmware

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to work at and really good work-life balance.
    Good work culture in the group I am in.
    Management chain is very open and lets you know where you stand with your peers

    Cons

    Not to many cons in my current role
    Far from where I live, but that is made up by the good work-life balance.
    They could offer free food and free gym or at least one or the other for all the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, lots of perks, fun/laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Tough jobs, but so is any support job. Some engineers that have never really had a bad job think this one is horrible. Its funny, they usually leave for more money then come back a year later after dealing with an employer that doesn't care as much as VMware does.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    VMware is an industry leader in Cloud technologies. Company is trying to stay ahead of competition though there is not much competition. Excellent salary, benefits, flexible vacation plans.

    Cons

    The middle management is not good and clueless. The projects are poorly planned. EMC, the parent company influences majority of decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Product Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Great products and great place for engineers

    Cons

    Product management doesn't have much influence on engineering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep you engineers happy

  8.  

    Wonderful company to work for

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    Former Employee - Network Operations Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Network Operations Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Wonderful work culture. Fantastic campus amenities. You would not expect such a wonderful work environment from a big company.

    Cons

    I have no complaints. I had no negative experiences here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The people and collaborative culture are positives. Company has great perks and campus. Leadership is generally solid. Good work/life balance (for tech). Pay/benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Employee talent is stacked on both ends of the spectrum here. There quite a bit going on...too much at times. I would say the staffing is a little top heavy given the lack of processes one would expect for a company of this size. Certainly keeps it interesting though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Vmware has nice benefitt. The culture is friendlly. Vmware is not a sweat shop. It has a nice palo altolocation. VMware has great gym. Its campus is beautiful and has lots of trees on campus

    Cons

    VMware stock is range bound. The company has lots of dumb VPs. The upper management's all hands meeting are nothing but a mutual admiration club.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Big Company Great Pay

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People in VMware are really friendly and ready to help. The benefits are also quite attractive. I like the free snacks and drinks. There are a lot of activities for employees, e.g. beer bash. Interns have plenty of opportunities to learn the cutting-edge technologies there.

    Cons

    There is little rain in Palo Alto during summer. Be sure you can survive without rain. Also, you need to pay for lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if employees can have free meals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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