VMware Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Pros
  • UK organisation trying hard on soft management areas such as work life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • Great technology and this company definitely adds credibility to your resume (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • You really have to drive your own work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Middle management spans the whole spectrum: Manager to VP (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    I finally am working for a company where I'm not thinking about my next job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in Bellevue, WA

    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

    - Flexibility to develop your role based on your customer requirements.
    - Excellent team of resources available internally to make you successful. Brought in resources from many different groups, and always been impressed with their representation of the company and skill level. VMware hires many experienced, seasoned, professionals.
    - Great work/life balance.
    - Excellent team of technical account managers fully supported in the on boarding process, and getting you up to speed.

    Cons

    - Many new employees. Seems like the average is less than 2 years. That said everyone seems to be highly experienced in the professional services, and account teams.
    - Takes time to build relationships internally, and find which resources you require.
    - Good and bad; the product suites are becoming more complicated and it can be challenging to stay up to speed on training on them.
    - Interview process can be grueling and lacking in follow up communication. Many phone interviews which are sometimes redundant in the questions asked.

    Advice to Management

    - Acquisitions should be fully vetted and rebranded before making them a VMware product and releasing them for general availability. Many acquisitions seem to be the more problematic solutions when it comes to customer integration.


  2. Helpful (30)

    Great company but things are changing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cave Creek, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cave Creek, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, high payscale. Some of the brightest and friendliest people I've ever worked with. Innovative company.

    Cons

    EMC culture is "seeping in" and is increasingly apparent. Difficult to maintain work-life balance with workaholic "yes man" micromanager expectations. A lot of process redundancy with resistance to change. Career advancement may lead to "pay reset" (in my case paying less money!). Benefits are being clamped down on to reduce costs (i.e., elimination of internet reimbursement, increasingly lowering cell phone plan reimbursement amounts, etc). Lots and lots of inefficiencies that are frustrating to deal with. Much of that has to do with management bloat, red tape, resistance to change, resistance to address inefficient processes & procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Make managers (especially "home grown managers") go through regular mandatory manager training with respect to management style and work life balance. There is an increasing amount of turnover as of late and there are specific reasons for it.


  3. Love VMware

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

    I have been working at VMware

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

    Pros

    VMware is one of the top companies for engineers to work as it provides many career opportunities and helps in work-life balance.

    Cons

    One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. There's always something for everyone to become perfect and to reach at top.


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  5. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    It is a great company, and I like to work here.

    Cons

    I do not see cons in Vmware

    Advice to Management

    No much improvements are needed.


  6. Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Round Rock, TX

    I have been working at VMware (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Constant Change creates lots of career opportunity. High pressure and heavy workload ensures you are constantly challenged

    Cons

    Typical challenges of a larger organization. Nothing different to any world leading software vendor


  7. A good place to work for the right individual...but some risk over the next year.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    VMware has a very collegial and entrepreneurial culture. Pay and benefits are good with a generous charitable giving match of up to $3,140 per year. You also get to work at the forefront of private cloud transformation of some of the world's biggest companies.

    Cons

    Change is constant which isn't necessarily bad if you can adapt or if you thrive in ambiguous environments. However, too much change can and does inhibit execution. VMware is still going through a sales transformation from selling server virtualization to a full software suite for building and managing private clouds. The EMC Federation is also gearing up to drive more complicated sales engagements however, the end game is unclear. There is risk as to what is going to happen with VMware. It may be spun out or sold to another company. It may get more fully consumed into EMC or it may stay status quo if the Federation can positively impact the velocity of cloud sales growth.

    Advice to Management

    Public cloud economies of scale and more time for companies to get comfortable with public cloud will drive the majority of workloads into the public cloud. Execution over the next 12-18 months will determine degree of relevance in the mobile-cloud era. If you can't find significant success in the private cloud market soon then hybrid cloud becomes less and less relevant while public cloud becomes more relevant. You've got lots of 'irons in fire' today. Focus on your core competencies and make sure your customers are successful.


  8. PSO Senior Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits - low cost, excellent coverage
    -The work is unparalleled in the industry. We work in the most complex environments with the biggest challenges.
    -Unlimited PTO policy

    Cons

    -Layers of bureaucratic mess in middle management
    -Travel for PSO is very high (70-80%)
    -Promotion and review process is long and has drags on for months
    -No time for training - always be billing
    -PTO policy cuts both ways - any time taken off counts against you when bonus time comes
    -No industry conferences, including VMworld

    Advice to Management

    PSO management needs to focus back on consultant enablement outside of self-directed. Counting training, etc. against MBO goals puts us into a situation where we fall behind, spend our precious off time, or take bench time and get punished financially.

    Handle promotions better. Taking months to let candidates know about a big career and financial impact isn't fair to anyone.


  9. VMware at a glance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    VMware was one of the most exciting and challenging places I have had the oppourtunity to work for. The company is always looking for new and better ways to do things

    Cons

    Occasionally management seems to be a little too quick to change business objectives

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a long term goal and retain as many top notch employees as possible


  10. Company tries hard to make employees happy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

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

    Pros

    - People are friendly and down to earth
    - No politics; focused on making useful technologies
    - Company goes beyond to make workers happy with little things that translate to "I appreciate your being here"
    - Benefits are very good
    - Offers RSU

    Cons

    Can't think of any so far. Can't say the same about all previous employers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and keep being frank and open; don't double cross workers like many sly companies out there.


  11. Sr MTS

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    * Good overall compensation
    * Great work-life balance
    * Flexible work hours
    * Interesting work
    * Lots of smart engineers still

    Cons

    * Hiring standards have dipped in recent times
    * Not so cutting edge anymore - mostly maintenance work in many teams

    Advice to Management

    * Dont hire just for headcount. A single bad employee will ruin the team.



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