VMware
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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

(298 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "There is a work life balance here that I have never had before"
    in 59 reviews
  • "Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace"
    in 83 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance is suffering now for remaining employees as a result"
    in 49 reviews
  • "over recruitment of middle management who never set foot in front of a customer but know all about sales"
    in 63 reviews
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very good

MTS2 (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

Proskitchen is good, ppl are friendly

Consbenefit is just so so

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent Company and Community

Intern (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware part-time for less than a year

ProsThe company is an incredible one to work for - with a shiny new campus in Palo Alto designed to turn the company into a community. This makes going to work a dream.

ConsIt's easy to get lost in the shuffle with the huge scale of the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementSome work could be done to flatten the org-charts.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I love my job and the people I work with.

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsVMware creates bleeding edge solutions, so being a Systems Engineer here is the right job to have if you have a strong desire to learn. The San Clemente office has great views of Lake Austin. There's free snack food & drinks. On Friday mornings we get breakfast tacos. On Friday afternoons we get Plucker's wings & beer. We have a very positive and supportive culture.

Cons360 traffic is always frustrating. Like most big corporations, communication can be lacking between departments. The sheer volume of information you need to keep up with is staggering.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuarterly inter-departmental updates on what people are working on.

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

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New hire but liking it so far

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExcellent people, salary, benefits, culture. I have yet to run into anyone unfriendly or unwilling to help out. Communication is excellent and there seem to be lots of opportunity to shine here. Internal tools are extensive and technical employees have access to a wealth of internal information and people. The company seems to truly strive for ease of communication and accessibility of information.

ConsThe onboarding process could be a bit more extensive but other than that, nothing negative.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up what you are doing.

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

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Company that takes care of its people

Manager (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

ProsLots of exciting challenges and the opportunity to shape your career
Smart, caring and genuine people who are passionate about their own work too
Concerted effort to ensure core values is a part of our every day at VMware
Beautiful campus in Palo Alto - amazing cafeterias, breathtaking green landscape which tries to maintain the oak and pine trees before the expansion (when the campus is done, it will rival the size of Disney Land!)
The turtle pond...need I say more.

ConsDemanding schedules and workload
You really have to drive your own work-life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to listen to your people and show them you care by being present and supportive

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

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VMware experience

Candidate Development Recruiter (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

ProsBenefits
Working with smart engineers
Leadership
Training
Remote work

ConsNone There is nothing bad about VMware, Overall a great place to work

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

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A Company built to truly innovate the marketplace

VCloud Hybrid Services Operations Manager (Current Employee)
Coppell, TX

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

ProsIm constantly engaged by a boss who drives me to build it better and rewards me for my hard work. The environment is outstanding, working with some of the best and brightest in the industry. Managers are open to WFH days. Facilities are kept fully stocked with free refreshments, Starbucks coffee and good catered food almost weekly. Upper management has regular informative town halls and promotes free thinking. They charge us to be disruptive in the marketplace, through innovative thinking. Wow what a great decision to say yes to this opportunity.

ConsUh......????? (scratching head) Cant think of a single thing :)

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up. You guys rock

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VMware full-time

ProsLots of churn in the PSO community means that there is always an opportunity.

ConsProduct life cycle can be difficult to keep up with. Acquisitions have become the new norm, and products are being introduced faster than anyone can keep up with.

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

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How an established company provides growth and sustainability

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at VMware as a contractor for less than a year

ProsVMware is a fantastic example of how an established company provides the employee, the partner, and the customer the tools and environment of growth and sustainability. No matter what position a person holds within VMware, respect is a the key element to the company fabric. The goals are understood, which translates into a platform of creativity and a sense of belonging. I couldn't wait to get up in the morning and get to work to be in this environment that VMware provided. I've never felt so productive and successful with any other company.

ConsThe only minus to the company is how hard it is to get promoted. I'm concerned that they maybe losing brain trust because deserved promotions are far and few.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink long-term regarding budgets which will support long-term growth. I understand a software company needs to follow the fluctuations of hardware companies, but, don't let solid talent and brain trust exit because of short-term goals. These people really don't want to leave VMware.

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

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It was fun.

Senior Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat people and good compensation.

ConsKey shifts in IT are impacting current product offering. Culture shifting more towards big company. Few opportunities for employees to move up. Company keeps hiring outsiders for leadership positions.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending so much time managing up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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