VMware Reviews

Updated July 26, 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 (4)

    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 (32)

    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. Helpful (1)

    Nice campus and pay | Not-so-interesting product roadmap | Some engineering teams do not code

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Pioneers of cloud software, it is THE company if you are a cloud computing enthusiast - Pretty good campus - Best place for systems engineering - You'll get to learn lots of low level stuff - Good pay - Nice events - Friday bashes, VMware unplugged, RADIO(limited admission) & VMWorld - Voice of VMware - A survey where you'll get to anonymously review your boss which is really great

    Cons

    - Be careful about the org you join, coz, some teams don't write significant code and all they do is things like bug triaging etc, which can be quite dangerous if you are a developer at heart - Some managers tend to nag the employees and some don't even give a sh*t and just slack off, both are not good - After couple of years, work can get routine and boring

    Advice to Management

    Be innovative, architect what's next than just saying it; create next game changing product like vSphere !


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  5. One of the best places to work in Silicon Valley

    • 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

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

    Pros

    -Very smart employees -Truly collaborative culture, you can approach nearly anyone and if you are competent, you will be welcomed with open arms -In my group, caring and inclusive management team -Excellent team work and camaraderie -People are happy here -Work life balance is the best I have seen; don't get me wrong, we work hard, but people know when to unplug.

    Cons

    -As mentioned by others, the company's grown so fast, there seems to be some duplication and redundancy in work done across several organizations -Mid-Level (Managers to Sr. Directors) could use training in how to encourage and develop employees. Difference at VMW, this is recognized and discussed. There are programs being kicked off to help managers learn how to be effective leaders. I have not seen this in similar companies in my 20+years in the Valley.

    Advice to Management

    Be crystal clear about what is most important for VMW to realize its strategies in the next 3-5 years, repeat, repeat and repeat again.


  6. MTS3

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

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Flexible work schedules

    Cons

    * Poor upper management


  7. Helpful (1)

    VMware Rocks!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Great place with great people.

    Cons

    VMware does not have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  8. Fast-paced environment

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced-environment, great place to learn from new challenges. VMware is innovative at its core, company has vision and makes really cool, cutting edge products and solutions.

    Cons

    Company is evolving, culture is evolving, some lack of clarity requiring ability to deal with ambiguity and adapting to changing landscape.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, inspire and develop compassionate leadership. If you focus on employees, empowerment and leverage each person's strengths, then you will get the best out of each person.


  9. R&D Engineer

    • 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

    Fast paced with highly technical learning experiences. Vast resources available at disposal to leverage.

    Cons

    High expectations for timeline software development of features. Lack of ownership and direction for areas of products and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Have the discipline to enforce that teams to align to the corporate vision implies that innovation should result in overall improvement of the product portfolio rather than micro-startup products that operate in isolation.


  10. Helpful (2)

    EPIC!

    • 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

    VMware Foundation empowers employees to give back to their local communities... both time, talent and 100% match of donations. They even sent $30,000 in free software to a local non-profit because I simply asked to help them - sincere, meaningful impact. Palo Alto campus is outstanding, with a great vibe and culture! Great technology and solutions that truly save companies millions... and saves the planet, by reducing power, cooling and floor space.

    Cons

    Virtual Office / Home Office is very much removed from the outstanding campus culture in Palo Alto... so keep this in mind. Starting to be a BIG company now.


  11. VMware - a fun place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They have a large, and very beautiful campus. This is a dog friendly environment.

    Cons

    This is a dog friendly environment, if you are not a dog lover, it can be annoying.



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