VMware Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
1,325 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a work life balance here that I have never had before (in 80 reviews)

  • Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Like all software companies work life balance can be a challenge (in 56 reviews)

  • There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers) (in 65 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Partner Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Sales
    Current Employee - Partner Sales

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

    Pros

    Great product. Great COO (Eschenbach). Great culture, moves fast.

    Cons

    Company needs to incorporate matrix management better. Contention between corporate and field was too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bring in senior leads with a hardware background. Your a software company, don't forget it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Huge Talent, Awesome Campus, Good Compensation, Confusion!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Good Brand Value
    Awesome People
    Amazing Campus
    Lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Need lot of Networking to grow
    Lack of processes
    People dependent Environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce better processes and hierarchies
    Set up correct expectation as per roles
    Give ample of space to grow beyond expectation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Constantly Changing, Growing Company. But with a loss of tenured, experienced people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid benefits. Good culture. Plenty of Snacks and free food on a weekly basis. Technical learning opportunities abound. Customer focused, support focuses on top shelf service that puts rest of industry to shame.

    Cons

    Turnover for peers and managers alike within support is high. The cream of the crop leave for internal opportunities (good) or, too often, leave for better wages outside the company. Constnatly changing metrics for support organization, makes getting raises potentially tricky. Bottom line goal is do what's best for the customer, which is awesome; but how they try to measure that is not communicated well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need my advice, because the advice I'd give is to find a way to retain those tenured, vested, important people; but in the 2 years that I have been in support; that has not been shown to be a priority. Others will be brought in, but they will be fresh to the company and you start to loose your culture.

    The raises suck. Work my tail off, far outpace my colleagues, get $100 a month. Pffft.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    It provides a Tlexible time

    Cons

    The management system is too hierarchical

  6.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great campus. Great people.

    Cons

    Very large and some times processes are inefficient --slow to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Education Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Education Sales  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Education Sales in Austin, TX

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative Technology, solid and reptuable services to stand behind in a sales meeting

    Cons

    MGNT is ever-changing, communication of changing leadership was lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs to improve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Staff Engineer

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture and technology, some talented engineers. Industry leader in virtualization infrastructure. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Internal IT is not great. Still unclear in finding the next growth area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growing, innovative company

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere with very smart people.
    The company quickly realizes competitive threats and promotes innovation to stay ahead

    Cons

    The company is growing quickly -- so certain products may face longer release cycles & more red-tape

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Love it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, plenty of resources, pumpkin flax granola, and concerts. The campus is stunning, and it has 3 gyms, decent food. Very Collaborative, in my division at least.

    Cons

    Its a big company, so some red tape. The commute is hellish and there are some silos that are hard to break into. Some groups are big company people, and don't know much beyond they're silo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They know what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    people, well-defined products, good technology

    Cons

    work-life balance, processes cumbersome, succession planning

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