VMware Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
1,358 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 91 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 94 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 62 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company, poor IT team

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

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

    Pros

    Great products
    Great energy
    Great products
    Great vision

    Cons

    Lackluster IT leadership
    New CIO hires his buddies and doesn't cultivate an environment that promotes within
    Constant leadership churn throughout IT doesn't provide a stable foundation for continued excellence
    IT leadership does a extremely poor job of recognizing the talent they already have; however, there are a few IT leadership gems that are still at VMware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - If you hire a Director, let's make sure there are actually people reporting to the person.
    - Stop handing out VP/Director titles like candy to external hires that were not even Senior Leadership potential in the company they left. BS!
    - Hire leaders that have a track record of success in other companies. Don't make me name names.
    - Focus on learning more about the talent that exists within the IT organization. Who knows. You may actually find out you have some very talented leaders in hibernation
    - Stop handing out $150K+ salaries to every IT engineer that you hire. It is demoralizing to everyone
    - Do 360 reviews. Find out who isn't performing and who is. Treat it with importance, not a checklist item. If reviews were done right, all the idiots would be gone. Guess what, they are still there.
    - Some IT leaders are still at VMware even after dozens of IT employees raise the inadequacies and deficiencies of these poor leaders. Why? Is it because of gender equality? Is it because of poor performance development, recognition, and assessment. When IT leadership keeps poor leaders in play, it sends the wrong message and stresses poor cultural values.
    - Why is it so difficult for IT leadership to identify good talent? Many reasons: our existing IT leaders only care about their own image. They blame each other for issues. They never take accountability for problems. They always tell each other they don't have enough resources. They are so focused on these things that they forget about the individual contributors. And even more depressing, very few of the IT leaders actually are strong people managers. Don't get me wrong, I hear there are some stand-out IT leaders that are very people-oriented, but extremely far and few in between.
    - Change the IT leadership. Identify the gems and keep them. They are the leaders that focus on building the people. The people will build a great organization. Get rid of the leaders that are all about themselves. The leaders that push back. The leaders that don't take ownership. The leaders that always ask for more resources. The leaders that are so quick point out the issues and faults in others, but never step to help their fellow leaders and ICs out. The leaders that the employees only follow because they hold the title. Email me if you want me to list all the good and bad leaders names out here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    SERVICE DESK ANALYST

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at VMware as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on latest technology and platform
    Salary is of industry standard and better

    Cons

    There is no Job guarantee, you might loose job any day not matter you are full time employee or contract
    Contract duration is not mentioned clearly
    If company feels that a product/business is obsolete it will not only decommission the product it will also retrench people working for the product (eg.900 employee all FTE's supporting a product were removed in a single day in early 2013 without making any efforts to move them to different business & CEO was a part of this decision)
    Work here only if they are hiring you for a duration which you require and technology on which you want to gain instant experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets not bother advising, Vmware works that way they hire for something once they decide it is not working they fire them. This is vmware policy they call it business outlook

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    over the hill tech wash-up trying to grip the next big thing...

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

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

    Pros

    still a few smart co-workers left, getting fewer by the week...good training programs still intact, although in the process of scaling down...

    Cons

    very political all over the place, no where to hide. bad mid management, upper management all just have been shuffled, the CXOs all are about one year on the job. they are well aware of the saturation of VM market, the threat from Docker...Open Compute...etc. The PTO is gone, you are suppose to have "unlimited" time off, most end up getting less time off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Good company to work for and you can reach your customer easily

    Cons

    Good product but need better..clear marketing messages

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cannot be the same as other big IT company because of too much faster growth, but market is now full.....

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

    I worked at VMware as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can deal with industry #1 virtualization products.

    Cons

    -Too much politics
    -Poor internal process and documentation/information, especially no learning for new hire for internal system/process.
    -Try to be the same level as other large IT company like Apple/Google in many ways, faster growth made it as employee number. On the other hand, corporate culture is terribly Immature, since HR is just busy for hiring tons of new since many are leaving just after few months. Seems there is no real effort to create good corporate culture. Just try to take the same format as other good company, like making poster of CREDO things, nobody cares that.
    -Treat contractor as disposable, but requests work as regular employee. With the same reason as above, don't have well made people planning. Therefore, when lack of resource often occurs, try to start new project using contractors with saying you will be regular employee soon and requesting work as hard as regular. But conversion never happen, never get rewarded in any way while regular employee get rewarded for position and finance by much smaller achievement. There were many similar cases.
    -The market is now full, all prospects have already bought their products. No room for huge sales growth as the same level as past 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make good long term planning for making corporate culture starting now to keep good people in future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Technical Support at VMW, not a shining example of how to do technical support

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    There are very few PROs to working here. Maybe the biggest is ESPP? Not sure if this is worth the price of admission though :) You need to make enough money to afford to have money taken out of your paycheck in order to set it aside for 6 months so you can buy company stock at a 15% discount.

    Cons

    working in technical support does not provide a good view of this company, its policies, culture, or values. I have read wonderful things about VMware as a company, I have not experienced any wonderful things. I can attest to the fact that working in technical support would be tantamount to working in a completely different company - they do not share the same vision, values, culture and I am guessing management. I work for technical support but it is run like a call center at Comcast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to value people and not view them as bodies who fill seats. You cannot provide premiere technical support with engineers who have 30+ tickets on any given day with no lab environment for customer recreates or learning. You need to find out why so many good and knowledgeable people leave; likewise, you need to look toward your policy of retention. If you do not value the contribution of those bodies and rather view them as easily replaced people who answer a phone and put meaningless updates into tickets in order to meet a customer response contract, this cycle of attrition will continue and your numbers will eventually reflect you are no better than Microsoft in providing support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Place for slackers and politicans

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, swanky office, great cafeteria, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Politics, Not enough challenging work, good people have long gone, inept middle management, clueless senior management. You will get into the habit of slacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A Company with World class product but awful work culture due to in sensible leadership in India.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Great Product. Awesome Consumer Brand.

    Cons

    Poor work culture. Very unreasonable Leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fare and respectable to customer facing employees. Creating a environment of fear and uncertainty only reduces productivity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a shame

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Incredible software solution that can and will transform the IT industry. And Palo Alto apparently. The culture in Austin is bad.

    Cons

    Micro-management at its finest. It is and will drive all talent to other options. The inside sales organization has been transformed from a demand generating business unit into nothing more than a call center. Austin management team is clueless and clearly in a self preservation mode to justify their existence. Sales is pulled in so many different directions even the best and smartest are failing. This no longer for true sales people. It may be a great job for people that enjoy spinning 100s of plates and herding 100s of cats...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire middle management that have actually held a sales role. The ability to email spread sheets and metrics is not working

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poor experience - do not recommend this company

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

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor

    Pros

    Good salary, free food, nice location

    Cons

    Very bad management, not consequent, don't keep their promises, business needs above employees. Very frustrating work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your employees more seriously and with respect..

    Doesn't Recommend

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