VMware Reviews

Updated August 30, 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)

    EPIC!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Cool technology but wish it were still a startup

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coolest technology I've ever worked with. Some very smart people. Very successful company. Relatively pleasant social environment. Well development test methodology/framework. Great resume builder. Easy to find people to go out to lunch with and have a great conversation.

    Cons

    Bloated bureaucracy. Arrogant middle management and senior engineers. Lack of career growth opportunities for QA engineers (absolutely no chance of switching from QA to Dev., no matter how competent). Protracted and stifling SW development process. Antagonistic relationship between QA and Dev. Poorly managed growth from EMC buyout onwards. Group-think.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire any engineer who has a pulse. Promote middle managers from within. Work on improving the relationship between QA and Dev.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Look Elsewhere their are better companies to work for out there

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The snacks and the cafeteria

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the importance of a female CEO. Women do not fair better here than anywhere else. HR is a joke. The company appears shiny on the outside but rotten on the inside. Don't be fooled by stock or paid for "greatest places to work" postings. This is the most poorly managed company that i have ever worked.

    Advice to Management

    You have a boys club in place and do not even recognize it. Marketing management from the top down needs an overall. I would purge executive marketing and sales and director level management and start over in many areas. Training might help but nepotism prevails and unqualified people are put in positions managing large groups of people. Take a look at your numbers - women are leaving in droves. Once their gone they are not coming back.


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  5. While it boasts a friendly work-environment, VMware ignores individual accomplishments, rewarding only mass success.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I supppose the best reasons for working at VMware would be for the benefits; the stock options, a really cool, new "Green" campus, the buzz of working for a semi-public start-up software company, interesting people, medical, dental and life insurance...etc.

    Cons

    Oh there are so many downsides, how can I list all of them? If you are part of the "working force" (i.e. not an engineer, sales-person, or marketing tech) you are NOBODY. No matter how many times you confront HR or your supervisor/manager, you never feel a sense of worth. Loyalty is not taken into consideration, dedication is not a factor. You can be with the company for years, and never see appreciation in any tangible form.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Act. You have no idea the impact you actually have on the personal lives and well-being of your employees. Their worklife greatly impacts overall morale and sense of self-accomplishment. If they bring up an issue, it should be recognized, validated and a resolution should be pursued. Do not sweep the problems under the rug; if your employees are crying and not sleeping at night, there is a problem.


  6. Helpful (1)

    If you want to build a good career in this industry, get out as soon as possible

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is no good reason to work at VMware

    Cons

    Ad hoc management Culture of fear - no one in upper management reports any issues upwards and they just delegate downwards One trick pony - engineering driven even while in a mature technology market segment

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Engineers super. Business leaders, not so much.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant engineers and product people; cool products. Super smart people. Startup ambience. Some rising stars in product marketing but much dead wood at top.

    Cons

    Inept, disorganized senior management. Business logic often lacking. Some really awful senior management-- political, flaky, unfocused. Diane G's departure was a huge step forward but many more are needed. Engineers rule the roost; business folks suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Cash out and leave. Let experienced, big-company pros come in and take this company out of startup mode and to the next level. Get people who understand how to manage a billion dollar company with scalable processes to come in and transform the operations and go to market strategy.


  8. VMware an opportunity lost by Marketing without strategy?

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool technology and a shot at fame

    Cons

    Really poor senior management (before Maritz, who is very strong). Huge egos and unwillingness to listen to those at the 'coalface'. Culture of fear esp in EMEA.

    Advice to Management

    Root out the unstrategic, bring-nothing egomaniacs currently in PR/AR/Communication. As bad are the regional marketing leads and especially EMEA Marketing team, needs to learn that VMworld EMEA is a tactic NOT a strategy. Overall a ridiculous over-promotion of those who cannot spell STRATEGIC has gone on for years under Diana Greene and has carried on because it 'Keeps its enemies closer'. This is not how a company thrives.


  9. Helpful (6)

    VMWare brings back the dark ages... Indentured servitude, cronyism, draconian management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will appreciate the good firms you work at after being at VMWare - the campus and cafeteria are outstanding in design and layout since completed in 2008.

    Cons

    The worst work environment you can imagine, you will experience every possible error a company can make in business and personnel management. When the Indian employees complain about the work hours then you know it's bad! There is such a revolving door at VMWare that we used to joke about having a shuttle pull up twice a day to pick the employees exiting and dropping off the new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone that can run it in a professional, responsible manner. It sounds like a cliche but you really need to have some minimal concern for you employees or at least make some effort to fake it. It is astonishing how flagrant the management is about furthering their careers at the expense of those around them.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Where did the quality go?

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    VMware has a history of having a great product. The technology is complex and works well.

    Cons

    Everyone of my managers, from first line, to CEO (with one exception) has changed over the last year. The new management team is too focused IMO on schedule at the expense of quality. Another consequence is that people are being pushed really hard these days. A co-worker recently called VMware a "sweat shop". I couldn't disagree.

    Advice to Management

    People are leaving. That's going to accelerate when the economy improves. You ought to find out why,


  11. Helpful (1)

    Green Middle Management and Lack of Clear Vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consulting Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consulting Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology is great and works, clients are excited to work with you, workload is manageable when compared to other software companies consultancies. Market dominance overwhelms institutional incompetence. With as much churn as experienced over the last year and a half as well as new management; there is a lot of potential for improvement.

    Cons

    Green middle management is poor at resource management resulting in few opportunities for professional growth and knowledge sharing. Poor coordination of resources and internal posturing stints ability for leveraging experiences to provide best solutions to clients. Lack of project management experience further complicates things. Increasing focus on completing Milestone Completion forms removes focus from accomplishing what the client wants. SMB/Commercial focus hinders ability to credibly discuss solutions with enterprise providers. Engagements with an excess of two individuals over 5 weeks tax the abilities of the engagement management, when in reality this is when EMs should be used. Environment of upwards management breeds questionable ethics by individuals working to move up the chain as well as poor collaboration or delegation due to the need to impress. Upper Management seems fine, but there message is completely lost on the multiple levels of relative incompetence between them and the clients.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, VMW PSO and VMW in general could be a much better place to work if their was more acknowledgment and leveraging of the skill sets that they have at their disposal. Inexperienced managers have difficulty in delegating important tasks to people more qualified to complete them, Basic "management skills" are required as well as more experienced middle management. Its a young company with many of a young companies issues with few mentors to guide them through the process. A restructured HR team may prevent the inevitable lawsuits caused by such environments.excessive management mistakes, as the current team is not responsive and is slow on follow up to complaints or their resolution.



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