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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There is a work life balance here that I have never had before"
    in 68 reviews
  • "Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace"
    in 86 reviews
Cons:
  • "You really have to drive your own work-life balance"
    in 54 reviews
  • "over recruitment of middle management who never set foot in front of a customer but know all about sales"
    in 65 reviews
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    A Company with World class product but awful work culture due to in sensible leadership in India.

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsGreat Product. Awesome Consumer Brand.

    ConsPoor work culture. Very unreasonable Leadership team

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

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

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    What a shame

    Inside Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

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

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

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

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    Very poor experience - do not recommend this company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood salary, free food, nice location

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake your employees more seriously and with respect..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    it's not what you think

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros- compensation is usually good
    - depends on the group, work/life balance can be good
    - the campus is nice, pond, waterfall, turtles
    - engineers-driven company

    Cons- delivery doesn't matter
    - promotions from within are rare
    - performance review doesn't matter
    - poor diversity, many Palo Alto groups have more than 70 % South Asians, I wish I knew hindu
    - from career prospective, not recommended to join on your own. Rule of thumb:
    10 years of experience + PhD == Senior Member of Technical Staff, when joining on your own.
    fresh graduate == Staff Engineer, when coming through acquisition.
    - Rumor / urban legend goes that some groups used to put their junior members in turtle's pond, as part of some initiation process. It was swept under the carpet by HR. Once again, it's rumor, but why somebody will make up such rumors?
    - management / leadership rotate all the time, coming close to non-existing. I had 5 direct managers in 2.5 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake no mistake, this company is 80% EMC owned.
    Beside talking about past break-throughs and zero-product conferences, products are barely built in-house.
    Lately, in addition to funny acquisitions, hiring management from Cisco / Juniper. Can look like Cisco half a year later.
    There is some attention to ethics / values, most likely ignored since C-level execs appear to ignore it themselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    End User Computing Product Marketing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe technical people are sharp, the compensation is competitive, and HR tries hard to make it a fun place to work. Lunch is very good. Top-level executives seem in-tune with market needs and business requirements.

    ConsEUC marketing management is a disaster. There is a huge pressure for quantity of material, without much emphasis on quality. Very few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the politics and focus on measuring the results of tactics and strategies. Hold managers accountable for their decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hostile work environment

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsNone that I can think of.

    Cons-Hostile work environment
    -CPD is junk work starring at log files and dealing with H1B's esp from China.
    -Political and toxic workplace.
    -Managers that are useless but suck upper management's rears are promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrash the entire CPD in Palo Alto. They are useless.

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

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    Worst office environment I have ever worked in

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Cork (Ireland)

    ProsGood social events, nice views of the Irish countryside. Never a problem in taking leave.

    ConsSome processes are extremely pointless, so much wasted money and talent. Very poor management, within a lot of teams. Managers are almost non existent as they provide no benefit. Toxic working environment in certain departments in Cork, serious problem with bullying which I saw with a couple of my work colleagues. Fit in with the clique or you won't be listened to. If you're looking for a job in Cork look in Apple.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare some decision making with European office. Improve management and promotional opportunities. Don't be afraid to get rid of poor team members.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucracy and growth pains

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsVMware offers a competitive salary and decent benefits.

    ConsThe company is going through growing pains right now, with a lot of restructuring and confused middle management. Top that off with lack of product direction and poor morale, the future is looking bleak.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a spring cleaning in the middle-manager layer and promote from within in order to keep the positive company values alive.

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

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    Irresponsible, Vision-less & Corrupted Management, Cast & Province based recruitment, No personal growth

    Applications Developer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsSalary is the only good thing

    ConsEverything Apart from Salary. If you are not greedy, stay away!!!
    It will destroy your life & career if you choose to join only for money!! Stay away!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFight against Corruption!! Do something and do it Fast!! Company will not survive like this for more than 4/5 Years

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

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    Almost impossible to get things accomplished

    Senior Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsAll the espresso, soda, sparking water and tea to float you down a river. Convenient location off of Highway 280. Some buildings have a very open office concept with short cubicle walls thus providing natural lighting. Fun events for employees. Good rate of pay.

    ConsConstruction going on for a year now that has made it stressful just to get to work. Open office concept makes for a very loud work place with way too much foot traffic walking by and noise from the break rooms with some buildings having a work environments of basically working in a basement. There is a lot of turnover with employees coming and going and way too many consultants here. In fact we seem to have so many contractors from India that the company is more and more of an Indian culture and less of an American one. In one department there seems to be very little planning ahead. Everything is last minute and becomes an emergency thus having the administrative staff running around stressed out instead of management planning ahead. The onsite café in the main building where the C-Level executives are is limited and very disappointing. The chef is trying too hard to have very unusual foods instead of just creating some good food to eat and if you order something from the grill be prepared to not only have it take 30 minutes but for them to mess up your order. Most importantly, there is no concise way to get things done. You end up using 3-4 different systems in order to get something accomplished and something always ends up going wrong. If you need to contact the help desk, you are phoning someone in India who ends messing things up even worse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage your employees to plan more ahead especially at the higher level of management. Require all management to take employee relations class to help them communicate more affectively with all levels. Require employees to take a class in effective management and thus becoming more proactive and less reactive. Please centralize most of the processes so that things don't get so convoluted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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