VMware Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
1,323 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    MTS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good perks
    nice colleagues
    top technology focused company

    Cons

    Mid management is useless
    same office politics as usual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, good employee experience, great products and strategy.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    There are really smart and competent people at VMware. Employee experience in the Palo Alto campus is great with food, fitness center, concerts, celebrity visits, TED talks like speaker series, and events.

    Cons

    You run into people who lack professionalism more so than what I experienced at my previous company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job at identifying top talents and retaining them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Working with some smart folks...

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    From Engineering to HR, these are some of the most brilliant and innovative co-workers I have ever had the experience of working with.

    Cons

    Ambiguous work environment can sometimes lead to confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Loved working at VMware!

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    Former Employee - Senor Technical Writer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senor Technical Writer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment

    Cons

    Buying start-ups and realizing they don't fit in the overall future of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a great ride!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Opened a lot of doors. Fast-paced, dynamic organization when I worked there (2008-2012). Many perks to retain talent.

    Cons

    Some unqualified people were promoted to upper management. Most of that have been removed now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    EUC Management Team Problematic, Avoid at ALL COST

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    VMware as a company is great. Superb innovations from most corners of the company. The engineers are super smart. The campus has been fully updated and it is beautiful. The company is incredibly environmentally conscious, this is great!!

    Cons

    The EUC management team continues to be not up to par. There are several VPs who should be fired immediately for the following reasons:
    1. Frequent and regular deceptive practices and lying to employees
    2. Unbelievably blatant cronyism favoring certain employees
    3. Lack of market understanding. Still completely clueless about why the competition is leading
    4. Sabotage employees career growth because of self insecurity
    5. Absolutely no accountability on performances

    Therefore, strongly recommend that you do not join the EUC business unit at all cost until they once again clean house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management at EUC had better fix the internal problems ASAP or risk losing some of the best talents. The morale within the team is at an all time low due to the fact that a couple of VPs are all about themselves and their cronies. These VPs are all too willing (and are already working) to jeopardize the entire business in order to satisfy their own benefits.

    Enough talk about how Jack Welch should be the model. Time to take concrete actions. Eliminate these bozo VPs before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work..

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Flexible, not micro managed, results driven culture.
    Unlimited Vacation
    Family First
    3 most innovative company

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet, great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only constant is change, so embrace it and own it. Over communicate...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, still growing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, cutting edge development in an explosive field. Great talent and campus.

    Cons

    Many, many products; growing in many irections at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus!

    Recommends
  10.  

    Top Notch

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    Former Employee - Senior Director Sales  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director Sales in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic company that rewards innovation and applauds extraordinary effort. If you are a bit more intelligent than the average bear and you're willing to work hard, then VMware is a place where you can have a big impact

    Cons

    There were really no downsides to wiring at VMware. The employees are treated extremely well, and its a culture of over achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused, but don't stop innovating. If VMware is to continue it's dominance, it must become note than just a server virtualization company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience and environment

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working at a leading technology company that is always innovating is a great motivator. Being an R&D Engineering recruiter allows me to see multiple different product teams across our business units and continually work on challenging positions. I get to compare our compensation information to other top tech firms in the Bay are know we are competitive. Culture is a big part of this and VMware's culture is EPICC (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community) and from my experience the willingness to help others is a common trait. I have not run into many folks with over inflated egos. Work environment is good and we frequently have happy hour events where people from different teams get together.

    Cons

    I have been here for over 3 years now and there are little cons to discuss. We have challenges in many different areas like any company whether large, medium, or small. I can only speak to my experience though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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