VMware Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
1,352 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 89 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 61 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best described as unstable

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    Former Employee - Professional Services
    Former Employee - Professional Services

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Great technology. Probably the most intelligent field team I have ever worked with in my career.

    Cons

    Unstable. Lots of change at all levels. Very political. Others will claim your work and give you no credit. Culture of pass the buck in the professional services area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent. Don't try to reinvent the wheel every 6 months. Learn from the trenches up.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    mid level mgmt.

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

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

    Pros

    great technology, great benefits and employee perks

    Cons

    mid level management incompetence, cut throat politics resulting in morale decline, limited to none career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees and involve them in the decisions impacting their work lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company....but depends on the group you are in

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great product, innovative pricing, lots of social events (beer bashs, concerts, guest speakers (Carrie Fisher!), movie night, Halloween party for kids

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance, no diversity in work experience within group, management is not transparent, not a good place for a working mom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering flexible work schedules for working moms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Feedback on VMware

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Business Development in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Business Development in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and a good place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is average and the growth opportunities are limited. Does not have a fast paced work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the compensation and focus on your core competency.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    not well organized

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are interested in virtualization, it's a good place to start, here, you will have first hand experiences as to how virtual machines are built and implemented.

    Cons

    very disorganized, management is not good at managing projects, products, hiring, lots of engineers and managers do not much other than talking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the hiring process, especially the managers, centralized hiring is recommended since I've seen so many managers hiring people they knew although every single interviewer thought the person is far from a good candidate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Headed in the wrong direction.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Leader in enterprise virtualization and making a strong move in cloud computing. "Unlimited" vacation is a plus, but needs to be approved my manager. Some strong benefits including Employee Stock Purchase Program.

    Cons

    Company put a CFO in an operations role and cost-cutting is hurting the companies ability to compete. They are focused more on cutting cost than on innovation and recruiting. Company has hired from companies that are no longer successful, and those managers are bringing the same philosophies over. Poor communication about how to be successful within the company. Management just announced across the board pay decreases for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture no longer fosters trust and confidence in employees. No clear direction on how to move within the company, and leaders would prefer to hire from competitors than to grow from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work - if You're Director or Above

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great technology, beautiful campus, good benefits.

    Cons

    VPs and Directors are dictatorial and arrogant. Revolving door at the VP level and endless re-orgs - new executives bring their entourages with them. They clog middle management and dilute the culture. If you have ideas, experience, and career ambitions you will be frustrated at VMware. Unless you sit at the Director-level or above, you can't get involved in discussions that affect your future. You will be told what to do - and if you don't like it, you will have to find another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people doing the work. Vision should be informed by reality. Promote from within - stop hiring from outside, stop tweaking the organizational structures, it's killing morale. Good people should be rewarded for their performance and included in discussions that affect their futures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treats contractors like dirt

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

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice campus, challenging work good lunch

    Cons

    Contractors are treated badly. Expect to work 60 hrs a week, and get comped for 40. Late nights and weekends are common. Users totally overrun IT managers, and the PMO forces adherence to process. You're in the middle. Bad project planning and scheduling. Excel is a staple. They have Sharepoint, but don't know how to use it effectively. As a bonus, you may be literally let go at any time, contracts notwithstanding. Contracts only let for 3 months at a time,and are renewed. Zero feedback from management. Expect to be told everything is great right up to the time you are let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either use the process to control your users or stop calling yourself managers.

    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice technology and very nice campus

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    The Palo Alto campus is great and feels good to be there. The technology is very good and some really smart people to work with. To me the environment looked quite open and many folks were easily approachable

    Cons

    The management is very volatile. Most managers are technical folks and don't have capability to plan a product release or manage people. Smart engineers get the job done somehow. Features get dropped in every release due to poor planning. For experienced engineers it is not a great place. Lot of encouragement given to new college grads and for them it is a good learning experience.
    Something to note - the company had no new innovation for a long time.
    Benefits were very moderate compared to other companies in the Valley.
    Selling their old product (vSphere) will only take them so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out, the open source is coming to get your bread. You can do nothing to stop it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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