VMware Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Dynamic Company

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology and widely accepted

    Cons

    You hardly get to breathe.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Incredible learning experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    The technology you are exposed to and experience gained make up for most negatives. The company also works very hard to accommodate any special working requirements.

    Cons

    some expectations and performance benchmarks are not possible or useless (telling customers to take a survey and begging for good ratings does not make better employees.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Remember EMC VERSUS NETAPP?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Real Time Technical Deep Dives!

    Cons

    Communication with Teams versus with Clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share with Teams!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Challenging but Rewarding Company to Work for - Highly Recommended

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    I have worked here for almost a year and have already acquired an abundance of knowledge in areas of the business in which I previously had minimal to no experience. The people here are incredibly intelligent- movers and shakers for sure. We have unlimited time off and generally, management is pretty flexible about schedules, as long as you are getting your work done and not falling behind. I also love the fact that you can bring your dog to work, makes for a more laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Challenges would be similar to every other large companies challenges- opportunity for growth is dependent upon who you know (politics are everywhere you go). Also, the unlimited time off can be a curse as well as a blessing. You are not entitled to PTO; your manager must approve (which means you need to ask prior to taking PTO).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to continue putting effort around employee recognition programs. Financial rewards are always nice, but a simple "thank you" can be just as appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Turning into Dell

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Great technology and constant innovation

    Cons

    Career growth is nonexistent. Lateral move billed as promotion and nepotism is running rampant from mediocre middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GTM strategy is great but moral is suffering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great company- great leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart leadership...nailed the vision back in 2009...executing well on phase 2

    Cons

    avoid over focus on wall st. expectations....so the stock dips! great time to buy back shares!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on great software....what made the company great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    A company that leads in technology despite mediocre-to-poor marketing communications.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    Great technologies, and very smart people at the upper levels -- Sr. Director and above.

    Cons

    I can't speak to the technology side -- my impression is VMware is probably a great company to work for on that side of the house.. But the cultural values in marketing communications, where I spent my days, are quantity and speed vs. quality of work and smart thinking. VMware seems to have a knack for hiring marketing people at the manager and director level who wouldn't know quality design or writing if they tripped over it -- which they don't often do, and sadly, they don't really care. Suggestions that would improve someone's pet project or initiative are routinely ignored. People get favored and promoted owing to political skills more than anything else. Ultimately, most of the really talented people I knew in VMware marketing ended up leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Search out in-the-trenches marketing people with bona fide talent: who understand and care about customers, coherent messaging, great thinking and great work. Avoid directors with decades-long tenures at big but non-innovative companies. Most of them are simply hacks.

  9. Large company with interesting technology

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    * Smart people
    * Interesting technology
    * Opportunities to transfer based on interests
    * Great campus

    Cons

    * Lots of turnover
    * Promotions are political; doing good work is not enough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with lots of smart, motivated and team oriented people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Vmware has the best end to end product set to bring SDDC and automation that is sorely lacking to the big data center. Up to now only the big cloud had their home grown tools that allowed them to operate massive scale with few people. Now with Vmware, any company can have the ability to have any workload run anywhere on any device with fluidity.

    Cons

    It is newer concepts of SDDC so you will have to help customers make this leap of faith. You do have the fact that Vmware virtually single handed virtualized the compute space. Now Vmware has to convince customer to do the same for storage and network. Crossing this Chasm is never easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company with humble executives. Stay humble and listen intently to customers and employees and we will stay on the right track.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A strong company with solid products and very good co-workers

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, good team to work with, many opportunities for training and development, interesting project work, many small perks

    Cons

    Pace sometimes frantic, management sometimes seemed unfocused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Present a more focused message to staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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