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Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, employee events, etc.

    Cons

    Went through a few restructure trying to expand too fast snd cut back


  2. Mature Start-Up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    So many opportunities Access to leadership team Able to make a difference Able to affect change and influence direction

    Cons

    Not always a clear link with purchases vs existing solution Solution marketing can seem disconnected at times

    Advice to Management

    Create a single focused strategy that is targeted to the current solutions and strengths of the organization that can be clearly understood by CxOs as well as technical people


  3. Helpful (1)

    Established company in the belt-tightening phase

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-from-home Work life balance and PTO depends entirely on your manager. Access to lots of training Turtles

    Cons

    Average salary, average benefits. 50-60 hours a week, weekends and holidays when projects are due. ~1-2% yearly raises, no promotions, no equity after hiring. Laysoffs every 9-12 months focusing on highest salaried employees. Constant management churn. Expect a new manager and VP every year and a new reporting group every other year. Training must be done on your own time.

    Advice to Management

    Every year is not the year of the virtual desktop. Focusing on saving $1 anyway you can today is not a path to success tomorrow. Promoting from within and training will produce better results than firing and hiring to achieve skill sets.


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  5. Inside Sales Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart colleagues, advancement from within.

    Cons

    Poor management and training.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure managers have training on how best to work with different personalities.


  6. Product Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are with the right team you get ok bonuses and spot bonuses - otherwise it is pretty minimal. Benefits are good, beautiful campus, and onsite gym.

    Cons

    You need to quit and come back to get a promotion, base salary is lower because they view they have a brand name, need to pay for usage of the gym.


  7. VMware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great campus, gym. Opportunity to help make the dominant virtualization product better. Work with many brilliant people, some of whom have been there since the early days.

    Cons

    Large conglomerate. Dozens of products makes it difficult for the company to maintain focus and set priorties. Difficult for engineers to acquire sufficient hardware for large-scale testing.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore the products that got the company to where it is today. Attrition is increasing, don't ignore the needs of engineers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful tech, but bad hiring habits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's VMware. Amazing brand, products and potential.

    Cons

    We tend to hire too quickly, ending up lowering the average level, usually very high. Also, internal it services are terrible.

    Advice to Management

    We tend to hire too quickly, ending up lowering the average level, usually very high.


  9. Working Mom- Loves her job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the company- there is never a shortage of work to do... or a shortage of new and great things to work on. Great people, great values, love the benefits. I have a ton of flexibility with my role. We all get 40 hours a year to give back- which can include volunteering at my kids' school. How cool is that.

    Cons

    Don't try to say there is work life balance, we have work life integration. I love that about VMware (is this really a con?)

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people, talent is key to taking this to 10B and beyond


  10. TSE-II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSE-ii in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - TSE-ii in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and co-workers amazing talent here

    Cons

    politics sometimes gets in the way of good work


  11. product marketing manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice culture. Very collaborative, smart and friendly people

    Cons

    a bit indiscipline sometimes. Need to have better process

    Advice to Management

    Care more about products and people than stock price and execs' compensations



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