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.  

    Fantastic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great cutting-edge work, good culture

    Cons

    I found None till date

  2.  

    Great place to work if you are an engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very supportive of the people, great engineering culture in the core BUs.

    Cons

    As with any large organization it really matters what team you are on. It does feel like a large startup at times (with 15,000) people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention for various BUs/projects and cull the ones that have no future instead of dragging it out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Career place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cloud Architect  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Cloud Architect in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation, no set work hours ( team spans time zones), 100% work from home with 2-3 weeks of travel per annum, decent training, salary at or above market, bonuses paid in full usually, 401K and stock options, and full benefits. It beats working at any US bank, healthcare setting, or consulting firm.

    Cons

    organizational structure, team collaboration, leadership could use significant improvements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carefully consider organizational structure, make sure teams are collaborating, provide top down feedback on what you would like to see each team focused on improving, on ideas you have to make each team more innovative, share your appreciation or feedback on ideas being presented to the company, this will certainly help motivate and drive ambition, and also make for a highly collaborative environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical Support at VMW, not a shining example of how to do technical support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    There are very few PROs to working here. Maybe the biggest is ESPP? Not sure if this is worth the price of admission though :) You need to make enough money to afford to have money taken out of your paycheck in order to set it aside for 6 months so you can buy company stock at a 15% discount.

    Cons

    working in technical support does not provide a good view of this company, its policies, culture, or values. I have read wonderful things about VMware as a company, I have not experienced any wonderful things. I can attest to the fact that working in technical support would be tantamount to working in a completely different company - they do not share the same vision, values, culture and I am guessing management. I work for technical support but it is run like a call center at Comcast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to value people and not view them as bodies who fill seats. You cannot provide premiere technical support with engineers who have 30+ tickets on any given day with no lab environment for customer recreates or learning. You need to find out why so many good and knowledgeable people leave; likewise, you need to look toward your policy of retention. If you do not value the contribution of those bodies and rather view them as easily replaced people who answer a phone and put meaningless updates into tickets in order to meet a customer response contract, this cycle of attrition will continue and your numbers will eventually reflect you are no better than Microsoft in providing support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at VMware as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Culture, great atmosphere, great pay.

    Cons

    none thus far, everything has been great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the same company anymore

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff  in  East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in East Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    One of the best pay master in bay area.
    Great benefits

    Cons

    This company used to be great engineering driven company earlier. But it's culture has changed drastically as it grew. Now it is becoming similar to Oracle, or Microsoft that are very hierarchical in nature.
    At the time company grew in size, lot of existing people with no management skills or experience were promoted as managers. They do not understand how to keep employees motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organization structure a bit. Otherwise, VMware would soom become 'Microsoft of virtualization'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with great perks

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    Former Employee - Professional Services Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Professional Services Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great snacks, access to lots of great training material, lots of smart people, depending on which team you end up in the day to day work may be really challenging in a good way.

    Cons

    Poor on-boarding process, pay was not competitive, management was not interested in personnel development nor was helpful at the time, going beyond and above did not translate into recognition nor reward.

  9.  

    Great company, product and C-Level Leadership...sales leadership is out of touch.

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    Current Employee - Inside Account Representative  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Account Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacation time, free snacks, free breakfast on Fridays

    Cons

    Sales leadership is out of touch with employees. Low Morale. Unattainable quotas with quarterly account and territory churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your customers, employees and partners. Stop treating customers and employees as interchangeable parts and numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Get seasoned at VMWare

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very focussed, and dedicated employee base. Always ready for change, and you get immediate response for any of your queries. Great campus and flat hierarchy that you can reach out to anyone for faster issue resolution.

    Cons

    Though the company is old enough, still it works like a start up, and expects you to exceed the normal hours of working. It's too dynamic that yesterday's decision could have changed a few moments ago already.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide an assurance to employees and contractors that they can have good work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its OK!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good. Work and compensation is decent.

    Cons

    There is no career growth unless you completely agree with your superiors on every small task/bug/feature. Unlimited time-off policy is a joke, created only to save money when people do not take/get time off. Tons of VPs, Sr. Directors, and Directors without any leadership abilities. Most of them work as micro-managers leaving managers to not have any authority to take decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people and people will build amazing products. Hire smart first-line managers and give teams freedom and ownership to build products and services. "A VP reporting to a VP, who then reports to another VP" is not a model for success, not for a tech company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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