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  1.  

    Perfect place to learn and nice people

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    • Culture & Values
    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 a year)

    Pros

    open company but keep academic tradition. the code review process can really gets you through a coding guru while keeping good relationship across the team.

    Cons

    dealing the relationships among teams is really a pain.

  2.  

    Good company to work for but getting a bit too big for me

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    Great team and incredibly innovative products being worked on

    Cons

    With the size of the company and it being enterprise software -the culture is a bit slow and laid back. Good for after 35 years of age.

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was a great company but became too big and management top heavy

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

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    IPO stock options given were very generous. There were a lot of good people at the company who really believed in the products and culture. They had a shuttle bus service and free meals for a while, but all of that ended.

    Cons

    Subsequent stock offerings were laughable. compared to management compensation. Time-off policy was good, but manager would black out the majority of the year, preventing me from taking time off (subsequently, I found out this was illegal). Advancements in your career are considered lateral moves by management, and although you are taking on much larger workloads, your pay does not increase. I actually had a manager say "Be happy you have a job." Wow, that is encouraging! Management was extremely top heavy, with not enough staff to handle the day-to-day business needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and provide them with real growth opportunities. You have lost a lot of really good, talented, and committed people. Provide compensation that is on par with top companies in Silicon Valley, and make sure your existing employee base is compensated fairly. It's much too easy to jump to a better opportunity in this valley.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, some interesting work, not all of which are well organized, directed, and focussed

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Work in some groups is pretty leading edge. Lots of smart people. Flexibility on work hours and working from home. Pleasant physical work environment.

    Cons

    Work in some groups is not so leading edge. Lots of hard-to-evolve software lying around. Development and introduction of tools to help developers get their jobs done has stagnated somewhat. Sometimes developers with not such terrific skills make choices that should have been (but weren't) made under the supervision or review of developers with better skills.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The golden years are over

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Architect in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance. Salary and benefits are also good at VMware. It's great for people with families/kids as there are many activities on a nice campus in Palo Alto.

    Cons

    Lack of professional/technical growth, but also lack of advancement or growth opportunities within your career.
    A lot of manager in middle management were bad engineers and got promoted to where they can't do much damage. But without proper training they end up being bad managers as well.
    Experience is very specific to a team with some of the teams having some really incompetent engineers. Processes are broken, don't exist at all, are very antiquated and worst of all: resistant to change.
    Customers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with even the core products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a vision is not the same as having a strategy. Realize that the world around you is changing and developer focused companies like Amazon AWS or projects like OpenStack are disrupting the enterprise IT teams that you clinging to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Know what your getting into

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a Friday bash where they cater in food from local eateries, They provide free drinks and snacks, casual atmosphere (wear shorts and flip flops). They have some great employees. This could be an awesome place to work with a few needed improvements. They will train you on esxi / vsphere and you could gain needed skills. They encourage you to give to charities and will give you time to volunteer. Nice office environment it wasn't a bad atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    It's a Call Center, supervisors / managers don't really care about your success, sink or swim, high turnover, If a customer doesn't like your answer they can D-Sat you for any reason valid or not. We were told not to ask the escalation engineers for assistance since they were too busy. We were told to ask our peers or google if we needed assistance. I knew as much or more than my peers so this was no help. The techs that had been there awhile are on the phone so they cant help. This leaves you hanging on the phone with no way to help the customer. You have to get an exception from a manager to leave for more than 5 minutes to use the restroom during your call queue. We supported non VMware equipment and was told to figure it out. If the issue was a blue coat proxy misconfiguration we had to figure out how to configure it on the fly whether you had experience with the product or not. You have to sign non-solicit agreement which goes 1 year after you leave VMware which may inhibit your ability to find other employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to have people dedicated to assisting their call center engineers when they get stuck, instead of leaving then to hang out to dry with no assistance on the phone. With an escalation engineers assistance the techs can learn more and be an asset down the line. I believe this is why you have a high turnover. Filling out the form for an escalation where they can deny you for any reason is not assistance. If you advertising a team environment make sure that is followed throughout the company. This was not a team environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Market share has gone to their head

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Generous salary, good cross section for people with diverse skills, tremendous client install base.

    Cons

    No on-boarding, little training, HR is completely absent. Product is a commodity and new offerings are not a robust as advertised. Management appears to scared of EMC, AWS and the market in general. California dreaming has taken it toll, company is not driven to succeed and if you are miss aligned you can find yourself on the outside looking in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a deep breath, get your plan together. Don't just say what your going to do... actually do it... e.g. five programs unveiled in Q2... not a single one was a real goal...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Carahsoft more like carah-not

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Good starter job
    Young people
    good learning experince

    Cons

    Low pay
    long hours
    hard boss
    no movement up

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pockets of cronyism from other company " leadership" cultures (Oracle and SAP), but great actual front line people working with clients.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Business Solutions Architect
    Current Employee - Business Solutions Architect

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

    Pros

    Incredible potential to create a scalable high performing platform for Cloud Automation , operations and management.

    Cons

    Cronyism in middle management in Enterprise and Professional services. Oracle and SAP transplanted "in your face" leadership style causing low morale and higher attrition rates. Poor communication and excessive inter group politics for such a small group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the middle management who just focus on excessive control and fear tactics and hire leaders who intact change for the better for ALL employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people who need leadership, not 'metrics based' management...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Virtual Sales Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    VMware has great technology, culture, and individuals contributors. There is a good amount of training and focus on developing your career, work life balance, great benefits. Actual compensation is below market.

    Cons

    The sales model is a partner / reseller model. However, the sales organization does not do enough to make their partners successful.
    There are too many former Dell people in middle management in the Sales organization. They are taking the positive, value-based selling approach the company was built on to be purely focused call metrics.
    Also, there is very little opportunity to move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way to reach the long range corporate goals is to strengthen the partner network

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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