VMware Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
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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.  

    Love it.

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, plenty of resources, pumpkin flax granola, and concerts. The campus is stunning, and it has 3 gyms, decent food. Very Collaborative, in my division at least.

    Cons

    Its a big company, so some red tape. The commute is hellish and there are some silos that are hard to break into. Some groups are big company people, and don't know much beyond they're silo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They know what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Staff Engineer

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture and technology, some talented engineers. Industry leader in virtualization infrastructure. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Internal IT is not great. Still unclear in finding the next growth area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working with some smart folks...

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    From Engineering to HR, these are some of the most brilliant and innovative co-workers I have ever had the experience of working with.

    Cons

    Ambiguous work environment can sometimes lead to confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person 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 for 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
  6. 1 person 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 for 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
  7. 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 for less than a 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, good employee experience, great products and strategy.

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

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

    Pros

    There are really smart and competent people at VMware. Employee experience in the Palo Alto campus is great with food, fitness center, concerts, celebrity visits, TED talks like speaker series, and events.

    Cons

    You run into people who lack professionalism more so than what I experienced at my previous company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job at identifying top talents and retaining them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Loved working at VMware!

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    Former Employee - Senor Technical Writer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senor Technical Writer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment

    Cons

    Buying start-ups and realizing they don't fit in the overall future of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a great ride!

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

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

    Pros

    Opened a lot of doors. Fast-paced, dynamic organization when I worked there (2008-2012). Many perks to retain talent.

    Cons

    Some unqualified people were promoted to upper management. Most of that have been removed now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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