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VMware Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.3 533 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

(126 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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
  • You have to take ownership of your own work/life balance(in 55 reviews)

  • There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers)(in 65 reviews)

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    A good company.

    Curriculum Production Specialist (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGood benefits, beautiful campus and I worked with a great group of individuals.

    ConsTime-off was fine, worked from home so not fully versed on office culture, work-life balance good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tech leader - diverse experiences

    Director, Product Marketing (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsLearned a lot - grew tons both personally and professionally. The company brand has opened a lot of doors for me.

    ConsHard to drive decisions to closure sometimes. As they got bigger, there was a question of where new innovation would come from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more risk-taking, consider outside-in thinking and cultivate a renewed focus on innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture, fantastic company to work for, but typical large company corporate politics and BS

    Senior Sales Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosculture
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    successful company
    don't have to work too hard
    money invested in employees and campuses

    Consa lot of people can hide here and don't do anything, tons of dead wood and useless employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent workplace atmosphere creating innovative products

    Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat benefits, excellent workplace atmosphere and other activities

    ConsWork pressure because of competition on innovative products

    Advice to Senior ManagementJob skills and leadership skills should be compensated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyed time, but short lived...

    Curriculum Production Specialist (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsBenefits, including work from home
    Flexible work schedule

    ConsUpper management clueless regarding work done by actual workers, deadlines and deliverables
    Lack of communication with lower management and workers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice workplace

    Data Analyst (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsVery nice working environment. Absolutely beautiful campus!

    ConsA typical place of politics. Need to play between getting your job done and entertaining your bosses.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic company with vision and great technology.

    Senior Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat company culture of giving back to the community. Top executives are smart and there is lots of opportunity for company growth.

    ConsLack of process--operates like a start up. Lack of a presence solution makes collaboration a challenge--heavy email culture, death by power point and unnecessary conference calls. Work load is insane, resulting in churn and burn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage mid managers to mentor and develop employees and be true to the culture and values.

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    A good company to work at the beginning of a career

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsSome extremely talented and hard-working people, you can learn a lot from them. Very nice work and life balance - unlimited vacation. Opportunities to explore different aspects of the company products and cutting edge technologies. Good total compensation package - may not be as good as other big names but still very good. Office is on the beautiful hill of Palo Alto. Much better commute experience through 280 over 101.

    ConsCareer growth is questionable given such a large company. Some middle managers coming from other big companies tend to hire people they knew from their past companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind some exceptional and visionary middle managers. They can make correct move of the products as well as promote good work of the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat team and work/life balance! Competitive compensation.

    ConsNone! It's a great company to work for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company

    Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosgood company. fine people. nice building

    Conshard to move up. too much elderly senior managment

    Advice to Senior Managementnone at his point

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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