VMware Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 89 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 61 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 70 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    products, people, benefits, flexibility, open work culture

    Cons

    getting into another corporate company mode, BUs needs to come together. Higher level direction needs to be reset to work as one single team as oppose to competing between business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to politics due to BU structure, ask everyone to keep things simple, lot of new VPs driving their own things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Operations Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Network Operations Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at VMware full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Wonderful work culture. Fantastic campus amenities. You would not expect such a wonderful work environment from a big company.

    Cons

    I have no complaints. I had no negative experiences here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, a great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    The people and collaborative culture are positives. Company has great perks and campus. Leadership is generally solid. Good work/life balance (for tech). Pay/benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Employee talent is stacked on both ends of the spectrum here. There quite a bit going on...too much at times. I would say the staffing is a little top heavy given the lack of processes one would expect for a company of this size. Certainly keeps it interesting though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    great place

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

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

    Pros

    Vmware has nice benefitt. The culture is friendlly. Vmware is not a sweat shop. It has a nice palo altolocation. VMware has great gym. Its campus is beautiful and has lots of trees on campus

    Cons

    VMware stock is range bound. The company has lots of dumb VPs. The upper management's all hands meeting are nothing but a mutual admiration club.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Big Company Great Pay

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

    I worked at VMware as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People in VMware are really friendly and ready to help. The benefits are also quite attractive. I like the free snacks and drinks. There are a lot of activities for employees, e.g. beer bash. Interns have plenty of opportunities to learn the cutting-edge technologies there.

    Cons

    There is little rain in Palo Alto during summer. Be sure you can survive without rain. Also, you need to pay for lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if employees can have free meals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Generally a good company

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology and one of the growing companies in the software world. Pretty fair with employees overall and usually accepting or work from home or remote emplyees.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than competitive companies and carreer advancement is diffucult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get moe clarity with goals and expectations of employees. Management needs to truly support their claim of work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    profitable business yet start-up company attitude

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

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

    Pros

    growing operations, dynamic and creative products that in nature bring opportunities to learn and develop, talented and diverse workforce, OK work life balance.

    Cons

    always changing environment with many in-progress or no existing process, very global presence that wakes you up 24-7, commute to palo alto.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice - they know what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Maturing into a large company

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

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool technology and more on the way
    Established market leader
    Well funded projects
    Decent salary and benefits
    Riding the wave of a very strong initial vision. Hasn't peaked yet.

    Cons

    Executive bias to outsourcing in non-engineering/QA positions
    Used to have a completely open culture. Moving to fiefdoms and internal competition.
    Lots and lots of managers and layers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively root out sociopaths from management. It hurts company performance in the long run.
    Visionary technologists don't want to work for people who only value themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Huge Talent, Awesome Campus, Good Compensation, Confusion!!!

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Good Brand Value
    Awesome People
    Amazing Campus
    Lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Need lot of Networking to grow
    Lack of processes
    People dependent Environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce better processes and hierarchies
    Set up correct expectation as per roles
    Give ample of space to grow beyond expectation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Love it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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

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