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VMware Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
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Pros
  • UK organisation trying hard on soft management areas such as work life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • Great technology and this company definitely adds credibility to your resume (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 67 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 75 reviews)

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  1.  

    Constantly evolving, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately awesome

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

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

    Pros

    The best thing about VMware in my opinion is that they are willing to invest in their employees. Rather than force you to hop jobs as is done so frequently in the Valley, VMware is much more willing to promote from within. There is a strong base of VMware "lifers" who are the pillars of the internal management team, and there is mentorship and success to be had if you have the right attitude. Work/life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    VMware has had a little too much "evolving" going on lately. Large scale and poorly planned shakeups have left some disillusioned or feeling rudderless. While this is hopefully all behind us, having seen major reorganizations happen several times in my tenure I do worry that it may continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best to maintain consistent communication with your employees. When major changes are made, double down on efforts to communicate them out to the organization and push your line managers to do the same. Messaging is everything in a company this big.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities for growth within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be pen about challenges as well as successes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Passionate people are everywhere at VMware

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

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

    Pros

    In the epi-center of the IT industry, with passionate leaders and passionate people working globally. An exciting place to build a career.

    Cons

    There are growing pains with a company that is growing this quickly and of this size, but for the adventurous this is only an operational pain. The excitement at the company overcomes any operational headaches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to exude passion and excitement and the leadership that says we are a company that can change the world. Consolidate the teams and continue to always ensure the customers and partners have a great experience with VMware.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to Work!

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

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

    Pros

    - Really talented people !! These guys are at the forefront of Virtualization and Cloud software. the people working here are geniuses.
    - Awesome Pay & perks
    - Fun intern events: Movies, Angel Island trip, sports, food bazaars, Concerts, Hollywood guys come around here to chat (entire cast of old star trek was here !!), Beer bashes !

    Cons

    - Can be sometimes too much work as they expect only the top bunch to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Employed at VMware for 9+ years

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, smart people, stable work environment, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Frequent corporate restructuring to realign human capital with new products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to re-purpose existing employees into new job roles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging but Rewarding Company to Work for - Highly Recommended

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked here for almost a year and have already acquired an abundance of knowledge in areas of the business in which I previously had minimal to no experience. The people here are incredibly intelligent- movers and shakers for sure. We have unlimited time off and generally, management is pretty flexible about schedules, as long as you are getting your work done and not falling behind. I also love the fact that you can bring your dog to work, makes for a more laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Challenges would be similar to every other large companies challenges- opportunity for growth is dependent upon who you know (politics are everywhere you go). Also, the unlimited time off can be a curse as well as a blessing. You are not entitled to PTO; your manager must approve (which means you need to ask prior to taking PTO).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to continue putting effort around employee recognition programs. Financial rewards are always nice, but a simple "thank you" can be just as appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Large company with interesting technology

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    * Smart people
    * Interesting technology
    * Opportunities to transfer based on interests
    * Great campus

    Cons

    * Lots of turnover
    * Promotions are political; doing good work is not enough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I used to love the company but they have gone through massive upper management changes and its not all for the good.

    • 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

    lots of employees freebies, micro kitchens, supporting charities both monetarily and by encouraging employees to give up to 40 hours a year in work.

    Cons

    lots of upper management change going on and its hard to feel as if it is a stable environment. Although the company is doing well and upward trajectory, bonuses in some departments were allocated less than 100% even for top rated employees. Contradictory to the success of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    minimize the upper mgmt. movement and let employees know what is in store for their future career paths. If the company is doing so well, why would you not reward the employees helping to get the company to their goals fairly. Its like saying getting a "B" is really the new "A"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    One of the best of the big ones

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

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

    Pros

    VMware has a fabulous set of perqs and benefits, as well as the most beautiful campus around. If you are motivated, there is a lot of opportunity to do interesting work. You can find groups and communities that still have that small company feel.

    Cons

    If you're in the wrong group, or have the wrong manager, it's no better than anywhere else. It's now definitely a big company, if you don't mind that, its not a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on innovation to remain relevant, there are significant challenges to VMware's future if not handled well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    -great snacks
    -unlimited vacation policy
    -provide technology to make work easier
    -great people to work with

    Cons

    -slow develop cycles
    -sometimes there is alot of red tape to get around

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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