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Updated July 22, 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
  • You really have to drive your own work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Middle management spans the whole spectrum: Manager to VP (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Best place to work ever

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's so awesome working here, hours are great, management cares about their employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (2)

    Product Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall it is a good organization to work at. I get to work on some interesting, industry defining virtualization products; great company culture in many aspects.

    Cons

    When it comes to promotions and being recognized for your achievemnts, I think VMware scores poorly. In my opinion, that there are a lot of politics involved and this is quite discouraging in that sense.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to promote from within the organization. Allow more flexibility for employees to change between different Business Units in order to experience different parts of the business.


  3. Software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Pros

    One of the best engineers I've ever worked with

    Cons

    Structure and processes too heavy and inefficient

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing executives every 6 months!


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  5. Good so far, but a lot of people are not trustworthy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good payment compared to other companies in Sofia Fairly professional manner of working/processes, planning, etc Good engineers

    Cons

    People are very very conservative Very 'grey' working environment - people communicate with each other only if there are any problems and need help You have little to no say about what the company does - orders come from the office in the States and we are just executing A lot of politics in place - you might notice that measuring your work gets more attention than actually doing the work


  6. Full-blown enterprise but offers great environment for technical development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits (salary + stocks + paid time off) Ideal technical environment - you can deploy and try any software technology whenever or however you want. Each employee is given enough technical resources to create/experiment with virtual machines of your choice. Most R&D colleagues love their job and strive to do their best. Fun to work with.

    Cons

    Becoming more and more enterprise every year. Heavy bureaucracy at places. Sometimes middle-level managers have no idea what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    If down-up votes on 360 reviews of certain managers are bad take a deeper look. If a manager seems perfect only when you look from above (nice reports, all goals achieved) but immediate subordinates don't like her/him, this is a sign you are gonna loose some good developers...


  7. software developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many perks, cubicles, not open space sheet, others, also some fitness, fresh juices, etc. I do not know about carrier path and eventual promotions yet. What else? 20 words minimum? Am I a science fiction writer or what?

    Cons

    big company, some noise, not a big deal though, I do not see real options for remote working from home.

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Amazing working place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good colleague, nice paychecks, good management

    Cons

    too much work, not good live/ work balance

    Advice to Management

    continue the same way


  9. It's OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, nice office, relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    communication with HQ and other offices in other time zones implies meetings in inconvenient hours.


  10. Great place to work. Plenty of opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - innovative company - use cutting edge technologies - good social program

    Cons

    some times multi GEO teams distribution is a problem due to culture and time difference


  11. Part of the research and development department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary package and work life balance

    Cons

    Career Opportunities for engineers. In the management vertical the career growth is much faster than the R&D

    Advice to Management

    Talk more to low level employees thus to receive their feedback and take actions to satisfy their needs.



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