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Updated July 9, 2015
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  • 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. Helpful (1)

    Best career move I ever made

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    VMware are a company who truly understand that their employees are the key to their success, and it shows in the way they are valued and looked after. No other company I have ever worked for has cared about its employees as much as they do at VMware.

    Cons

    VMware in the UK is a business that has had to grow quickly in a short space of time, and so internal processes are not always as refined as they should be for a company of this size.


  2. great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - GTD Coordinator
    Current Contractor - GTD Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    VMware has a great culture and cares about its employees.

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of


  3. Experience at VMware

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great strategy & vision Good brand recognition Gets you in the door with customers with the brand name Not as structured as some very mature organisations so there is a little bit of scope

    Cons

    Lack of an ability to execute sales operations is non-existent Spend way too much time on back end systems No ISR support so all admin left to senior AE's Quite poor spenders on employee events

    Advice to Management

    Fix the sales process issues and start giving your AE's ISR's or ASR's to help them spend more time customer facing.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Partnering at VMware

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    I worked for VMware for many years and saw the company grow and mature from a fledgling company to a mature large enterprise software company. Some of the culture of making a difference remains even though not a start-up any more.

    Cons

    Moving away from the partner business that got the company to where it is today, and quite political now. Less empowering and more process and bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about how the company got to where it is today - partners and partnerships.


  6. Changing company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Good Strategic Vision. Pays well

    Cons

    Inhibits internal career growth. EMEA managers manage up rather than lead their teams.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Managers need to examine there Middle Management. People leave poor managers, not companies.


  7. Field Sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very exciting company to work for, brilliant technology, great working from home policy, fantastic products to sell, great strategy.

    Cons

    Flip side of a fast moving company, is keeping up


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not for the faint hearted

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good products, good clear strategy and vision for a software defined enterprise. Lots of competent long-serving technical consultants are the backbone of the sales organisation.

    Cons

    As a company VMware are having to transition from being a dominant player in a clear area (compute vitualization) to a contender across the Cloud Infrstructure space. As such there are sudden shifts in emphasis and organisational changes. This has meant pressure on positions and people and they do not always handle it well. In the UK there seems to be a high attrition rate amongst sales and sales management. It looks as though the senior managers are immune so there is a lot of churn lower down. The turnover in sales people was high due to a number of factors including unacheiveable targets, 6 month plans, random redundancies and ineffectual managers. This has now become a pretty cut-throat organisation and not for the faint hearted!

    Advice to Management

    move to 12 month targets for sales; give people a bit of time to develop; change is inevitable but show a bit of compassion


  9. SAE

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and vision from leadership team

    Cons

    Could become like an EMC/SFDC


  10. Helpful (6)

    Great Products but not a long term career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Frimley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Frimley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great products which sell themselves well. I met some great talent in the business who if managed correctly would be even more productive. There are some positives I found like limited micro management but this I believe also comes down to who your manager is. You can make some good money but this is now reducing year on year. If you are in the US it feels like a very different business. You can move around much more. I liked the US leadership and they do demonstrate some great qualities but these do not make it through to EMEA.

    Cons

    The core management in the UK have been with the company far too long. You are told you need to be able to deal with change..the only thing that does not change is the management. With this comes little upward mobility unless you are in the "club". If you are not in the "club" your options rapidly become very limited very quickly. However you are made every year to work on a personal development plan...not sure why as there is not no place to go and the only promotions I witnessed tended to be managers being promoted with the odd sales person being promoted only in title i.e. Major or senior. Much of your time will be spent dealing with some unbelievably crazy internal processes which are often manual and for a cloud leader somewhat unbelievable that they exist given the tools on the market today. Your internal admin skills will be welcomed here and I worked with some very good internal admin people...erm I mean sales people, Targets are set every 6 months if your in sales so if you are working on that OTE big deal the likelihood is that your target will be adjusted to accommodate this therefore making hitting you number even more unrealistic. Accounts will be moved up and down and away from you so again be prepared to be irritated here and thats before the US asks for any splits. If you are going for an interview ask about attrition rates in the Enterprise Team and have them demonstrate exactly how many people actually make their quota annually...its not a high %. You will also find the hiring and interviewing process long and tedious especially when compared with their competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making employees fill out personal development plans when there is little or no place to be promoted to. Remove the old boys club and let new blood in preferable not externally sourced new blood. Remove the 6 month quota and let sales have a fair crack of the whip to hit their numbers. Sales people who earn and make their number tend to be happier and stay loyal. If somethings working don't break it.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great products, organisation not keeping up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    VMware continues to steamroller the competition with killer products. Great opportunities for sales and technical to be successful. UK organisation trying hard on soft management areas such as work life balance.

    Cons

    New layers of organisational complexity breeding politics, teams working at crossed-purposes, stifling bureaucracy. Career development limited as new/replacement management recruited too much externally.

    Advice to Management

    Get teams aligned, promote collaboration, present a unified front to customers and the market.



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