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Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Field Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Not for the faint hearted

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  3. SAE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Great leadership and vision from leadership team

    Cons

    Could become like an EMC/SFDC

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great Products but not a long term career

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Frimley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Frimley, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great products, organisation not keeping up

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in London, England (UK)

    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

    products are good, strategy good

    Cons

    political, not empowered, could become arrogant

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics focus on the customer

  8. Great Company, but becoming more arrogant as it grows bigger.

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company so lots of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Senior management have become more distant for the employees as the company has grown.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with your employees, and your customers.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Was at VMware in a fantastic time of growth and optimism in the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    VMware has an amazing opportunity to become an IT powerhouse. Its cash piles and central pivot point in the world of IT has afforded it that. Stacked full of server and Data Centre talent it can go after this and isnt afraid to take on Cisco, etc.

    Cons

    The side on businesses are truly terrible at being integrated into the field and VMware needs to learn form IBM in the 90s about competing field teams and how it sets up those teams and manages them. The relentless focus on numbers means that the teams become very inwards focused on doing their thing and the company isn't terribly good at selling one VMware to customers. Senior management need to focus on this area.
    In the engineering space the company has two awesome products and a number of products in waiting. The spin off of excess products has started and needs to continue so that the engineering talent can be spread less thinly. there has been an issue in getting quality product out to customers outside of the core areas.
    As a place to work it was fantastic, but career development needs to improve so people can see where they will grow more.

    Advice to Management

    Focus down better; protect your top talent from leaving

  10. Great company but be ready for a tough ride

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology, leader in its space, good progression opportunity

    Cons

    Becoming very bureaucratic and political, work/life balance is poor

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company, if you work outside of EMEA

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology company, customers love the company and products

    Cons

    Very poor EMEA management, empire builders, care more about themselves

    Advice to Management

    listen & work with your staff, you are the managers, but it doesn't mean you can make all the decisions without consultation!

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