VMware Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated June 29, 2014
Updated June 29, 2014
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Pros
  • There is a work life balance here that I have never had before (in 80 reviews)

  • Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Like all software companies work life balance can be a challenge (in 56 reviews)

  • There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers) (in 65 reviews)

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  1.  

    good

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    products are good, strategy good

    Cons

    political, not empowered, could become arrogant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the politics focus on the customer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great products, organisation not keeping up

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with your employees, and your customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus down better; protect your top talent from leaving

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company but be ready for a tough ride

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

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technology, leader in its space, good progression opportunity

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, if you work outside of EMEA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Great technology company, customers love the company and products

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent employer with a lot of drive and future possibilities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Camberley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Camberley, England (UK)

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of future possibilities, growth potential but you shall be working for the core business. There many options outside the core that are very interesting and will give you more flexibility and reduced targets but they don’t last forever
    Technology is fantastic and the company spend a lot to make the products feature rich and with quality
    There is a very helpful atmosphere in the company and a we can do attitude

    Cons

    Even if there are a lot of possibilities you need to go get them yourself, no one will give you anything. Its a highly competitive organisation and you need to meet your targets. The company will use as much as they can from you and you have to be able to say no, else you fall the risk of working 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share strategies earlier so that your employees have a chance to react and be ready

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Give power to the growth engines, before we stall!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Great strategy, fast reacting at a high level. Huge amount of opportunity with our customers. Great technology that delivers value more rapidly.

    Cons

    Outdated/outscaled operational and management model. Distriution/channell management mentality with limited understanding on how to help customers transform their IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frontline people are the engines that make this plane continue to rise. Stop adding load without giving more power to the engines. As much as execs want to pull the stick up, the only result will be a stall. And understand that customer's need help to get value out of complex solutions. That menas a better focus on services.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Like Tech Companies should be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Culture is fantastic and a willingness to listen

    Cons

    Complex mix of products means it is hard to understand priorities and customers are yet to comprehend company is more than server virtualisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the complexity of what we have to do now and in the future is orders of magnitude more complex than previously

    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great products, great people, awful management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Frimley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frimley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great products, great engineering, great culture. VMware is getting to be a beast of a company but it's still overall a good place to work. Underpromise and overdeliver is the unofficial motto, and the rabid customer fan base shows it. This company shows great promise for employees even with revenues in the multiple billions now.

    Cons

    You do NOT want to work for this company anywhere in the Europe/UK&Ire region. APJ and AMER have it really good - colleagues from those regions almost universally love it. In the UK it operates as a completely different organisation and management/HR (which covers all of Europe as well) is appaulingly terrible to deal with. There is also very little upward mobility opportunity in the UK office and middle management is deeply engrained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carefully examine the job performance of everyone at the director level and above in EMEA in every group. Someone (or more than one someone) is rotten and needs replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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