VMware - Great company but needs to improve employee retention program post-IPO (higher salary, promotions, stocks...) | Glassdoor
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"Great company but needs to improve employee retention program post-IPO (higher salary, promotions, stocks...)"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great technology
Great market opportunities
Great campus
Great people
Great CEO
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Cons

Compensation should be higher.
Promotions don't always come after great performance.
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Advice to Management

Make sure compensation matches performance. I've felt underpaid for some time now.
It's not easy to grow internally: promotions are slow to come and transitions to management are even rarer.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. "Technical support may or may not be for you."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn something new is incredible. Everyday the interaction with customers brought forth new insight into the product and what it can do. The product also required a broad spectrum of Windows and Linux OS knowledge. Knowing databases, such as Microsoft's SQL or Oracle, is a great benefit. But if you want to learn a lot and be part of a growing industry, this may work for you.

    Cons

    Extreme pressure to meet the numbers instead of the original statement to "do what it takes to make or keep the customer happy." Although you may have no experience in a certain aspect of the product and request assistance from another support engineer, managment insists you "take ownership" and continue helping the customer. The customer picks up quickly that you lack the knowledge to properly help, the customer then asks for someone who can help, but you have to answer that someone will get back to them later which can cause a loss in integrity. And learning on the spot in this manner can quickly burn out the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with your frontline people to get a better understanding of what is really going on.


  2. "Okay place to work."

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

    Pros

    VMware has provided for a stable job so far and the compensation seems to be at least on par with other companies. For the most part, the employees are friendly and pleasant to work with. Overall the company seems to be holding a reasonable course and should continue to be successful for some time to come. For the most part, you are given some flexibility in finding work that interests you.

    Cons

    The company has grown way too fast. The fast growth has allowed mediocre employees to excel in all the confusion. Sometimes there is a lot of chaos. Often there is a disconnect between management and engineers. The headquarters is located in a boring office park.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce more accountability at the lower management level. All to often do managers want to play it safe or point fingers at another team. Invest in better marketing. Eliminate the under-performers that we have accrued during our period of way too fast growth.

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