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"Was a great company to work for when smaller, seems to have had some scaling issues."

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- Brilliant software engineers. Really some of the best I've worked with anywhere.
- Cool product.
- Good work environment.
- Laid back, bay area culture.
- Successful business.
- Hours can be very flexible.
- Can work remotely.

Cons

- Difficult to move into new areas of work.
- Difficult to move from engineering to research.
- Deadlines are not expected to be met.
- Non-engineering groups seems somewhat dysfunctional.
- Rapid scaling seems to have led to scaling problems.

Advice to Management

Encourage greater employee mobility within company.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Still in Turmoil but trying to get away from the greene days"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Things appear to be changing for the better now that Paul Maritz is in place. He appears to be very open in his communications; he represents the company stronger than Diane Greene ever could. There is a 180 degree difference in their styles. VMware would likely have been wallowing in the gutter if Diane were left steering the goodship VMW.
    The physical work environment is open; the new campus is beautiful; the cafe is great to have onsite, and the new gym should be yet another welcome way to keep your mind and body healthy. The kitchens in each building are also a nice perk.

    Cons

    In particular with the QA groups, the environment is massively cliquish; if you're not "in", you're virtually "out". The teams act as mini gangs at times which does not help when trying to accomplish cross functional tasks/projects. The old guard management came from nowhere is certain cases and being promoted just because you had been there a long time was a way of life. If you were friends with one of these old guard, regardless of your talent, you were pretty much guaranteed a promotion to director and beyond. Decision making by these inexperienced directors is laughable at best and criminal in most cases.

    Advice to Management

    Look long and hard at the old director and above regime; pay attention to the previous complaints and take a second look now that some of the greene wood is out of the tree

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