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"Thrilling at the beginning and disaster in the end"

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Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at VMware full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

- cutting edge technologies
- valuable experience
- great campus, cafe, beer bashes
- free food and drinks in the kitchen
- gym
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Cons

- incompetent and corrupted QA higher management
- poor company culture
- hypocritical - promote professional growth, but wont allow to actually grow. Example, HR will send plans for employees to improve their skills like taking additional classes, but manager wont ever approve siting project timelines

Advice to Management

Hire professional QA management
Start really care about employee professional growth
Build teams

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. "Great for people who life a fast paced environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fabulous work life balance. Little to no work on weekends. Great culture. Continues to grow in size so a lot of opportunity to try different jobs. Moves very fast so you are never bored. Great direction from senior leadership. Everyone I work with is top notch and over achieves therefore you do not have to pick up the slack for someone else

    Cons

    Hire too many people in management roles outside of the company instead of promoting from within. Limited travel budget so I meet with my team in person only once a year. The rest of the time is via webex


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Very hard to get things done. Moving slower and slower each year. Declining product quality."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits
    There are still some very smart and nice people (but they are in decline)
    Nice campus and physical work environment

    Cons

    Very heavyweight and dysfunctional release management process.
    Very slow moving. Takes enormous engineering effort each year to put out a vSphere product release, while not moving the needle very much.
    Toxic politics and a fair amount of silo-ing and back-stabbing. Overall a very harsh engineering culture where different silos tear and grind at each other rather than unify and collaborate.
    Company pays lots of lip service to meritocracy and accountability, but what happen daily is just the opposite. Toxic and incompetent people are allowed to be around for years, wrecking havoc on the engineering organization.
    Product quality seems to be getting worse each year.

    Advice to Management

    Take a cold hard look at what you have (versus what you say) and decide whether that is what you actually want. Don't believe so much in your own press and greatness, because you may be the emperor with no clothes. Surrounding ourselves with sycophants and you will not know what you're doing wrong until it's too late.

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