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"Competitive atmosphere, you'll go as far as your skills and ambition will allow. No free rides or automatic promotions."

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Stock options are not overly generous, but the company is public and they do tend to pay off, mostly. Products sell themselves. Collegial atmosphere. Freedom to experiment, make mistakes. I've seen talented people go from individual contributor to Senior director and even VP. You may hire in at a particular level, but promotions are not automatic or guaranteed. This leads to quality in management.

Cons

Career paths not clearly defined. Due to lack of automatic promotion, career paths have been put on paper, but no one is guaranteed anything. If you are not interested in being a shareholder, there are other places you should probably look for a job. Few frills. Fluid management structure. Since the company is public, it is possible that a particular persons stock options will not be immediately valuable due to market fluctuations.
Management is frugal in spending, so don't expect lots of trips to Europe in first class at top rated hotels for junkets.

Advice to Management

Listen to Diane.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (1)

    "While it boasts a friendly work-environment, VMware ignores individual accomplishments, rewarding only mass success."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Support Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I supppose the best reasons for working at VMware would be for the benefits; the stock options, a really cool, new "Green" campus, the buzz of working for a semi-public start-up software company, interesting people, medical, dental and life insurance...etc.

    Cons

    Oh there are so many downsides, how can I list all of them?
    If you are part of the "working force" (i.e. not an engineer, sales-person, or marketing tech) you are NOBODY. No matter how many times you confront HR or your supervisor/manager, you never feel a sense of worth. Loyalty is not taken into consideration, dedication is not a factor. You can be with the company for years, and never see appreciation in any tangible form.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Act.
    You have no idea the impact you actually have on the personal lives and well-being of your employees. Their worklife greatly impacts overall morale and sense of self-accomplishment. If they bring up an issue, it should be recognized, validated and a resolution should be pursued. Do not sweep the problems under the rug; if your employees are crying and not sleeping at night, there is a problem.


  2. "Great company, great products, great E-staff but bad middle/general management and bad financial mgmt."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Greenfield opportunity in a growing company.
    Original Core group of engineers is extremely smart.
    Has a very rich roadmap and game changing technology for OS, such opportunities just come about once in many years.
    Great location and the stock/company has the potential to be bigger than MSFT someday if they execute well.

    Cons

    With growth, comes a lot of mismanagement.
    Lot of repetitive projects all over the company that ensures that some WILL get scraped.
    No Software Development Lifecycle/Process.
    Poor performance and project management and general maturity of processes in the company.
    Top Architect level leadership on the non-kernel side, ie: on the VIM- Management Server side is extremely incompetent and poor.
    If you are just a developer, you will have to work hard to deliver and pay for a lot of mistakes made by creating a problematic general Architecture.
    There can be a lack of career roadmaps under the leadership of some managers.
    High-growth in a short term means lack of assimilation and there will be a lot of people that dont know whats going on.
    No training or career development/educational opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Change the CFO, When every major enterprise software company posted boosted revenues due to USD/currency devaluation in the intl. market. We were hurting due to some extent and werent able to leverage this phenomenon. This was due to to our CFO/financial organization was not agile enough to adapt to changing world quickly.

    This is not why the Mark Peek was hired at 400,000 shares and generous package paid by the shareholders of VMW.


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