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"Good engineers, indecisive management"

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Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

- culture of excellence, quality
- a lot of smart people
- genuine commitment to innovation

Cons

- executives lack ability Inability to make tough decision; they allow competing projects to go on too long undermining eachother leading to a no-win situations.
- hyper-visor / platform team have too much say / power: VMware claim they want to move "up the stack" into management software and new domains but efforts have been obstructed by senior, core teams who only have experience building operating systems and command line tools.
- promises of technical career progression don't seem too promising: Sr Staff and above seem dominated by old-timers and acquirees; little potential for organic promotion
- recent "re-focussing" and spinning-off of the "Pivotal Initiative" seems to be an admission the company is incapable of moving into new areas which is disheartening.

Advice to Management

Be decisive and put an end to the Darwinian product development: choose to invest in something and get everybody behind it.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great technology but ..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    VMware has great technology and they have very strong and competent engineers.

    Cons

    Lack of documentation - you have to find the right person with the information in their head to understand product/technology internals. They also have a very siloed set of engineering teams (which they are trying to fix). There is a general lack of integration across their product lines (also trying to fix) and the organization can be very political. They also have way to many VP's who are really only operating at the level of project manager.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to integrate engineering teams across the organization and remove political agendas. Stress the importance of documenting internals so that new staff can get up to speed more rapidly.


  2. "Is a large company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Emphasizes engineering driven development and new ideas were often innovative in the past. Good modern facility in Palo Alto

    Cons

    Large size adds lots of process and may stifle innovation. Is focused on core areas now, so wide range of possibilities explored in the past are available less. Engineering and marketing can collaborate better than they do. Has hired many people recently from other large companies and they brought their own habits and practices, and VMware lost a bit of its own culture.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more autonomy for innovation

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