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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
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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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    • Culture & Values
    • 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. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, bonuses, raises. Physical environment.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Backstabbing. Managers who haven't a clue how to manage. No leadership at the middle management level. They just gossip about each other and their employees. Too much power in a few hands. Over past 3 years it's gotten worse, the emperor is wearing no clothes but no one had a guts to stand up to the one or two "bullies" who call the shots and are driving products into the ditch.

    Advice to Management

    Your hair is on fire. You must improve morale, management, and quality or your company will collapse. Call in a consultant to tell you what it means to run a company. Retrain or fire middle management.


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