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"Not the company I joined any more ... explosive growth and new Management caused major issues"

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Former Employee - QA Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - QA Manager in Palo Alto, CA
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No opinion of CEO

I worked at VMware full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great Culture - if this is your first job out of school, you will be spolied. Many employees get to go to VMWorld, Beer bashes on Fridays, awesome campus and great culture of continued growth

Great Senior Developer - people who not only wrote the book on this stuff but also taught the classes the book was based on and we're part of the teams that did the original work which is covered.

Smart people across the board - this can be a shock for many and in some ways it's like being a pro football player - most of these people were the smartest kids in their high school, then went on to be one of the smartest people in a top five school, and when they get to VMWare, they are considered average (or maybe slightly above average) because EVERYONE is so smart.

Sexy products and huge brand name - looks awesome on your resume

Cons

Founders were forced out and much of their original team (who still had awesome ideas) has cashed out and left.

"Must have a 4.0 GPA from a top 5 School" mentality - Many groups want to limit themselves to people like themselves and even in Management there is a lot of bias against some school.

Too Much Politics - I was personally threatened by a SVP for providing review feedback on a Development Manager which was unflattering (she had zero compassion for the QA team and wanted them to work 60 hr weeks for more then a month keep the original unrealistic date that she had given). Who is friend is outside of work >= what you do

Advice to Management

Return to your roots and the culture of innovation ... don't worry about beating MS ... use your capital to come up with the next big thing (not just doing more stuff with VMs) and get more parking ! They had 2 parking places for every 3 offices, so if you don't come early there isn't anywhere to park.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. "What a ride"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unreal technology, all about the technology and its advancement. Great investment in R&D.

    Cons

    Sales people are treated like the necessary evil

    Advice to Management

    Keep on investing in R&D and the rest will follow.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good company to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation + Benefits. Nice campus. Smart + helpful people.
    I work in the Networking & Security business unit and it has got pretty good work culture. You have a freedom of choosing projects that you want to work on.

    Cons

    Weak release management. Need more transparency with respect to decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing periodic re-orgs, stop acquiring "cloud" start-ups and concentrate on core virtualization.

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