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"Ok. Not a bad place to be"

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Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

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

Pros

Open communication, awesome products, good business

Cons

:/, a few people are more powerful than others.

Advice to Management

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Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (10)

    "Dysfunctional, toxic, and delusional."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Good benefits
    Nice gyms
    Nice cafeterias
    Looks good on your résumé

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the pretty buildings and internal branding - I ignored the negative reviews while I was interviewing because I didn't think the HR department would be like that. I was wrong. There are some excellent employees with great ideas all over the company but they soon get the spirit ground out of them. And as the market dictates, it's the good employees who can - and do - leave. Decisions are overturned on a whim with the decision makers claiming no memory of making them (which is an indescribably confusing experience when you have the approval in writing or were present for it verbally. Because of this you are forced to defend yourself for literally doing your job. Communication is not just poor it's frowned upon, there is not an open door policy and you may not speak to whoever you need to. Bullies abound and it's the epitome of a toxic workplace. It's proudly claimed that VMware is a 15 year old start up but what that really means is there are leaders and employees left who haven't scaled to fit the reality of a 14,000 employee company, and thinking you don't need to scale is delusional. I'm very disappointed with this company, it could be a fantastic place to work but it chooses to ignore the elephant(s) in the room.

    Advice to Management

    Hire external consultants to deal with the toxic employees throughout the organization. Your turnover numbers will decrease and productivity will increase.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for, but some organizations are better than others."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic pay and benefits - probably one of the best overall compensation packages you can find. The executives also genuinely encourage the employees to give back to their community.

    Cons

    Some of the organizations and their leaders are overly political and put personal ambition above team success and respect for people. The vast majority of the Engineering teams are still run like a startup, but that does not scale given the current number of employees, the majority of whom now reside outside of Palo Alto.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the employee surveys and take action to ensure that the BU leaders share the same values as the executive team. Focus on Execution over flashy Vision that has yet to be delivered.

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