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"Great company, great benefits. In period of stagnation"

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Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at VMware full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Brilliant Engineers
Opportunities to learn - tons of resourceful people you can learn from
Benefits - great health plans, great 401k options, and great perks, MSDN accts for each engineer, Safari Books account for each engineer

Cons

- Politics and senselessness rampant throughout engineering leadership
- engineers cannot regularly work from home.
- New executive team is more focused on stock price than innovation
- Segmentation of products - product teams are too silo'd from eachother.
- Currently, in the midst of an exodus of great talent from Steve Harrod, Bogamil, as well as middle management. The smartest leaders are leaving...but it doesn't stop there. VMware is losing the most talented engineers to start-ups and other corperations (IMO) because innovation has dried up. Engineers are tired of integrating software and want to get back to building fresh ideas.

Advice to Management

Focus on innovation and stop copy-catting. VMware has fallen behind the innovation train and it's using its bank account to acquire IP to catch up. Then, burning engineering time integrating acquisitions into the product portfolio. VMware needs to get back in the leadership role of the industry. They've been doing this for a long time, but it's become the norm

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Need to find a place that realizes my value"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the Vision of the technology

    Cons

    The culture is changing. Feeling more like corporate america. Performance is no longer being managed by outcomes but instead by who you know. Work life balance and management's lack of knowledge or understanding of resource needs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and value management's assessments of what it is really like to work there. Focus on the outcomes. Leadership by escalation is not true leadership.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, come and help to reinvent the company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good campus with nice gym, well stocked break rooms and overall if your new that is okay.

    Cons

    The company execs are very conceded and think they work for a 50B a year company not a 50M.

    Advice to Management

    Remember we're not a 50B a company, we need to remember that.

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