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"The magic went away."

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Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Still some good technology, competitive compensation and some very smart co-workers (and some not so smart).

Cons

There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers). No clear direction now that VMware core products have reached saturation. New products are in mature markets or add little value.

Advice to Management

Employees inside the company will soon lose their motivation because it is hard to work with clueless people. There is no real career path outside Palo Alto. Listen (and Act) to employee feedback.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good to be there, good to leave."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of great people who really want to do a good job. They take good care of you and the environment is very pretty. It was a great place to learn an area of tech that was new and groundbreaking.

    Cons

    Miserably unable to assess talent and promote from within. Very political, lots of maneuvering. Way too many meetings. Not set up for virtual teams and the location makes it difficult for many to get there (worldwide as well as in the Bay Area). Still a bit self-important and riding on coattails of past success.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to genuinely manage down instead of massive manage up focus. Also, what's up with the lack of women in management, sr. mgmt. and on the board?


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Some smart engineers, lacking product leadership and new talent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, ok perks (needs a shuttle)
    Nice campus
    Good work-life balance, 9-5
    Casual

    Cons

    No shuttle
    Very very corporate vibe
    Brain drain
    Not attracting talent - not competing outside of salary
    An engineering company led by a salesperson never ends well
    Promotions are based on time served, though not officially
    Sloppy work ships (Web Client). Bad QA? Bad Eng? Bad PMs? All bad?

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize teams to focus on product excellence, not deadlines. Make decisions based on what customers want, not what's easier for us to ship by a deadline

    Be an engineering company, not an enterprise company, that's the way to make people excited about working there again

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