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"it's not what you think"

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Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

- compensation is usually good
- depends on the group, work/life balance can be good
- the campus is nice, pond, waterfall, turtles
- engineers-driven company

Cons

- delivery doesn't matter
- promotions from within are rare
- performance review doesn't matter
- poor diversity, many Palo Alto groups have more than 70 % South Asians, I wish I knew hindu
- from career prospective, not recommended to join on your own. Rule of thumb:
10 years of experience + PhD == Senior Member of Technical Staff, when joining on your own.
fresh graduate == Staff Engineer, when coming through acquisition.
- Rumor / urban legend goes that some groups used to put their junior members in turtle's pond, as part of some initiation process. It was swept under the carpet by HR. Once again, it's rumor, but why somebody will make up such rumors?
- management / leadership rotate all the time, coming close to non-existing. I had 5 direct managers in 2.5 years.

Advice to Management

Make no mistake, this company is 80% EMC owned.
Beside talking about past break-throughs and zero-product conferences, products are barely built in-house.
Lately, in addition to funny acquisitions, hiring management from Cisco / Juniper. Can look like Cisco half a year later.
There is some attention to ethics / values, most likely ignored since C-level execs appear to ignore it themselves.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues/peers are great - friendly and knowledgeable. Product Development and Product Marketing colleagues are smart and strategic.

    Cons

    New management - promoted from within are very poor at managing people and are VERY unprofessional. I saw people "chewed' out in front of other colleagues. No training for new employees and contractors. Very high pressure environment with very little support from anyone except your colleagues.

    Internal managers in partner enablement and other departments think they know about partner management and sales but they do not. "White tower" mentality here and it is hurting VMware.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You are coming late to the party with your Cloud solution. Listen to your partners and the Field before it is too late. Get rid of some of your New middle managers and old management that DO NOT CARE about people. People are leaving VMware in droves and not just because they want to work at a startup! Act now and LEAD and remove the dead weight managers!!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Adapted to changing role thanks to committed team and collaborative efforts."

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    Former Contractor - Interaction Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Interaction Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, international company, far reaching impact, great learning opportunity,

    Cons

    widespread inefficiencies and willingness to misuse and not invest in contingent staffing contributions.

    Advice to Management

    give contractors credit, opportunity to join staff

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