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"Nice technology and very nice campus"

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

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

Pros

The Palo Alto campus is great and feels good to be there. The technology is very good and some really smart people to work with. To me the environment looked quite open and many folks were easily approachable

Cons

The management is very volatile. Most managers are technical folks and don't have capability to plan a product release or manage people. Smart engineers get the job done somehow. Features get dropped in every release due to poor planning. For experienced engineers it is not a great place. Lot of encouragement given to new college grads and for them it is a good learning experience.
Something to note - the company had no new innovation for a long time.
Benefits were very moderate compared to other companies in the Valley.
Selling their old product (vSphere) will only take them so far.

Advice to Management

Watch out, the open source is coming to get your bread. You can do nothing to stop it.

Other Employee Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Treats contractors like dirt"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at VMware as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice campus, challenging work good lunch

    Cons

    Contractors are treated badly. Expect to work 60 hrs a week, and get comped for 40. Late nights and weekends are common. Users totally overrun IT managers, and the PMO forces adherence to process. You're in the middle. Bad project planning and scheduling. Excel is a staple. They have Sharepoint, but don't know how to use it effectively. As a bonus, you may be literally let go at any time, contracts notwithstanding. Contracts only let for 3 months at a time,and are renewed. Zero feedback from management. Expect to be told everything is great right up to the time you are let go.

    Advice to Management

    Either use the process to control your users or stop calling yourself managers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, good employee experience, great products and strategy."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are really smart and competent people at VMware. Employee experience in the Palo Alto campus is great with food, fitness center, concerts, celebrity visits, TED talks like speaker series, and events.

    Cons

    You run into people who lack professionalism more so than what I experienced at my previous company.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do a better job at identifying top talents and retaining them.

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