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    "Excellent Intern Program"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Business Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware for less than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to Executive Staff - Pre-arranged speaking events for all interns included CEO, COO, GM Business Unit, and several VP's. They also arranged for the interns to ask questions to Executive panel at all employee company meeting. My intern project allowed me to meet and and shake hands with two chief officers. Commitment to Retain Interns - Personally, I determine the strength of and internship by the... likelihood it provides me a full-time offer. In today's business environment, converting from intern to full-time is almost a must. The company, including top leadership, my manager, and department were very supportive and strong advocates of retaining as many summer interns as possible. It worked out for me as I was offered a full-time position, along with a healthy intern to full-time conversion bonus! Fun, Collaborative, Engaging Intern Program - Unfortunately, I feel like the quality of the VMware's Intern Program is taken for granted, as being expected of a large Silicon Valley tech company. It included everything you would expect, such as free food, prizes, swag, field-trips, and an intern housing community. While I've never interned at a Google or Facebook, from talking with others, I think the VMware program was very comparable. Designed to Make you Feel Special - Ultimately, while as an intern I felt special. There were times I felt more privileged then many full-time employees. Personally, I never felt anyone in the company looking down on me because I was "just an intern". I'm sure some others may have felt that, but if your willing to work hard and not treat yourself as "just an Intern" I think you have complete potential to be an equal player during your short time there.

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    Cons

    Housing Allowance - If the intern housing doesn't work for you, such as you need a private room or extra space, your in a tough spot. They have a modest housing stipend but in the Bay Area of California it doesn't get you very far. Mentor Relationship - It may have just been my situation, but I felt the assigned mentor was a little forced or lacked understanding on what their mentor role was. I liked the idea of... an assigned mentor, but think it could use more organization to make it a truly valuable offering.

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    Advice to Management

    Improve housing options for those with families. Exploit the new Mentor Exchange program as a way of matching interns to mentors.

    VMware2016-01-29
  1. "Great culture, leadership and smart people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    VMware acts on its core EPIC2 values - Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customer and Community. Work/Life balance is good, and people are smart and supportive.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now

    Advice to Management

    Continue to execute EPIC2 values.

    VMware2019-10-12
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    "Great place to work that values quality of life and family"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    VMware is a big company but in many ways had a startup vibe. That was great because the resources and infrastructure of a big company were there, but it gave most people I worked with freedom to work on many projects, influence, move around, and contribute in many ways. Plus, many things moved faster than they might at other companies of the same size. Perks were really great including bonuses, events on the campus,... opportunities, etc.

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    Cons

    The biggest con is the annual layoff. During most of the years I was there, we were growing like crazy, beating expectations, gaining in stock price, etc. It was always positive and upward. However, every single January, it was known that there would be a round of layoffs, even when all numbers were looking great as they almost always were. Management called it restructuring. But, over the years, some really good... people were let go for no apparent reason. Then to add insult to injury, a week or two later, there would be a company quarterly meeting discussing how VMware was doing so well and is still hiring, but they had to make some changes. It always felt dishonest and the sympathy for those let go came across as disingenuous.

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    Advice to Management

    January was always a nerve racking month and it completely destroyed any sense of loyalty to the company. I know a few people that completely changed their perception of VMware after a colleague of theirs was let go with no apparent rhyme or reason. Many people left shortly after as a result of losing loyalty to the company or for just being stressed out about themselves getting cut the next year.

    VMware2019-06-24

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