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Updated February 24, 2017
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  • They really mean it when they say they are committed to things like work/life balance (in 279 reviews)

  • cutting edge technology, Friendly environment, safe to work, great salary (in 89 reviews)

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  1. "Best company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pay package that is hard to beat which naturally draws talented people
    - Employees are encouraged to think outside the box
    - Work never gets dull, it's in fact exciting and motivating
    - Remarkably relaxing environment with little pressure, even though we are all busy and work hard
    - People are genuinely supportive of each other

    Cons

    - Company could do a better job of making job seekers be aware of how great this company really is
    - False perception that the business is slowing; instead of being a one trick pony, it has successfully diversified its portfolio

    Advice to Management

    You have built up a great company culture; keep pushing this - it is an intangible asset which contributes to the good business outcome! I have seen and endured many toxic work environments which resulted in outright project failures. Hire talented people with compassion and sincerity, as opposed to brainy people with no soul


  2. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Great products - Great R&D - Excellent Benefits

    Cons

    Political - many incompetent mid-level managers - IT corporate is very dysfunctional

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CIO with a real vision/strategy


  3. "Awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    telework sometimes, but up to manager discretion.

    Cons

    health benefits could be better.


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    "Best place I've ever worked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SE Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - SE Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    VMware is very supportive of career development. Internal transfers even between completely different types of jobs are very easy to accomplish. In the 6 years I've worked there, I've had 4 completely different kinds of roles - Internal Datacenter Ops, Sales Engineer, Professional Services, and now Management. I never feel the need to leave VMware to move to the next step in my career or to branch out into emerging technologies. Before coming here I always had to leave a job every 2 years to be able to move up or get involved in different things.

    The highest levels of leadership constantly impress me with the strategic decisions they make and the way they are able to monetize and promote new technologies. I've never seen a leadership team as good at making money. This translates to solid commissions for Sales Engineers / Account Reps and general company health/growth if nothing else.

    They also take their corporate culture pretty seriously. They really mean it when they say they are committed to things like work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are pockets of people within VMware that are beyond comfortable. These people barely do any work at all. But due to their tenure, the way some orgs are structured, and VERY forgiving HR policies, they will never get fired. I once literally caught someone snorting drugs AT WORK and HR wouldn't do anything. Said it was my word against theirs as to what the substance actually was. Unbelievable. It can be frustrating to deal with such types when you are highly motivated to get things done. I'd say maybe 10% of the company is like this these days, but it is there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The new focus on investment in customer success is absolutely the right move.


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    "Good Compay - but rife with politics and pettiness"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Marketing
    Former Employee - Director Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart peers - highly profitable

    Cons

    Political - many incompetent mid-level managers - Corporate Marketing is lead by a great smart person - after that - the team is thin on experience and kindness.

    Advice to Management

    Look for good people first- good resumes second.


  7. "Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work environment with fair compensation

    Cons

    Lot's of upper C level personnel leaving


  8. "It's very helpful,and a lot of useful writing tips"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Physical Therapy Aide in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Physical Therapy Aide in Tuscaloosa, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This place Cares for those they are helping very sincere

    Cons

    The con's are that I'm not working at the pr sent time and miss it greatly

    Advice to Management

    Always treat every dept.and emplpyee as equal,cause were all on it together


  9. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great boss, exciting stuff cooking in R&D, and customers who love the products.

    Cons

    Not enough customer understanding always in PM/PMM.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on customer's success and we all win.


  10. "Senior Account Exec"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, leading edge products that represent the future of the industry and generally honorable people running the company. Last a very smart technical CEO who doesn't BS the sales force.

    Cons

    As the company has morphed from being the clear leader in Hypervisors to branching into areas that require our customers to make process and architectural changes the skill set of our teams has not caught up.

    Advice to Management

    Educate core sales people so they can sell the new vision and not just products or move them out and get people who can. Leave people on accounts longer to develop deeper relationships that are required to gain trust and move customers to the new world. This may require compensation changes.


  11. "Senior Sales Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting Edge Product Portfolio, Leader in Industry. Great salary and comp plan and benefits

    Cons

    Change is a norm. Possible layoff, change in job responsibility, products



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