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Updated August 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Product, Smart People, Oppressive Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Support Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Support Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid compensation package for the region.

    Cons

    Being born a Caucasian male is a sin which shall be counted against you for the duration of your tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting sexism, and racism.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Conformity is the only game here"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good on your resume. Some (few) groups do fantastic work. Average compensation.

    Cons

    Managers are selected based on their technical skills, with no regard to people.

    Constant layoffs create a miserable climate where we are in constant good-bye mode.

    If you bring a new idea, you will be chided by everyone. So, you better conform to the "this is how it has always been here" mentality.

    Code from acquired companies tend to be Big Balls of Mud.

    Advice to Management

    Read some basic leadership books, understand that you cannot have managers that are indifferent to people.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "My time there"

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    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful campus; free food

    Cons

    VERY political, too many culture clashes (VMware, EMC, Dell);

    Advice to Management

    Get a CEO with vision


  4. "Sr. Ops Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, beautiful campus, intelligent co-workers, owns the Server virtualization market (share)

    Cons

    Politics and lack of clear vision within Finance vs. Operations; Unclear BOD direction given acquired by Dell and EMC owns 90% of VMware; need "NEXT BIG THING" for growth as v-SPHERE won't get you there and NSX is only a $1B revenue contributor right now.

    Advice to Management

    Realize this is a BIG company now and quit trying to treat it like a start-up


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Field Sales Engineering - Meh, not that great"

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    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible time off, decent stock awards (if you can get them, which no one does anymore), good pay, no one does anything or cares what you do so you're free to do whatever you want, except advance your career.

    Cons

    No one does anything, so if you're like me - the only guy you know who's doing stuff - it turns out you're doing all their jobs as well as your own while getting little to no feedback, input, or work output from others. You also get no extra compensation or recognition for working harder. You get super frustrated with trying to change things and get things done while just running into walls of dead weight everywhere you turn. They will kill your work/life balance because they need you to be the guy doing stuff while they play golf or whatever it is they're doing all the time. They'll block career moves, because they need you to be the guy doing stuff. They shoot down anything close to negative feedback because fixing problems is harder than doing nothing.

    If you do nothing, you'll love it here because everyone leaves you alone while you're out doing nothing. For those people, work/life balance is probably great. If you're worried about accomplishing anything or advancing your career, look elsewhere. There are barriers to entry everywhere, and a big 'old boys club' that will block you if they sense you might be equivalent or better to them in skill. They take all the best opportunities for themselves and leave the scraps for everyone else.

    There's a lot of people on scholarship from this company, a lot who are just playing games and taking part in corporate one-up-man-ship, and only a select few who seem to be here to just get stuff done without tooting their own horn, stepping on everyone else, and generally making life miserable in some way for everyone else.

    Aside from the workforce, there have been a ton of "cutting back" on comp plans, where they are reducing compensation on core products with zero notice. You'll have in-flight deals when they make the change and now your pipeline takes a hit because you aren't retiring as much quota as you thought you would. They've also implemented some caps on certain roles' accelerators, and implemented sliding scales to avoid paying you all of your money early on in the half or paying on accelerators before you hit 100% quota.

    The Dell acquisition is creating a lot of problems with all the companies' reps and teams stepping all over each other. No communication, and a lot of people trying to take the lead on everything. Tons of people calling on the same customers and right hand doesn't know what the left is doing. Makes us look brilliant to our customers.

    In terms of company strategy, it's hard to divine that. One minute we have a cloud thing, next minute it's canned, and a new cloud thing comes out. Every time we announce one, it's the best thing since sliced bread until a year or 2 later when we can it. If we could just stay the course on SOMETHING, we might get somewhere. It reminds me a lot of working at HP, where they were constantly buying companies to replace a product that already did that thing, then they turned around and buy a new one to replace the replacement. It frustrates not only the field teams who have no confidence anything will be around long enough for a customer to actually use it, but most importantly the customers who hate getting jerked around all the time. VMware is forever killing products with no notice to the detriment of customer satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    For seniors - VPs and above - Your middle management is basically dead weight.
     Figure out how to identify your best people, work on including voices of people at the bottom, and when they have better ideas than your middle management, promote them, and find out how great your company could become. Stop looking the other way on all the dead weight and cut throat tactics. Filter it all out, and work on hiring a world class work force, not just whoever happens to be on the job market at the time your precious requisition got opened (I forgot to mention - there's a lot of empire-building going on).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "EPIC Values over rated"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent for bay area. Lots smart employees, products are ok and sell themselves

    Cons

    Top Management needs to re-read their EPIC values. Mis-leading cloud(vCA team) and selling them off, very unprofessional to say the least. No cloud values or ideas, just looking to sell off organization at the employee expense.
    Shame on you Pat and existing vCA mngmt team. Mis leading folks and pawning them in deal.

    Advice to Management

    Hire fresh blood from outside and clean up, cisco and good ole network of managers internally if you want keep and hire better.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "How the mighty have fallen"

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    Current Employee - Datacenter Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Datacenter Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay - golden handcuffs.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is not good.
    Management very disorganized.
    Executive level is very disconnected.
    Products are stagnant - nothing new is happening.
    Retaliatory atmosphere for raising questions/concerns.
    Cronyism - hiring friends and family is rampant.
    Too much good talent leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "senior" level people. Senior directors, senior managers - that have no direct reports. Too much bureaucracy has the company mired down.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "An organization of disorganization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great as long as your department allows you to have them.
    Great Healthcare
    Laid back
    Great events with Alcohol
    "Unlimited PTO"
    Working from home

    Cons

    Unlimited vacation is not unlimited.
    Working from home can be limited by your manager and even taken away.
    Management doesn't speak to one another which adds to the confusion and disorganization. Especially as a remote worker. The management blames the workers if there are mess ups even if the management is also disorganized. Management doesn't hesitate to throw their workers under the bus and cover their own butts.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding towards your workers. Management is quick to point out flaws rather than praise. A company wide policy applies to the whole company not just a select few. This company is ranked in the top 40 to work for. It doesn't feel that way at all. The benefits that set this company apart are what make people want to stay. Take those benefits away and this is nothing more than a regular workplace.


  9. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work in Portland

    Cons

    Some bad growing pains for sure


  10. "Volatile"

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    Former Contractor - Recruiter
    Former Contractor - Recruiter

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

    Pros

    The pay and team were great. It is autonomous and collaborative at the same time

    Cons

    The recruiting team would hire contractor quickly to meet demand and then fire all the contractors once the workload slowed down. only to try to turn around and offer people their jobs back a few weeks later when the work picked up again

    Advice to Management

    institute workforce planning


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