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Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • They really mean it when they say they are committed to things like work/life balance (in 283 reviews)

  • cutting edge technology, Friendly environment, safe to work, great salary (in 90 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is out of question (in 124 reviews)

  • Middle management is full of insecure men who don't like confrontation and favor dudes just like them (in 88 reviews)

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  1. "VMware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior productmanager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior productmanager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good interview and hiring process. Excellent employee orientation and IT setup processes. Good salary and benefits packages. Excellent fun activities in the company for employees and their families.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the top - no guidance, no set expectations, subjective evaluation of performance. Lot of Business, Product, Schedule resets. Non aligned objectives between business units.

    Advice to Management

    Study senior leadership best practices of large successful companies and implement to enable further growth. Behaving as a startup and expecting to grow further is going to be much harder.


  2. "Alliances Marketing"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Great campus HQ. Strong brand and great products and technology.

    Cons

    Harsh working environment. Combative culture.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on empowering individual contributors vs. managing up.


  3. "No Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Micro managed yet with no real strategy - teams had no autonomy

    Advice to Management

    Let your teams run their business without central corporate interference


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  5. "Meh"

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

    I have been working at VMware full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to learn about new products

    Cons

    After IPO there was already a very Corporate feel about the company.


  6. "Sr. MTS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice campus, OK benefits, nice co-works

    Cons

    bad management, lack of direction through out the ranks.


  7. "No different than any other large company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some middle management is focused on employees

    Cons

    zero direction of where the company is going, knee jerk reactions to outside events creates bad decisions


  8. "Architect"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at VMware (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. Good benefits

    Cons

    It is hard to navigate through the system to get the work done


  9. "Acquisition VS Direct Hire"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology, Training Resources, Salary, Benefits

    Cons

    Management culture, Backstabbing, Leadership styles

    Advice to Management

    Treat the folks you acquire the same way that you treat your direct hires. VMware treats their acquisition staff members like red-headed step children.


  10. "good if you are in core business group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    smart people, good stocks program

    Cons

    bad decision making at times from top management


  11. "technical support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good technology and a leader in virtualization

    Cons

    too much work for too little pay

    Advice to Management

    hire some capable managers who have some genuine contributions and have some charachters to stand up to the situation



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