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Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Work Life Balance often difficult to achieve (in 139 reviews)

  • Middle Management needs to improve to take VMware to the next level (in 89 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, despite it's problems"

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    Former Employee - TSE in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - TSE in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to get your feet wet in a technical support role. Every chance to learn and develop your skills

    Cons

    Managers are too busy, micromanaging (if managing at all).
    High pressure, quick moving, which might be great for those that can handle it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that want to manage, not look over case handling. A manager with technical ability is great, but not when they don't know how to let the employees do the job they were hired for.


  2. "Application Developer II"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Will get to work on new technologies.

    Cons

    Hard deadlines and very low hike compared to other big companies.

    Advice to Management

    As vmware is growing big , bring some good things to company . Ex: Most of the startups are giving free food , some free uber rides.

  3. "MTS"

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    Former Employee - MTS3 in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - MTS3 in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is good for life balance.

    Cons

    Have no opportunity to learn new knowledge.


  4. "A company that keeps with the present"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    VMware has great growth potential and combined with EMC and Dell can deliver and does deliver a good punch. It has good leadership experience in charting difficult competition.

    Cons

    The engineering talent has fast becoming sub-par and the company just delivers to stay at par. Investment in engineering is not as aggressive as it can be to define the future, rather it just delivers what is expected for today and maybe tomorrow, but it does not push the fringes of the future.

    Advice to Management

    Hire aggressive engineering talent. Deliver new far flung use cases. Invest in creating the future. Generate new use cases. The opportunity is infinite. Exploit the opportunity by solving for it and creating new pathways to new exciting scenarios.


  5. "Ok company to work"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and work-life balance

    Cons

    Lot of politicis and culture is getting worst


  6. "Great if you want to make lots of money and not do much"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at VMware as an intern

    Pros

    Great pay, great work-life balance, nice campus, good intern benefits and fleshed-out intern program

    Cons

    Note: all this applies to the internship program -- I don't know much about the full-time experience.

    1) Kills ambition. If you're a smart and driven person like me and most of my other co-interns, then you love being challenged and thrown in a fast-paced environment of learning and growth. The VMware internship experience provides the opposite. You'll basically roll in at 10:00am and leave at 4:00pm and still struggle finding enough work to do to fill those hours. The office is basically DESERTED by 4 or 4:30, and it's common for people to leave earlier. Me and my co-interns felt like the work of 2-3 interns could've been done by one intern. It's not a place where interns can make a large impact or grow a lot.

    2) Extremely hands-off management culture (generally). Myself and many of my co-interns would go several days--and sometimes even weeks--without having our manager check in with us. Managers don't do much to make sure interns are learning and having a fulfilling experience. (There were definitely exceptions to this, some managers were very active and helpful).

    3) Not a team-based organization. No team outings. "Meetings" are always people calling in from home or their cubicle. Aside from the few people you work directly with, you won't get a chance to get to know other people unless you make a very intentional effort to do so. The "Welcome to VMware!" email was the first and last time I heard from most of my team.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you're only hiring interns that you really need. There's nothing that turns off ambitious college students more than an internship that doesn't challenge them or teach them anything. Hiring 200+ interns just because you have enough money to do so is a terrible, terrible idea.

    Maybe consider that your focus on work-life balance (leaving early, working remotely) has actually been detrimental to the culture at the office. Focus more on team outings and building a team-based culture so people can build IN-PERSON relationships at work.


  7. "Senior Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, amazing work culture and engineers

    Cons

    Location makes it bad commute to work

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    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible timing, Company still growing fast

    Cons

    No appreciation for work done, layoffs every 6 months

    Advice to Management

    Please do NOT layoff American citizens and retain H1


  9. "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful green campus

    Cons

    Not much interaction since many folks work remote


  10. "TAM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Great company if you work in the right division.

    Cons

    PSO management leaves a lot to be desired.


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