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Updated August 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "vSAN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The Culture is amazing. Great people, and great opportunities throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Unfortunately no cons to consider.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    VMware has a relatively high base salary plus some other perks, but over the years the RSU is shrinking to almost nothing.

    Cons

    Bad management level, many managers don't even understand the project his group is doing. Most of the time, they just attend meetings, inquire engineers about some very basic concepts, pass messages and push people to fix bugs, meet deadlines and ask for more resources, that is it. No product vision, don't know how to allocate people and resources to get the job done. They only care about their promotions or keep the job, not the engineers.

    In VMware, if one is not technical, doesn't know programming, doesn't know how to manage people, but knows how to play politics. He must be a manager.

    Advice to Management

    Purge, purge, and purge, layoff 30~40% managers. they are not qualified for the job.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "its fun to work at vmware"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, great technology, awesome campus

    Cons

    nothing I can think of


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting time to be at VMW!!"

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

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Great company full of very smart people. Pay is very good and the benefits are excellent!

    Cons

    Work can be challenging and long hours are expected. However, the unlimited PTO comes in handy to help renew your energy and keep pushing forward.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, massive company"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic. Salary is pretty solid as well. VMware wants to be an agile, quick-moving company and you can see that desire in some of the policies and decisions.

    Cons

    It's still a massive company, and things do NOT move very quickly. They also do fairly massive layoff rounds a couple times a year that are not based mainly on performance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees -- you hired them for a reason. Use their expertise and trust their decisions. Don't put up any more red tape than is absolutely necessary.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Exexutive"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid strategy for on and off prem cloud, great customers, partners. Company is customer focused and listens to partners. Innovators

    Cons

    Global concerns with Trump can affect some business, Need to promote within more, but agree to hire external so need a balance. Need more internal communication

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on hybrid cloud and hire as needed to support. Support and hire for partners as they will supply capacity and scale. Get PSO in in line to allow partners to take services


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good campus, Excellent Slary and benefits

    Cons

    too top heavy and political

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work"

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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

    Pros

    - PTO
    - One of the thing I like about the company is culture

    Cons

    Not that I know of anything


  9. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team leads are friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    Career path is pretty slow.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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