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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. "bad work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment. Colleagues are knowledgeable and smart.

    Cons

    Manager tend to push hard. Emails on weekends and at night, and everyone is responding. Food from cafeteria usually in small quantity, barely full.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company without a future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free snacks
    - Great campus
    - Gym

    Cons

    - Limited career growth
    - Very political
    - Not innovative
    - Very hierarchical

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you treat your execs. Women are still not reaching the upper echelons and there is definite gender bias although there are token women leaders

  3. "average"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MTS1 in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - MTS1 in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    sometime free. sometime full work

    Cons

    contract employees are differentiated by name(C)

    Advice to Management

    see equal for contract and permanent employee


  4. "A good place to start..."

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

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

    Pros

    The people you work with everyday are wonderful, helpful, and fun people.

    Cons

    The management, and overall processes need a thorough review and update.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want to be the best company you need to treat your employees like you treat your execs, and create a healthy and engaging environment instead of one that leads to burn-out.


  5. "MTS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great product, smart people, good benefits.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons about company. It very depends what team you works for


  6. "Director Of Engineering"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Changes a lot, unstable, not safe

    Cons

    Great Food, nice to employees


  7. "Can be a great place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits, VMware competes with google apple and facebook for talent. Very competitive industry and VMware's Palo Alto campus is amazing. A lot of people are really talented and enjoy working here.

    Cons

    Management movement is a given here. A lot of reorganizing in the field. Going back to Palo Alto is really great but being in the field can feel disconnected. An ad-hoc review system. Supposed to be constant dialog with your manager but can be difficult when your manager keeps changing.

    Advice to Management

    Drive for some stability and work on messaging. The aquisitions and direction are confusing to partners, customers, and employees.

  8. "Fast-paced, good people, career opportunities could be improved"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibily talented people, willing to collaborate
    Fast-paced and always something new

    Cons

    Top-line strategy not always well translated to front line
    Frequency of change can be hard to manage for some

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to improve on grooming/promoting from within


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits/culture, I had an inexperienced manager but believe I would have loved my job under a different manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Source Advisor in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Source Advisor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team was very friendly
    Free drinks and snacks in a stocked kitchen daily
    Lots of onsite events and provided lunch or breakfast occasionally
    Overall culture was very positive
    Nice building/location in Austin

    Cons

    Lack of training or expectations, granted I was put under a new manager. Training mostly consisted of me sitting with team members and watching what they do and having my manager micromanage the reviews of all my cases. I was provided with no constructive criticism or ways to improve and develop for future job success. It took me proactively scheduling a meeting with my supervisor to discuss where I was at (bc he never made an effort to have meetings with me to discuss progress or areas for improvement) During this meeting, he listed at least ten things that he thought I was doing wrong. -- most of which were absolutely insane for him to wait until I scheduled a meeting with him to discuss. Example: He thought my case responses sounded robotic yet we had scripts I had been told to follow and at this point I had already been there for three months and this was the first I was hearing of this. Wasn't until I scheduled the meeting asking for feedback that he pretty much ripped me apart. It was one of the most bizarre and unprofessional experiences I have ever had with a manager. He was just not capable of providing constructive criticism as things happened -- which is how employees learn what they need to change or improve on to be successful in their position. If a manager is incapable of giving criticism, they are not management material. Period. In addition, he told me that I had not "earned my place on the team to joke with them the way they all joked to each other". Had this not been a contract position, I would have gone to internal Human Resources because of his complete lack of professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Good employees don't always make good managers. If you can't straight up tell someone when they need to change or improve upon an area of weakness, you should not be in a management position. Also telling an employee they haven't earned their place to make jokes or talk casually to their team like everyone else does (and everyone else made very inappropriate statements and f bombs -- all of which I would never do) is seriously setting yourself up for a future discrimination lawsuit should this manager not understand the basic concepts of both Human Resources and management.


  10. "Overlay role is not the best spot"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products are good and highly adopted

    Cons

    If you are not a core rep it is a difficult role to be successful


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