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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. Helpful (2)

    "Great company requires great leaders, specially mid level management, it's a must for survival"

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

    I worked at VMware (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great field of technology, many great and passionate people in all levels.

    Cons

    some recent managers don't fit to their role hence block employee growth and as a consequence less employee retention and unnecessary excessive cost for the company as the whole picture, VMware was doing more positive and amazing job between 2008 to 2014, but not 2015 and onward sadly

    Advice to Management

    On-boarding training and supportive colleagues will make a new hire a more than average employee but please hire managers more carefully, they must know the basics to what they are going to manager even in support department, its been disappointing for the past 3 years in all main campuses, this is an honest feedback.


  2. "Change Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, beautiful campus and working environment, fair compensation.
    Flexible working conditions (wfh on Fridays)
    Great cafeterias and variety of meals at a fair price

    Cons

    Highly political, management is control oriented and although say they are open to new ideas, are slow to adopt. Lot of passive-aggressive behavior. A two-tier system when it comes to contractor v. employee

    Advice to Management

    If VMware actually "walked the talk" - lived their values, it would be a great company.


  3. "Middle management is a mess, your manager will make all the difference"

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

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

    Pros

    Some really good people
    Good benefits
    Good compensation
    Often leading-edge technology

    Cons

    Constant churn : Middle management turns over every 12-24 months
       It gets to be a joke when the new Directors/VPs start and the veterans start taking over/under bets on them staying 24months.
    Layoffs / RIFs / restructuring at least once a year that seem to mostly target high salary employees
    You can expect a new manager at least every 24 months.
    The constant churn helps explain the rapid direction changes and general schizophrenia. All the new people want to make an impact, then they're gone before their decisions are fully realized.

    Advice to Management

    Straighten out middle management.


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  5. "Technical Support Engineer"

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

    I worked at VMware (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Jobs eliminated with no recourse.


  6. "HRIS Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRIS Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - HRIS Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Good colleagues
    Good Working environment

    Cons

    Limited Learning Opportunity
    No Transparency
    Not open to new ideas


  7. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) A good platform for learning.
    2) Everyone is treated fair and with respect
    3) Good Pay

    Cons

    The work environment is not stress free.


  8. "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay. Some smart people. Good products. Nice campus. good technology for doing work. IT working on getting better tools especially to support remote teams scattered around the world.

    Cons

    Little to non-existent process. Constant layoffs. EXTREMELY high turnover, Continual 're-orging'. Shifting, unclear or non-existent roles / responsibilities. HR policies being created but not enforced. Have seen explicit age and gender discrimination in hiring and hostile work environments that even when HR informed they do nothing or even allow retaliation on those reporting. Summer intern program was ok but most of the interns I talked to said their assigned 'managers' spent very little time with them. Global teams are hard to be in as expected to work 24x7 to support all GEOs and Palo Alto.

    Advice to Management

    With such high turnover and quarterly layoffs continuing is hard to advise what to do.


  9. "Had a good run!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Focus on giving back to the society
    Green and relaxed Palo Alto campus

    Cons

    Indecisive CEO
    Bloated management layer
    Lack of long term vision
    Slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring and retaining the best
    Stop rewarding mediocrity
    Be bold
    Listen to the customers


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, good healthcare benefits, decent pay

    Cons

    The management team is terrible. The company is so large that decisions are made that make no sense to those who actually have to live with the consequences of decisions. I was told I would only be in the position for 6-9 moths... I was in the position for 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Leave key decisions to those who fully understand the departments that have to deal with the changes..


  11. "Great company to start your career with."

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

    Pros

    Varies software stack, lot of learn, flexibility on working on different technologies

    Cons

    so-so stock options, average salary, a little outdated on some technologies.



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