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VMware Staff Engineer Reviews

Updated December 22, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent culture, talented people and a lot of growing opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    You are surrounded with talented people. Use of the latest technology. Awesome products that belong to the future. You have the opportunity to learn every day.

    Cons

    You will need to be very strong in the beginning of your career at vmware as you face a lot of things you will need to learn. But I think this is why everyone is smart and talented.

    Advice to Management

    Keep continuing the learning process and conferences at vmware.


  2. "Pretty Good"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good people. Work is generally interesting.

    Cons

    To much context switching due to many responsibilities -- makes it hard to do a good job and stay motivated at times.

    Advice to Management

    My team should hire more frequently to handle attrition.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the job is good, doing the innovational work

    Cons

    run over the rapid growth phase


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  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer (Software Engineer) in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer (Software Engineer) in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    - Great benefits.
    - Good culture.
    - Excellent campus.

    Cons

    - It is a large company. Some of the managers can be difficult.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great technology company in the valley!"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology (though may not sound as cool as new unicorn companies) , smart experienced and friendly co-workers, very flexible working hours and locations which make great life-work balance, unlimited vacation for real, fair middle to low level managers (guess I am really lucky?)

    Cons

    Pace is a bit slow than my previous startup given the growing size of team - miss the days that I could come up a solution to some major problems and pushed the code into production in a few days or weeks!

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the values we want to bring to our customers and move faster!


  7. "Best company to work in Atlanta"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work and learn. Healthy environment and up to date technology stack used.

    Cons

    Can't think of any specific cons. Open floor structure for development might be replaced with cubicles to give more space to developers.


  8. "VMware is an awesome company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great perks, awesome corporate culture. Plenty of training. Overall most positive atmosphere I've ever worked in. Also stocked kitchens in the office!

    Cons

    Seriously none. I have nothing negative to say about the company. Apparently though I need a 20 word minimum entry for this field so I'll just keep on typing.


  9. "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice company to work with, interesting projects. Learning while doing.

    Cons

    Sometimes projects always changed direction. Wrong technology were picked in certain projects.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this point. Will provide more if I have anything in the future.


  10. "Good work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    challenging work
    experts in virtualization
    campus is beautiful

    Cons

    ESX is doomed
    favoritism and changes are increasing in multiple teams.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify product.


  11. "Lots of opportunities, but poor top management"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at VMware (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is a very strong player in its markets and there are plenty of opportunities within the company. VMWare also employs lots of smart people, so you can find people to learn from.

    Cons

    top management changes direction rapidly and there is a lot of bureaucracy, so you may find yourself working on a project for 2 years only to see it dropped before it sees the light of day.

    Advice to Management

    Get you sh$t together