VMware Employee Reviews about "middle management"

Updated Dec 1, 2020

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  1. "Amazing Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director, National Account Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Pat Gelsinger is the best CEO I have ever worked for -Manical focus on weekly/monthly results -Incredible passion for extending beyond core virtualization

    Cons

    middle management, mileage varies dramatically

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  2. "Two Thumbs Down"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of PTO, paid for cell phone and wifi, leadership seems engaged and really wants to diversify the company

    Cons

    -High performers stuck in low paying positions with no career path -Internal job interview process is absolutely terrible -Lots of antiquated processes that make it difficult for sellers to sell. It shouldn't take 2 weeks to receive a quote to deliver to a customer -I didn't see a focus on bringing in diverse candidates. They would prefer to hire friends from other companies who have the same mindset and do not bring creative ideas to the table -Terrible middle management; hostile work environment; HR was useless when I filed a complaint about my manager so I ended up leaving


  3. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    beautiful campus, good CEO/COO, market leader, good benefits

    Cons

    annual January layoffs, poor middle management

  4. "Ethical employee friendly company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    VMWare is an ethical, employee friendly company. Customers love its products and VMware tries to make sure that a customer is at the center of their product decisions. It's a nice place to work and if you are in the right team, you get to work on cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    There is a general lack of accountability at VMWare, which is troubling. Middle management politics can get very ugly.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Accept offers with caution. Excellent CEO, bad middle management."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent growth . Excellent product portfolio. Excellent CEO. Pat Gelsinger the CEO has done an awesome job of taking over the reigns of the company a few years ago and completely turning it around. The stock price has more than quadrupled under his leadership. He has acquired many startups and successfully integrated them into the VMWare product portfolio and eco system. Hats off to him for creating wealth for the employees, for the owners (EMC and now DELL) and for the investors. One of the finest CEO in the Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Along with these product acquisitions, this company has also acquired managers and middle management who have no idea of what management is. There is no one culture at VMWare. There are as many cultures as the number of startups acquired and the managers of these startups are free to treat their teams as they want. HR is very weak in this company and they are not for you. They are for the managers ... dont rely on them. I had a short stint at one of these acquired startups called Velocloud. Incompetent management, very high attrition rate. Lot of senior engineers leaving the group. Those who stick around are there to vest their stocks. The founders thinks of themselves to be semi god who will punish you if you decide to leave their kingdom. Their technology stack will teach you nothing. Accept their offer if you cannot find a job somewhere else. Most of these startup managers lack sympathy and empathy and will not hesitate to show you their powers and make you feel that you are a POS compared to them. Dont be fooled by the "100 Best Companies to Work" or "Top paying company" marketing or the campus. It is actually an average paying and a very weak middle management company. Shop around, I am confident you will get a much better offer and a lot better culture, work environment and work life balance. I know people who were offered twice the package they were making at VMWare.

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Your mileage will depend on which Business Unit you are working at"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - R&D Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great WLB. Parking lots are empty at 4:30 or 5:00 PM. and folks come in to work not before 10:00 AM in the morning. Industry leading salaries and bonus (but very poor RSUs). The company moves at a reasonable pace and is very family friendly. The office location and campus for the HQ is awesome. The benefits and perks are also very good. The CEO and his team look to be very competent and genuinely nice people. The company has a compelling story with VMC on AWS. Hopefully it delivers on that vision or else the company is in for some real tough times.

    Cons

    On-prem enterprise software is not a cool technology sector to be in. Because of this perception the company does not attract the best talent anymore. Most of the A level players have left from the engineering ranks to startups or the FANG companies. So co-workers are mediocre at best. Also the company moves at a glacial pace, compared to all the companies working in the cloud - releases in VMware take months to a year. Its anachronistic in this day and age to have a monolithic technology stack. But with such a large installed base it will be near impossible for the company to pivot. Due to all of the above constraints it is hard to get excited about the technology in the company. A lot of the upper management are from the traditional old companies like Cisco, HP and IBM. This does not inspire confidence in the middle management. The company pays well on the salary and bonus front but the RSU's are significantly lower than what FANG pays. Bottom line VMware is no longer a premium destination for employees. Its more in the same league as a Cisco or Oracle. A tier 3 company at best. Go there if you are looking for a stable company and great WLB.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Review of company's management style"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation policy, beautiful campus, good cafe.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive middle management, cisco-style processes, inability to innovate in QE organizations.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not worth selling yourself short!"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Some of my team members were great to work with - Building events for birthdays

    Cons

    - Horrible Management (middle management) - Lack of Diversity and Inclusion - Managers (and up) are lacking leadership and education - No room for growth if you are not a part of the boys club - Referrals are a joke - If you a woman of color it is almost impossible to be treated fair and a part of the team.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Middle Management can be overly obsessed with their own career development."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside S in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice location Competitive pay Good benefits Great Brand

    Cons

    Poor territory and bad AE's can dictate a quarter or half Middle Management too focused on themselves

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  10. "One of the best places to work"

    4.0
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    Business Systems Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware for more than a year

    Pros

    Everything is good. VMware's work culture stands out by itself..

    Cons

    Middle Management needs to improve to take VMware to the next level.

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