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  1. "Great company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    VMware is an industry leader in Cloud technologies. Company is trying to stay ahead of competition though there is not much competition. Excellent salary, benefits, flexible vacation plans.

    Cons

    The middle management is not good and clueless. The projects are poorly planned. EMC, the parent company influences majority of decisions.

    VMware2014-10-10
  2. "Ethical employee friendly company"

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Please promote accountability at VMware.

    VMware2019-10-17
  3. Helpful (6)

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

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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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Pat: VMWare is doing an awesome job and will continue to do so under your excellent leadership. Fix the culture and HR of this company. Let HR be for the engineers also and not just for the managers.

    VMware2019-04-30
  4. Helpful (4)

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

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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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Deliver on the promise of AWS on VMC so that the halo effect from that can help the new initiatives like NSX succeed.

    VMware2018-10-26
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Review of company's management style"

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire managers who can protect the interest of their subordinates and can still meet company objectives. Our organization only has people who care about customers and not the employees' ambitions

    VMware2018-10-10
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth selling yourself short!"

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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.

    Advice to Management

    Gain some education, and don't be afraid to let people that are under you grow even if they are better qualified than you are. Particularly to the InfoSec team in Atlanta, there is a lack of diversity, opportunity to grow (even if you have a Master's Degree), and paying people less than what they are worth is disrespectful.

    VMware2018-09-13
  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    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

    Advice to Management

    Not much

    VMware2018-05-08
  8. "One of the best places to work"

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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.

    VMware2017-06-05
  9. "Middle management is a mess, your manager will make all the difference"

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    Current Employee - Senior Education Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time for 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.

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    Advice to Management

    Straighten out middle management.

    VMware2016-11-08
  10. "Sr Member of Technical Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    - Best company to work for if you want to balance work and personal life. - get chance to work on virtualization technology.

    Cons

    - lots of middle management. - I have seen that the not deserving people getting promoted and one who is strong in technical stay behind.

    VMware2016-09-30
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