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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Senior Software Engineer

      Sep 10, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great environment. Great immediate management. Remote work, mobile access; vacation is not limited to number of hours... Great bonuses.

      Cons

      Upper management in EUC not that great.

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Management takes all the credit; engineers get all the blame.

      Jan 12, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The checks clear, the bonuses/stock if you last long enough Lots of great co-workers

      Cons

      It appears like VMware has a play book when it buys out a company, and none of it helps the employees of the buyout. The first thing they will do is try to re-band (demote) the employees. They will use the excuse of they are a big company and things are different and you either take it or leave it. After a few months they will double the old company’s workload and ramp up offshore efforts to help. Upper management will trash talk the bought-out company any chance they get in order to justify any changes (layoffs and reorg) they will implement. Upper management will shield themselves from the bought-out company’s managers and employees so they can ignore their issues, concerns or complaints. They will make the bought-out company’s managers accountable to the deliverables but have no responsibility or power, understanding or control of new offshore resources. Management who can, leave the company or quickly find a more stable group in VMWare to transfer to, leaving a huge leadership vacuum. As the bought-out company star team members leave, they will be replaced by untrained resources amplifying unreasonable schedules. The new offshore resources will be dumped onto projects with no training or understanding of the project, team or technology. The team will not be integrated or even introduced to each other and will not be given clear goals or direction but will be given multiple and often conflicting deadlines and goals. The new offshore resources will have their own managers who have no goals or accountability to the new projects and often have goals and accountability for other projects. The bought-out employees will be squeezed into having to do their previously scheduled deliverables, new deliverables and somehow ramp up themselves on new products, VMware systems and help the new team (assigned 2 minutes ago) also ramp up. If they fail on any of the three projects you are on, they will be called out for not being “team player”. If they mention any organizational problems, they will be called much worse things. Upper management will berate you if you have even hint at questioning them, they will call you hostile, ironically screaming it at you. A person asked a simple question about unfreezing pay raises and an SVP went on a rage about cooperation and not being hostile. Its common for five hundred people to be on an engineering conference call and if the SVP doesn’t filibuster the whole meeting to avoid questions no one bothers to waste their energy to ask a question or from fear of reprisal. Teams and information are silo-ed across teams and even from management to engineers. It’s not uncommon for issues to ferment or fester for months and only when it’s a crisis gets dumped on the engineers who can actually fix it with demands of why several month long outstanding issue has not been resolved, when the engineers didn’t even know about it until that moment. Once the ramp up is done, upper management expects quick results from the untrained disorganized mess they created. This is when some directors start working against each other. Some openly subvert and work against others to see which of them survives the next re-org or twice a year layoff. Upper management entire focus is on solving “their” problems and “their” goals, often to the detriment of the product, employees, team or even company. As someone who has helped build a successful decade long offshore program, this is not how to do it. Upper management creates such an environment of fear from over aggressive schedules, and priority contradictions, poor communication, unwillingness to listen, layoffs, and hostility towards the bought-out company it fails before it starts. VMWare used the 2020 financial crisis to temporarily freeze 401k matching, bonuses, and raises all while exceeding their goals.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      No growth opportunities

      Dec 14, 2020 - Technical Support Engineer in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Team members are great including front line managers

      Cons

      Upper management is disconnected from the frontline employees.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good place to work

      May 29, 2020 - Technical Product Manager in Atlanta, GA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work/life balance, compensation, benefits, culture

      Cons

      Upper management is rarely genuine

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Really cool place to work with the usual few kinks

      Jul 20, 2008 - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Absolutely the best and most brilliant people to work with in the area of "systems" research. Awesome technologies. Diverse areas of computer science to learn about and contribute to. Support for attending academic conferences. Rock solid products (routinely we have customers who run our ESX product in production for 3+ years without downtime). A tremendous amount of support in the ESX teams for innovative new ideas (including a yearly internal innovation conference that you can submit papers to!). The company has traditionally taken really good care of the employees and has enjoyed an exceptionally low turn-over rate due to this reason. The usual engineer-friendly perks like games/sports/well-stocked kitchen/gyms. The campus is very beautiful.

      Cons

      Growing pains associated with doubling the size of the company in just the last year and a half. Compensation for people who have been here a while hasn't kept up with industry averages (not a problem for newcomers). Promotions to Senior MTS, Staff Engineer and beyond are worse then pulling teeth. Inconsistent promotion criteria between groups. First level managers are predominantly novices (first time managers). Some recent churn in upper management has lots of people concerned but I believe it will work itself out.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Company on a verge of implosion but exec management is oblivious

      Apr 17, 2010 -  in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very smart and capable people (who are still sticking around) Great products that deliver significant value to customers Nice campus

      Cons

      Paul Maritz is a visionary and very decent guy, but he installed cronies who installed other cronies who echoed each other and insulated themselves from the reality on the ground. The disconnect is incredible! The new breed of executives brought into the company during the past two years are seriously wrecking the place. They strutted into the place with the attitude that they are the ones with the experience to take the company to the next level, and completely trampled on all the engineers and managers who actually built the business in the first place. The environment is so political now that meritocracy is out the windows, and if you say something they don't like or agree with, you're ignored, or side-lined. Did I say meritocracy is dead? At the upper management level, it's all about who likes who, who aligns with who, and who licks boots the best. Execs are hiring their buddies into the company as other execs, but define the promotion bar so high that internal people can't possibly qualify any more. Company seems to treat people like commodity now. Stock price is currently the only thing still holding the place together, attrition is picking up, but no one who can do something about this seems to know or care.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Great With Stock, OK Without

      Apr 27, 2011 - Tools Developer in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great culture encouraging on-the-job learning/training. New industry-leading technologies all the time provide a "coolness" factor when talking with peers. Virtualization and cloud technologies are both hot stuff right now. Top management has it right on almost all external fronts. If you have stock, it's up almost every month by leaps and bounds.

      Cons

      Poor middle management. Most of the managers and directors obtained their positions by cronyism. Little to no chance of promotion or significant wage increase unless as a result of outside educational certification or degrees, or you know someone higher up who has a special spot for you. "Great. What's next?" mentality abounds with little recognition for truly great accomplishments beyond lip service. Surveys have been conducted in the past with honest answers from employees resulting in little real change. There is a major gap in feedback from the lower ranks to the upper management. Self-preservation is rampant in the middle ranks and has worsened with rounds of layoffs in middle management.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Terrible Place to Work.

      Jul 14, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      GREAT people (aside from leadership), casual dress, great location

      Cons

      TERRIBLE work/life balance. Upper Management leads by fear. 95% of employees are working their tails off and have (easily) 120 hours of work to do and are expected to get it all done without mistakes. If you miss even the smallest thing you'll get "do we need to replace you?" The software doesn't perform well enough to keep customers happy, and the services team is the scapegoat when there is a bug. Ridiculous. QA doesn't have enough time to do sufficient testing before a new version is released, but CEO insists on having the most features and functionality at the sacrifice of quality. If you decide to work here, you better have tough skin, be ready to be humiliated and condescended to while working 70-80 hours a week on a product that doesn't work consistently. and I repeat, leadership is awful. Here's hoping VMWare changes that, but being based in Silicon Valley I have little hope there will be any real changes, other than free drinks in the break room. Paid time off is a joke. 13 days which includes sick time.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Bullish on company's technology, bearish on leadership

      Jan 7, 2010 -  in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Exciting "game-changing" technology; leader in its market space; great customers; beautiful campus; many of the low to mid-level people are solid

      Cons

      Company decisions come from "technologists" or product marketing; has not developed an infratructure (systems) to support growth; upper management lacks a sense of empathy re: customer and employee pain; big gap between technology vision/roadmap and what customers are doing/wanting; new regime is making sweeping changes that don't seem to support a strategy for top line growth (focused on margin; acquiring companies that don't produce immediate revenue impact)

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Pros

      Super smart people in all organizations. Really good products. Great benefits. Good training, but needs to scale to be as powerful as an organization of our current size.

      Cons

      If you don't work out of the Palo Alto campus, you won't get all the great perks like free concerts and beer bashes. Too many upper management/executive hires in the past few years have turned this into EMC, which is detrimental innovation and independence. If you have to work directly with HR, I have found that without exception, they are the most horrible, uncaring people on the planet. In hiring, onboarding, and other employment tasks, they have offered no value, hindering the process and making it a terrible experience for the employee and manager. I don't know how true that is for other large companies.

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