VMware
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Updated Apr 21, 2014
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78% Approve of the CEO

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

(304 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "There is a work life balance here that I have never had before"
    in 66 reviews
  • "Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace"
    in 85 reviews
Cons:
  • "You really have to drive your own work-life balance"
    in 51 reviews
  • "over recruitment of middle management who never set foot in front of a customer but know all about sales"
    in 65 reviews
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Great experience, good people

Director Alliance Marketing (Former Employee)
Concord, NH (US)

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

ProsLeading edge technology, great people, great product, good overall experience, and in most cases very respectful of the work life balance.

ConsVery demanding. They also tend to hire out for senior positions instead of hiring from within. It's very difficult to get things done when you are not sitting at the corporate office.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not for interns

Intern (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

ProsGood perks for employees, great compensation package compared to other companies. And a lot to learn technology wise.

ConsInternships are never converted. So don't waste your time and look elsewhere.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I've never felt so valued as an employee before; VMware not only hires the best, but they really care about you.

Senior Data Analyst (Current Employee)
San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

I have been working at VMware full-time for less than a year

ProsAwesome benefits. Great technology. Extraordinary environment.

ConsNothing I can think of.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the excellent leadership skills and the positive thinking.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of the best internships in the Valley

Member of Technical Staff Intern (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA (US)

I worked at VMware as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe University Relations threw a ton of events for interns, including a trip to Angel Island in San Francisco and a wine-tasting event at the San Jose Tech Museum. Lots of free stuff such a computer bag, t-shirt, even pajamas. Work was extremely low-stress and hours were totally reasonable (max 40 per week, sometimes less). Intern housing was fantastic and was great for making friends. Plus, the pay was top notch.

ConsIntern projects wern't that meaningful. A good number of interns worked on testing frameworks or visualizations.

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New hire but liking it so far

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VMware full-time for less than a year

ProsExcellent people, salary, benefits, culture. I have yet to run into anyone unfriendly or unwilling to help out. Communication is excellent and there seem to be lots of opportunity to shine here. Internal tools are extensive and technical employees have access to a wealth of internal information and people. The company seems to truly strive for ease of communication and accessibility of information.

ConsThe onboarding process could be a bit more extensive but other than that, nothing negative.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up what you are doing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent Company and Community

Intern (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA (US)

I worked at VMware part-time for less than a year

ProsThe company is an incredible one to work for - with a shiny new campus in Palo Alto designed to turn the company into a community. This makes going to work a dream.

ConsIt's easy to get lost in the shuffle with the huge scale of the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementSome work could be done to flatten the org-charts.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I love my job and the people I work with.

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

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

ProsVMware creates bleeding edge solutions, so being a Systems Engineer here is the right job to have if you have a strong desire to learn. The San Clemente office has great views of Lake Austin. There's free snack food & drinks. On Friday mornings we get breakfast tacos. On Friday afternoons we get Plucker's wings & beer. We have a very positive and supportive culture.

Cons360 traffic is always frustrating. Like most big corporations, communication can be lacking between departments. The sheer volume of information you need to keep up with is staggering.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuarterly inter-departmental updates on what people are working on.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Senior Sales Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at VMware full-time for more than a year

Prosproducts are good, strategy good

Conspolitical, not empowered, could become arrogant

Advice to Senior ManagementCut the politics focus on the customer

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VMware

ProsAwesome place to work

ConsNone. Great place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementDoing a great job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A Company built to truly innovate the marketplace

VCloud Hybrid Services Operations Manager (Current Employee)
Coppell, TX (US)

I have been working at VMware full-time for more than a year

ProsIm constantly engaged by a boss who drives me to build it better and rewards me for my hard work. The environment is outstanding, working with some of the best and brightest in the industry. Managers are open to WFH days. Facilities are kept fully stocked with free refreshments, Starbucks coffee and good catered food almost weekly. Upper management has regular informative town halls and promotes free thinking. They charge us to be disruptive in the marketplace, through innovative thinking. Wow what a great decision to say yes to this opportunity.

ConsUh......? (scratching head) Cant think of a single thing :)

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up. You guys rock

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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