VMware Reviews

Updated 25 April 2015
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  1. VMware - Still Innovating - the rest are so far off they will never catch up!

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Melbourne

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best Product on the market - by far!!

    They take care of you - if you put in the effort - it's a two way street.

    Cons

    We are the market leader (and rightly so) so everybody is trying to bring us down (unsuccessfully I might add...)

    Advice to Management

    Keep on Innovating and give us the opportunity to do so also.

  2. VMware is probably the best company I've ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sydney

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, a belief in doing the right thing for our customers, a passion about our impact on IT and the planet and a great team to make it all happen.

    Cons

    The pace of change, demanding the best of you everyday, a growing company now with shareholder responsibilities is seeing an increase in red tape and focus on costs, to the detriment of innovation and delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Don't loose sight of what we were capable of pre-IPO, we are successful not only because of great products, but mainly by the way we executed our business. Changing that significantly by constraining how we execute may breed resentment and loss of job satisfaction.

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    Sr.MTS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing and cutting edge products and technologies to work on and opportunities to learn and grow . Really smart coworkers .

    Cons

    nothing that i can think of .

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    Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at VMware

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    (1) Great technology and very nice quality products , very nice work culture , also fast paced .
    (2) Quite intensive interview process , making sure only above average candidates are selected.
    (3) Good salary and benefits , lots of fun activities .
    (4) Scenic campus , right at the foothills .

    Cons

    none . i personally found this a very nice place to work at .

  6. Excellent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people and work atmosphere

    Cons

    Cant bring my dog to work in Reston location like I can in Palo Alto

    Advice to Management

    None great place to work

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    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand
    Tech leader
    Rising stock
    Nice campus
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Lots of extra work
    Remote work policy
    work life balance
    Poor senior magmt
    myopic

    Advice to Management

    Keep going

  8. Engagement Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engagement Program Manager in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engagement Program Manager in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I worked at VMware (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cloud Computing and virtualization opportunities

    Cons

    lack of great management & strategy

  9. This company has changed my life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Executive in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Executive in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic compensation - you don't hit it every year, but when you land a big deal you can make really big money
    Amazing HQ Campus in PA - this is a brand spanking new facility with state of the art demo and briefing facilities, delicious cafeterias, full gym and beautiful landscaping/surroundings
    Incredibly powerful vision - the promise of the software defined data center is powerful and if pitched correctly at the right level can pique executive interest and lead to increased sales
    People - there are absolutely fantastic people here: smart, driven, kind and genuinely good people

    Cons

    work-life balance is difficult - if you don't set boundaries and have a manager who understands balance you could be working 70-80 hour weeks and burn out. I am trying to avoid burnout due to all the pros above
    VMware wants to be the next IBM or HP, with fulfilling services lead transformation projects, however the current professional services organization and talent is not even close to where it needs to be. Most are still left over services people who can't sell, they write SoWs
    Quotas jump astronomically year over year - mine was increased over 50%. So even reaching presidents club the year prior, you feel a bit punished for working so hard

    Advice to Management

    If you want to transform customers and regularly sell the 7-8 figure services deals, you have to transform our internal professional services soup to nuts.....people and process. They're just not geared up to behave and sell like a Deloitte

  10. Member of Technical Staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Member Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance.
    Depending on the group, a great place to work for PhDs.
    Some very smart co-workers around you.
    Great company events.
    One of the best campus in the valley.

    Cons

    Hiring bar in some groups is low.
    No free lunch and cafe.
    Lots of legacy code and most of the time spent in maintaing old code-base (and fixing bugs).
    Lots of bureaucracy if you want to change something - vSphere is a large product and a large number of components are tightly dependent. So, you'll have to go through a lot of discussion before you can actually implement a new feature.

  11. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at VMware full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance with flexible hours / unlimited vacation
    Strong work ethics and smart people.
    Free snacks /drinks
    Nice campus

    Cons

    Limited career development opportunities.
    At times a little too much process oriented causing delays in shipping code.

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