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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Huge company full of potential, just probably not for you."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Mature, experienced tech company with many amazing products under its belt. Flexible working arrangements, travel opportunities. Culture is mostly positive and vibrant.

    Cons

    Far too focused on revenue and numbers rather than their customers' satisfaction or employee development. Work/life balance can easily slip if you let it. Career progression is possible, but very difficult as middle management never move.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time nurturing your staff and making them the best they can be rather than how many billable hours you can get out of them. Focus on customer satisfaction.

    VMware2017-10-04
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Short term focus, long term issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, great products, innovative and leading in the business, impressive focus on R & D, decent base salary packages.

    Cons

    Middle management only seem interested in the next quarter or the days left of it. No focus on longer term processes and tools. Based on the previous two points, there is no or little consistency for long term business planning. Inconsistency regarding business practices.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the processes and long term when it comes to business, not only product development. Be clearer about the company culture and way forward.

    VMware2009-12-01
  3. Helpful (4)

    "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...

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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...

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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 (1)

    "Poor middle management"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary Macbook has been given to all new employees

    Cons

    Very poor middle management, the Ethics committee rejects your complaints and lots of office politics. The workforce is very poor technically and I feel this is the worst group of people I've worked in my career.

    Advice to Management

    Please make staff engineers report to directors and not to managers and sr. managers. The managers hire poor performing employees from their previous organization and spoil the culture

    VMware2019-04-21
  5. "Se team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Innovative company, technically sound colleagues

    Cons

    Middle management, micro management in few teams

    VMware2019-03-21
  6. "A good company to settle"

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    Current Employee - MTS2 in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance ocean of research opportunity diverse product/technology to work on friendly HR policies

    Cons

    useless middle management in some teams

    VMware2018-11-13
  7. 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....

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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...

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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
  8. 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
  9. "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
  10. "A great company with a terrible department"

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    Former Employee - World Wide Partner Program in San Jose, San Jose
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits -Exciting technology -Nice work location -Nice work philosophy (EPIC values)

    Cons

    -EPIC values are nice but mostly a marketing tool -Some inside technology and processes are old (90's)-The company is still very email oriented for everything. -Toxic co-workers -Bad middle management -For a big company with so much money, you will get great benefits but will always be one number on the payroll. -You get a lot of training which you will barely use but will...

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    Advice to Management

    -Be truthful to what you preach -Really focus on managing your culture rather than market it -Get up to date with real workplace technology to speed up and optimize what your collaborators do.

    VMware2018-08-16
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