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Great place to work with innovative technology, not a lot of career advancement.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

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

Pros

Technology is rock solid and engineering cranks out innovation.

Cons

Not a lot of career advancement, need to shed managers from old VMware days.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Time to change!

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    Not the company I joined any more ... explosive growth and new Management caused major issues

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

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture - if this is your first job out of school, you will be spolied. Many employees get to go to VMWorld, Beer bashes on Fridays, awesome campus and great culture of continued growth

    Great Senior Developer - people who not only wrote the book on this stuff but also taught the classes the book was based on and we're part of the teams that did the original work which is covered.

    Smart people across the board - this can be a shock for many and in some ways it's like being a pro football player - most of these people were the smartest kids in their high school, then went on to be one of the smartest people in a top five school, and when they get to VMWare, they are considered average (or maybe slightly above average) because EVERYONE is so smart.

    Sexy products and huge brand name - looks awesome on your resume

    Cons

    Founders were forced out and much of their original team (who still had awesome ideas) has cashed out and left.

    "Must have a 4.0 GPA from a top 5 School" mentality - Many groups want to limit themselves to people like themselves and even in Management there is a lot of bias against some school.

    Too Much Politics - I was personally threatened by a SVP for providing review feedback on a Development Manager which was unflattering (she had zero compassion for the QA team and wanted them to work 60 hr weeks for more then a month keep the original unrealistic date that she had given). Who is friend is outside of work >= what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your roots and the culture of innovation ... don't worry about beating MS ... use your capital to come up with the next big thing (not just doing more stuff with VMs) and get more parking ! They had 2 parking places for every 3 offices, so if you don't come early there isn't anywhere to park.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growing pains.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Interesting products and technology.
    2. RSUs.

    Cons

    1. Growing company, hence usual teething pains.
    2. Processes are still being laid out with trial and error.
    3. Extremely frequent re-orgs.
    4. Laid off some really good engineers recently even though many terrible engineers remained safe.
    5. Extremely high workload. No work-life balance.
    BLR center:
    1. No learning and development team. So, virtually non-existent skill building for employees.
    2. HR is very weak.
    3. Facilities team is not very competent.
    4. Didn't lay off a senior employee who was accused of sexual harassment.
    5. Not employee friendly.
    6. Managers and many male employees are biased against women employees. Be prepared to listen to sexist and regressive comments.
    7. Long term employees' salary are not competent in current market. New joinees are paid a lot more. No effort to equalize salary of older employees with that of new joinees.
    8. You are only as good as your manager.
    9. Weak QE management.
    10. Bloated mid-level management layer; too many senior managers and directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buck up.
    Do not lay off random folks from teams. Do your research if you need to lay off folks.
    Reduce management layer.
    Get ground reality of BLR center from individual contributors and not managers/directors.
    Drive transparency and accountability in management layer.
    Give freedom to folks in BLR to move to different teams within BLR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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