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

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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!

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    worked too much on maintaining product.

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    good pay. good pay, and good pay

    Cons

    less opportunities to work on new technologies. internal transfer isn't easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should make internal transfer easy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Annual release cycle doesn't meet the needs of the business

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

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

    Pros

    VMware can be a good place to work. As an engineering-driven culture, great work can happen.
    The annual internal innovation event is a great opportunity to interact with people across the company and take the time away from our jobs to come up with the next big thing.
    There are some truly fantastic managers who understand people management, project management, and the VMware business.
    There is room and support for career growth.
    The salary is good. Annual raises, bonuses, and stock are very good.

    Cons

    The annual release cycle doesn't meet anyone's needs. We can't make big bets because they don't fit into an annual release release, which means that we can't deliver enough value to justify an annual release.
    There's a new fire drill that requires a drastic re-plan every few weeks, which impacts morale and leaves the impression that senior management doesn't know what it's doing.
    QA is perennially understaffed, which makes the annual release cycle more difficult.
    Our customers don't want annual releases. We're not investing in our architecture or scalability, which leaves us vulnerable.
    The benefits are okay, but not as good as other companies. The 401k and charitable giving matches do not match local companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Status emails from executives should be to the point and not include inside jokes or movie quotes.
    Executives need to be out in front of employees more often. There's been a lot of executive turnover, and all of the churn that has come since that turnover such as the change in vacation policy, the poor and changing communication in how we would be compensated for accrued vacation, and the recent layoff, have not done anything to make employees trust the executive team. Execs came off as arrogant and out of touch at the recent partner event.
    The train doesn't work. Admit it, fix it, and make it possible to innovate and lead instead of constantly having to cut features because we can't fit everything the short development window.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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