VMware
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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

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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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poorly managed company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Burlington, ON

I worked at VMware

Prosgood benefits
salary is okay
close to home

Consworst management
no management review
management bullying
poorly managed company

Advice to Senior Managementtake an interest in what managers are doing to their employees because there is a lot of unfairness, favoritism, and bullying that you cannot challenge. IT companies time and time again have gone under due to poor management. If VMware continues the trend they are on it wont be long before they are next.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, but currently it's too busy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Burlington, ON

I have been working at VMware

ProsTechnology ahead of it's time. Great and clear source code. Coworkers to learn from. The perks and benefits are still above average, although have been reduced. Experience here alone will count towards career development.
Employees are given good personal space and are allowed to be geeks. Wonderful culture.

ConsThe hiring freeze really hurts. Tasks have been falling off the plate like never before. Many people work overtime and can be found after hours in the cubicles without additional pay, this cannot bode well in the longer run. Many employees here work in highly sought-after capacities and can get above six-figure salaries elsewhere, even during the recession. Management must realize this and turn the staggering sales growth into employee appreciation where it matters; increase benefits and hire faster, in pace with the sales.

Advice to Senior ManagementFinding different (indirect) ways to tell already overcommited employees to work more efficiently is particularly bad for morale. VMW still has a lot going for it and the great technology will carry us far despite fewer people in the trenches and worse management. Improve management, make the org charts more like pyramids than diamonds, appreciate employees with benefits similar to sales and things will stay great. You do not want to lose us to the rest of the industry looking for good skill next year, when the economy bounces back.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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very good

MTS2 (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

Proskitchen is good, ppl are friendly

Consbenefit is just so so

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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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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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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good

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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Company that takes care of its people

Manager (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

ProsLots of exciting challenges and the opportunity to shape your career
Smart, caring and genuine people who are passionate about their own work too
Concerted effort to ensure core values is a part of our every day at VMware
Beautiful campus in Palo Alto - amazing cafeterias, breathtaking green landscape which tries to maintain the oak and pine trees before the expansion (when the campus is done, it will rival the size of Disney Land!)
The turtle pond...need I say more.

ConsDemanding schedules and workload
You really have to drive your own work-life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to listen to your people and show them you care by being present and supportive

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

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VMware experience

Candidate Development Recruiter (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

ProsBenefits
Working with smart engineers
Leadership
Training
Remote work

ConsNone There is nothing bad about VMware, Overall a great place to work

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

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