VMware Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
1,369 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many companies talk about work/life balance, but VMware practices it (in 95 reviews)

  • Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment (in 94 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 62 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovation is dead. Lets start buying...

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

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

    Pros

    Used to be a fun dynamic place to work, recruiting top tallent and delivering solid products.

    Cons

    Now its more of a closed minded environment with an infected middle management, full of yes-men that only care about their thrones and not the people they are suppose to manage. Products are nowhere close to the quality they used to be. Now selling vision only, and keeping customers confused. Lucky their coffers are full of cash because the next few years will be very ruff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to become Microsoft! Look back to what made this company great, you may notice it's not packaging and FUD but people and innovation that built this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    VMWARE burington environment - managers abusive ; environment hostile toxic

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    Former Employee - Phone Support in Burlington, ON
    Former Employee - Phone Support in Burlington, ON

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

    Pros

    free training get your VCP and GET OUT
    free food
    i dont work there any longer the place was keeping me up at night

    Cons

    abusive managers ; favoritism ; expectations are you work till you drop. Days without lunch as forced to be in phone que 8 hours for days while what normally would be called TEAMLEAD takes over 1 hour lunch or more and is unapproachable for help.
    managers dont seem to get if you have 30 back log tickets you need to be able to do research and work them to get rid of them. Most of the people at the burlington office are afriad of being dragged into a room and walked out. Company has way to many products for current support model it will hurt them. Oh wait it has they layed off AOT of people .. VMwares moto " more with less" good luck people your the less more = more hours in the que more assigned tickets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up and communicate. Grow up and realize that your buddy shouldn't be hired as a manager when he has no manager skills. Sickening work place.

    Communication issues where certain manager abused support engineers then upper managers FINALLY realize years later that specific manager is good with escalations but the people hes abused have been walked out. ANd he was made manaager due to sucking up to Senior manager .. he had no manager training and AT ALL learn as you go ..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent salary, stock options, unlimited beverages

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Burlington, ON
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Burlington, ON

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

    Pros

    Fun place, free training, free certification coupons

    Cons

    Technical support can be quite stressful, VMware piles on the support cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more importance to employees in technical support as they are the interface to customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Account Manager in Burlington, ON
    Current Employee - Support Account Manager in Burlington, ON

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Smart people all around. Easy to get help from everyone

    Cons

    for some department, there is no clear career path

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    poorly managed company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    good benefits
    salary is okay
    close to home

    Cons

    worst management
    no management review
    management bullying
    poorly managed company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Technology 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Finding 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.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    VP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VMware full-time

    Pros

    Cool technology and a great group of guys if right leadership

    Cons

    EMC influence and culture drove the team building effort down the drain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    separate yourself from EMC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    products, people, benefits, flexibility, open work culture

    Cons

    getting into another corporate company mode, BUs needs to come together. Higher level direction needs to be reset to work as one single team as oppose to competing between business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to politics due to BU structure, ask everyone to keep things simple, lot of new VPs driving their own things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I have been working at VMware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance
    Laid back
    strong vision and strong market hold/growth
    no fixed time off schedule, unlimited vacation days
    good perks
    good training classes

    Cons

    management needs to appreciate talent
    need more leaders
    need better hiring strategies, has become less selective
    better talent retention schemes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be competitive with the market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    EPIC2: Great corporate culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at VMware as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoy VMware's atmosphere of learning and sharing.

    Cons

    I don't think anything negative about the corporate culture so far but the business outlook in 3 years plus the relationship with the holding company EMC are major concerns.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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