VMware Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
1,325 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a work life balance here that I have never had before (in 80 reviews)

  • Great technology but now mostly not news in the marketplace (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Like all software companies work life balance can be a challenge (in 56 reviews)

  • There is too much middle management that are not good managers (micro managers) (in 65 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing & inspiring place to work in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Frimley, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Frimley, England

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Technologically advanced, current leader in the IT technology industry, way ahead of competitors. Nice environment in Frimley, generally nice and helpful people all around!

    Cons

    Feels that consultants are a bit isolated from each other and the company in general, more interaction and team work is needed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hope Diane going doesn't ruin it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in London, England

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    It's fun and rewarding. Tests you but gives back as well.

    Cons

    You work hard and it can still be frustrating finding the 'right' person to talk to sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change what Diane started. Staff will not take well to being more aggressive a'la EMC.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Invest in the people whilst we have the lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Customers like to work with us, lots of opportunities for going in new directions.

    Cons

    Lack of support from management in terms of resource to make things happen... it's like you have to do it on your own, and what is stated as a priority by management is often not the way resources are allocated leading to conflict and paralysis.

    Information management is abysmal, and lack of co-ordination across teams is laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work better together and the rest of the company might do the same: and please FUND initiatives to match your words.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Work
    Good colleagues
    Great technologies to work at

    Cons

    With lots of middle mangers things get screwed some times

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Partner Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Sales
    Current Employee - Partner Sales

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

    Pros

    Great product. Great COO (Eschenbach). Great culture, moves fast.

    Cons

    Company needs to incorporate matrix management better. Contention between corporate and field was too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bring in senior leads with a hardware background. Your a software company, don't forget it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Huge Talent, Awesome Campus, Good Compensation, Confusion!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Good Brand Value
    Awesome People
    Amazing Campus
    Lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Need lot of Networking to grow
    Lack of processes
    People dependent Environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce better processes and hierarchies
    Set up correct expectation as per roles
    Give ample of space to grow beyond expectation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment and great products

    Cons

    Leadership in my team is terrible with no sense of understanding potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should look out for those who have the zeal & potential to work & should not indulge in unnecessary politics with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great technology.
    work life balance (not in all orgs :) )

    Cons

    Lot of middle management trying to secure their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineers do work not middle management, invest on engineers.

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

    Excellent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    It provides a Tlexible time

    Cons

    The management system is too hierarchical

  11.  

    Constantly Changing, Growing Company. But with a loss of tenured, experienced people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II  in  Broomfield, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Broomfield, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits. Good culture. Plenty of Snacks and free food on a weekly basis. Technical learning opportunities abound. Customer focused, support focuses on top shelf service that puts rest of industry to shame.

    Cons

    Turnover for peers and managers alike within support is high. The cream of the crop leave for internal opportunities (good) or, too often, leave for better wages outside the company. Constnatly changing metrics for support organization, makes getting raises potentially tricky. Bottom line goal is do what's best for the customer, which is awesome; but how they try to measure that is not communicated well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need my advice, because the advice I'd give is to find a way to retain those tenured, vested, important people; but in the 2 years that I have been in support; that has not been shown to be a priority. Others will be brought in, but they will be fresh to the company and you start to loose your culture.

    The raises suck. Work my tail off, far outpace my colleagues, get $100 a month. Pffft.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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