VMware Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
1,373 Reviews

3.7
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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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    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

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    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

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    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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    great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    people, well-defined products, good technology

    Cons

    work-life balance, processes cumbersome, succession planning

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely amazing company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    -always surrounded by incredibly intelligent people
    -high levels of passion and dedication are present without crazy hours
    -code quality is valued over rushing out something "good enough"
    -great mentorship provided to junior engineers

    Cons

    -no real connection to people who use your product
    -even when working on a product that both uses and is used by other VMware products still feel isolated from other teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give engineers more exposure to customers (even indirectly, e.g. passing along what they like/dislike)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working with some smart folks...

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    From Engineering to HR, these are some of the most brilliant and innovative co-workers I have ever had the experience of working with.

    Cons

    Ambiguous work environment can sometimes lead to confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    All good

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    Current Employee - TSE  in  Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - TSE in Cork (Ireland)

    I have been working at VMware for more than a year

    Pros

    Top software. Allowed to be creative

    Cons

    Manager egos. A raise.would.be nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust us to.do the job you pay us for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved working at VMware!

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    Former Employee - Senor Technical Writer  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senor Technical Writer in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at VMware full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technology, community oriented, great to employees, good working environment

    Cons

    Buying start-ups and realizing they don't fit in the overall future of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    MTS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good perks
    nice colleagues
    top technology focused company

    Cons

    Mid management is useless
    same office politics as usual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, good employee experience, great products and strategy.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are really smart and competent people at VMware. Employee experience in the Palo Alto campus is great with food, fitness center, concerts, celebrity visits, TED talks like speaker series, and events.

    Cons

    You run into people who lack professionalism more so than what I experienced at my previous company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job at identifying top talents and retaining them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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