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Updated 24 January 2015
Updated 24 January 2015
1,449 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • UK organisation trying hard on soft management areas such as work life balance (in 103 reviews)

  • Great technology and this company definitely adds credibility to your resume (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is determined by your manager (mine was a known workaholic) (in 67 reviews)

  • The company once slim and trim has grown many folds; bloating the middle management (in 75 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Like Tech Companies should be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Culture is fantastic and a willingness to listen

    Cons

    Complex mix of products means it is hard to understand priorities and customers are yet to comprehend company is more than server virtualisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the complexity of what we have to do now and in the future is orders of magnitude more complex than previously

    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great products, great people, awful management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frimley, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frimley, England

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

    Pros

    Great products, great engineering, great culture. VMware is getting to be a beast of a company but it's still overall a good place to work. Underpromise and overdeliver is the unofficial motto, and the rabid customer fan base shows it. This company shows great promise for employees even with revenues in the multiple billions now.

    Cons

    You do NOT want to work for this company anywhere in the Europe/UK&Ire region. APJ and AMER have it really good - colleagues from those regions almost universally love it. In the UK it operates as a completely different organisation and management/HR (which covers all of Europe as well) is appaulingly terrible to deal with. There is also very little upward mobility opportunity in the UK office and middle management is deeply engrained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carefully examine the job performance of everyone at the director level and above in EMEA in every group. Someone (or more than one someone) is rotten and needs replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing & inspiring place to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    The future of IT

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

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Well respected company
    Pays well
    Nothing like EMC
    Great products
    Smart people
    Overall, great company to work for.

    Cons

    Worried about the adoption of vCloud Air without more capabilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The EMC federation isn't working. Great idea poorly executed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very typical consulting experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    I've been consulting around VMware products for partners for the last several years, it is nice to now have a channel back to the people who own the code when you encounter things in the field. Access to the next version of software to prepare before seeing it in the field in front of a customer is a plus. Benefits seem to be at the better end of what I've seen at my last 3 places of employment - 401k matching (decent match), Employee Stock Purchase Plan, good health care options. There appears to be opportunity to move into different roles within the company if you are looking for a new challenge but not looking to change companies.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance - No set number of vacation days, this could be an issue depending on who you work for. I'm used to having 3 weeks of vacation, don't think it would be an issue to do that now if my utilization is on target, but I have heard some managers might frown on taking 3 weeks off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Indi, Karnataka (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Indi, Karnataka (India)

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    1. Innovative Company
    2. Great Technologies
    3. Strategic Thinking
    4. Appreciate Performance

    Cons

    Yet to find., I will update once I find it :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep On Great Work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Burlington, ON (Canada)

    I worked at VMware

    Pros

    Employee engagement, opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    None ever experienced during my time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue supporting employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Leading the industry in Cloud infrastructure

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

    I worked at VMware full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Innovation and compensation are key reasons to work here. The environment is like a startup, but with a more mature focus.

    Cons

    Once the only player in the space, now competition is everywhere. Old habits die hard, and ways of doing business in the past are fairly set and this makes being nimble more challenging.

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