VMware Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Dec 14, 2020

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  • "work life balance is the best in biz(in 663 reviews)

  • "amazing work environment and passionate teammates(in 295 reviews)

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  • "Middle management kills progressive change to suit the business(in 108 reviews)

  • "Upper management is rarely genuine(in 77 reviews)

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    1. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Terrible clicky company

      Apr 27, 2017 - Senior Technical Staff - Software Engineer in Milton Keynes, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free training/exams on VMWARE products

      Cons

      -every other aspect of the job, stuffy enviroment, not encouraged to interact with colleagues, not even to talk work (too discracting) the office space feels like a prison... management take 15 minutes breaks to go and smoke every our, which esentually cuts two hours out of their day, yet god help you in you make two coffees in an hours... So clicky its unreal, and well if you dont like cars your finished before you even start, as upper management race around like a holes and have parking spaces right by the office... yet 'lesser' employees don't get spaces... oh and dont get me started on the HR department..

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      6 people found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      No growth opportunities

      Dec 14, 2020 - Technical Support Engineer in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Team members are great including front line managers

      Cons

      Upper management is disconnected from the frontline employees.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good place to work

      May 29, 2020 - Technical Product Manager in Atlanta, GA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work/life balance, compensation, benefits, culture

      Cons

      Upper management is rarely genuine

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Your mileage will depend on which Business Unit you are working at

      Oct 25, 2018 - R&D Director in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great WLB. Parking lots are empty at 4:30 or 5:00 PM. and folks come in to work not before 10:00 AM in the morning. Industry leading salaries and bonus (but very poor RSUs). The company moves at a reasonable pace and is very family friendly. The office location and campus for the HQ is awesome. The benefits and perks are also very good. The CEO and his team look to be very competent and genuinely nice people. The company has a compelling story with VMC on AWS. Hopefully it delivers on that vision or else the company is in for some real tough times.

      Cons

      On-prem enterprise software is not a cool technology sector to be in. Because of this perception the company does not attract the best talent anymore. Most of the A level players have left from the engineering ranks to startups or the FANG companies. So co-workers are mediocre at best. Also the company moves at a glacial pace, compared to all the companies working in the cloud - releases in VMware take months to a year. Its anachronistic in this day and age to have a monolithic technology stack. But with such a large installed base it will be near impossible for the company to pivot. Due to all of the above constraints it is hard to get excited about the technology in the company. A lot of the upper management are from the traditional old companies like Cisco, HP and IBM. This does not inspire confidence in the middle management. The company pays well on the salary and bonus front but the RSU's are significantly lower than what FANG pays. Bottom line VMware is no longer a premium destination for employees. Its more in the same league as a Cisco or Oracle. A tier 3 company at best. Go there if you are looking for a stable company and great WLB.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Better options exist

      Feb 1, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay and benefits, Lots of interesting work needing to be done, Stock doing well,

      Cons

      Your mileage may vary. Everything really depends on which manager you have. Some are very good and some are bad. Upper management is not good at the Bellevue office. It is run by someone who is loud and overbearing. Culture is not great at the Bellevue office. Probably you will have a better time in the HQ in Palo Alto.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Enjoyed my time there, learned a lot

      May 10, 2017 - Manager in Atlanta, GA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, open atmosphere, good work, good benefits.

      Cons

      Political, Upper Management very secretive, work life balance was provided in exchange for being available to work whenever called for E.G. long days or weekends. Limited upward mobility.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Micro Managers & upper management is out of touch with field reps

      Dec 5, 2016 - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      None that I can think of the pros are washed away by the cons. I was very disappointed in this company and it's management. The guys who are "in" get to move up while the others suffer.

      Cons

      Micro managing at its best. The sales directors are the worst. Upper management is out of touch with field reps.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      VCloud

      Nov 28, 2016 - VCloud Client Success Manager in Mead, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great team environment, inside perks and benefits.

      Cons

      Managers and upper management lack transperancy.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place

      Sep 27, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      very nice campus and perks.

      Cons

      some issues with upper management...

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    11. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Turmoil. Spending money on unnecessary software while laying people off.

      Jun 2, 2016 - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Snacks are great. Food is good. Parking has gotten better. Lots of charging stations! Co-workers are nice. Going Green and recycling is highly encouraged.

      Cons

      Upper management has made some bad software decisions. Why spend millions on a system and then lay off hundreds? Not to mention unrest and uneasy folks waiting for the Dell shoe to drop.

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      3 people found this review helpful
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