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VMware is a great place to work.

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Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager in Palo Alto, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager in Palo Alto, CA (US)

I have been working at VMware

Pros

VMware recruits and hires top talent, so you're surrounded by good people doing good work. Everybody seems to be very passionate about their work. The management team is very strong, so I feel confident in their ability to keep up the incredible success that VMware has had to date. VMware's meteoric rise makes it an exciting place to work with ample opportunity for advancement.

Cons

The main downside currently are the growing pains from doubling in headcount every year. Some of the reasons that made VMware a great place to work years ago are becoming diluted and/or fundamentally changed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As VMware continues to grow, it is critical that we address the difficulties caused by scaling up. In a company where 40% of the people have worked there for less than a year, it is too easy for the overall nature of the company to change in a negative direction.

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    Strong engineering staff, very flexible with work and life balance but fast grow has its consequences.

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Deep technical engineering staff, still has small feel but nice to have the punch and $ of a big company. Very easy to get required resources for projects; servers, storage, etc. Very fair with compensation and one gets the feeling the core founders (Diane, Mendel, etc) really care about people working in a good and healthy environment.

    Cons

    The build system is horrendous, but is getting better though it still has a way to go. To elaborate more, from my experience this is something all fast growing companies face so it is not unique to VMware. It is a direct consequence of meteoric head count growth in the engineering staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax, take a breath, and stop stressing over the little things.

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    Competitive atmosphere, you'll go as far as your skills and ambition will allow. No free rides or automatic promotions.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I have been working at VMware

    Pros

    Stock options are not overly generous, but the company is public and they do tend to pay off, mostly. Products sell themselves. Collegial atmosphere. Freedom to experiment, make mistakes. I've seen talented people go from individual contributor to Senior director and even VP. You may hire in at a particular level, but promotions are not automatic or guaranteed. This leads to quality in management.

    Cons

    Career paths not clearly defined. Due to lack of automatic promotion, career paths have been put on paper, but no one is guaranteed anything. If you are not interested in being a shareholder, there are other places you should probably look for a job. Few frills. Fluid management structure. Since the company is public, it is possible that a particular persons stock options will not be immediately valuable due to market fluctuations.
    Management is frugal in spending, so don't expect lots of trips to Europe in first class at top rated hotels for junkets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to Diane.

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