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Quality Internship With Intelligent Coworkers

Former Intern - Member of Technical Staff Intern in Palo Alto, CA (US)
Former Intern - Member of Technical Staff Intern in Palo Alto, CA (US)

I worked at VMware as an intern

Pros

Lots of very smart people
Good office space
On par with other Bay Area companies in terms of salaries and perks (somewhat)

Cons

Lots of politics at/above middle management, though hasn't affected engineering work as much
Slow and frustrating release/development cycle

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reduce the politics and focus on innovation internally (in terms of development and agility) as opposed to bickering for position

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    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff III in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    1. Great minds to work with
    2. Great pay
    3. Best work place of year 2012
    4. great culture

    Cons

    its in the hills of palo alto

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, interesting projects, and a Borg-cube corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Pros

    * There are still some awesome people in the Sofia office
    * Very flexible working conditions (though I hear there's a general push to eliminate this point)
    * Interesting projects to work on and the right equipment to do so
    * Renumeration and benefits are good

    Cons

    * Total disrespect of common sense from various management authorities both local and in HQ. Some "administrativa" sneaky tactics and some arm twisting can also to be expected.
    * Stacked ratings! God help you if you were foolish enough not to keep a "scapegoat" around for the time your team's ticket gets picked in the so called performance evaluations. You may get kicked out even if you were just promoted.
    * "Quality doesn't matter. Reporting does." Management seems to not care whether the estimates you give them are accurate. Neither if you'd do the job pro forma, leaving someone else to pick up the trash behind you. In any case you'd better to adhere to their metrics and do whatever needed to meet the target number of bugs/test cases/pass-fail ratio/whatever. Dirty tricks allowed.
    * Ventilation system in the office is a joke. Once 80% (or so) of the capacity of a floor is reached it gets awfully difficult to make through a whole day and maintain your focus. Chronic headache is to be expected. If caught it it, please try not to drive on your way back - blackouts and momentary loss of concentration can occur and that's bound to get you in an accident. Trust me on this one!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * You can't have an all-star staff. People are not bricks to swap around. They have individualities.
    * You can't keep throwing people out indefinitely. Theory might say that's a good way to keep the company in top condition. Reality is - Sofia labor market isn't that big and qualified candidates aren't a bottomless well.
    * Procedures and policies are a necessity for a big organization. Knowing when all this is not enough and a burden is what makes a manager good IMHO.
    * All above is pointless since a) the "management" won't be reading it, and b) even if "management" miraculously happens to read it, it'd hardly make even a joke for them...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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