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VMware Overview

Palo Alto, CA (US)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (VMW)
Computer Hardware & Software
$10+ billion (NZD) per year
With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers, more than 75,000 partners, and 20,000+ employees in 120+ locations around the world. At the core of what we do are our people who deeply value execution, passion, integrity, customers, and community.

Mission: VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, accelerates our customers’ digital transformation journey. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with its Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and ... Read more

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VMware – Why Work For Us?


At VMware, we empower people and organizations by radically simplifying IT through virtualization software. Our talented and diverse teams work together to fulfill this vision and are architecting what’s next for the company, the industry, and each other.

​​​How we deliver on our vision comes through in our everyday actions. Our people are driven to create amazing innovations in a workplace that encourages and supports growth, learning and collaboration. Our core values guide what we do and how we do it:

  • ​​Execution—We debate, discuss, and then get things done as One VMware while keeping impact, quality and efficiency at the center of our actions.
  • ​​Passion—We are driven to challenge the status quo by innovating for the benefit of our customers, products, and people.
  • ​​Integrity—We are consistently bold yet humble, competitive yet fair and decisive yet respectful. We build and protect trusted relationships with our customers, partners, shareholders, and people.
  • ​​Community—We dedicate our time, talent, and energy to provide meaningful contributions to our customers, our team members, and our communities.
  • ​​Customers—We are committed to empowering our customers to succeed by helping them meet their toughest technological challenges.​​

Our workplace provides a great foundation for learning, teamwork, collaboration, openness and fun. While each workplace is different, several commonalities are found throughout our locations:

  • ​​Eco-friendliness
  • ​​Open doors
  • ​​Shared offices
  • ​​Comfortable communal spaces
  • ​​Game, relaxation and mother’s rooms
  • ​​Wellness & community programs
  • ​​Free healthy snacks and drinks
  • ​​Onsite cafes and services
  • ​​Weekly social gatherings
  • ​​Quarterly all-hands meetings​​











VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. With 120+ global locations, we value and invest in our employees by enabling, fostering and supporting their professional and personal growth and well-being. As an employee, we will enable your drive and passion to: 

  • ​​Make an immediate impact on your career, VMware, our customers, our partners, the industry and the wider community.
  • Voice your innovative ideas and work hand-in-hand with industry experts and an approachable leadership team to drive what’s next in the market.
  • Collaborate and grow in a company that is driven to empower people and organizations by radically simplifying IT through virtualization software.
  • ​​Competitive compensation (salary, equity and bonuses) and comprehensive benefits (health, financial, education)
  • ​​Paid time to give back through community service learning projects
  • ​​Learning and Development support through ongoing talent development and tuition reimbursement
  • ​​Wellness benefits and employee events through employee assistance programs, vacation time, flexible workdays, recognition program, green initiatives, employee-led celebrations, discount services and many more great workplace perks to enhance your total employee experience!​​

At VMware, students and new graduates are both challenged and rewarded with meaningful work and rich experiences in a collaborative environment made of hard work, tenacity, accountability, transparency, inclusiveness, and a culture of learning and service to each other, our customers and the community.

Bring your innovative ideas here and watch them grow in a flexible learning environment grounded by trust, freedom of choice and most importantly - your input. Behind our transformative products and solutions are our great people, including our interns and recent graduates.

Work with us in our product, customer, or business operations groups and help us empower people and organizations by radically simplifying IT through virtualization software. Search current opportunities and join us today!


At VMware, we actively attract, engage, and celebrate our people from dynamic backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive. This strength propels us toward our common goal of creating and supporting transformative products and services through our collaborative drive to imagine, define and deliver the future of IT. Learn more about our people and what fuels our drive.     



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    "Great place to work that values quality of life and family"

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    I worked at VMware full-time (More than 8 years)


    VMware is a big company but in many ways had a startup vibe. That was great because the resources and infrastructure of a big company were there, but it gave most people I worked with freedom to work on many projects, influence, move around, and contribute in many ways. Plus, many things moved faster than they might at other companies of the same size. Perks were really great including bonuses, events on the campus, opportunities, etc.


    The biggest con is the annual layoff. During most of the years I was there, we were growing like crazy, beating expectations, gaining in stock price, etc. It was always positive and upward. However, every single January, it was known that there would be a round of layoffs, even when all numbers were looking great as they almost always were. Management called it restructuring. But, over the years, some really good people were let go for no apparent reason. Then to add insult to injury, a week or two later, there would be a company quarterly meeting discussing how VMware was doing so well and is still hiring, but they had to make some changes. It always felt dishonest and the sympathy for those let go came across as disingenuous.

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    January was always a nerve racking month and it completely destroyed any sense of loyalty to the company. I know a few people that completely changed their perception of VMware after a colleague of theirs was let go with no apparent rhyme or reason. Many people left shortly after as a result of losing loyalty to the company or for just being stressed out about themselves getting cut the next year.

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VMware Photos

VMware photo of: VMware Palo Alto Campus Opening 2014
VMware photo of: End of year bash at HQ in Palo Alto.
VMware photo of: Women Transforming Technology 2018 at HQ Palo Alto.
VMware photo of: Women Transforming Technology Conference 2018 at HQ Palo Alto.
VMware photo of: Employees on campus in Cork, Ireland
VMware photo of: Members of the VMware community hosted a Lunar New Year Celebration at our headquarters. In honor of the Year of the Rooster, the festivities began with a Lion Dance throughout campus.
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VMware Interviews



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    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at VMware in August 2015.


    The hiring process at VMware was very long and drawn out, spanning several months from when they first contacted me. There was an informal interview with the recruiter, telephone technical screen and finally a face to face interview.

    The technical screen was as you would expect, lots of technical questions which you should know a fair amount of going for this type of role so was par for the course.

    The face to face interview was pretty straight forward. There were no 'trick' questions (apart from one which had absolutely no relevance to the role - "Explain how to convert an IP address to binary) and my interviewers were very easy to get on with. I was also asked to pre-prepare a 15 minute presentation on a subject of their choice which also seemed to go well and I was complimented on.

    The thing that really irritated me however was despite everything going well, I was not offered the position due to 'lack of experience in large projects'. While my experience seemed to match the size of projects mentioned in the face to face interview, my experience is laid out in some detail on my CV and also from the technical screen where several times drilled into in detail, so if it was not of the size they were looking for then they had all this information up front.

    This meant that I was invited for a face to face interview which I actually had no chance of actually succeeding at, as I failed it based on information they had up front, and nothing I could do during this face to face interview would make a difference. It felt like I was simply invited to 'make up the numbers' for interviews for this position. Upon reflection this seems more than likely as there was also a distinct lack of normal questions like what your availability is, which is usual when they are seriously interviewing you. They also only asked if I had any questions whilst they were already leaving the room and rushing me out the door.

    Despite this, VMware is a great company and it is still my goal to one day work for them. I am glad I have at least interviewed there and found the process valuable, I will be back and try and land a similar job again some time in the future.

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VMware Awards & Accolades

  • Fit Friendly Company (Gold Level), American Heart Association, 2014
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2018
  • Great Place To Work in Central America & the Caribbean, Great Place to Work Institute, 2018
  • Best Workplaces in Central America & the Caribbean, Great Place to Work Institute, 2018
  • 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2018
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