Offer from VMware

New / Eng jJNg60
Dec 5, 2017 31 Comments

I currently have an offer from VMware for a new grad position. How is the company and the work?
Is it a reputed company when I apply for other jobs some years from now?

The salary being offered to me is 125k base, 25k sign on and 40k RSUs

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  • VMware anon!mous
    If you are an MS candidate, it should be MTS2 or MTS1 if Bachelors (although many times the offer letter does not mention it explicitly). 125k base is very good. Does it include bonus? As a comparison, I would not consider VMware to be in the league of Google/Facebook/Amazon/Microsoft etc. it is more comparable with IBM/Dell/HP although by name and brand it does sound a little better than them.

    Work wise, you might get to work on interesting challenges but the most annoying thing is the pace is EMBARASSINGLY slow

    You can definitely ask for more RSUs. For a reference I know a Propel candidate who got 60k RSUs. Also beware that VMW stock at this point is kind of in its highs.
    Dec 5, 2017 4
    • New / Eng jJNg60
      OP
      What I actually wanted to know was, does working at VMware adversely affect chnaces to apply at FAANG in the future?
      Also, do they also give out RSU refreshers. If they do, how often are they?

      I actually have an offer from Microsoft too but I think VMware mentioned that they can match that offer and on the other hand Microsoft isn't ready to budge
      Dec 5, 2017
    • Oracle mbmvu76
      Yes it's adverse. You should work at a startup so they don't know anything about it and you can spin it to your advantage.
      Dec 5, 2017
    • VMware Esu33
      Only a successful startup would be better on your resume. VMware is a strong brand for companies that want to hire enterprise software engineers. Not a strong brand for consumer software companies.

      Btw, many solid 'startup' engineering orgs are run by VMware alumni, like Uber, Docker, even google cloud. Old timers prob get more benefit.
      Dec 5, 2017
    • VMware / Sales dgPu18
      No, if course it's not adverse. Not sure why @Oracle thinks it is. Cloud Native Apps BU is working in container and container orchestration tools. That's extremely portable. You'll have the chance to do great work with some of the coolest tech around at a place with great work/life balance. If you got the offer then you must've been on the campus and seen the facilities. Did they tell you about our internal engineering conference?
      Dec 6, 2017
  • VMware cashcow
    It depends on the BU you are joining. Some products are going great, some not so great
    Dec 5, 2017 0
  • VMware $Bnbb13$
    I doubt they will give you 75k refreshers many at mts2/3 get that also for an mts1 your base is pretty high.I have not heard this base for mts1
    Dec 9, 2017 6
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      She/he - they mentioned it’s MTS-1 and not 2
      Dec 11, 2017
    • VMware / Eng UGcx03
      In the comments they later clarified that they are a master's grad and therefore MTS-2 😉
      Dec 12, 2017
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      Oh I missed seeing that for an MTS-2 the numbers seem right.And thank you for making your comment gender neutral.Its surprising how in most comments people always assume it’s a “He”
      Dec 12, 2017
    • VMware / Eng UGcx03
      Yeah well, what can you do? In your comment did you mean that 75k / 4 yr refreshers are common for MTS-2/3?
      Dec 13, 2017
    • VMware miva42
      75k refresher no way for mts2
      Dec 15, 2017
  • New / Eng jJNg60
    OP
    That was very helpful. Thank You
    I was also wondering if Vmware offers RSU refreshers every year?
    I am planning to ask the recruiter for an increase in RSU to around 75k. Would that be the right amount?
    Dec 5, 2017 6
    • New / Eng jJNg60
      OP
      I have a master's degree. I am not sure if it's mts 1 or higher
      The salary is 125k + 12%
      I was thinking of asking for higher RSU instead of base mainly because it would be easier to ask the recruiter as RSU increase is always easier than base increase.
      Compared to my friends who are joining other companies, I feel the base salary is very respectable and hence I am planning to ask more for RSU.

      Do RSU refreshers actually depend on which BU you are in?
      Dec 6, 2017
    • VMware miva42
      You are mts 2., yes nsx is doing well
      Dec 6, 2017
    • VMware miva42
      As said stock are very high right now. And you should go for higher rsu Incase the stocks dip. You are on a very high range of mts2.. any salary increment while in the company will be difficult unless they promote you
      Dec 6, 2017
    • VMware / Eng UGcx03
      I feel like you always get refreshers unless you're not doing well.
      Dec 6, 2017
    • VMware miva42
      It depends on BU and manager
      Dec 6, 2017
  • VMware miva42
    FYI the managers in Vmware in general are slightly on a different tangent than the rest of the Silicon Valley
    Dec 5, 2017 3
    • VMware laura
      Could you elaborate on this thought, please?
      Dec 8, 2017
    • VMware miva42
      Most of the managers that are in Vmware have stuck around for 10+ years. Silicon Valley is rapidly changing, they are kind of not aware of it. Hierarchy is very important at Vmware and is encouraged at Vmware. There is a lack of transparency in Vmware which is not the norm. And definitely I have seen a very good engineer getting terminated because he/she spoke up for the right reason.
      Dec 9, 2017
    • VMware laura
      Wholeheartedly agree!
      Dec 9, 2017
  • Cisco Bigbulla
    They are recently started to do well with aws partnership. I can tell if your compensation is good or bad based on your job location and weather you are mts1 or mts2. Let me know
    Dec 5, 2017 3
    • New / Eng jJNg60
      OP
      Mts1 Palo Alto
      Dec 5, 2017
    • New / Eng jJNg60
      OP
      Mts1 Palo Alto
      Dec 5, 2017
    • Cisco Bigbulla
      Any performance bonus percentage cash bonus? I believe it is given out every 6 months. The numbers for mts1 looks like its on par. If u have competing offers you will be able to make them go higher
      Dec 5, 2017
  • New / Eng jJNg60
    OP
    This is for the Propel program.
    How are Cloud Native Applications and Cloud Management business units doing?
    Dec 5, 2017 1
    • VMware cashcow
      Cloud native is new and they are doing some interesting work. CMBU is not doing great and their revenue is declining
      Dec 5, 2017
  • VMware miva42
    The salary is pretty high for mts1.. never heard they gave this much to mts1. will stay away from cmbu at all cost, as a new engineer you will find it difficult to fit in.
    Dec 5, 2017 0