VMware Staff Engineer offer Evaluation

Applied Material med123
Apr 30, 2018 63 Comments

Base: 215K
Bonus: 20%
RSU: 160K over 4 years
Joining Bonus: 25K

Experience: 16 years.

1. Is this a good offer to take ?
2. Where does this stand against Amazon, FB, Google and Linkedin ?

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TOP 63 Comments
  • Qualcomm LPaI03
    This is super low offer.. with 16 yrs exp, you should be at least Director @FANG or else you failed your life
    Apr 30, 2018 8
    • Qualcomm LPaI03
      I am still VP and I have a perfect chance to be exec Sr. VP with this 5G wave within 6 months. By the way my experience is 14 yrs and I declined a manager offer a few years ago from a FAANG which turned out great as was promoted twice that year leading the path to VP
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng Kfjtbe
      What's VP comp break down at Qualcomm?
      May 1, 2018
    • VMware / Eng
      vPerson

      VMware Eng

      PRE
      Wayfair
      vPersonmore
      16 years? HAH. I started programming when I was 2 and surpassed Jeff Dean in rank by the time I was 14 (Distinguished Google Fellow). Larry Page offered me the position of CEO but I passed it off to my buddy Sundar. I am now a director at 37 different FANGs. Looks like you failed your life.
      May 1, 2018
    • VMware rigged
      Everyone is so humble on this thread.
      May 4, 2018
    • PayPal
      kScv75

      PayPal

      PRE
      Google
      kScv75more
      Everyone is humble and LPal03 (VP) is stupid.
      Oct 2
  • Salesforce dhssmhfyd
    This is very high end staff for vmware. Is this for staff 2 or staff 1?
    Apr 30, 2018 9
    • VMware sillyblaze
      The base is way tooo high for staff 1,rest of the numbers are inline. Which BU is the offer from?
      May 1, 2018
    • Applied Material med123
      OP
      @vmgaga.. Do you mean RSU are on lower side for Staff 1 ?
      May 1, 2018
    • VMware / Eng vmgaga
      OP mid band RSU for staff 2 would be around 200K, assuming PA
      May 1, 2018
    • Applied Material med123
      OP
      Thanks. Good to know. PA ?
      May 1, 2018
    • VMware / Eng vmgaga
      Palo Alto HQ location
      May 1, 2018
  • Uber Abghty
    Why not join Nutanix if you want to be in storage domain. Nutanix can easily beat this offer at Staff level.
    Apr 30, 2018 5
    • Applied Material med123
      OP
      Are you sure ? I have couple of friends in Nutanix. Nutanix is no where near these numbers
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Uber Abghty
      With Nutanix stocks reaching 50 bucks even new grads are making same amount as you in RSUs.
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Twitter 2fool4cool
      I'm not going to join nutanix just because of the name.
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Uber Abghty
      Lol... you are too funny.
      May 1, 2018
    • VMware rigged
      My BU hires against and from Nutanix a LOT and they’ve never beat VMware on comp. Ever.
      May 4, 2018
  • Uber Abghty
    Nowhere.. Staff at big shot companies get > 500k tc.
    Apr 30, 2018 6
    • Uber Abghty
      Yes.
      Apr 30, 2018
    • AppDynamics / Eng
      EqIu26

      AppDynamics Eng

      PRE
      Juniper Networks
      EqIu26more
      Staff at VMware == Senior at FANG like companies
      May 1, 2018
    • VMware / Eng nonamehere
      Except Uber is fake money.

      It’s a good deal. VMware isn’t known to pay out comparable to FB, GOOG.

      And you’re obviously considering cause it’s better than what your comp is.
      May 2, 2018
    • Uber Cygjk5
      Lol. But it cant go below the rsus offered by VMWare.
      May 2, 2018
    • VMware / Eng nonamehere
      Dude has another 50k bonus. Easy 300k comp.

      OP, what team?
      May 2, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng Jdbebjs
    This is an average E4 TC. Non senior.
    Apr 30, 2018 3
    • Uber Abghty
      This is high end E4.
      Apr 30, 2018
    • LinkedIn mrpoopybut
      Base is very high for E4. RSU's are very low for E4. I wouldn't say it's a high end E4 offer overall. It's middle of the road for E4 total comp.
      May 1, 2018
    • Uber Bgyuc
      The tc overall is > 250k. I rarely see e4 offers more than this.
      May 1, 2018
  • Twitter 2fool4cool
    Solid base probably on par with medium/top staff offers, but the RSU amount is sad.
    Apr 30, 2018 7
    • Oscar / Eng
      dumb|dumb

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
      dumb|dumbmore
      My guess is between high e5 and e6 at facebook. Though all depends on his skillset. If a high e5 can make 200k base and above, e6 gotta make more than this. One does not need 16 years to be e5... just my 2 cents.
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Twitter 2fool4cool
      I don't know what these levels mean. Jump between levels is usually 10%?
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
      dumb|dumb

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
      dumb|dumbmore
      Check out this post! "Stop asking for tech company offer numbers!!! Read this and thank me later 🤦(Compensation)"
      https://us.teamblind.com/s/sN8uYpop
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
      dumb|dumb

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
      dumb|dumbmore
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Twitter 2fool4cool
      None of these offers is 200+. 215 is top of market for staff before bonus. However with shit stocks it doesn't mean anything.
      Apr 30, 2018
  • Facebook Gwkdtp
    High end E4
    Apr 30, 2018 5
    • Oscar / Eng
      dumb|dumb

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
      dumb|dumbmore
      I think base is more like mid to high E5.
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Facebook Gwkdtp
      No, base is definitely in E6 range, at google L5 maxes out around 200k. But equity is extremely low compared to f/g
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
      dumb|dumb

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
      dumb|dumbmore
      Right. So why E4 above? Was that just a typo?
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Facebook Gwkdtp
      No, the TC is at most high end E4
      May 1, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
      dumb|dumb

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
      dumb|dumbmore
      I was looking at base, not total. Base is a good indication how much he’s getting lowballed. That’s your month to month salary, not variable by stock price. It’s more important.
      May 1, 2018
  • Oscar / Eng
    dumb|dumb

    Oscar Eng

    BIO
    Fuck you, but wats up bro.
    dumb|dumbmore
    16 years and this? You deserve better. E5 at facebook beats this. You could get e6 if you do well. C’mon don’t settle for this shit pay (okay if you want to jump ship again).
    Apr 30, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
      9527

      New Eng

      PRE
      Intel, morganstanley, citadel, etrade
      BIO
      coding monkey
      9527more
      Dont think he has any chance for FB e6
      May 1, 2018
  • Applied Material med123
    OP
    Thanks everyone for all the responses. They were really useful.

    The intention is not to compare VMware with FAANG here. I know that they belong to different leagues. It is to understand where this offer stand w.r.t VMware standards. Thanks to Vmware folks for valuable information. Now I know where I stand on the salary graph.

    I did try FAANGL. Cleared all phone screens and failed onsite in ALL 😢. I can definitely say, I have improved a lot over the period and I think I m almost there. I m going to chill for some time and try again. Hopefully I will crack next time.
    May 5, 2018 5
    • Uber Cygjk5
      You will for sure. Best of luck dude.
      May 5, 2018
    • Uber ygf3dfg
      Did you try Uber? The PAO office is in VMWare building.
      May 28, 2018
    • Applied Material med123
      OP
      I did talk to the recruiter and she told me that particular team works mainly out of SF. Commute is one issue I considered...

      Also, with all the FAANG interviews I attended, I was really tired and missing lots of things including family life... so I decided to choose where people want me rather than what I want...

      I will check out after some time depending on how my new venture goes....
      May 29, 2018
    • Uber ygf3dfg
      Sure. Let me know in case you would need referral. Happy to help!
      May 29, 2018
    • Applied Material med123
      OP
      Sure Dude. I really appreciate
      May 29, 2018
  • VMware / Eng
    NinjaDvlpr

    VMware Eng

    PRE
    VMware
    NinjaDvlprmore
    Which BU in Vmware (PA location has several BUs)? this is a good offer by Vmware standards... work life balance n benefits are good. Vmware pays good but not like google or fb
    May 4, 2018 0
  • VMware vZilla
    To other FAANG comparisons, I’d say VMware never matched TC at fang. Base heavy and light on RSUs. But I personally know the work life balance is much better if that’s your cup of tea.
    May 3, 2018 0
  • VMware vZilla
    This seems mid to high band for Staff 1 but like others point out bonus % seems like Staff 2.
    May 3, 2018 0
  • VMware / Eng
    vPerson

    VMware Eng

    PRE
    Wayfair
    vPersonmore
    Base is good, RSUs are sad as usual (comparing with other companies). For VMW standards, this is pretty decent.
    May 1, 2018 0
  • Applied Material med123
    OP
    Can some VMware guys comment on whether this is good as per Vmware standards ?
    Apr 30, 2018 0

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