VMware laid off 10% of the workforce

VMware layoffs
Jan 29 107 Comments

Avoid the company. Even though they are hiring they laid off 10% of the people without any performance reasons and without any other reason. Internal groups won’t hire them.

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TOP 107 Comments
  • Juniper foo’d
    Today i had a rockstar interview with vmware, but they rejected me saying coding was not up to the mark, i think i did the best!
    You also got laid off? Whats the severance?
    Jan 29 13
    • Google x@5hh
      The entire industry is slowing down. Less companies are hosting their own infrastructure, and instead moving to aws/azure/Google. This means a shrinking market of companies to sell to.
      You still have the ISP market, and office/Enterprise campus market. Data center must be decreasing a lot though. I think network vendors will still be needed in the future but just more niche and specific markets.
      Jan 31
    • Cisco bitset
      So sad, we never know reason of rejection even though we execute the program 🙁
      Jan 31
    • Opsview / Ops
      updatedb

      Opsview Ops

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      Ericsson
      updatedbmore
      @foo'd which position/dept did you interview for?
      Jan 31
    • Coupang / Eng
      aqtP17

      Coupang Eng

      PRE
      Google, Sabre Corporation, EMC Corporation
      BIO
      The one hundred five characters that best describe me are most definitely accurate yet better left unsaid
      aqtP17more
      Also the big guys build their own infrastructure hardware
      Jan 31
    • Juniper busy bee
      @Opsview, I interviewed with velocloud, sorry edited my display name!!
      Jan 31
  • VMware Kdhdhxb
    It’s less than 5%. If it was more than 5% than they have to file with SEC and everyone would know the number
    Jan 30 1
    • Uber NgAtsh
      Finally someone speaks some senses.
      Jan 31
  • VMware layoffs
    OP
    Number is around that. Lots of people were let go. Terrible company.
    Jan 29 7
    • Zynga hmmpf
      Yeah not every company. My last tech comp never had layoffs
      Jan 31
    • VMware / Eng
      vLol

      VMware Eng

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      Wayfair
      vLolmore
      VMW pips usually end around this time
      Jan 31
    • Nielsen nqED75
      Facebook luckily makes enough money that they don't mind paying for a good portion of people to fuck around and do very little. Layoffs aren't bad if they increase the quality of the average engineer
      Jan 31
    • Facebook / Eng SegTree
      Facebook very much minds paying people who do nothing
      Feb 1
    • Facebook Jezt
      Facebook minds paying people to do their jobs if you miss metrics...
      Feb 3
  • VMware layoffs
    OP
    Layoffs.vmware.com
    Jan 29 0
  • VMware
    9inchguy

    VMware

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    9inchguymore
    This is BS. It's usually about 1-2%. OP, I'm sorry that you are laid off, but making up false facts isn't really a good way to go
    Jan 30 3
    • Uber CashIn
      Why do u think he/she was let go ?
      Jan 31
    • Palo Alto Networks GoodSumo
      For making false statements and lying about it ?
      Jan 31
    • Uber CashIn
      U sure make better guess than op
      Jan 31
  • VMware nick
    I'm no fan of any company, but in my 10+ years in software industry I learnt that layoffs are a part of the nature of this job. The bright side is that you're paid to leetcode and get a higher paying job, works out well for most folks unless we're in a recession...
    Jan 30 1
    • Facebook Jezt
      Have 10 years experience at medium to large corps and never had a laid off. If you work at places that respect their employees it’s not a given. Mind you I’ve worked at places that fired people for low performance throughout the year.
      Feb 3
  • Box dsatrx
    VMware has been like that, laying off without warnings, since I was there 10 years ago. They are a shit company when it comes to caring about their employees.
    Jan 30 4
    • Uber CashIn
      Fired employee spotted
      Jan 31
    • Uber zerxifk
      Don’t insult master thuan
      Jan 31
    • Uber CashIn
      Ok sokol
      Jan 31
    • Uber / Eng p3
      I can confirm. They started around 2009.
      Jan 31
  • Juniper busy bee
    Suddenly all hiring stopped? I had got the interview scheduled, no call from the interviewer at the time scheduled, no response from recruiters. What the heck happening? 😐
    Can someone from vmware tell is what is happening inside?
    Jan 30 7
    • Visa / Eng
      atechie

      Visa Eng

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      Visa, Intuit
      atechiemore
      I recently interviewed with one of the teams and was confident that I should get an offer, however, I was rejected the very next day saying my feedback was positive but some internal candidate accepted the role.
      Jan 31
    • Juniper busy bee
      It happens a lot ONLY with vmware. Hiring process is not structured. They interview multiple candidates at the same time for the same position. Once offer a candidate, leave others hanging in middle.
      After phone interview, which went really well, when I asked about the feedback, they said already offered someone. bullshit!!
      Jan 31
    • Visa / Eng
      atechie

      Visa Eng

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      atechiemore
      Yeah when I was interviewing onsite I had got a hint from the manager that the position wasn’t available anymore as he was asking me if I was flexible around moving to devops or qa to which I strongly said no and the very next day I get a reject for the dev role😂
      Jan 31
    • Juniper busy bee
      Hopefully you get into Google/ Fb someday and then send a thanking note to the vmware manager for not hiring, else would have settled for vmware. And draw a middle finger 🖕🏼 after ‘best regards’ 😆
      Jan 31
    • Visa / Eng
      atechie

      Visa Eng

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      atechiemore
      Haha yeah!😬
      Jan 31
  • Cisco / Other endofdays9
    My useless dead weight friend at VMware is still happily puttering along doing nothing that matters as of today.
    Jan 31 3
    • VMware / Mktg
      Adoh

      VMware Mktg

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      Adohmore
      That’s a bold card to play coming from Cisco - the Mecca of dead weight
      Jan 31
    • Nutanix / R&D
      Ssrsh

      Nutanix R&D

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      VMware, Apple, Cisco
      Ssrshmore
      You never know which acquisition the Cisco guy comes from. So not necessarily a dead weight
      Jan 31
    • Cisco / Other endofdays9
      “Mecca of dead weight” is a great description of Cisco. I’m going to use that at work. I also like “Mountain of Mediocrity.”
      Feb 1
  • Amazon newbiev
    Do the affected folks get an option to find jobs internally? How is the severance package? I am joining VMware in few weeks and this news is unsettling.
    Jan 30 8
    • VMware / Eng
      vLol

      VMware Eng

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      vLolmore
      Yes to both questions. People that were affected by the layoffs are being aided until April to try and find new roles. The severance package is 2 months of pay + 1 week per year of service.
      Jan 31
    • LinkedIn Aristotla
      Well, Amazon laid off 2-3% of its employees last year. It's just part of the game.
      Jan 31
    • VMware WombatCube
      They also keep laptop or assets while they look for new role as well as 2k for COBRA or other expenses. Full benefits through April.
      Jan 31
    • Juniper busy bee
      🐍 cobra?
      Jan 31
    • VMware 2Esxy4NSX
      Everyone lays off 2-3% a year otherwise you end up with fat in departments or bozos who don’t do enough to get fired with cause.
      Feb 3
  • VMware / Product brewston
    Nope. Not 10%.
    Jan 30 0
  • VMware / Eng zxzam
    No, it is nowhere close to 10%. If you still worked here, you would know that. Please don’t unnecessarily spread FUD.
    Jan 31 0
  • VMware vThinker
    Such a terrible company listed in the top 50 workplaces repeatedly... yep. Sure. Also not unexpected, there are cuts each January.

    I hope everyone who was affected finds work quickly, I am sorry to hear this news.
    Jan 30 0
  • VMware / Eng
    vLol

    VMware Eng

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    vLolmore
    Source on 10%?
    Jan 29 0
  • VMware / Mktg
    Adoh

    VMware Mktg

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    Adohmore
    Number was closer to 1-2%. Happens every year
    Jan 30 0
  • VMware B.U.N.K
    Trimming the fat... too many folks hanging on coattails (and really paid well) of individuals doing the real work. Not all circumstances for the ones laid off but usually the case. Unfortunately there are brown nosers that have a good “narrative” that are spared too - a double edge sword.
    Jan 30 3
    • VMware / R&D vmgaga
      Speaking the truth, three folks I know that are impacted are very low performers, and found another position in the company already.
      Jan 31
    • Micro Focus vHwd00
      So low performers found a different position within the company? Sounds like unsuccessful lay-offs to me...
      Jan 31
    • VMware / R&D vmgaga
      Brown nosers that were laid off
      Jan 31
  • Proofpoint / Eng foodtruckj
    They reported 'a small percentage' .
    Where does it say 10%?
    Jan 29 1
    • VMware layoffs
      OP
      Lol. Who knows small percentage?
      Jan 29
  • VMware ukQK06
    It was less than 1.5%. Sorry, OP.
    Jan 30 0
  • VMware BiggySmlz
    Seems high, but accurate on no reason provided.
    Jan 29 0
  • Uber snsjebev
    Anyone laid off please feel free to reach out to me, we are hiring for many roles in Palo Alto.
    Feb 2 1
    • Juniper busy bee
      Is there any requirement for software engineer, networking roles?
      Feb 2