Celebrating our People
At VMware, we actively attract, engage and celebrate our people from a wide variety of dynamic backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture where great people want to work and will thrive long term. This strength propels us towards 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 programs and what fuels our drive.
The VMware Experience
What is it like to work at VMware? We asked some of our employees to share their experiences to provide you with more insight into our company culture and work environment.
“VMware has allowed me to make an impact by letting me be myself, and encouraging me to celebrate who I am as part of what makes me a great employee”
Felicia Jadczak, Staff Program Manager, Cambridge, Massachusetts
VMware VMwomen is our enterprise-wide initiative to increase the representation of women at every level in every function and region. It is grounded in research showing how greater diversity results in increased innovation that in turn leads to better business outcomes. The long-term goals of our program are to:
- Become an employer of choice for women
- Increase the representation of women globally
- Help women grow into senior leadership roles
- Encourage men to become actively involved
- Increase the pool of female talent choosing to enter technology
In addition to the strategic actions led by our business leaders, there are several enterprise programs that provide additional support, focus and resources – including collaboration with existing grassroots groups like WIReD and Women of Purpose.
WIReD (Women in R&D) functions as a grassroots community group within VMware, run by a network of employee volunteers. WIReD also has an advisory team made up of various leaders within the company. The WIReD program is housed in the Office of the CTO, offering sponsorship and support as a way to further thought leadership around diversity and gender diversity within the company and industry as a whole. Though a variety of programs, including a speaker series, external engagements and external conference sponsorship, the group focuses on:
- Mentoring women at VMware
- Networking/assisting with identifying growth opportunities
- Providing encouragement
- Improving recruitment and training
- Increasing the retention and advancement of women in R&D at VMware
- Sponsoring, nurturing and supporting girls in STEM fields with a focus on developing a pipeline of women in computer science and engineering
Women of Purpose
Another grassroots effort focusing on VMware’s Field (sales) organization is Women of Purpose: an employee-led initiative that brings its members together as a community at major events, including VMworld and VMware Partner Exchange, and maintains an active presence on LinkedIn and VMware’s internal social network powered by Socialcast. A primary focus for members is to learn about each other, share insights into how to succeed in a male-dominated field, and to identify mutual interests that lead to friendships independent of work.
Over the years, efforts have expanded to include:
- Sponsoring over eight events at Partner Exchange and VMworld. In 2013, over 400 women attended these events.
- Creating a Women of Purpose social network on LinkedIn with 1,000 members
- Partnering with peers to create global diversity and inclusion grassroots efforts
- Starting a Women of Purpose chapter in Austin, Texas
- Holding the first Women of Purpose global event in Europe in 2013
- Being published in CIO.com magazine
Women Connecting Women
The Women Connecting Women (WCW) mentoring program is currently for female interns within the United States. The WCW program gives women working at VMware the chance to become a contact and resource for a female intern during the duration of their internships. The mentoring relationship is centered on professional as well as personal development.
LGBT Employee Group
Our mission is to build a strong community for all VMware employees who are members or allies of the LGBT community, to encourage diversity and raise visibility of the community and to recruit and retain LGBT talent throughout the company.
Chinese Employee Circle
The mission of the Chinese Employee Circle group is to build a strong community for all VMware employees who are affiliated with Chinese culture and to promote cultural awareness. The group supports its members’ professional development through a mentoring program and monthly speaker series on technical and leadership topics; enhances cross-departmental communication through networking; strengthens the relationship between VMware operations in the U.S. and China; and assists with recruiting Chinese and Chinese-Americans.
Chinese Employee Circle activities and events include:
- Community Service Learning Day
- China site and Palo Alto site “mixers”
- Meetings with VMware Ambassadors from China
- Assisting with headquarters tours for major Chinese customers
- Summer BBQ & Olympics event with family and interns
- Lunar New Year Celebration
Diwali, meaning “Row of Lights”, is an Indian festival that is celebrated on the darkest day of the year. Diwali is heralded as the triumph of good over evil. This is a time filled with light and love, a time when Indians all over the world rejoice. VMware people began celebrating Diwali onsite at VMware headquarters in 2008 with an employee-led celebration during one of our weekly Friday Bashes. From Bollywood dancing, singing, a Rangolo competition and mouthwatering authentic Indian food, it’s an exciting annual tradition that unites our diverse employee community.
Promoting a dynamic, diverse and resilient workplace at VMware includes a focus on hiring military veterans. Through their training and shared life experiences, veterans often possess certain capabilities and a similar work ethic that lead to contributions that move VMware forward. The program’s goals include:
- Increasing the hiring and retention of military candidates
- Engaging in focused attraction and outreach/awareness recruiting activities
- Including best practices in all interviews – managers are knowledgeable about military hiring in VMware and promote positive messages that can propagate in the market
- Ensuring team commitment to participate in military hiring recruiting initiatives and events
- Providing military hiring-focused training to all VMware managers, recruiters and interviewers
Student STEM Initiatives
At VMware, we understand the importance of getting students excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects early in their academic careers. We believe that by fostering hands-on experiences with VMware products and interacting with the brightest minds in the industry, we can encourage students to study these areas and become as passionate about the future of technology as we are. Our student outreach efforts include partnership building, collaboration, event participation and sponsorship with the following organizations at the international, national and regional levels:
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society
- Anita Borg Institute and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
- BCS Women Lovelace Colloquium
- Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology
- CATALYST Member
- First Bytes High School Summer Camp, The University of Texas at Austin Computer Science Department
- Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (Great Minds in STEM)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s High School Women’s Technology Program
- Out for Undergrad Technology Conference
- The Center for Minorities and Students with Disabilities in IT
- Stanford University Clayman Gender Institute Corporate Member
- Women in Technology International (WITI)
Equal Employment Opportunities and E-Verify at VMware
As an equal opportunity employer, VMware is committed to a dynamic and diverse workforce. If you have a disability that hinders your ability to apply for an open job online, please contact Human Resources at (650)-842-9200 or fax a request to: (866)-246-0923. E-Verify Federal law requires VMware to confirm the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. VMware will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information for each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. See following links provide further details: