With over 100 offices located throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring industry-changing IT innovations to life. Get a flavor for how our employees work together to bring VMware Palo Alto’s culture to life. And learn about where our Palo Alto site stands today as it drives what’s next. This is part two of a two part series highlighting our Palo Alto, California headquarters.


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As VMware’s world headquarters, the Palo Alto site houses over 3,700 employees in teams across Engineering, Finance, IT, Legal, Channel, Marketing, Sales, Tech Pubs, Professional Services, Human Resources, Global Support Services (GSS) and Product Management/Marketing. This allows for an abundance of meaningful work involving both in-person and virtual teams of global contributors. On a product side, continued work on Software-defined Data Center (SDDC), Hybrid Cloud and End User Computing (EUC) continues to move forward at full force with global collaboration as a constant.

Culture in action at the Palo Alto site 

Being environmentally and socially responsible is important at VMware and especially in Palo Alto. Our Palo Alto campus is infused with energy efficient and sustainable materials that are Cal Green and LEED certified. From eco-friendly landscaping and design, waste diversion, composting and an e-waste disposal for employees, we are taking big steps every day to do our part and respect our planet.

Workplace perks are important as well. We promote a dynamic environment where people can grow, enjoy the employee community and feel the comforts of home while working to solve our customers’ most pressing IT problems. Our people enjoy healthy snacks and subsidized meals in our Promontory, Creekside and Hilltop cafes, take exercise breaks at our state of the art gym, professionally develop through Tech Talks and other internal development resources and attend employee events such as Friday Bash, Product Release events and the Chinese New Year and Diwali Celebrations.

Friday Bashes have been a part of VMware culture as long as anyone can remember. They started as a way for people to gather at the end of the workweek to relax, collaborate on projects and get to know each other. This still stands true today, however as the company has grown we have been able to add in fun themes, food and music into the mix with the help of Global Employee Programs, Real Estate & Workplace, Bon Appetit and the various organizations and individuals who give back to make VMware an exciting place to work. More recently we have hosted Friday Bashes around Earth Day, St. Patrick’s Day and the turtles in our Promontory pond. To learn more about how the turtles came to be at our Promontory pond check out Jeff Goodall’s blog post here.

Our people also value giving back. Through the VMware Foundation, VMware people have an opportunity to contribute to and make a difference in the communities where we live and work. Earlier this year, we celebrated our inner geek and giving back on Pi Day (March 14). In Palo Alto, we hosted a fair where employees could learn more from 30 local nonprofits about how they can use their skills for service learning. Employees not only attended, but also staffed some of the booths, representing the nonprofits that they are passionate about. Check out Anish’s story about the day and his service with the India Literacy Project.

So…What’s Next?

As we look to the future, our people will continue to define what’s next in SDDC, EUC and Hybrid Cloud. VMware also continues to invest in its people and workplace and look forward to connecting with future innovators that are passionate, driven and inspired by the opportunity to learn and contribute something back to the broader community.


*Content Contributors: Judy Phung, Mimi Finkel Schulz, Jessamine Chin and Jeff Goodall




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