VMware started off as a good company, but then I started noticing that when it came to working your way up the ladder, it was only the friends of management that would go places. Eventually you would see people groveling at managements feet to get on their good side so they can move up in the ranks. This made for a very difficult environment as people would snitch on each other, bad mouth people, and do anything it took to get in the managements good books.
Every time there was an opportunity for advancement you would just need to see who is making the manager coffee, or carrying their laptop bag from the car to see who was going to get it.
It was like watching an episode of the office. If they told a joke, and you weren't laughing, you'd better hope there were no layoffs to be had.
Eventually management hired all their friends, and then promoted them all.
VMware was the only Monarchy I have ever worked at.