VMware employee here. What happens if you were hired to work remotely and there is no office nearby? Will you be forced out and be on the target list for early rounds of layoffs?
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Believe it or not Broadcom has a policy for this. Outside direct customer facing roles, justifiably talented people working on high value tasks can be made remote if they are more than an hour each way from the office.
You'll need a very supportive manager that has a good relationship with HR to make it happen. They are spending political capital vouching for you so don't sc--w it up.
It depends on your role, where you live, and how long you have been with the company. If you're not near an office currently, in R&D, and you are senior, you might survive initially. Then it is up to you to prove your are valuable. Hock likes engineering in the office, but is more open to other positions being remote. He even allows remote engineers, if they are highly ranked and senior. But it is not a guarantee. He has expressed his displeasure at the number of people not coming in to the main VMWare offices in the Bay area. If you are local to those offices, don't expect to be WFH.
Another thing. Hock does not like hybrid WFH. You are either remote, or you come in. You can WFH if you need to be home for a reason, but two or three days in the office each week is generally frowned upon.
It will be on a case by case basis, and your management will have to justify each case. It is not impossible though, and plenty of people in my org continue to be remote although there was the similar scare of RTO or layoff before acquisition.
They are very big on people being in the office. Would guess that you would be high on the list.
My company was aquired by Broadcom, and one day they just shut down the entire "Support" department for our product and outsourced it to a completely different company. They do not enjoy being in the support business.
Magic eight ball says.... (without knowing location, exact terms, role, tenure or shoe size) ... Ask again later.
See you in the northern territory