VMware is expanding its Bellevue office near Microsoft

by Ashley Stewart | October 10, 2018 | Puget Sound Business Journal

VMware plans to double the size of the cloud-computing company’s Bellevue office.

The company signed a lease for more than 18,000 square feet inside the City Center Bellevue building, VMware confirmed. It’s enough space to double VMware’s Seattle-area workforce.

“We recognize the quality of the technical talent and cloud expertise that we can find in the Bellevue and Seattle area,” VMware spokesman Michael Thacker said.

VMware declined to disclose its local headcount. Nearly 300 LinkedIn users list VMware as their employer, though profile information isn’t always up to date. The company has 22 open positions in Bellevue listed on the company’s website, but it may be hiring for more than one person per position.

Thacker declined to disclose the total size of VMware’s Bellevue office, but it’s likely at least 36,000 square feet. The Broderick Group’s most recent Eastside real estate report lists a lease for 18,260 square feet, while a 2013 Colliers International report lists a sublease for 18,561 square feet in City Center in 2013.

Thacker said the latest lease is for an additional floor in the building.

VMWare’s office is near Microsoft’s City Center Plaza office. Longtime rivals, Microsoft and VMware started collaborating in 2015 and now have a “partnership at all levels – from research and development to executive,” according to VMware. City Center Bellevue, VMware’s building, is a 27-story tower at 500 108th Ave. N.E. and City Center Plaza, where Microsoft has an office, is a 26-story tower next to it at 555 110th Ave. NE.

Thacker said VMWare’s Bellevue office is a “research and development center of excellence and innovation hub.”

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