Something is seriously wrong here.
There is a good chance that vmware doens't report correct dpi, throwing things off. Check this out: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo ... rted_fonts
Additionally, I *strongly* recommend installing the freetype2-infinality or freetype2-ubuntu (with the associated cairo-ubuntu etc) packages and setting font hinting to 'slight'. The ubuntu patches need no configuration - install, set hintslight and you are ready. The infinality patches can provide slightly better quality but need more configuration (otherwise fonts will not look good). Both options result in *significantly* better quality than the default font renderer.
(Just my 2cc - typing this from Arch right now!)