After downloading a fresh copy of OS X El Capitan from Apple and attempting to install it in a VM, the machine boots up just fine, but none of the keyboard/mouse drivers seem to be working. I can't press Enter to select my language, and the cursor is stuck in the top-left corner.
All other versions of OS X seem to be working fine as guest VMs, so I think (but am not sure) that this might be an issue on VMware's end. Would someone else be willing to test this theory and point me in the right direction to file a bug report is this is the case?
I just found out that this also happens in OS X Yosemite guests, but only after installing the latest security update. No other versions of macOS seem to be affected by this issue (I've tested Mountain Lion - Mojave).
I haven't run into this problem with my El Capitan guest, but I did with my Yosemite guest and others have also reported it for El Capitan (perhaps due to a change in later software versions?).
It is fixed by going into the settings for the VM: choose USB & BlueTooth, reveal the Advanced USB Options and set USB Compatibility to USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0.