Just in case someone else has the issue of the menus not showing up in Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and VMware Workstation 10.0.4. Simple problem: The only menu item that shows up is File. The rest are there if you click on File and drag the mouse to the right but you cannot, it seemed to me, to be able to click where you think the menu item should be.
Anyway, I found the solution in the VMware Communities site in post https://communities.vmware.com/thread/414748. The issue is according to the post is that Workstation’s /usr/bin/vmware-xdg-detect-de detects GNOME but there are some packages missing. The solution is to install the extra packages (large) via:
apt-get install mint-meta-mate mint-meta-cinnamon