Telling me it's an image, is of little use. What is the image based on? Is it RedHat/Fedora, CentOS, Suse/OpenSuse? Once you find that out, the forums of your specific distro might be better suited to tell how to install and run VLC.
Further, have you considered that maybe the image your company made is not pointed toward standard repos, but their own internal repos? Maybe that's why you can't get VLC installed, as it's simply not there on your company's repos. Perhaps the IT department somehow made sure such things as VLC aren't installed for productivity reasons?
In any case, if you can't install VLC, your system has enough problems without trying to run windows software. It is also much better to run native software, unless you a very good reason not to. Trying to compensate your current problems installing VLC with windows software, isn't a good reason.
Would I be right thinking you're very new to Linux? If so, perhaps you should look for a distro more friendly to newcomers (like Ubuntu, Mint, and I do like OpenSuse if you want .rpm instead of .deb), as clearly what you're using isn't helping you much.