Arm Work Life Balance FAQ

Read what Arm employees think about work life balance at the company and make sure this fits your lifestyle. Employees have questions about everything from the work from home policy, overtime and flexibility.

Arm has a work life balance rating of 4.3.

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6 English questions out of 6

19 December 2019

What is working from home like at Arm?

Pros

- Very nice people to work with, mostly with a good sense of community - Visa sponsorship and relocation support was a big deal for me - They gave me an amazing computer to work on (P720 ThinkStation) - Plenty of freedom to work - No hassle with the time you arrive or go home as long as you put the hours - There are cases of colleagues that are long time stablished company employees that work from home and others that want to move to another city the company is in and they allow it - There are cash bonuses, but that's like several different bonuses that get combined at different times of the year - Quiet and relaxed workplace. No dress code (except for meetings or events). - Free bus to work from certain places - Generous FlexPot to allow you to spend money on personal wellbeing and then they reinburse you the expense (good for non work related courses and books, sports equipement, etc.) - They did an amazing job with day one induction (most of the first day they talk about the company and the culture and organization)

Cons

- The company is big, sometimes it takes some work to understand my own role in such a huge, fast growing company. Fortunately, the people that works with me are pretty well organized. - Getting up to speed technically in your work might take some time (don´t worry, they know that and give you time, but one cannot help but feel a bit of impostor syndrome when they treat you that well)

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work.

There are cases of colleagues that are long time stablished company employees that work from home and others that want to move to another city the company is in and they allow it

19 December 2019

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4 May 2020

How is the work/life balance at Arm?

Pros

Great place to start your carrier specially in VLSI, challenging projects, great team, friendly people, good work life balance, work culture

Cons

None I can think of

Great place to start your carrier specially in VLSI, challenging projects, great team, friendly people, good work life balance, work culture

4 May 2020

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21 October 2019

What is overtime like at Arm?

Pros

* The pay is very good. Outside of Cambridge in most places you will earn a very good wage for your living costs. * The offices are nice. Standing desks, no hot-desks. Quiet environment and you are free to go to the one of many meeting rooms if you need to. It's a technology company so technical people are taken seriously.

Cons

* Poor work-life balance. Arm Manchester mainly recruits very smart young people and makes them work super hard. Most people do additional work into the evenings, either on the record or not. Most people will claim not to even though they do! This is because the level of workload that is assigned to each employee - you are not directly told to work overtime but if you don't, you will get bad performance reviews etc. * Confrontational and competitive environment. Not really a collaborative environment unless you were hired in via a referral and already have allies there. * Lack of focus on testing and quality. There is no real resourcing for testing/test quality. It is a developer-led organisation and testing is seen as an afterthought or not important in general.

Advice to Management

* Make interviews more rigorous and reduce the number of 'buddy hires' we have where people are hired through knowing someone in the organisation. This leads to a lack of diversity and tribalism. * Encourage the introverted engineers to collaborate more and not see everyone as direct competition. Build a team environment. * Make sure there is a dedicated test management hierachy, with quality being valued. This will result in better software. There are pockets of huge resistance to modern software engineering practices such as Agile and these need to be eliminated one way or another.

you are not directly told to work overtime but if you don't, you will get bad performance reviews etc.

21 October 2019

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11 September 2019

Does Arm reimburse for mileage?

Pros

People are nice and friendly, the overall atmosphere is good. Work life balance is nice

Cons

not pay so well, but has some compensations

not pay so well, but has some compensations

11 September 2019

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2 February 2021

How are flexible working hours at Arm?

Pros

Arm has a history of being a good company to work for, and as of early 2021, it still is. The company offers excellent perks, such as very flexible working hours and a very rewarding package. Work is varied and interesting, and the team is diverse and dynamic.

Cons

Promotion is sometimes slow coming.

Advice to Management

Arm is transitioning from a small company into a large multinational. As an an engineer, I can feel bureaucracy & red-tape paperwork creeping in slowly. Tasks that used to be quick and simple gradually are becoming more laboursome. Nip this in the bud, before it drives good engineers away!

The company offers excellent perks, such as very flexible working hours and a very rewarding package.

2 February 2021

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