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Arm Engineer Reviews

Updated 4 Jan 2020

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4.1
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Arm Chief Executive Officer Simon Segars
Simon Segars
234 Ratings
  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time for less than a year

    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)

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    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.

    Arm2019-12-20
  2. "Exciting and fun company, great leadership, really caring for it's people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environments to work in, feels like a Google or Amazon Good people team, managers really care about careers and nurturing The Culture is interesting - see Cons also! - people are encouraged to try new things and collaboration is essential, it's a fun place to work, everyone is engaged and inclusive. Competitive Salary Good non Salary rewards (a FlexPot of 4.5k to spend on health, finance makes it easy to join the Gym!) Very easy to move between departments

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    Cons

    Getting things done across and sometimes within groups requires a lot of energy, project management and commitment seem to be lacking in some parts of the organisation. I think this is part cultural as people can be easily distracted and projects not well defined/funded.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the basic needs of the groups are supplied as a rock solid service, Platforms, IT, Network, People, Training, Help with adopting new methodologies such as Agile, Project Management - all these should be much better organised for a big company like this.

    Arm2019-12-30
  3. "Graphics software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good compensation Flexible hours Smart people around to learn from

    Cons

    Changing teams within the company is more challenging than it should be.

    Arm2019-12-23
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to work - but need to improve salaries for UK"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    very good culture, smart people

    Cons

    salary rates - unfair policies

    Advice to Management

    please have a look to appreciate people's work, not ambitions only. some people get fast to promotion just because they are asking for it not because they deserve it. this creates a lot of frustration among other colleagues who work hard.

    Arm2019-11-19
  5. "Enjoyable, a little boring"

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    Current Intern - Hardware Applications Engineering in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good environment - Chilled dress code - Lots of other young people - Lots of opportunity to move around

    Cons

    - Work got a little boring in my group -

    Arm2019-12-16
  6. Helpful (9)

    "More focus, more technical work and innovation, and less managers"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Recognised name in the industry. Access to state-of-the-art hardware and software years before official releases. Opportunity to get in touch with a large amount of big names in the industry and build relationships.

    Cons

    Mostly no products - no focus at all on execution and delivery Lot of duplicated work between teams, almost absent communications between groups working on the same things - eventually this leads to re-organisations and layoffs Incredible amount of middle managers and self-declared tech leads who don't really lead anything, apart for their career in some safe spot. You can pass your day basically doing nothing and nobody will ever complain, unless you don't get along with the management, than they will pick on you on the next round of layoffs Went downhill since Softbank acquisition, as Softbank is either using Arm for financial/political reasons or they don't have a clue of what to do with it - basically late on every possible market expansion opportunity apart from mobile (AI, servers, autonomous driving, etc). Lots of inexperienced hires doing fundamental technical work, hence the work created on top of that will be flawed. No exit interview.

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    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of managers (tech leads, directors, senior directors). Stop hiring just graduates to do the work - this reflects in the quality of your final

    Arm2019-11-23
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Highly Unprofessional Work Ethics with No Long Term Planning of the Management"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Core CPU group is good place to work from learning point of view

    Cons

    1.Highly immature and unprofessional HR 2.Management does not know about future goals, they just hit everything in dark 3.Highly unstable non CPU business which kicks on and kick off every 2-3 years 4.Managment has no transparency, expect the unexpected every once a while. 5.College, University type work culture where your manager will be competing with you. 6.Learning inter-departmental skills are not encouraged, otherwise be ready to face the wrath of the manager. 7.Employees aren't the values, they are just used.

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    Advice to Management

    Respect the employees by telling the truth about all the situations which company goes through.

    Arm2019-12-07
  8. "• Developing, testing and maintaining high speed software models for Arm’s advanced CPU and system level IP."

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    Current Intern - Graduate Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Arm

    Pros

    Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate.

    Cons

    I don't know, as i have not been accepted yet

    Arm2019-12-02
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Political Mess"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can put your feet up Can blag your way through meetings Can get good connections since many engineers "move up" to better companies.

    Cons

    - A hot political mess and dysfunctional. Management injected into everything for the sake of it just because there is a requirement to double headcount. These people just pass the same message around all week in an infinite loop then go home at 3pm on Friday - Same amount of work before the buyout, less time given to do it, and with more people. Everyone is therefore competing for work and really doing very little, and being constantly monitored on every task. "We are AGILE" is the usual condescending excuse. - The revenue is NOT increasing, in fact it is dropping. But because of the acquisition this has enabled the internal structures to sneer at anyone who dare criticise how bad the culture is and promotions for all the "yes-men" who roll over for belly rubs. - Rampant presenteeism. Despite everyone doing very little work beyond the main flagship products, everyone needs to be at their desk a lot to make it seem like they are doing something. It's as if the executives could walk in any moment, but they are in the US polishing their new tesla. - Micro-management. Managers will be assigned to everything, they will now be dictating everything through their medieval torture tool known as JIRA. This has killed off every inclination for engineers to actually innovate, and led to pedantic workers and attrition of really well respected people. The solution is to over-hire graduates and just throw them into the fold. - Tribalism. Like any "diverse" culture you will just see pockets of a few specific nationalities. The older employees are less tribal but the constant dysfunction has made people inward thinking. This leads to a lot of clear bias if you have the misfortune of not being the correct nationality.

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    Advice to Management

    You've bottled it.

    Arm2019-12-17
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Big company with big problems"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary for the market. Possibility to work with very high-end technologies. Long career in the company if you survive the managers scrutiny.

    Cons

    Full of arrogant mid-managers that never opened a design in life. Your experience really depends on your manager, and not all of them follow the HR recommendations, mainly the older ones. Many departments operate in silos. If you had a problem with your manager, you're screwed because that goes to your profile and it will reflect on your whole working life in the company. Every 5 years they purge the system and promote massive layoffs. In 2018, 200 people were "invited" to leave the company. The company has massively changed since SoftBank takeover, mostly for bad.

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    Advice to Management

    When you do layoffs, leave the employees at least say good by to the work colleagues, not be escorted out by security returning immediately your badge.

    Arm2019-10-22
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