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Updated 14 January 2019
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Pros
  • "people work life balance city great office" (in 144 reviews)

  • "Arm offers a great work environment with a good work-life balance" (in 81 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance might be tricky in some positions although may not be a problem if you enjoy what you are doing" (in 23 reviews)

  • "The company is growing very fast for the last few years might face challenges to keep the company culture" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time

    Pros

    Great Technology being developed
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    The increasing presence of politics in the company can be distracting


  2. "Arm in Cambridge"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time

    Pros

    Lovely company to work for with good flexible working options in many departments.

    Cons

    Company is facing some growing strains as it transitions from a UK based tech company to a more Global company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not that bad"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Loughborough, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Loughborough, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - good work-life balance
    - interesting projects

    Cons

    - lack of transparency on promotions and raises.
    - lots of project changes, reorganizations, redundancies


  4. "Very pleased"

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    Current Employee - Digital Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Digital Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Arm are a good employer. Salaries are competitive, and there are other bonuses and personal investment funds that are easy to use. On the right project, work is interesting and varied. I would recommend Arm as an employer without hesitation.

    Cons

    Arm is turbulent at the moment. Several rounds of redundancy following recent acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hold of good staff!


  5. "Wonderful company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Working with experts
    Wealth of progression
    Benefits package
    Culture
    Company mission

    Cons

    Base salary as part of the total package should be higher


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software developer - Imaging group Manchester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and bonus scheme.

    Cons

    Useless management, no clear plan for future, very toxic atmosphere.
    Latest great idea from brilliant management is moving office from Loughborough to Manchester.
    If you're by any chance desperate enough to look for a job there, think about this:
    - All management (from line managers above) is only looking after their own "performance reviews", if one of them do something wrong, they will all cover for each other from HQ,
    - There are more management then engineers, and there are always some rearrangements in hierarchy, every time they wanna cut cost of R&D they will get rid of engineers, not management (this is company-wide issue),
    - IT support is useless, overall IT security is joke (can't give more details on this one here),
    - You'll get brainwashed by "we not i", "be your brilliant self" and other mission statements, in a form of meetings from HR people, and no one really knows what it stands for and how to apply it, it one of skills of HR people which is wasting engineers time,
    - Also as someone once said you'll get career plan review, where you'll talk to HR person who just graduated and have no real work experience and they are supposed to help plan your career.

    Advice to Management

    Please spare us "we're sorry you feel like that" answers, no one are buying it.
    You already know what i mentioned above.

    Arm Response

    9 Jan 2019 – Director Global Talent Acquisition

    I am really sorry to hear about your experience.

    We do not always get things right, but we do work hard to try and create a great employee experience for everyone, at every grade, that works at... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice relaxed atmosphere, great benefits.

    Cons

    Slow moving organisation, put too much focus on building consensus.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Feelings"

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    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, great quality of life. e.g finishing at 16:00 on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Taking design authority guidance from IT Architects that have less knowledge than I do with Windows and server\cloud infrastructure. Look up some of the Architects for the company on linkedin you will see next to no technical certifications and a career history certainly that shows they are out of their depth. Having to take advice from these people that know far less than I do is not typical in other organisations.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to workers not IT management that are out of their depth and building empires at the expense of the wider IT.


  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office, people and benefits

    Cons

    Working in a silos without visibility


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Demands from management are increasing, and so is technical debt"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positively British culture, hard-working HR with employees' genuine best interests at heart. Excellent first start for graduates including critical networking opportunities for making connections across the company. New offices are comfortable and modern, as are the amenities. Strong personal connections between many managers and their employees, particularly amongst younger teams, and many cross-company contacts make it easy to find somebody with an answer to your questions (work or personal).

    Cons

    The recent hiring limitations are putting strain on teams already stretched thin, and a lack of compensation and recognition amongst hard workers lower down the food chain is breeding widespread contempt. Numerous projects suffer from the bus factor, and overly ambitious sprints and bureacracy leave little to no room for addressing arising technical debt in many projects.

    Compensation is good but the rapidly-rising cost of living in Cambridge is likely to become completely unsustainable for graduate hiring, which now seems to make up 99% of all hiring in CE-OSS - another time sink for stretched engineers - and for most employees in their 20s it is not financially feasible to see through the life goals that many older engineers saw through in their own 20s.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the technical debt invisible to you - it is absolutely critical to the productivity of your engineers that they be able to spend time doing regular maintenance on a project. Sprint work should not consist entirely of new features, and the longer you leave low-priority issues, the longer it will take to address them when they inevitably become blockers.