Arm Reviews

Updated 4 Jul 2020

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4.2
86%
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Arm Chief Executive Officer Simon Segars
Simon Segars
599 Ratings
Pros
  • "Working on technology that is transforming the world whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance(in 181 reviews)

  • "amazing location and work environment(in 98 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very Cambridge-focussed, but Manchester's growth is changing that(in 67 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance might be tricky in some positions although may not be a problem if you enjoy what you are doing(in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (7)

    "Great workplace"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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)

    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)

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  2. "No better place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, pay, challenge, development

    Cons

    They want their pound of flesh. Some team members get an easy ride

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  3. "Good balance, interesting jobs"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some smart colleagues, good pay, interesting job

    Cons

    Some colleagues were difficult to interact with

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible working environment is fantastic, technical leadership feels lacking"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours - Strong culture of trust - Easy to take on more responsibility - Options to second internally and try out other roles

    Cons

    - There is a gap between new junior talent and management, very few/no senior technical staff to lead and grow others in some areas

  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Not everyone's cup of tea"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time

    Pros

    - Pay and perks are great! Bonuses and awards spread out throughout the financial year - Collaborative culture, even across offices and countries - Plenty of volunteering opportunities - Relaxed office culture with a casual dress code and games in the office (In Cambridge: Xbox, shuffleboard, table football) - Opportunity to work with different teams, international secondments and internal transfers are common

    Cons

    Arm senior leadership means well and are very supportive (especially during a crisis like COVID-19) but the culture at Arm just does not promote excellence. If you are mildly ambitious and looking for a cushy job that will give you a fantastic work-life balance and sense of security, Arm is just the place for you. For ambitious and driven people, working at Arm can be draining and staying too long can make you feel like you’ve hit a dead end. This feeling mainly stems from poor middle management and seeing people you wouldn’t consider particularly good at their jobs consistently be promoted. Making noise with no substance is often (unintentionally) heralded at Arm. That said, Arm is recognised in the industry as a breeding ground for young talent and serves as a springboard to industry giants like Intel and Apple. Arm does have it’s share of mavericks who manage to shrewdly avoid internal politics and ignore the general lack of quality. These rare gems manage to carve their own path and become successful in the true sense of the word. The graduates Arm hires often have a lot of potential and a fire in their eyes but too many of them have the flames doused by the time they hit their one-year anniversary at the company. Arm can and should do better to improve quality standards and their definition of the core value ‘be your brilliant self’.

  6. "Best company ever"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time

    Pros

    Top engineers, top people management, great culture from the top down to employees.

    Cons

    None that I'm aware of

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Complete Facade"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    relatively laid back no need to be ambitious if you aren't

    Cons

    ARM cannot plan a project to save their lives, flagship projects regularly slip, the entire Android ecosystem is falling behind as management continues to take on technical debt and let key employees go out of arrogance. Key projects are relying on people whom you can see fading mentally as each week and month passes. Company just crushes these people into dust just to meet the next project milestone. Many have left for better pastures. Some people aren't as good as they like to think, they are smart in one particular niche and that niche is considered the only way to be smart, therefore key points of view are lost. Flagship teams are worshipped (by themselves) and look down on those smaller projects in the portfolio. Smaller projects that actually deliver on time are ignored as a result since they aren't deemed "cool". The company is trying to expand its revenue streams and markets yet the internal culture is extremely against any new points of view or ways of doing things. It feels as if you have been hired just to meet a headcount quota and this could be seriously true, Unless you hit every stereotype and cliche that makes a modern tech employee you are never going to fit in. The company claims diversity but everyone just hires the same clone from the same alma matter over and over. "Be your brilliant self" but only in the ways we have deemed to be "brilliant". Company management prefers Indian labor. Regularly people with ~5 years experience are imported for entry level positions. Unless you fit in with a tribe expect gaslighting, patronising and double speak from every interaction with management lines.

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  8. Helpful (18)

    "Motivating work culture"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with latest tech trends. My team is amazing and very encouraging. Lot of new training programs and opportunities to attend conferences.

    Cons

    Nothing I have felt so far.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Arm"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Director in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Employees and leadership live the core beliefs - Interesting/challenging work - Career development - Focus on early careers development and growth - Long term growth strategy - Flexibility - Incredible workplace facilities and tech

    Cons

    - must stay committed to hiring people that demonstrate the core beliefs through rapid growth

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  10. "My experience at ARM"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance. Sustainable business model. Job security is good.

    Cons

    I did not find any such thing.

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