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Updated 20 September 2018
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Pros
  • "people work life balance city great office" (in 122 reviews)

  • "good work environment, good management" (in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • "bad work life balance / stressful most of the time" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Company is growing extremely fast" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "An Excellent Place to Be Your Excellent Self"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Scrum Master 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

    Very much a culture of inclusiveness and a feeling of belonging. Just about every culture and country is represented in the office and it's a thriving multi-cultural environment.
    Management are supportive, trusting and actively encourage personal development.
    Many little touches add up into making working here a very enjoyable place; food, refreshments, pizza night - I could go on.

    Cons

    The department is still going through a period of change and increasing head count so it's not always easy to remain focused.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - keep trusting your staff and developing them.

    Arm Response

    11 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thanks for sharing your experience here and it’s great to hear about the areas we do well! Trust is a key element in a progressive organisation. As we continue to grow it is important to keep sharing... More


  2. "Graduate Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Project Manager 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

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Quite a lot of change on-going at time of writing, so a little turbulence but change is necessary

    Arm Response

    14 Sep 2018 – Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Hi,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review, we are always interested in hearing what our people are thinking as it is a way for us to learn and change if need be.

    It is great that... More

  3. "Generally good, but very little transparency around salary"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer 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

    Good workplace culture, good benefits, good events.

    Cons

    Little transparency in salary discussions, very poor onboarding process.


  4. "ARM software developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Software 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

    good environment interesting tasks good team with great experience

    Cons

    no flexible working time low salary


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Could be great, but increasingly crippled by internal politics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Quite laid back culture. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    The organisation is split into two areas of power - what might be termed as "Classic Arm" and "New Arm". Each of these are themselves split into several smaller fiefdoms. Communication between all these groups is almost non existent, and the general culture tends to be mutual distrust and suspicion. This culture extends to all levels of the company.

    The result is an inability to execute on any cohesive strategy, duplication of work, gaps, and missed opportunities. Attempts to improve in a way which crosses these boundaries often run into an internal political buzzsaw.

    Management is concentrated in the US, isolated and sometimes out of touch with most of the worldwide engineering organisation. Career advancement beyond a certain point is generally based on your ability to play political games, and unrelated to the delivery of customer value or innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the culture before it's too late. Time for another restructuring, and remove at least one layer of management.

    Arm Response

    20 Sep 2018 – Global Talent Brand Manager

    Many thanks for taking the time out to write a review. Our People team work hard to ensure we remain competitive with our compensation and benefits offering, your recognition of this is appreciated... More


  6. "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer 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

    Everyone is sociable and willing to help you
    Work that it is done is very intriguing

    Cons

    The company is too big, maybe too much bureaucracy


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Less managers, please"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting work, but it really depends on how lucky you are and your team.
    - Flexible life/work balance. Again, this may depend on your team. Some teams are under a lot of pressure while others don't do anything and nobody seems to care. Go figure.
    - You can find good engineers passionate about their jobs...

    Cons

    - You can find good engineers passionate about their jobs... that is, until they see how the company actually works, and they run for their lives. Good engineers are attracted by the name of the company but don't stay for long.

    In Arm, an engineering company, engineers are considered second-class citizens. Don't expect to have a technical career in this company. Unless you become part of the management Arm considers that you don't add any value to the company, and they will pay you accordingly. Technical skill isn't valued. The only thing they value here is how well you play their politics game. It's not uncommon for great engineers to be stuck for 10 years in their role because they refuse to play their game.

    Managers hire managers in order to have more meetings and hire more managers because they can't go to all meetings and promote themselves because now they manage several managers and they are too busy and they need to hire more managers to go to meetings for them. Managers that are only interested in playing their politics games rather than getting anything done, of course. There's a reason why the productivity in the UK is so low.

    Some employees say there are some teams in which the company behaves in a sane way; others say it's just a legend and that the employees actually left to a different company...

    Also, instead of giving you a payrise like normal people they give you a "flexpot" that you can only use for whatever the HR team wants. Do you want to ride a horse or get a massage? Sure. Do you simply want to save the money in your bank account? Nope.

    Advice to Management

    Less management. Just fire managers until this company makes sense again, if it ever did.

  8. "Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, plenty of opportunities to explore and grow, Flexible working hours, Paid maternity, good benefits

    Cons

    the salary is not so competitive

    Advice to Management

    Increasing the base package will be a great motivation.

    Arm Response

    13 Sep 2018 – Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Hi,

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback, its great to hear that we are doing so much right. We have really worked hard on our core beliefs and benefit package so it's good to see that... More


  9. "Arm Ltd - employee review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Software Developer 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

    High trust working environment
    Pace of work is fast and ever changing
    Ability to second/swap into a different role after doing the job you've been at the company for a year or two.
    Fully flexible working
    Personal and professional development supported and encouraged
    Generous holiday allowance (and ability to buy an extra 5 days a year)
    Great quality summer and Christmas parties

    Cons

    A lot of new people at the company so can be hard to get questions answered/ know what correct process should be.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of internal applications lying around -a number of systems seem to serve the same purpose and legacy systems are slow to be deprecated


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent benefits package, never had better.
    - Flexable working, Working from Home allowed.
    - Working on green field tech.
    - Management actually listen to feedback and implement change.
    - Opportunity for learning (courses, conferences)

    Cons

    - I can see no negatives to working here.

    Arm Response

    2 Aug 2018 – Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience of Arm. We appreciate your feedback on how you are experiencing the comprehensive and integrated rewards here such as engaging projects and learning... More


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