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Updated 17 July 2018
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Pros
  • "great work life balance and vacation policy" (in 117 reviews)

  • "good work environment, good management" (in 70 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. "Arm - great company to work for"

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

    I worked at Arm full-time

    Pros

    Well paid
    Good company culture
    Company is doing very well
    Generous benefits
    Not as corporate as they could be

    Cons

    Still quite corporate
    Very large company, it's easy to feel like a small fish

    Advice to Management

    Make people feel empowered

    Arm Response

    18 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Many thanks for taking the time to give us constructive feedback.

    There are a number of very valuable positives which you cite about working at Arm, all of which contribute to a healthy working... More

  3. "VP of Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President, Marketing in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Vice President, Marketing in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great range of experience across global market place. Early access to new technologies

    Cons

    Bit slow at address key issues

    Advice to Management

    Don't let things lie unresolved


  4. "engineer director"

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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of good colleagues to learn from

    Cons

    The company is getting bigger and the support services could be improved

    Arm Response

    11 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Hi,
    I realize the impact leaders can have and leading by example is where it needs to start. It’s important you feel empowered to provide constructive feedback to your management team to help them... More


  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourages employees to participate in open source, conferences etc.
    Flexible working hours.
    Good cash awards.
    Hacking days, Sabbatical.

    Cons

    Not many promotion opportunities and poor guidance on how to achieve a promotion.
    A tendency to use open source or acquire rather than building IP in-house.
    Technical challenges are few.
    Too many managers.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce number of managers. Merge some of the management roles (line manager, product manager, project manager, engineering manager).
    Promote people if they are eligible. Otherwise, give them good feedback on how to improve.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A shadow of its former self"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Sales in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great individuals to work with

    Cons

    If you're not 'arm shaped' don't bother... How's that for diversity!

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the nepotism, get back to the basics, stop believing your own hype

    Arm Response

    18 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Many thanks for your feedback. It is really good to hear that you remember positively some of the people and team mates you worked with.

    With regards to Arm only hiring people who are ‘Arm... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Politics"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy job clock in and clock out, some of the benefits of the wider company e.g. bonus.

    Cons

    No chance of promotion unless you know the right people, IT a very political and hostile function. Politics, politics, politics...... did I mention politics?

    Advice to Management

    Review IT from top to bottom

    Arm Response

    4 Jul 2018 – Talent Acquisition Senior Specialist

    On behalf of CIO:

    Thank you for leaving feedback, and sorry that Arm is not working well for you at the moment.

    Given the dynamic and demanding nature of our business, there is a lot for us to... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "it is OK"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, South West England, England
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and compensation
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    If you are not working for CPU or GPU team, you are always at risk
    Top management is not good
    Worked on lots of useless stuff
    Lots of politics

    Arm Response

    9 Jul 2018 – Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thank you for sharing your views. We are at a stage in our growth where we are making changes to scale up our organisation to take on new challenges so your feedback on how you are experiencing this... More


  9. "A lot of good things going on"

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

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

    Pros

    From an engineering point of view, Arm is a very collaborative place. There are very very smart people willing to help everybody to provide the best results. I would say this is the most precious asset of the company.

    Arm is investing in many areas and trying to expand its profit areas. As a side-effect it creates many opportunities for current employees.

    There are a lot of interesting benefits and training opportunities. I appreciate the company is interested in listening to (sometimes very curious) employees needs and do their best to keep everybody happy in the benefits package.

    Cons

    The internal conference/meetings/message communicator, does not work. IT is messy, really not good.

    Salary is below the average.

    Advice to Management

    Don't leave the company to get too bureaucratic and don't allow the number of **middle management** levels to be out of control!

    SfB needs a drastic change soon or - please - replace it. It is not helping the teams do accomplish remote work properly.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not enough focused on execution"

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

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

    Pros

    Good name on CV. Opportunity to work on latest technology which has become a de facto standard in quite a few markets. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Software is not the main focus of the company, but just something that comes "free" with the hardware IP's. Hence there is an evident lack of focus on execution as no pressure comes from (not) having SW products that need to be sold to customers. Recently the company is trying to market itself as not only an HW company but the culture is too distant from US big names (Google, Facebook, Microsoft) and also from US based, product focused semiconductor companies such as Broadcom or Qualcomm. The SW teams are also hugely involved in political games between managers, poor communication with other groups, frequent reorganisations to shuffle managers around resulting in projects being abandoned and people frequently jumping from project to project.
    Compensation is improving but not enough for the Cambridge area.

    Advice to Management

    Create a dedicated SW organisation, and avoid having many different SW groups around working on the slightly different flavours of the same field. Create uniform (lightweight) processes for SW, it's not your usual HW business.


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