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Arm Staff Engineer Reviews

Updated 17 Dec 2019

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3.6
73%
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Arm Chief Executive Officer Simon Segars
Simon Segars
36 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Enough freedom to work on areas you like. Has relatively good salaries (in UK). Arm has great culture and good work life balance. Lots of initiates to make work place better.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel the politics is taking over.

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    Arm2019-07-27
  2. 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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    Arm2019-11-23
  3. 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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    Arm2019-12-07
  4. Helpful (3)

    "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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    Arm2019-12-17

    Arm Response

    January 17, 2020Global Talent Brand Manager

    I would like to firstly thank you for your honest feedback. I notice you are a current employee and I would happily pick this up with you offline. Aylin Halil - I'm based in Cambridge - please find me on Outlook.

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  5. "Overall good workplace culture but thing are sliding"

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    Current Employee - Staff Applications Engineer in Cambridge, England

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, decent salary.

    Cons

    Some short sighted policies wrt working environment. Stick between being a small company and a big one.

    Arm2019-08-20
  6. Helpful (7)

    "A big company trying to be a collection of small ones"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    A large British company, with a British attitude If on the correct site, a good campus feel

    Cons

    If you're not in one of the "cool" teams, you're easy to be ignored Has yet to learn how to take on new businesses

    Arm2019-06-17
  7. Helpful (1)

    "It's worth coming to Manchester for"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A beautiful office with many great people and only a few not so great ones. A great environment to work with a variety of projects spread between a number of teams. An employer that makes you feel wanted and valued, offering great benefits and flexibility.

    Cons

    Close to bustling Piccadilly Gardens and its users. Manchester is a pretty horrible place to commute into if you don't have a direct transport link or are dependent on your car.

    Arm2019-05-07
  8. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Scrum based project management, Development & Engineering focus and very flexible work culture.

    Cons

    A bit hard for new starter due to insufficient OJT

    Arm2019-04-27
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Administration and politics are getting more important than before. Thids is due to the company has been growing fast recently.

    Arm2019-01-24
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place full of amazing people"

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

    I have been working at Arm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Colleagues at ARM are incredible, all knowledgable, friendly and helpful. So many experts in their field available at your disposal.

    Cons

    Pay seems a bit below market average, generous RSUs used to make up for this, but no more.

    Arm2018-11-29

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