Aruba Networks Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
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Aruba Networks Chairman, President, and CEO Dominic P. Orr
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Chaos in every level of management. Disconnected from day to day realities, Scaling the current management questionable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time

    Pros

    great people, still small company feel.

    Cons

    old and stinky office buildings, lack of direction and support for key initiatives. Unjustified and questionable recent lay offs (seems they are chasing good people out). Most likely positioning company for selling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people, infrastructure, Customer Support, Better user interface and integration of your product, CEO should question and involve in hiring/firing key positions in the company. Modernize company in technology, people, buildings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. The company needs to find its North. Too many "STOP and GO, then STOP and GO"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great set of productts and technology. Great sales leadership and drive. Good potential for having a fantastic culture since the company leaders have done a great job in making people feel as Part of the whole. Great product gross margins.

    Cons

    Sadly, with so much potential, the leaders of the company have not yet found what the right org structure would look like. People are constantly pushed left and right, and in and out of projects and iniciatives. No one seems to know the diference between important and Urgent, EVERYTHING IS URGENT, even if it will sit on a desk for a few days, which is very disrupting of the work envirionment. WAY too many emails, more than I have seen in larger corporations in the past, which refelcts people's fear to make decisions. After these massive lay-off, the've lost many great talents, so it will take them a while to recover. Very low operating margins driven by a very expensive sales model in detriment of G&A expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the NORTH. Define priorioties and STICK WITH THEM. Stop the constant change of directions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great in the beginning but internal politics and new management put a damper on my experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great product and good benefits .

    Cons

    Long hours and a lazy upper management team that expects you to do the work of two

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in key areas, provide cross training and a clear path for advancement within the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place To Work Going Down The Tubes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment working with top notch engineers. Commitment to quality. Good work-life balance. Commitment to the best technology for the job.

    Cons

    New management changes are starting to erode the culture. Work-life balance is being tilted away from balance. A great deal of uncertainty about the future of products and technology. The new management seems determined to chase the best engineers out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave well enough alone, but make sure you adequately staff key areas. People start to make serious mistakes when they are doing the work of three or four people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    So much promise

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation. Lots of smart people to work with, although they all seem to be heading for the door these days.

    Cons

    Huge problems with management and their "planning" process. Basically, they can't agree on anything, keep changing directions, budgets, and generally sowing organizational chaos. Communication is very poor. Older management has been at the company for too long, and lack the perspective that comes from working more than one place at a high level. Newer management is all from very large companies and engaging in empire building.

    Recently announced record earnings, celebrated by laying off employees to "optimize". So as others have pointed out, very little job security at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a plan. Fund your plan. Measure your progress. Repeat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Enterprise centric employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Market leader in WiFi technology

    Cons

    No patience for service provider market place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The opportunity for service providers takes more commitment and patience than you all have shown you are capable of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Poor middle management is a historical problem that never gets resolved.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous equity compensation; flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Frequent change of management and company direction/strategy. In terms of hiring and promotion, this company swings from one extreme to another. I've witnessed a bunch of director level employees let go because of complaints that they don't do enough work. Then those positions are filled with the most hardworking individual who has zero management skills and don't know how to build a team, how to delegate, how to scale the work, commanding every work details to their personal taste at the sacrifice of their direct reports happiness without real improvements in the quality of work products. The end result is that the company is still suffering talent retention issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the people you want to promote to management role before you actually promote them; part of the reviews for people managers need to come from his/her direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Everything except technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have to really think about it so I guess there is nothing outstanding anymore. On second thought, work from home is acceptable to extreme limits where fortunate ones need to show up once a week.

    Cons

    Too much of work but the rewards depends on the personal equation with management. Lots of talk can take you place. Good place if you can talk well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Disorganized Young Company

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Intern - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Aruba Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with some interesting stuff and the employee perks are not too bad

    Cons

    Some of the supervisors are limited in their knowledge and the don't have great teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people (new and senior) to add input to new products. Also, hire people for particular jobs and stop trusting other companies with the projects (stop outsourcing projects, aka pcb layout and design).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great potential but reactive and sales driven

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Executive management has their finger on the pulse of the industry and know where the company should be going
    Wireless and mobile are hot spaces ready for innovation and growth
    Financials of the company are strong
    Top employees are highly rewarded.

    Cons

    Innovation is stifled by a never-ending parade of fire drills to add new features to make one potential customer happy.
    Engineering management lacks the ability to realistically plan
    Workload is very high and recognition for success is only financial

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced engineering managers at all levels to realistically plan and execute on release cycles. Develop programs to publicly recognize success and innovation in addition to financial rewards. Explicitly and publicly assign roles and responsibilities so everyone know their job and how it fits into the entire company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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