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ARM Holdings – Why Work For Us?



ARM is unique. We strive to foster a culture of honesty and accountability. We are 

open and relaxed and believe that collaboration between smart people is central to our success. As a result, ARM regularly brings together people from around the world and from different business groups through internal conferences and development programs to connect, collaborate and create together.

We believe our engineers can do anything, which is why movement through temporary assignments, rotation programs, and transfers is encouraged. This promotes cross-team and cross-divisional learning, resulting in the development of new and innovative approaches and solutions. We encourage open relationships between people and teams built on formal and informal, internal and external networks, as well as a common language, culture and set of goals. This helps each and every person in the business to be engaged in challenging, inspiring work. But we always strive to balance our hard work with a fun, inclusive culture. After all, it is through the meaningful connections we make within and between teams that we will continue to make meaningful contributions to our digital world.

ARM is a place where talented individuals can flourish within a environment that combines hard work and fun with colleagues who challenge and encourage each other to deliver their best work.


What is your career path?

ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. This means we are constantly looking for talented people who bring fresh ideas and innovative approaches to the world of the Internet of Things. We believe our engineers can do anything and as a leader in our field, continual self-betterment through reflection and feedback, coaching, training and education, is the lifeblood of personal and organizational change.

In fact, 'Personal Development' is one of our core values. We aim to promote and support the development of everyone, both individually and in teams, to achieve their potential and to undertake interesting, challenging, meaningful work that enables them to contribute to the wider success of ARM.

Hear from two ARM employees who open up about their career growth with ARM:


Join us across the following functional groups:


Here at ARM, engineering is our business. The global impact that our engineering team has is second to none. We employ the world's leading engineers in their fields of expertise. ARM engineering functions include:

  • Applications Engineering
  • Customer Support
  • Design Engineering
  • Field Applications Engineering
  • Hardware Engineering
  • Operations
  • Product Engineering
  • Project Management
  • R&D
  • Software Engineering
  • Technical Publications

Corporate Functions

The importance of ARM's corporate functions cannot be overestimated. The wide and varied roles that fall within ARM's corporate functions are:

  • Administration/Clerical
  • Audit, Facilities
  • Finance
  • HR
  • IT
  • Legal and Operations

The impact and influence that corporate functions have within ARM is highly regarded and respected within ARM's business and externally.

Sales & Marketing

The difference at ARM is that every employee is focused on the customer. In fact, one of ARM’s seven core values is 'Partner and Customer Focus'. ARM’s success is attributed to our customers and partners. The key functions responsible for driving strategic and essential relationships are: Sales, Marketing, and Communications.

With a worldwide workforce and offices in nearly a dozen countries, endless opportunities for growing your career exist everywhere.

ARM can offer you opportunities across the following divisions:


ARM is world renowned for designing energy efficient processors. These processors are the brains in billions of applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things. Working side by side with the leading technology companies across the globe, the CPU group specifies, designs and validates all of ARM’s processor IP. We are looking for the brightest and best graduate engineers to develop into the next generation of microprocessor experts to fulfil the ever growing demand for our products.

Internet of Things

Just as the digital revolution and the advent of the internet have transformed our lives and businesses over the last two decades, the Internet of Things is set to impact on the way we live and work in the years to come. ARM powered technology can make a world of things come alive by connecting together billions of everyday objects – anything from clothing and jewelry, to medical devices, household  appliances and even light bulbs. Enabling sensors, controllers, and other embedded intelligence, ARM is supporting a future where billions of devices are connected to each other, all sharing data via the Internet.

Research & Development

R&D is a big deal at ARM. We invest millions of dollars in researching and developing new products and propositions. As part of our research activities, we collaborate closely with universities right around the world. We have a number of key areas of innovation when it comes to product development. Right now we’re working on the delivery of yet more energy efficient, high-performance compute engines for both data and control applications, based on heterogeneous or symmetric multiprocessing and superscalar technology designs.

Architecture & Technology

The Architecture & Technology Group is responsible for developing technologies for ARM’s future roadmap. They innovate around processor instruction set architecture, microarchitecture and programming models. In addition to conventional CPU architectures, they work in areas including throughput compute, vector engines, many-core, configurable processors and hardware accelerators.

Development Solutions

Our Development Solutions Group tools help developers to do their job more effectively. Tools we develop include C/C++ compilers (including open source), simulation models, software debuggers and performance analysis tools developed using a wide variety of technologies and programming languages like C/C++, Java, Python and Perl. Whether implementing an ARM processor based System-on-Chip (SoC) or writing software for an Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP) or embedded microcontroller, our tools help our customers design the best solution with the highest performance and lowest power. This results in fewer risks and a faster route to market for our partners’ products which provides clear and widespread business benefits – from greater workforce productivity to a more reliable development lifecycle and more powerful product launch roadmaps.

Partner Enablement

The Partner Enablement Group helps customers to get efficient solutions to market quickly. The highly experienced Applications Engineering teams provide innovative, effective applications engineering solutions for all manner of customer design challenges. The applications engineer works like a detective, drawing on expertise from multiple areas within the support team, as well as working closely with the partner engineer submitting the support case, and sometimes engineers in the ARM design teams, to figure out the best solutions to customers’ issues. The Technical Communications department aims to provide quality, targeted content to enable customers to get the best out of ARM products. This is mainly in the form of written content, but does also extend to other media like animation and videos. Technical writers form one of the key connections between ARM engineering technical experts and customers who implement ARM IP, and therefore play a vital role in successful customer implementations. Technical Communications are also an important source of information for internal audiences such as Support and Engineering.

Physical Design

ARM develops physical IP for best-in-class processor implementations carried out by leading semiconductor companies using advanced processes to manufacture chips. ARM is already the leading provider in the field, with the most comprehensive and advanced solutions on the market. Ranging from 250nm to the latest FinFET transistor processes at 16/14nm, Physical IP designs support a wide range of chip implementation needs. As semiconductor companies rely ever more heavily on our silicon foundry partners for outsourced manufacturing, we’re in a great position for the future.

Media Processing

Everyone wants great graphics on their screens. The user interface is a critical part of so many electronic devices today. Consumers expect superior graphics from their mobile phone, digital TV, tablet computer and increasingly media player, GPS navigation and even their car. That’s why our Media Processing Group does such an important job developing hardware IP and middleware for enhanced graphics. Our partners use our multimedia IP for both 2D and 3D graphics acceleration, along with efficient video coding and decoding, to improve the interface and enhance the user experience. With the proliferation of screens in modern life showing no sign of abating, the future looks amazing for Media Processing as we bring visual computing to life at ARM.

Systems & Software

The Systems and Software Group (SSG) focuses on hardware and software integration and our expertise span many disciplines in order to cover the entire system stack from hardware design to user application space, including security. We ensure that not only do our hardware and software IP offerings work in conjunction with one another, but that interactions between each layer in the stack enhance overall system performance. These tested system solutions (software plus hardware) offer our partners the ability to exploit key architectural advancements and decrease their overall time to market. Software engineering in SSG spans many different levels and types of coding, from low-level system code (e.g. bootloaders, hypervisors, power management, security) through kernel work to JIT run-time environment and multi-tasking application tuning, with an overall drive to ensure world-class consistency and quality of code on all ARM platforms. Hardware engineering in SSG covers many system level areas including design, implementation testing and integration of hardware IP well in advance of silicon using a variety of leading-edge emulation environments, and rigorous design standards.


With a global workforce, the IT Group’s role is diverse and key to ARM’s success. The team is involved in a vast range of activities from building high performance computing infrastructures in multi-award winning green data centers, to pioneering work on new, highly efficient server architectures, through to ensuring we get the best value from leading-edge mobile computing. IT offers a two year rotation program that will give you a taste of every part of IT and help you focus your career on a specific area.


What’s it like to be a Graduate Engineer at ARM?

Mobile computing is creating technologies that have high performance capabilities – today a mobile device is like having a PC in the palm of your hand. Mobile technology is being used to make everyday objects smarter, wirelessly connected to each other and to the internet. Intelligent objects will transform the way we work, play and interact with society. At ARM, it’s the fresh ideas of graduates that help people and devices connect, innovate and create in ways that have never been possible before.

As a graduate at ARM, you’ll be working with other market leading organizations in the semiconductor, mobile, software and other markets, as well as getting to grips with real projects from the moment you join. So you can expect to contribute to exciting industry developments from the get go. Thanks to ongoing development, you’ll soon build on your knowledge and networks through a blend of formal training, reflection, feedback, on-the-job training and mentoring.

Download our 2014 Graduate and Student Recruitment Brochure


What's it like as an Intern at ARM?

Hear from some of our 2014 Interns on their experience:

Gain Valuable Experience

ARM is a home for smart and ambitious people who want to work on the kind of challenging projects that transform the industry. We offer summer and industrial placements every year across the business to help find our next generation of engineers. Students perform work that is valuable and necessary to our success and at the same time they build key skills for future employment – all while working in dedicated, creative and collaborative environment.

What to expect your first day at ARM as an Intern

ARM Compensation & Benefits

Rewards & Benefits

ARM offers salaries that are competitive in local markets. Base salaries are enhanced by stock awards (Restricted Stock Units - RSUs), which ensure that employees have a stake in the future of the company and can benefit when the company performs well. But much more than that, we're committed to ensuring every employee has a deeper sense of ownership, and are rewarded for their contribution to our collective success over the long-term.


In addition to the standard annual leave entitlement (varying from location to location), employees are given a paid sabbatical of one month every four years. Employees are allowed to use the sabbatical for whatever they choose. So, if you want to broaden your mind through travel or simply just spend some more time with your family and friends, we allow you the time to have those experiences. We believe a happy individual will be successful and motivated within the workplace.

Investing in Your Future

As a leader in our field, ARM is somewhere you can expect to stretch yourself intellectually through challenging work. To stay ahead of the competition we all need to learn and develop continuously. To support this lifelong education, we provide a variety of on the job and formal training opportunities, aiming to promote and enable the development of everyone.

Health & Well-being

We take employee health and well-being extremely seriously. No matter where they are in the world, we’ll provide a number of benefits focused on promoting and maintaining the health of employees – sometimes extending those benefits to employees’ families.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, with particular emphasis on equity as well as a strong focus on personal development. We want to work with smart people – people who want to improve, be challenged, transform the future of the digital world, and share our passion and the benefits of our work to all.

We believe that equity is an excellent way of rewarding staff for high performance, as it allows you to have a stake in the success of the company. Equity ownership helps staff feel more engaged and it is another demonstration of our Core Values. It’s part of what makes us different.

Unique benefits, such as a paid sabbatical every four years, are our way of giving back to staff and rewarding them for their hard work. With innovation at the core of the business, individuals who perform to a consistently high level are recognized and rewarded accordingly – through, for example, patent and white paper awards. Our unique team-based culture drives collaboration and fosters individual contribution in an excellent working environment.

The benefits that we offer may vary from country to country.


  • Competitive salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Paid vacation
  • Purchase additional vacation days
  • Sabbatical - additional leave every four years
  • Relocation package
  • Restricted Stock Units


Rewarding Innovation

  • Cash reward for ideas accepted by the Patents Review Committee
  • Cash reward for each published white paper



  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plans
  • Private travel insurance
  • Group life assurance

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    ARM is uniquely positioned in the industry to provide technologies that underpin nearly every exciting new market in the electronics industry. ARM technologies are used in mobile phones, tablets, TV, set top box, enterprise networking, servers, cars, smart embedded devices and a myriad of others. Even if you don't know the ARM name, dozens of your favorite electronic devices are powered by ARM technology via our extensive network of silicon partners who incorporate our designs into their chips and systems.

    As a company, ARM has a culture of collaboration, innovation, a commitment to diversity, and a passion for progress. I cannot imagine a company I'd like to work for more than ARM. We have offices all around the world, allowing us to offer opportunities in many of the major technology hubs. We are committed to leading our industry and have leaders in many fields among our staff.


    There is little down side to ARM as I see it. We all work hard, but we do it as a team and the results show for it.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at ARM Holdings (Telephone, TX) in April 2015.


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ARM Holdings Awards & Accolades

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Top Employers, Top Employers Institute, 2014
World's Most Innovative Companies (#3), Forbes, 2014
The Queens Award for Enterprise (Innovation Category), The Queens Award for Enterprise Magazine, 2011
Britain's Top Employer Award,, 2008
Best Places to Work in Collections (Small), Best Companies Group, 2009
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    We recently announced the acquisition of Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices (SMD) as part of the new ARM® Cordio™ portfolio! These acquisitions will help ARM continue to be a leader in helping shape the Internet of Things. Welcome to the ARM family!

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Additional Info

Headquarters Cambridge, United Kingdom
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1990
Type Company - Public (ARMH)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

ARM is at the heart of the world's most advanced digital products. Our technology enables the creation of new markets and transformation of industries and society. We design scalable, energy efficient-processors and related technologies to deliver the intelligence in applications ranging from sensors to servers, including smartphones, tablets, enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

Our innovative technology is licensed by ARM Partners who have shipped more than 50 billion Systems on Chip (SoCs) containing our intellectual property since the company began... More

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