ARM Holdings

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ARM Holdings Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
140 Reviews
4.1
140 Reviews
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ARM Holdings Chief Executive Officer Simon Segars
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A well designed work life balance and trusts the employees to do their job (in 16 reviews)

  • Really smart people to work with, high learning scope for interns (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is growing up and getting far more corporate, with less emphasis on getting the job done vs (in 6 reviews)

  • It has lost a lot of its small company startup appeal (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for graduates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ARM Holdings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice work culture, colleagues and managers ! Small teams and high productivity. Scope of learning is high, so great place for graduates

    Cons

    Schedules too tight and have to work late hours and weekends !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employees put so many hours including weekends, take good care by paying more !

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Beware if you want a Marketing or Event Marketing role in San Jose

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at ARM Holdings as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Technology, Great Engineering, Great potential for future.

    Cons

    Demand Generation and Marketing eons behind competitors. Poor Management, even worse communication. Proper investments need to be made into supporting resources and marketing technology. Overall ARM Marketing is woefully understaffed and, in some cases, overwhelmed. Culture of blame instead of culture of collaboration. The marketing cubicles on the 1st floor has to be the one of the unhappiest places in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix Marketing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not where I want to stay long term

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ARM Holdings full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great presence in microprocessor. The company has great future next couple of years.

    Cons

    Poor culture with limited potential of the senior management who are not strategic thinkers and lack the experience of managing a growing company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think 5 year planning

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place to work if you are not in UK(especially for IT department )

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Team Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Team Member in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    Two years ago working in ARM IT was little bit OK
    good recognition and good bonus,
    we had good benefits like holidays etc

    Cons

    If you are non UK , they will just use you and they will through you one fine day without any notice and also they are very cunning when they fire you ,they do that just before you get your stock vesting period or before the bonus period,
    be careful

    IT department they are completely lost their focus and they are in confusion
    They don't know how to run the IT department , all obsolete technologies
    please think twice before you join IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hi Management,

    My humble Request to you is please don't take decisions without proper evidence from the real end users , don't relay on middle level mangers feedback
    you are loosing lot of talented people
    It is also demotivating other folks in the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ARM processor dision is great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    Great presence in microprocessor. The company has great future next couple of years.

    Cons

    Rest of divisions need to catch up processor division.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    they really take good care of employees plus it's famous at IP, they offer onsite food order, massage order, car wash etc

    Cons

    Not many locations for you to choose here in US. Plus it's famous in EE, but not well know to companies in other field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very open here, I don't have that much of leadership experience here with ARM but it's a place really rewarding being creative, organized and responsible

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cool

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    Great vacation
    Great business model
    European way of looking at benefits
    Meetings are welcome to jokes
    Teamwork
    Freedom to do things well and not get forced into keeping the traditon

    Cons

    Most stuff needs approval from England

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    have nothing but good things to say

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    good benefits, work environment, tech focused company

    Cons

    headquarters is outside the US.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, little opportunity for advancement for senior people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer Grade V in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer Grade V in Austin, TX

    I worked at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    Benefits: 5 weeks vacation plus the option to buy an additional week, sabbatical, RSUs, bonus, full match plus immediate vesting in the 401K.
    Casual work environment
    Market leader
    Talented co-workers

    Cons

    The Austin design center is relatively small, although growing. That limits the possibilities for career growth and professional development. There just isn't much need for technical leads when a design center only has 1 or 1.5 projects going on at a time. The "cutoff" for design and implementation engineers is grade 6, the cutoff for verification engineers is 5. This discrepancy between teams is something to keep in mind if you are looking for a verification position in Austin. I can't speak to design centers in other areas of the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either fix the career path discrepancy between DV and other engineering teams, or get used to turnover.
    Otherwise, keep up the good work Go ARM!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable, but always "on the outside" if you are not in Cambridge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    five weeks of vacation!
    sabbatical every four years
    holidays you typically don't get in the US (Easter, Boxing Day, etc)
    you deal with EVERYONE in the semiconductor industry
    while Cambridge-centric for advancement, it is a fairly global company for its size
    Opportunity to move around between jobs

    Cons

    If you aren't in Cambridge advancement can be difficult
    raises tend to be small regardless of the company's success
    quite of few people at the exec level are just there because they were at ARM early on, and not really qualified to take ARM to the next level
    general impression of tightness with money - the silly things like not having projectors in meetings rooms with customers, limited paper/pens, very tight office space can make the place feel a little stressful at times although that has improved somewhat the past few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with yourself and cut some of the nonprofitable divisions

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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