ARM Holdings Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
114 Reviews

3.9
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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 13 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Lot of politics as the company is growing (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Salary lower than the industry. Recent rapid growth has meant it is getting mired in bureaucracy & cares less about its employees than it did in the past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible Working Hours, Helpful colleagues, good salary compared to electronic engineering industry in UK, opportunities to learn and work is interesting

    Cons

    housing is expensive in cambridge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ARM Holdings full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, friendly and relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Very fast paced environment to work in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Historically good, but changing

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    Current Employee - Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Sabbatical every 4 years, decent working environment in terms of facilities and infrastructure. Respected employer, with employees that historically care about the company and it's future success.

    Cons

    Company is growing up and getting far more corporate, with less emphasis on getting the job done vs. spin. Becoming a far more political environment to work in. Lots of emphasis on talent and new people coming in, but those new people don't really have the talent and really don't care about the future management of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out to lower grade employees and listen to them. Avoid the political angling and spin put on everything and focus on the essentials that employees need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, interesting work, but politics can get in the way quite badly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Performance related bonus, shares (not stock options), and 1 month paid sabbatical every 4 years on top of holidays.

    Cons

    Politics often get in the way. The company still retains people in very senior positions who still have a small company (<100 people) mentality, and haven't quite transitioned to the fact that this a 3000+ multinational $1bn company. This can end up getting in the way of people being efficient at their jobs, and in loosing valuable and hard-to-replace talent, and makes the reward system subjective rather than objective and performance based.
    Base pay is lower than for similar jobs in the industry, and although benefits can make up for it on good years (and there have been quite a few of those), on a bad year you feel the pinch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your staff appropriately, and make sure the career paths are clear and objectively attainable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly company, only if you are very talented and never fail

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ARM Holdings

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, employees are well looked after

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance, if you wish to remain in the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Cam, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Cam, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work is nice and there are opportunities to find new threads to work on. Smart people all around so stimulation for the imagination.

    Cons

    Difficult to adjust career mid-way and opportunities hard to come by to make more impact than you currently have. More needed to provide career paths and development avenues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed, friendly and motivated.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at ARM Holdings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great family atmosphere given the small company size. Friendly, dedicated and motivated people. Lots of charity work and beautiful offices.

    Cons

    Compensation is good but I would say not on par with the company's wide reaching world leading status. There are a fair share of middle managers who have clearly reached their level of incompetency and even progressed past it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at some of the middle managers and evaluate their ability to lead

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, varied work in a market-leading company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at ARM Holdings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very clever people. Good working atmosphere, many people willing to collaborate and help things move forward. Not much internal politics.

    Cons

    Some business processes are not as efficient as they could be. Workload is high, so short-term firefighting can prevent actual process improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good changes should be championed and beneficial process change should be strongly encouraged. Help us grow into a global presence, sustainable presence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    My view of R&D so far

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I have so far spent a few months in the ARM R&D department. The company as a whole is interesting and exciting. It is growing very fast and is deploying very exciting products to the market. I have friends in graphics (MPD) and CPU (PD) divisions and they had lots of interactions with customers who were developing great new products. In these divisions it did seem like there is a system of recognising smart people and engineering is respected. They work on real projects that created real results and if they do a good job it is evident.

    Cons

    Unfortunately I was in R&D which is very different. It is highly political all the way up to the CTO who supposedly controls the division. There is no product that is actually made, instead each project is started, some preliminary results are fabricated and nothing is ever finished and no one cares. It is pretty demotivating when your project is clearly to progress the career of some egotistical mid level engineer. All the work is done by very junior employees. Interns, students and graduates were outnumbering normal employees. Several people were not actually doing anything but presenting other peoples work, getting more interns (my manager has more than four) trying to have as many meetings as possible and inflating their own importance. This is an incredibly successful method of climbing the ladder. I can't even blame these guys because they want to get ahead and the CTO is quite easy to play. He is fairly gullible and these guys know by the time the results are expected he as moved to the next fad. You can always see the guys bootlicking the CTO and other senior managers. I don't see myself being to climb to a higher position any way but emulating them. I doubt I will be staying much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CTO. Re-examine the reason for R&D. Unfortunately most managers in the division are now the people who played the system who are technically incompetent, just power-hungry and manipulative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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