ARRIS Reviews in Beaverton, OR

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
104 Reviews
3.3
104 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company values are terrific but good work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • free parking, flexible work hours (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Demotivation, lack of vision, lack of direction, lack of professional skills handicap the talent in the field (in 4 reviews)

  • Really no real career path focus (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good conservative company to work for that believes in work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Product Strategy in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Director, Product Strategy in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at ARRIS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and great set of employees

    Cons

    Non-core businesses tend to get ignored

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to businesses other than CMTS & CPE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Tech Writing Team

    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at ARRIS as a contractor

    Pros

    I found my direct manager to be rational, capable and decent. I found my colleagues were for the most part, capable, friendly, coorperative, appreciative, and made me feel like part of their team. I was given leeway to explore new tools and propose new approaches.

    Cons

    As a contractor, it was a great job, no complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, I had little involvement with management above my direct manager, who seemed smart and capable.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not so happy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at ARRIS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance at this company which is great and a lot of the employees are great.

    Cons

    There is not an opportunity for career growth here. Also, all decisions must be made at the senior level, giving mid and lower level employees no real authority, and thus lack of motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency and better communication. With the company getting larger, it needs to stop acting like a small startup and more like a larger organization, it needs to empower more members of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    The compensation was good well within industry standards.
    Company is very understanding of work/life balance. A lot of very smart people in the Beaverton office.
    Layoffs were avoided whenever possible.
    The company would look to promote from within when a qualified internal candidate was found.

    Cons

    They are strictly suppliers to the cable TV industry so as the needs of the cable companies surge and wane they are vulnerable to the ups and downs of this one industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the business by selling to telcos like Verizon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Applications Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Software Applications Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at ARRIS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and working environment.

    Cons

    hard to get into the front door.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Outstanding company with a lot of growth in the future.............

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Recruiter in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Contract Recruiter in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at ARRIS as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Senior Executives and Directors...........

    Cons

    I wish my office was bigger?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Congratulations and Good luck in 2013

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Acquisition challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at ARRIS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ARRIS MTA and CMTS groups are strong and the products are solid. Technical and managerial leadership in these groups are industry leaders.

    Cons

    Some of the other groups within ARRIS are challenged by trying to integrate technologies and cultures as a result of acquisitions. These groups would benefit from leadership with vision for the product lines.

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

    Good workplace for people seeking work-life balance but stagnant growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at ARRIS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. One of the top vendor in Cable industry
     2. Enjoy proven stability in joining a company which has a proven track record of technology
         leadership spanning over 55 years
     3. Flexibility of working hours

    Cons

    1. Even though its a mid-size company internal promotion prospects are rare.
    2. Not much focused in investing on individuals training and development.
    3. Annual reviews are for namesake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a long road before they can effectively capitalize on the software company acquisitions they have made in the past. A lot of synergy needs to happen between the hardware and software division and it can only happen if management can work hard and prioritize this effort.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company, good optimizers, poor innovators

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at ARRIS

    Pros

    good salary and benefits
    lots of process experience
    respected within industry
    lots of opportunities at contributor and middle management level
    ability to network within broader industry

    Cons

    overly hardware focused, software business lacks investment and sales focus
    overly process focused - takes up huge portion of workday and detracts from time that might otherwise be spent of business development and coming up with new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make decisions faster, be bolder, be more innovative, kill or sell off products that company does not really intend to grow, make sales organization more agile

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall OK - Software side needs improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at ARRIS

    Pros

    Good pay given current economy and benefits (health, annual bonus/raise plan, stock purchase plan)
    Standard holidays and PTO, vacation purchase option, plus sick/personal days
    Casual dress
    Reasonably flexible hours and WFH opportunities, depending on situation and manager
    Overtime/weekend work occurs, but not too often
    Some recent attempts using agile/modern practices
    Free coffee/tea/soda, Friday donuts/bagels

    Cons

    The unit has lost serious business in recent years. Some products have been discontinued, and other new products were developed, but shelved. Some customers dropped the products and began building their own systems instead.

    Cost control measures applied through decreasing business and the recession resulted in staff reduction; US positions have either been closed or moved offshore. Attrition of good people at all levels is a serious issue.

    Can be a difficult place to succeed, to seek and accept new responsibility, and to take calculated risks. Hard-skills training is scarce.

    Engineering practices are weak. There is a lack of standard methodology. The various ISO processes are waterfall-oriented. Software methodology is basically "code and fix". Very little new development.

    Performance reviews are not based on any quantifiable factors related to an individual's actual work products; they are more like personality reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate the strategic plan against some good, SMART objectives.

    Bring all the functions under one P&L center. Set up a ROWE based on unit profits.

    Hire a consulting firm with a solid track record in software organizations to reorganize.

    Start over from the bottom up with small teams and lightweight management. Adopt a 'servant leader' or 'inverted pyramid' culture.

    Commit to being agile, welcome change and strive for constant improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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