ARRIS Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
101 Reviews
3.3
101 Reviews
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Robert J. Stanzione
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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.  

    Setup box teams are good but other software teams( better to avoid)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Flexible timing depending upon manager.
    Initial Package may be good.
    One will get good domain knowledge in Setup-Box team.

    Cons

    Horrible politics in manager level.
    Some managers are really unethical and incompetent.They can go to any extent to get there work done.
    One cannot survive without becoming managers tool.
    Most of the seniors are money minded .There is no culture as such.
    Not a place if u want to innovate as well as excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop behaving like GODS.People are aware of managers technical knowledge s do not pretend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the Best-and no longer in the area. Doors were closed and business moved to Philly.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cusomer Service  in  State College, PA
    Former Employee - Cusomer Service in State College, PA

    I worked at ARRIS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Casual dress code. We did have the ice cream truck come once a month during the summer.

    Cons

    Supervisor not a "people person" (in their own words). No real room to move up. Management wanted to keep you where you were.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop insulting your employees with a smile on your face. It's still an insult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Still not out of the 80s.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at ARRIS full-time

    Pros

    Right now, is hard to think of any.

    Cons

    Moral could not be lower, compensation could not be lower, benefits are on the low compared to other companies on the area and they offer no perks.

    Offices in most locations, are depressing instead of promoting creativity you just want to get out of there, asap.

    Management thinks the west coast employees are spoiled and make too much money they don`t deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Living in Suwanee, GA does not cost the same as living in the Bay area. IF you care to keep the little smart people that this company has, you will have to revamp your HR/Facilities department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Yuck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager
    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager

    I have been working at ARRIS

    Pros

    Free drinks and health insurance package is fair

    Cons

    Bad communication and sweat shop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell something that doesn't work

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

    does not understand how to build software

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at ARRIS

    Pros

    very good at hardware manufacturing. wide range of products which fully support industry standards. getting a big boost from docsis-3 uptake.

    Cons

    can't manage software development. believes that software can be created just like cable modems, even down to trying to us an ISO 9000 process. individual employees have no idea of what the corporate roadmap is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand hardware and software are different and require different management. create an incentive for sales force to actually sell software products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Knee-Jerk Management with no one at the helm anymore

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

    I have been working at ARRIS

    Pros

    Close proximity. Flexible work schedule environment.

    Cons

    ARRIS Executive and PLM management has no strategy any more. It is all knee-jerk management with the Senior Directors and Directors jumping into line without raising a word of doubt; then going off to complain to subordinates about the lack of direction. Of course, six months down the road the Executives constantly second-guess their direction and reverse course; losing all of investment in projects made to date. The only thing they seem to be able to follow through on is selling products, at a loss, moving jobs to China, and buying companies losing money a discount; with no plan for how to use them. All this while, quadrupling, Human Resources, Accounting, and IT, while slashing R&D. Sales, Marketing, PLM appear to completely unable to determine which way the company should be going but that doesn't prevent them from providing ever changing lists of what to develop. This is a cyclic process that is often seen as a company swirls down the drain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform real analyses and quit make decisions based upon popularity and politics. If you want higher margins, you have to sell products at a profit. The bottom line is that It doesn't matter how many of something you sell, if you sell it at a loss. One of the many accounts that have been hired might be able to explain it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor company culture in software operation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at ARRIS

    Pros

    Good vacation/holiday/time-off
    Solid industry-no lay-offs during bad economy
    Strong technical people, but many are there on visas, so no choice, but to stay where they are

    Cons

    Medical benefits just so-so
    Sweat shop-work you to death-tell you it will change and then same thing again
    Some arrogant managers
    Some nasty/uncivil people
    Management tells you things will change and they don't
    No modern engineering practices
    Requirements are a joke, design is non-existent, just code and we'll try to fix it later
    Schedules set, resources set, and scope always increases and they wonder why the quality of product is poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at Beaverton. If you care about the products, fund them appropriately and look closely at engineering processes and management. If you don't care, just wait a couple years and all the talent will have left. New people will try to figure out how things work without any documentation. Products will die on their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware

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

    I have been working at ARRIS

    Pros

    Good vacation time for all employees at Arris. Timings are flexible at Arris. Business is good at Arris. Casual attire.

    Cons

    Idiosyncratic first line managers that lack accountability.
    Higher mgt - although show respect for employees - are incompetent to manage first line managers which encourages bad behavior and politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company will be be better off replacing first line managers and growing culture of support and mutual respect at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technologies and engineers, but poor middle management and compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  State College, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in State College, PA

    I have been working at ARRIS

    Pros

    ARRIS has a broad breadth of technologies it offers to the CATV industry, so there are lots of interesting problems for an engineer to solve (if their manager lets them) and lots of smart technical people to work with.

    Cons

    Middle management is criminally incompetent. If the senior management team knew how poorly the groups under them were being run, they'd fire the entire lot. These managers are driving out the best employees and replacing them with more incompetent personnel. These problems, along with below market salaries are leading to a overall decline in the quality of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the middle management problem. There are many exciting opportunities within our market that we are totally missing, development times could be drastically shortened and we would end up winning dramatically more business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It is not what you know, but who you know

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

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

    Pros

    management team very considerate of family obligations. Disemination of information from the top brass of business performance is frequent.

    Cons

    some organizations are good at giving the upcoming leaders opportunities to grow meanwhile others organizations are only interested in self preservation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities across the board for employees grow in different areas of the businesses. Need mentorship programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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