Arista Networks Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Arista Networks

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work environment is very decent, people are like a family and they are very co-operative. Everyone helps everyone and thus together we form a healthy environment.

    Cons

    Benefits can still be improved. According to the amount of benefits and the efforts required to deliver it may become stressful in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the everyone documents everything, and with as much detail as possible so as to make it easier for others to understand and get going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Excellent work and work culture but poor compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Bleeding edge work. There are many opportunities to innovate in the datacenter switching space, especially if you work on SDN.

    Very smart, knowledgeable engineering team. I've learned a lot during my time here.

    Great work culture. No problems with working from home. Helpful, approachable colleagues. Managers don't micromanage. I'm given a choice of projects rather than being assigned one. There’s a “just do it” attitude - anyone can pick up anything that they think needs improvement, and make it better. The focus is on building great products. Switching teams to work on something different is a breeze.

    Free snacks on every floor.

    Very good work life balance. I’ve hardly ever worked on weekends. PTO policy is quite generous.

    Best development environment I've worked in. Version control wrappers, a custom programming language, well thought out software architecture, and automated testing, make coding, browsing code, integrating, and testing hassle free.

    Excellent place for fresh grads looking to build system software coding and design skills for the future.

    Cons

    Pre IPO stock options were very attractive, but salaries and benefits have remained well below the industry average, even post IPO. Pay hikes are rare. There is no 401k matching. Refresher stock grants are minuscule compared to the initial grant. The bonus payout is low, as it’s a percentage of the depressed base salary. There is no target percentage so employees don't have an idea what they will be paid. The criteria for determining bonus payouts isn't made clear to employees. There is a pretty high attrition rate after pre IPO stock grants vest because of the steep drop in total compensation.

    Career paths are not well defined, and the opacity of the review process is difficult to deal with. Engineer levels are kept confidential, so it's hard to know when/if you are making progress. When asked for specific input on how to grow into larger roles, management gives very broad feedback. Also, the flat organization structure makes it very hard to move from individual contributor roles to people management.

    There is some risk that the company’s growth will be hurt by ongoing litigation.

    Certain important green card documents are withheld from H1 employees. Although it can be worked around, it is an unnecessary inconvenience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job building a successful and fast growing public company. Maintaining an open, engineer driven, flexible work culture is important. But ultimately, engineers want to get paid, so being competitive on salary and benefits is essential to attract and retain talent. Transparency is also very important, so letting folks know their levels and giving them specific input on how they can make progress helps a lot. If these are sorted out, Arista will be among the best places to work in the valley.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Not your ideal work-place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Arista Networks full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a good company to start out in and gives a broad range of experience in different areas since you have to wear multiple hats; free snacks on every floor; Flexible Time Off policy. Friendly employees.

    Cons

    No 401K matching, very low salaries, no on-boarding training (not even for new college grads), out-of-pocket medicare, no team spirit built amongst employees...the only team spirit I see is probably amongst the founders and top-management themselves and it is not communicated throughout the company. No company-sponsored team lunches. No team lunches even if we had to spend our own money. No exciting internship perks. No culture of appreciation and rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before you try to enforce a rule on your employees, it would be very helpful if you followed it first--it's the basic rule of top down management. Please work on building the culture of the company. It is pretty non-existent and when there is a big somewhat public party, that is the only time there seems to be some culture, which makes it seem like it is all a facade. There are no employee morale-boosting activities that the company does, and I understand this is all in an effort to run "lean" but in my experience, it was a bad company to work for, where no processes are ever set in place, constantly changing every month. The CEO of the company does not back up all of the different Business Units in the company and it definitely shows and that is unfair for the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Very good place for interns. A lot of software engineering tools. Advanced development framework.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Arista Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The TACC framework is very advanced. Developing on the framework is extremely efficient.
    As an intern, your project would be integrated into the system, and you would be assigned tasks from week 1.

    Cons

    Too much relied on the framework, hardly learn new softwares and tools.
    The offer is average, and it is not very generous after its IPO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    You have your freedom and your idea may be put into the real product

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Arista Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - great people, they are really smart and experienced, you will always learn from discussing problems with them
    - very flexible schedule, nobody cares when you come as long as you feel good about your progress
    - they put their time into real works, not meetings
    - growing fast, lots of opportunities, confident in competing with Cisco, Juniper Networks etc.

    Cons

    - employee compensation can be better, for real it will be more attractive and obtain more smart people if the signing bonus and salary is comparable to other tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Exciting, fast growing company with great work culture

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Choose your own schedule
    - No manager's breathing down your back
    - Very smart, motivated co-workers
    - Good infrastructure for writing and testing code
    - Company continues to grow quickly

    Cons

    - Not many perks
    - A bit of a learning curve
    - Work can get a little tedious at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Systems Engineer Intern

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    Former Intern - Systems Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Systems Engineer Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Arista Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are great, work load is manageable, you learn a lot, management is awesome and FREE FOOD!

    Cons

    No Cons, awesome company, everyone is helpful and eager to teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Best career move I made

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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 Arista Networks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work culture. No BS driven culture.
    - Everyone is very helpful and hardworking.
    - Learnt a lot within few months what I would have learned probably in a year or two.
    - Design cutting edge products
    - Good work life-balance and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Compensation is decent, but its getting better. :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Working at Arista was a great learning experience for anyone who is interested in getting involved in software.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer - Platform in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer - Platform in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Arista Networks as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are very smart and helpful, the internship program is well organized, and it pays well.

    Cons

    The traffic getting here can be very bad and the food was not always great. There isn't much else to complain about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Top engineers, great employees, leading edge technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment with a great team. Moves fast and great culture, flexible hours. Everyone shares ideas, expert knowledge and overall morale is positive. I get to work on interesting projects with smart people, talented minds. Everyone seems passionate about what they are doing and pushing to get better.

    Cons

    Typical private to public transition challenges...growing pains. Need more infrastructure/tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the course, great place to work. Overall I'm satisfied with the direction of Arista and is future potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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