Aruba Networks

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Aruba Networks Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
98 Reviews
3.2
98 Reviews
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Aruba Networks Chairman, President, and CEO Dominic P. Orr
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71 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great stock compensation, medical / health benefits, good work / life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • You meet some great people working here (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is being tilted away from balance (in 6 reviews)

  • New engineering management is from a BIG company and they are changing the BsC (biggest small company) culture (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to be a software engineer

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

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

    Pros

    work on large scale issues; certain teams pair program; teams are small enough that you can really make an impact here; many standard tech company perks; test driven development; lots of developer tools; Being a remote worker is no problem in my team, but you need to be senior.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work with old languages, such as perl. Aruba has done some questionable recent restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage teams to communicate and share tools.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Chaos in every level of management. Disconnected from day to day realities, Scaling the current management questionable

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

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time

    Pros

    great people, still small company feel.

    Cons

    old and stinky office buildings, lack of direction and support for key initiatives. Unjustified and questionable recent lay offs (seems they are chasing good people out). Most likely positioning company for selling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people, infrastructure, Customer Support, Better user interface and integration of your product, CEO should question and involve in hiring/firing key positions in the company. Modernize company in technology, people, buildings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The company needs to find its North. Too many "STOP and GO, then STOP and GO"

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

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great set of productts and technology. Great sales leadership and drive. Good potential for having a fantastic culture since the company leaders have done a great job in making people feel as Part of the whole. Great product gross margins.

    Cons

    Sadly, with so much potential, the leaders of the company have not yet found what the right org structure would look like. People are constantly pushed left and right, and in and out of projects and iniciatives. No one seems to know the diference between important and Urgent, EVERYTHING IS URGENT, even if it will sit on a desk for a few days, which is very disrupting of the work envirionment. WAY too many emails, more than I have seen in larger corporations in the past, which refelcts people's fear to make decisions. After these massive lay-off, the've lost many great talents, so it will take them a while to recover. Very low operating margins driven by a very expensive sales model in detriment of G&A expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the NORTH. Define priorioties and STICK WITH THEM. Stop the constant change of directions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Still a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time

    Pros

    Solid products, good people, fair pay.

    Cons

    Too many layers of mgmt being put in place. Losing the small company nimble-ness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what drives the company- great products designed by top notch engineers and driven/motivated salespeople that need to be able to move fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company, great people and employee-friendly culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aruba Networks

    Pros

    Strong management and excellent opportunities for growth. Good culture and committed to work/life balance. Competitive salaries and emphasis on innovation. Poised to be a market leader for years to come

    Cons

    Has had a few ups and downs along the way including a few RIFS

  7.  

    Great in the beginning but internal politics and new management put a damper on my experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great product and good benefits .

    Cons

    Long hours and a lazy upper management team that expects you to do the work of two

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in key areas, provide cross training and a clear path for advancement within the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company in a good space, going through some changes

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart group of people who work hard. Mobile space is growing, and Aruba is the leading player from a technology perspective (Cisco being the behemoth). The culture is fast-paced and invigorating. Employees think of themselves as Arubans and believe in the products and company trajectory.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, and upper management will be challenged with scaling the company to $1B, though it's certainly feasible. Recent restructuring may slow advancement in the near term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that the support organizations (for sales, engineering) are robust enough to support company growth. Beef up communication of key initiatives to front lines, and tie strategic company goals to monthly goals in lower levels of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place To Work Going Down The Tubes

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

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment working with top notch engineers. Commitment to quality. Good work-life balance. Commitment to the best technology for the job.

    Cons

    New management changes are starting to erode the culture. Work-life balance is being tilted away from balance. A great deal of uncertainty about the future of products and technology. The new management seems determined to chase the best engineers out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave well enough alone, but make sure you adequately staff key areas. People start to make serious mistakes when they are doing the work of three or four people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Opportunities for Entry Level Candidates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    You meet some great people working here. Being here, you definitely have a lot of opportunities to work on high visibility projects for your career. As an entry level analyst, you have the opportunity to work with VPs and high level directors that you wouldn't get at a bigger company.

    Cons

    - High turnover rate, employees constantly coming in and out of the company
    - No 401k matching
    - Old systems
    - Feels like losing small company mentality, all the fun events seem to be disappearing since everyone is so busy
    - Work/Life balance, manager level expected to be in the office 10-11 hours a day, and be on call
    - Unlimited PTO, sounds great on paper, but when you do go on vacation or take a day off, you are expected to bring your laptop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Cross train employees, this would be great if a team member decides to take a day off

    - Invest in new systems, seems like the solution for problems at this company is to hire a headcount rather than invest in efficient systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating

    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    Awesome products and feature set.
    Exciting to get on board with the solutions and sell it.
    Very competitive compensation package
    Overall, good brand awareness in the market

    Cons

    Micromanagement like I've never seen
    Treat sales veterans like grade schoolers
    Lack of understanding and patience for large account management and development - sales management is all about selling more widgets vs selling solutions (very used car salesman like)
    Sales management is almost exclusively done by SFDC and expense reports - complete disregard of feedback or strategy planning from the field
    No feeling of team or interest in our lives as people (just the numbers) - after almost 2yrs, my manager still pronounces my name incorrectly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a 360 system, or some other way for the front line employees to provide honest feedback on management.

    Doesn't Recommend

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