Aruba Networks Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Aruba Networks Chairman, President, and CEO Dominic P. Orr
Dominic P. Orr
8 Ratings

Pros
  • Two gyms, nice 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. Helpful (2)

    Forget the hype

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer (Sales) in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer (Sales) in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Aruba networks has done a good job marketing and building a product set around edge access to the network. The benefits package, healthcare, is extremely good.

    Cons

    Don't believe a word you hear. Dom will say things like he hates politics, leadership will say things like they want to help you. The truth is this company is the most political in the networking edge business and probably only more so after the HP acquisition. You've got employees that have been here for years building little kingdoms and they are not to keen on letting you into the good ole boy network. The only help you'll get is once every six months to a year when performance review time comes so you can find out what your management really thinks about you. Add in the fact that they are now owned by HP and they are marketing like they are still a completely separate company and one can only assume the politics have gotten or will be getting worse. If you're planning on joining and aren't a personal friend with your manager, I would seriously consider looking elsewhere. The culture internally isn't a team attitude, they will say that it is, but the experience is everyone for themselves. Territories in the field are divided based upon who you know and past performance rather than any type of equality - It's the have's and the have nots. Speak with any partner who's sole source of revenue isn't Aruba and they will tell you the same thing when it comes to the field sales organization. Management has an entitlement attitude, they don't work for you, you work for them to be successful. In addition, they basically abandoned the partnerships with Brocade, Juniper, Dell and Alcatel Lucent and existing partners that sold these products when they allowed HP to acquire them. While the company may be packaged like it's a great place to be and work, the history simply doesn't line up. They laid off 8% of the work force to make a number on the street and outsource much of the labor to India. One tour of the corporate facility past where they want you to see and you can tell what culture and attitude runs this place. This place is a sweat shop - during one performance review I was told I wasn't working 60 hours a week so that wasn't enough, regardless of what I was accomplishing. Their is no such thing as vacation, they say unlimited so they don't have to pay out anything when employees leave. If you take it, your guilted the entire time and expected to be available via phone with no compensation or thanks for doing so. Nothing is shared internally, with such a huge customer base only vague references to use cases and business solutions are given for fear that your somehow going to steal the account. Many of the mid level and new managers have never held management positions prior - they are the type of people who wouldn't get the job at the last place they worked so they came here. Rather than building you up they are all about protecting themselves. Cheapest company I ever worked for, plan on sharing a room any time you travel to a corporate event. Shirts, pens, just about anything with a logo comes out of your own pocket because the attitude here is they pay you enough. Contests for bonuses, travel, etc. are rigged to provide the outcome management wants to use as propaganda to the rest of the company. Territories, accounts and contacts will simply be re-aligned to provide the outcome they are looking for with no regard for your efforts into them.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than a do as I say attitude perhaps you would be better served leading by example. The example you currently set is that if your not for you - than you don't belong.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Biggest Small Company idea means not being a real player in market

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good legacy products still bring in cash to pay the bills.

    Cons

    Lack of vision (or constantly changing vision) at top leads to many different priorities for everyone - or everything is a priority. Same result - no real chance to take off either in marketplace or with career.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stay on it.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Frustrating

    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    No chance of growth

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time

    Pros

    I dont see any at present.

    Cons

    Groupism, Nepotism, lack of growth opportunity


  6. Helpful (4)

    Not a fun place to work - a real grind ....

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid technology; diversified global customer install base.

    Cons

    Very poor Executive leadership; lack of vision - what does being "... the biggest small company mean?" Overall poor employee moral due to lack of incentives and especially lacking in career growth opportunities. There's an internal 'expectation' of working almost 24x7 - very difficult to balance work-life with home-life. Hi employee turn-over is common as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a change in leadership at some high-end levels.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great Performing company, horrible internal structure

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great performing company. Pays well but comes with a cost

    Cons

    Long hours and over worked. Company is hiring one too many "Directors" who delegate the work. Horrible internal structure. Was a great company a few years back but new management is destroying the internal vibe. Too many big headed folks coming in. The company praises "smallest biggest company" but is anything but that. Basically one big mess

    Advice to Management

    Think twice before hiring upper management. Help out the employees who are doing the grunt work. Create a better atmosphere within.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Aruba is an absolute mess and disappointment.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product, good food in the cafeteria, decent location, but not a lot of real talent doing anything productive.

    Cons

    Executive management is oblivious to how things actually are at lover levels withing the organization. Lower level managers are lazy, unproductive, uncreative, and just hanging out to enjoy the "free ride". Sales operations team is completely clueless, internal systems, tools, and processes are antiquated & outdated. Nobody wants to own up and make things better. People are more concerned with politics and double talk than really trying to make a difference. They hire unqualified people and promote them based on how well they can kiss up as opposed to the quality of their work. Low integrity, no morals, a complete and utterly ridiculous bait and switch... at least the product is good. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of great people there too (the worker ants) but most of the ones with power below director level are absolutely clueless. Its like a very bad episode of Beverly Hills 90210.

    Advice to Management

    Take your heads out of the sand and really take a long hard look at the people in your organization. Figure out which ones add value and which ones are just along for the ride. People who deliver results and actually care are more important than all of the fakers blowing smoke and trying to pretend that they are actually working while fluffing up the numbers and affecting your ability to forecast properly. Laziness and faking it and pretending to work are a disease and it is terribly sad to see a company with such great products employ such worthless people who are just happy to milk it and get by rather than actually make a positive difference.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Smart Payers but otherwise messed up

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company pays well Good benefits like booze every other weekend Personal growth depends upon your equation with the Managers.

    Cons

    Silly middle level managers. Some of them have been made Managers from technical path. They are clueless about the way to manage and understand how the industry functions. Screws their own and others life too.

    Advice to Management

    Lot of the work is done to compete with a giant without long term focus and visibility If you want to make make Aruba a serious employer then please have proper checks at every place to hire folks in middle management who have more maturity..


  10. Helpful (5)

    Biggest career mistake

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aruba Networks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary one of the best in the industry and RSUs Cash rich company

    Cons

    Everything else Highly political workplace Nepotism politics group ism favoritism are rampant, describe one role and ask you to do something else upon joining Management believes in getting work done by threat No value for true innovation and good ideas Too many gujarati people vitiating the environment

    Advice to Management

    Ensure fair and free transparent work culture, needs to improve a lot in terms of company culture. Provide safe threat free place where employees can show true productivity



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