ARRIS

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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

108 Other Employee Reviews for ARRIS (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Met great hardworking people, but company needs processes to improve

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at ARRIS

    Pros

    "Silicon Valley" hours. Good benefits. Decent pay.

    Cons

    No 360degree reviews. Good employees constantly left. Lacked transparency and communication. Management unaware of their own faults and errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to other amazing tech companies as examples of great companies. Communicate vision and goals more clearly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at ARRIS

    Pros

    Great people and smart engineers

    Cons

    low stock price and options

    No opinion of CEO
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