Aruba Networks

www.arubanetworks.com
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2 people found this helpful  

Great potential but reactive and sales driven

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

Pros

Executive management has their finger on the pulse of the industry and know where the company should be going
Wireless and mobile are hot spaces ready for innovation and growth
Financials of the company are strong
Top employees are highly rewarded.

Cons

Innovation is stifled by a never-ending parade of fire drills to add new features to make one potential customer happy.
Engineering management lacks the ability to realistically plan
Workload is very high and recognition for success is only financial

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire experienced engineering managers at all levels to realistically plan and execute on release cycles. Develop programs to publicly recognize success and innovation in addition to financial rewards. Explicitly and publicly assign roles and responsibilities so everyone know their job and how it fits into the entire company.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewards for those who get the work done, but encourages free riders

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Aruba Networks

    Pros

    - good colleague to work with;
    - fun company culture;
    - decent salary and bonus package;
    - great projects to work on and wonderful learning opportunities on the job;
    - senior management cares and works hard to solve problems at work (for the ones they know of, see cons below).

    Cons

    - many free riders in middle management layer;
    - hiring decisions made too soon;
    - strong corporate hierarchy, middle management blocking valuable communications from below to senior management, and so-called "business partner" in HR functions poorly. Many problems cannot be heard by upper management. As an employee reporting three levels down from C-executive, I feel coerced by my manager's manager (VP) to cover for my manager (director) on daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs a truly anonymous way to gather feedbacks for middle management. The "business partner" and the "advisor day" are good tries, but true voice cannot be heard (A tells business partner B does something inappropriate, business partner goes to tell B please stop doing that without any research into the issue and independent judgment on what's going on).

    Give it a try - take an employee reporting three levels down to your peer C-executive's organization (not your own as they will not dare to say anything) out for a 10-min coffee break and get a true understanding of what has been covered by the middle management.

    Money cannot buy happiness. RSU is a good way to reward valuable employees, but if you don't solve the people's problem, eventually your valuable hires will leave, leaving you with an empty shell of incompetent middle managers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Aruba is an absolute mess and disappointment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Aruba Networks

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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