ARC is trying to change from being a processor IP company into an audio and video IP company. If you have experience in these areas or a willingness to learn, ARC can be a good place to work.
I worked a lot of hours at ARC, but it was by choice.
A big problem I saw was a lack of focus on a narrow enough market segment where a small company like ARC can prosper. The middle management (director level) ranks are inexperienced in general, without a lot of experience in other companies, managing people and projects, or getting things done. Finally, even though ARC is a small company, it splits engineering and management between the UK and US, and has engineering sites in Russia and India. I think this is too much geographic, managerial, and cultural fragmentation for a 150-person workforce.
Advice to Management
Focus. Focus. Focus. Decide what ARC is not going to do and be very clear about it. Then drive hard for results with predetermined metrics.
Also, consider investing in training, especially for the middle and senior managers (most of whom are new to their job roles and responsibilities). Doing this would help people gain a common understanding of what they should be doing and a common business vocabulary to communicate effectively.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at ARC Int'l (Arlington, VA) in June 2010.
A friend of mine works at the company and gave my resume to the recruiter. I got a call four weeks later, where the recruiter started by asking how much I wanted, and then scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager two days later. The interview went well, and the manager was visibly interested in my resume; she told me HR would call me back to schedule interviews at the office the following week. I then had 5 interviews with 6 different people, mainly asking behavioral questions. They ended up hiring someone with more technical experience, but the overall process was positive.
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