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Aricent Overview

Santa Clara, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Aricent is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers in the digital era. We help our clients lead into the future by solving their most complex and mission critical issues through customized solutions. For decades, we have helped companies do new things ... Read more

Mission: Aricent is committed to leverage its global talent pool, rich innovation history and R&D expertise to deliver high quality, low cost and timely solutions and services to all its clients.

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  • Get Active and fit with Aricent. The Get Active Global Challenge is an opportunity to drive some friendly competition with colleagues -- while using cool technology to track your progress.

  • It's an exciting time at Aricent! This week we inaugurated our new headquarters at 3979 Freedom Circle in Santa Clara, California. The space reflects our world-class standards, and is a true reflection of Aricent values. It's fully state of the art and was designed by our creative colleagues at frog. GREAT time to be at Aricent.

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Aricent – Why Work For Us?

Join a forward-thinking team that is driven to innovate. Work with high-performing teams and develop industry-leading skills. Collaborate on breakthrough engineering solutions for some of the world’s greatest companies. Come take on exciting challenges and make a positive impact on millions.


Learn more about what makes Aricent a great place to work. 

Legacy of Innovation

Founded in 1991 as Hughes Software Systems, a research and development subsidiary of Hughes Networks Systems, Aricent has transformed industries. In 1992, we pioneered the first ground-to-air phone call. We designed, developed and delivered the first ever commercial mobile high-definition solution in 2008. Our engineers created some of the world’s first Femtocell, WiMAX and LTE solutions. Working across domains and technologies gives our employees the flexibility needed to visualize new possibilities and transform concepts from ideas into everyday technology.

World Class Opportunities 

Aricent works to solve the world’s biggest challenges and push the limits of what’s possible. Our engineers work with best-in-class technology and collaborate on the systems of tomorrow. We’ve created more than 125 licensable intellectual property rights and software frameworks, and our software innovations perform on more than 500 million mobile phones. Our clients include: 

  • 9 of the top 10 network equipment manufacturers
  • 8 of the top 10 device makers 
  • 7 of the top 10 service providers
  • 6 of the top 10 semiconductor chip manufacturers

We have some of the most extensive product engineering skills and expertise on the planet. We’re always seeking better approaches, ideas and outcomes to improve the world through technology. 


Aricent is a global company, but we pride ourselves in maintaining a cohesive culture across all of our locations. Our culture begins with five core values:

  • Forward-looking
  • Constantly learning
  • Unified in diversity
  • Passionate about excellence
  • Integrity in everything we do

We’ve created an organizational culture that is transparent and fair, where employees have the freedom to innovate and take risks. Aricent engineers address global challenges—transforming the way humans and machines communicate while building a safer, more convenient and connected world. 


Our work environment encourages open communication, a flat hierarchy and respect for new ideas. We take a flexible approach to support the highly collaborative nature of our work and the personal needs of our employees. We recognize that our employees have lives beyond work, and supporting a healthy work–life balance builds a more sustainable workplace. Our people are our strongest assets, and our comprehensive compensation and benefits packages reflect that conviction. We recognize employees with competitive rewards based on contribution to our clients, our business and our people. 

Aricent is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, gender or any other biases as prohibited by law. We evaluate all applicants and employees only on the basis of merit and performance.

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    "Leader in Product Engineering Niche space"

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    - Strong on Ethics, Work Culture, People, Technology Capability
    - Niche in the Product Engineering Services Space, no real competiton


    - Less Branding for people to really know Aricent

    Advice to Management

    - Along with Bottom Line, Needs to be aggressive on the Top Line Too

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Aricent photo of: Get Active and fit with Aricent. The Get Active Global Challenge is an opportunity to drive some friendly competition with colleagues -- while using cool technology to track your progress.
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Aricent photo of: New open office and collaboration spaces
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Aricent photo of: Aricent Quarterly All Team Meeting, President Scott Houghton presenting
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Aricent Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Aricent (San Diego, CA) in March 2017.


    I was contacted through C2S Technologies for this position. After many impromptu phone calls, (By the way, every person i talked to had heavy Indian accents and i had a lot of difficulty understanding what they were saying. I had to ask them to repeat nearly every other sentence) they first set me up for an online automated video interview through I was asked 4 basic questions about myself while being recorded through my webcam. The questions were timed, you have about 30 seconds from the time you see the question to the time they start recording your response. There was about a week window for me to take this interview in my own time. Next, they set up a telephone technical interview using Coder pad. The person asked what language i would like to use and had some starter code available. They then had me write some algorithms to accomplish operations on string objects while explaining my thought process. I missunderstood what was wanted from the last question and could not quite understand when the interviewer was trying to tell me what he meant die to the heavy accent. I would have like for the questions to have been written out for clarity.

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Aricent Awards & Accolades

  • Partner of the Year, Cisco Channel Partner Program, 2015
  • Supplier Excellence in Quality, CISCO, 2012
  • Global L&D Team of the Year(Silver), TISS-LeapVault CLO Awards, 2012
  • Top 500 Technology Innovators, InformationWeek 500, 2012
  • Continuing Professional Education Provider of the Year Award, The Project Management Institute, 2011
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