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  1. "Chaotic, but may be a fit for someone special"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  2. "arc"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    satisfying and interesting work and people

    Cons

    micromanagment is limiting to work goals

    Advice to Management

    let employees do their job without interfearing unless needed


  3. "experience in ARC RAK"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ra's al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ra's al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ARC Int'l full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    overall good emplyees in arc

    Cons

    not a good pay master

    Advice to Management

    look at the payscale


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  5. "Gone downhill in the last few years, due to poor senior management decisions, and understanding of the industry."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There used to be a very good engineering team in place, with good expertise and knowledge.

    Cons

    Now almost all of the core engineering team has gone, with the knowledge and experience, and it is all outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    The value of your IP is all in the engineers who produce, maintain and develop it.


  6. "Appalling management practices alienate employees at ARC"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Saint Albans, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good competitive technology and a lot of customers worldwide.

    Cons

    Management lacks understanding of employee needs and even business acumen.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new people and change the way the current managers behave.