I have been working at ARM Holdings full-time (More than a year)
Great advantage in IoT market. Also had a great ride in the mobile market. Great intellectual talent to work with.
Too heavily focused on technology and take too much time to make decisions around new market entry. Do not realize that software market entry is more competitive than their traditional market.
Great Benefits - very good vacation (can even sell back 1 week), 6% 401 K match, very good stock grants.
Good brand and relationship with other companies, opportunities to get info on ARM and partners
good opportunities for training etc
Not all sites/divisions are good places to work at
Very political, some individuals have undue influence, it is a very us vs them kind of place
Need to stay on good side of Cambridge people
cooperate services like HR, IT, legal are not friendly , even your boss's boss can not help you with them
Real communication with management is very week, can be very bureaucratic
Advice to Management
Rethink divisional structure, make cooperate operations like IT & HR etc more responsive to local/divisional needs
Provide more real training to managers and directors
have real communication with engineers, dont just talk about it
Very good benefits (you start off with 4 weeks of vacation). Lots of focus on people development; Quite open to people moving across the company to different roles; It is the market leader in processor IP and the brand really helps in other markets as well. A truly global company. They give young people early chance to succeed.
If you're not based in Cambridge (UK), you're out of the loop. It's a very political company. And senior executives push their boys onto the big stage. Suddenly out of nowhere, you'll see young and very smart (but woefully unprepared) people being thrust into senior positions. Or mediocre people out of Cambridge sent to fill key roles in the satellite offices.
Advice to Management
Focus on synergies between the different business units. There's not enough real communication between the different business units. This is mostly due to the silly rivalry/feuds between the different GMs.
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