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Arena Solutions Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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  1. "Company is on a winning streak, the future looks very bright"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fabulous, stable product
    Team atmosphere
    Nice compensation package and (improving) benefits
    Defensible differentiation / business model

    Cons

    Nothing jumps out at this point. There are changes being made to facilitate growth which I agree with, that rub some employees the wrong way - to be expected.


  2. "Great company with a bright future!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, product, and focus. Competitive benefits. Kitchen is well stocked with snacks/drinks. Many employees play sports weekly during lunch.

    Cons

    Nothing serious. Best company I've worked for in over a decade.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to customers and employees.

  3. "Lots of change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New swag, stocked kitchen. Office manager is very kind.

    Cons

    Acquired by PE firm... lots of change and uncertainty. Many of the new executives are out of Austin... upcoming HQ change? In addition to demotions, they also recently let go of MANY well performing employees right before the holidays without any notice....

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better


  4. "Sales Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arena Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Pay. Great culture. Great management. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Company was acquired and direction is less clear.


  5. "Thank goodness they were finally bought"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arena Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice office, friendly people, free snacks, free coffee, and premium tequila shots during the day. Clients are interesting and typically fun to work on implementations.

    Cons

    Seventeen year start up with too many funding rounds and still in the red. Hard place to be in between other PLM but players.

    Advice to Management

    Action taken they finally sold.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arena Solutions full-time

    Pros

    The one good thing about Arena is the people. There are many very friendly people here, they just aren't at the top.

    Cons

    Arena presents themselves as a tech startup, but more and more they feel like the opposite: an old, big company, conservative, cautious, and pedantic. They are very stuck in their ways, and it is almost impossible to change anything. After almost 20 years in business, the odds of an IPO seem low.

    The atmosphere is quiet and dull, and mildly oppressive. It feels more like an investment bank than a software company. You will be required to digitally sign 30 documents, swearing that you read and understand the contents. They are full of boilerplate, meaningless and obscure, and many are unrelated to your actual job or department.

    Despite being a saas software company, engineering is not central here, nor does it get much respect. Arena is very clearly run by suits who expect to get their way 100% of the time. While they brag of a flat management model, in reality, upper management's reaction to polite feedback ranges from indifferent to hostile. When you are here, your job is to obey orders, not question them. It is clear that you are viewed as a replaceable part, not a partner. Your feedback on company policy is never solicited. The CEO is not approachable, and speaks to the lower employees about once a year.

    There is a strict set of rules for employees. Years ago the excessive rules were mostly ignored, but recently enforcement has been stepped up. During a heat wave, company leadership decided to crack down on the evils of short pants. Everyone in engineering must wear long pants at all times, and closed shoes. Dress codes are not the way to retain top talent in the Bay Area, which is why top talent tends to move on from Arena.

    The benefits are on the low end. There is no 401k match. Forget about bonuses, or any substantial recognition for hard work. There are a few minor perks, like Costco snacks, but otherwise Arena is miserly. It's very difficult to get any extras or changes. Sick days come out of your vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Management is not interested in advice.


  7. "Great Culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arena Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Great culture
    Enjoy the family vibe

    Cons

    No growth in any new positions

    Advice to Management

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  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Solutions (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work Life balance, everyone is friendly

    Cons

    Career growth is pretty limited in parts of the company. Moving forward in your career can be difficult here.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a career track


  9. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Solutions full-time

    Pros

    There are very many nice people at the company. There is also a strong sense of community at Arena. We celebrate many holidays together with company parties. There is also a great worklife balance.

    Cons

    The office doesn't have the easiest access to transportation. If we had a shuttle service to downtown San Francisco that would be a great alternative to driving in traffic.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a shuttle service for your employees that live in San Francisco. There is a lot of good talent that may not consider working in Foster City because of the last of a shuttle service.


  10. "Great company and great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I can comfortably say this is the best place I have worked. The atmosphere and people are wonderful, they promote a work/life balance, and it's a fun place that I genuinely enjoy coming into every day.

    Cons

    None so far. Company is transparent in goals and expectations. You are allowed a certain amount of leeway to do things your own way within the company's broader overall goals.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The management team is experienced and capable of leading a great group of people.


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