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Arena Solutions Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  1. "Great company and great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Very nice place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    + People and culture are awesome
    + Nice technical challenges
    + Good management
    + Good work life balance

    Cons

    Not really cons, just comments:
    + Some legacy software still exists and efforts to migrate it are being done. It'll be great once that is complete.
    + The Company builds products for the PLM industry, which sometimes moves a bit slower than other industries. This is good in that creates a need for steady evolution but not in a skyrocket speed as in other faster paced industries.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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    "Best Company Culture I've Personally Seen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've worked at quite a few companies in the Bay Area and Arena stands out for its friendliness, teamwork, and approachability of senior management. Everybody is genuinely on the same page helping each other out, and you can see the results in the high growth the company is seeing. Craig has set a terrific culture and its a pleasure to come to work every day!

    Cons

    Open office environment can be distracting but that would only be a con for the easily distractible.

    Advice to Management

    The challenge will be to keep the work/life balance and friendly culture while scaling and driving accountability as the company continues to grow - I believe this management team is up to the task.


  6. "Great Place To Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Everything I expected plus some. A great dedicated team that is a passionate about winning in their space, while advocating a work/life balance for their employees.

    Cons

    None to speak of. The company is doing all of the right things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Culture is a fragile thing, but you have a winning culture. Continue to protect it.


  7. "Great people and products!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Execs are open and accessible
    -Company truly values a great work-life balance
    -People are 'real'
    -Very team oriented
    -Innovative

    Cons

    So far so good - keep it up!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the same supportive path and environment and you'll keep loyal employees


  8. "Unforgettable work experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arena Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An open environment with ridiculously smart people
    A place where everybody has a chance to make a difference

    Cons

    It may sound strange but I have no cons to share


  9. "Talented team working on a great product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Arena has a great team culture focused on delivering a complex mission-critical cloud application (Product Lifecycle Management) to product and manufacturing companies.

    Cons

    To be happy at Arena, it's important understand and appreciate how much PLM matters to the success of its customers (product and manufacturing companies).


  10. "Experienced PLM executive team leading a BOM Management SaaS company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Snacks every morning, great office culture. Ability to telecommute on Fridays. Amazing people to work with at a fantastic SaaS company solving a particular need - Product Lifecycle Management. The team makes you feel like you're making an impact in other companies, and the energy here is phenomenal.

    Cons

    Commute from the east bay can be a crap shoot, especially when accidents backup 880 or 680.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Best group of people I've ever worked with - smart, energized and they love what they do."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arena Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people, really good culture and work atmosphere. Laid back and casual, but hard workers who are all results oriented. They make an effort to keep employees happy with free bagel days, candy bowls, quarterly company events and department specific offsite activities. Very good with flexibility and work/life balance. This is a place where people are generally happy to stay for a few years.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of change in the past 2 years, you could call them growing pains, but the verdict is still out on if there plans will work. Changes included some members of the senior staff leaving or getting pushed out, the entire marketing department leaving one after another, and the ENTIRE senior staff getting replaced by people from Arena's former competitor. This has led to a little bit of culture shock and not everyone had been thrilled working for the new staff. Hopefully these relationships will continue to improve.
    There is a cafeteria in walking distance, but you need to drive to San Mateo to get anything decent.



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