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Arista Networks Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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Pros
  • An excellent work-life balance that is really contradictory to the seemingly stressful IT sector (in 29 reviews)

  • Really smart people to work with (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • It can be daunting because there's a steep learning curve (in 10 reviews)

  • Managers and Directors in Bangalore office lack leadership (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Go Arista!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bright and talented management team, friendly work culture, exciting company developments/growth, higher-than-average stock/bonus comp (discretionary), and most importantly good breakroom snacks!

    Cons

    Mediocre benefits, lower-than-average salary comp, frustrating data integration (relates to finance only)

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Mentorship and good caretaker

    Cons

    No return offer and no feedback

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don’t believe the hype"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Little America, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in Little America, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growing stock price so here you can make money
    Quality products means they do listen to customers needs
    Good support. This is critical to accounts coming back and growing.

    Cons

    Horrible field SE management and leadership
    Terrible culture breeds mistrust
    Leadership is clueless about its employees needs and proves they are out of touch with the field.
    Cheap and disingenuous and mis-leading to get you to join the company. They do nothing to retain talent. No annual bonus or stock for retention.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your sales organization with respect and realize Arista does not sell itself. You have entrusted the wrong people in sales leadership for development of sales beyond cloud companies. Some of the ones you trust the most are destroying your company.


  4. "Terrible management and direction"

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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 Arista Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stock is good but they

    Cons

    Terrible management from the top.
    Culture of silence and mistrust called the arista way. Workers are scared of soeaking up because they will lose their job that means the stock given.

    Advice to Management

    Lose your narcissism and inflated ego


  5. "Software development at Arista is challenging and rewarding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time

    Pros

    Work is challenging and the culture uniquely encourages solving problems the right way. Excellent opportunities to expand engineering skills as well.

    Cons

    The ramp up can be challenging and working with teams in all time zones can present some difficulties.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits, particularly healthcare options could be improved.
    The importance of keeping the quickly growing engineering team cohesive and informed can't be over emphasized.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Products Great Engineering- Lousy Performance Review Method"

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

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products and strong growth. Good to be on a winning team. Compensation is more than fair if you include stock grants

    Cons

    The performance review method is bad. They depend on your fellow employees voting on how good an individual is. It becomes a popularity contest. In addition management doesn't tell you where you rank.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the performance ranking method currently employed and move to something that is more objective.


  7. "Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great focus on engineering execution.

    Cons

    Keeping up with the growth can be challenging.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Why do the motivated, good ones leave?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arista Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Game changing technology in early years.
    Brilliant leaders and still very much motivated leaders in Ken Duda, Andy B, Jayshree U, Anshul Sadana
    Hit or exceed your number and everyone leaves you alone
    Tremendous loyalty to pre-IPO'ers (also a Con)

    Cons

    Still run like a startup
    Only try to retain after you resign.
    Loyalty to a fault and causes blindspots to mgmt
    Many made a lot of money here since they were pre IPO, and yet they think a few RSU's will keep them there and in fact, have no idea what motivates the good people.

    Advice to Management

    Get ahead of things with your good people - ask them how they are doing, what would motivate them (remember they likely made a lot of money), stop keeping people around because they were A) good in the early years and B) you've known the a long time. Dig deeper into what they've actually done!


  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 Arista Networks full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment and culture.

    Cons

    Benefits are not quite competitive.


  10. "Excellent place to learn and develop skills as an engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    On my team, it still feels like a smaller company. Managers take into account everyone's suggestions and there is a lot of collaboration. Engineers are given a lot of ownership and responsibility. It's an excellent place to learn and grow from working with some very talented senior engineers. I also can't imagine a better engineering/work culture -- everyone is very positive and open. Arista employs genuinely good people.

    Cons

    Compensation can be a bit less than average for the talent of the engineers, and especially if you are in the wrong group. A lot of people leave after their initial stock offering is fully vested. Burnout in my group is common due to the pressing demands of product schedules, but I don't know if this is so common in other groups.


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