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Arista Networks Reviews

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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Arista Networks CEO Jayshree Ullal
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208 Ratings
  1. "amazing culture, very sound technical team, work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arista Networks full-time

    Pros

    amazing culture, very sound technical team, work life balance

    Cons

    need better salary hike reviews

    Arista Networks2019-10-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arista Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Helpful environment to work in. Work life balance can be easily maintained.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are not as much as provided by other similar companies

    Arista Networks2019-10-09
  3. Helpful (19)

    "Please LISTEN"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Earlier version of this post was flagged by Bangalore management and got it removed. - I absolutely adore the CTO as a techie and as a good person as well. Very modest and down to earth guy. - Love the Ola cab benefit - but Ola sucks here in B'lore. - Many engineers are technically strong. Remaining are just a bit above average - nothing exceptional. - Good company if you are in management - looks like they... have all the time to flag all top -ve reviews and get them deleted.

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    Cons

    - With so many folks expressing their concerns along the following lines, all we get from management is a blind eye and frowning response . - Since last 3 years, almost no annual salary raise. Performance bonus has been flat/slightly downwards and the in-hand amount is really peanuts for 12 full months. In short, comp has been almost flat even after 3+ years of joining. - No career growth at all. Very... stagnant; no promotion, same designation, flat comp. In the job market, this makes it difficult to demand higher posts Principal engineer / Technical Manager. - No point in waiting for 3rd/4th year of RSU vesting if your comp is going to remain almost flat. - No career growth at all. very stagnant, no promotion, same designation, flat overall CTC for 3 years now. In the job market, it becomes very difficult to demand higher posts like Tech Manager / Principal Engineer. - Tools used are of Jurassic era, in-house, slow and flaky. Not useful outside. Dev efficiency sucks. - HR function is a joke. - No lively vibe at all in B'lore office; most of the engineers seem to have some sword hanging over their neck. - While you slog, only managers & above enjoy annual RSU refresh + hikes. - Management ensures that you are always on your toes and try to squeeze everyone for 150% performance all the time. One of my colleagues went into depression and had to visit a psychologist. - Management narrative that "You should feel really really lucky, proud that we have hired you." is just a free marketing gimmick. - Interesting observation: The average #likes received to "-ve reviews" on Glassdoor are much more than the likes received for biased, probably fake +ve reviews. With so many high quality start-ups and revered big companies in B'lore, think twice why you should join/stay in Arista.

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    Advice to Management

    - Instead of poking GlassDoor to flag and delete -ve reviews, - LISTEN to concerns of SEs. - It would be better if management spends half of that time & energy to actually listen to concerns of Bangalore employees. Advice to US Execs: - Lot of good SEs have left in last few months and it may continue if all we continue get from management is ignorance. - It's high time to look into concerns of Bangalore... employees and change management/policies. Hope that you also are not in denial mode.

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    Arista Networks2019-09-25
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people. Flexible working hours. Unstructured working environment. Decisions are engineering based whenever practical. Emphasis is generally on doing things right rather than quickly.

    Cons

    Poor package. (in Dublin. Other offices probably fare better.) Poor feedback on performance. No job ladder so you are guessing what needs to be done to improve. Unstructured working environment. Complete lack of project organization. Managers are rare and generally too busy to be of much help.

    Advice to Management

    Improve project management. People are going to start leaving soon without improvements in the base package and visibility into how compensation decisions are made.

    Arista Networks2019-09-24
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Work Culture, High amount of Responsibility"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Arista has an amazing work culture. The management and peer group is amazing and friendly, and they'll always help you when in need. You are the owner of your project, and you will be given a lot of responsibility to handle the project.

    Cons

    The career growth is less as there is a flat hierarchy. The review process is not really transparent.

    Arista Networks2019-09-18
  6. Helpful (17)

    "Good for retirement, bad for learning"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Healthy work life balance. AND that is it!

    Cons

    This review is going to be exhaustive so sit tight if you decided to read! ---------------------------------------------------- Compensation review ---------------------------------------------------- Base pay: Base pay is significantly below the industry standard and no annual hikes are awarded (as opposed to industry standard). Also, in the past 5 years I have never seen a market adjustment. Bonus: Arista... give out an above industry standard bonus but it is going down. It is probably the only good thing about Arista's compensation. Stocks: If you leave pre-IPO employees Arista is way below industry standard here as well. FYI, refreshers are only granted at the end of grant period (i.e. ~4 years) (again not as per industry standards). Though it didn't happen to me, but I know some cases wherein the refreshers were not offered, went down in numbers and were delayed by as long as a year [Some of these employees were performing well by the way]. Another bad thing about the stocks at Arista is that an increase in stock price is considered to be an increase in compensation whereas the opposite is not true. General Overview: Generally speaking the overall annual CTC at Arista is way way below the industry standard and the gap/percentage increases over the period of time. Another thing worth noting is that even if everything goes well there is no guarantee that your annual CTC will go up (in fact given the conditions in India office there are high chances that it will go down). ---------------------------------------------------- Company review ---------------------------------------------------- NO perks at ARISTA. No internet bill reimbursement, no food, company outings are the worst I have ever seen (one day outing to a resort which includes the cheapest possible resort package), team outing aren't great as well (if they happen). Politics depends on your team, some are good and some are too involved with politics. Same goes for managers, some are awesome, some micromanage too much. Managers/leaders at Arista India have a limited power and mostly everything is governed by HQ. (Including monetary and engineering decisions) Areview: A broken algo that will determine your rank and your numbers! And the output of which will never be shared with you! So technically you will never know where you stand in the company. Arista's flat hierarchy: Everybody here is SE here. What this brings: 1.) No defined roles. You don't get to learn leadership/architectural skills required in the industry. 2.) No motivation for promotion. 3.) You can get demoted, if areview feels so! 4.) AND Politics ---------------------------------------------------- Work review ---------------------------------------------------- Work is not at all good and not at all useful in the industry. You will be working on a 8 years old code base and will be doing the maintenance work half of the time (it can also go up to 100 percent). Whatever development you do will be on top of this old code base only, hence you will not be learning much. Whatever you learn is Arista specific, and no new tools/open source code is used over here. ---------------------------------------------------- Advice to prospective employees ---------------------------------------------------- DON'T join Arista, it is not good for your career. Also, don't look at reviews from people over 6-7 years of experience. They are pre IPO employees and made a lot of money from ANET stocks, plus when they joined, Arista had some nice projects. Now there are no nice projects and your learning is going to suffer. Also, at this point of time there are a lot of better options out there who will pay you more money and offer a better work. ------------------------------------------------------ PS: If you want a healthy work-life balance and are heading towards your retired life Arista is for you. If not please DON'T join.

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    Arista Networks2019-09-14
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work and develop your skills

    Cons

    Nothing as such.. you work you grow

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

    Arista Networks2019-09-14
  8. Helpful (18)

    "Time for some reality check folks!"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are reading this, you must have read the recent flurry of negative reviews as well here!!! I felt, it is high time I put some facts in front to make sure the carefully constructed scaffolding of lies gets a realistic look. I am a manager at Arista Networks, while I don't speak on behalf of the company the following are my personal observations. I joined Arista 6+ years back and has become manager for more... than two years, so I have both individual contributor perspective and as a manager as well. Since IPO, the company has paid bonus every single year. It is absolute sham and cowardly to say the bonus wasn't paid. The bonus percentages are above industry average standards specially for the folks in the experience range of < 4 years to the tune of 30-40% of the base. You must have done awfully wrong in performance to not receive any bonus and these folks would be < 5 folks among the 200+ s/w engineers. Performance and performance alone is the criteria. I have a suspicion that it is one of those awful non performers who keep throwing the vitriol here. Every company has different mix of components in their total compensation and Arista like any growth bound company (say Google) throws a good amount of RSUs in to the mix. Without a single exception, RSUs have always been refreshed all along if the vesting has fallen below the target of their level of performance. The general theme behind all the cribbing here seems to be based on the base salary component alone and unfortunately that is not apple to apple comparison as bonus and RSUs to cost a lot and they are cost to company and benefits for the employee. My advice to the folks who keep coming here in venting out their frustration is that, only if you had paid half the attention to your performance, it would have been a completely different experience for you with the company which I am sure 98% of the employees would agree. For the folks who are reading this and are looking at Arista as a prospective employer, fear not. If you just focus on the work rest will be taken care off. You won't get to read the silent majority which is quite happy and chugging along, for only the the 2% of the awful performers reviews you get to read. If you are discerning enough you will realize that it is basic common sense that the company can't do well by ill serving their employee and Arista is doing very well :)

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    Cons

    The comp mix can be higher in base compared to stock, specially for the less experienced folks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great things. If possible try to tweak the comp mix towards higher base

    Arista Networks2019-09-11
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great products and support, but toxic sales culture"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Arista Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Two stars for great products and support.

    Cons

    Sales comp plan is not good and you have to fight to get paid commissions Sales turnover is high it's a revolving door in some regions No commitment to build the channel partners micromanage their margins Limited marketing absolutely no sales leads Micromanage discounts to customers with an iron fist Company does not value good sales people use them and lose them approach Sales leadership has been around way... too long and is out of touch If you don't have a cloud titan or a high frequency trading account you will most likely struggle to make money

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    Advice to Management

    Throw out the old bathwater and bring in the new!

    Arista Networks2019-09-10
  10. Helpful (14)

    "Not suitable place for hardworking and diligent engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arista Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Good quality and extremely helpful engineers 2. Developers will be testing their own code which results in high quality software and develops a better perspective and appreciation of the software 3. Work from home 4. Hacakthon  5. Free Coffee Mug and paperless culture. 6. Ideal place for people who like to work minimum and get paid. 

    Cons

    1. Quality of work given is abysmal. You don't learn much and you become saturated. 2. Too of much of layering around open-source and well known softwares so the learning curve is pretty high and is usually useless outside Arista.  3. The work Arista is doing is all about excellent execution but there's no innovation. We are writing software which is already supported by Cisco but ours is on a better... foundation which is already written so there's nothing new or groundbreaking happening here to look forward to.  4. Arreivew:  Nothing to say here. A broken system.  5. 0 annual hikes. Essentially, you will be becoming poor due to inflation over the years. The company which pays in dollars will be spending less on you over time.  6. Lack of motivation since there is no hike and rewards, the daily productivity is about 2 to 3 hours. 7. Attempt to unify the work cultures world-wide. The upper management in US needs to delegate some management and logistical responsibility to people in India so they can take informed decisions without asking for approval every-time.  Example: Just giving annual bonus of 2L in India instead of hikes without taking inflation into consideration. 8. No budget allotted for extra-curricular  activities such as cricket, badminton or other team outings. Employees who interested in sports/trekking need to pay from their own pockets. No frequent team outings as well.  9. Everyone between 1 to 15 years of experience has a title of software-engineer due to flat-hierarchy. It might be difficult to find jobs outside Arista which require you having to lead projects and lead a team after 10 years of work experience.  11. The general mood of the employees in India is pretty gloomy. Any feedback given isn't taken seriously. People are leaving in a bunch. 

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    Advice to Management

    None. They don't listen anyway

    Arista Networks2019-09-05
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