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Updated July 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "great work life balance and vacation policy" (in 117 reviews)

  • "good work environment, good management" (in 70 reviews)

Cons
  • "bad work life balance / stressful most of the time" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Company is growing extremely fast" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "An Excellent Place to Be Your Excellent Self"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very much a culture of inclusiveness and a feeling of belonging. Just about every culture and country is represented in the office and it's a thriving multi-cultural environment.
    Management are supportive, trusting and actively encourage personal development.
    Many little touches add up into making working here a very enjoyable place; food, refreshments, pizza night - I could go on.

    Cons

    The department is still going through a period of change and increasing head count so it's not always easy to remain focused.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - keep trusting your staff and developing them.

    Arm Response

    Jul 11, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thanks for sharing your experience here and it’s great to hear about the areas we do well! Trust is a key element in a progressive organisation. As we continue to grow it is important to keep sharing... More


  2. "ARM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very friendly work environment!

    Cons

    Very boring campus life. Gives very corporate feel.

    Advice to Management

    Better on-campus benefits for employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, bright future, geographically dispersed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Arm provides great benefits, which allow employees to just focus on how they can best contribute to the company. Great, collaborative company culture.

    -- Competitive salary
    -- Good bonuses
    -- "FlexPot" benefit that help reimburse kid's college tuition, pay for personal growth, etc (thousand of dollars per year)
    -- GREAT time-off benefits (4-5 wks vacation, 4 wk sabbatical every 4 years)
    -- no-hassle business travel budgets
    -- respect for work-life balance

    The company culture is very collaborative; all about "we, not I", so there are few problems with big egos. Everyone is helpful and cooperative. There isn't a significant divide between managers and employees; there is little emphasis on "hierarchy".

    Cons

    -- Dealing with disperse geographies (notably San Jose, Austin TX, and Cambridge England) creates challenges. Many people seem to report to someone whose office is thousands of miles away. It's not uncommon for someone in San Jose to report to a manager in Austin, who reports to someone in Austin, who reports to an executive back in San Jose. This works better for more senior people, who can work independently; new college grads need a lot more guidance so need to be co-located with their manager and others in their group.

    -- some work areas are being changed from cubicles into Facebook-style long work benches, due to space constraints ... although I would never want to work that way, apparently new college grads don't mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great company culture!
    And keep investing in R&D, in upcoming areas where Arm can compete well.

    Arm Response

    Jul 9, 2018 – Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor

    As with any company there will always be challenges and areas for improvement. Individual team cultures can vary at times based on their leadership. However, the goal is to have a rich and fulfilling... More


  4. "Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good management and you will learn a lot

    Cons

    There are no such cons

    Arm Response

    Mar 7, 2018 – Employer Brand and Social Media Specialist

    Thanks for leaving a review!

    -Rick C.
    Employer Branding & Social Media Specialist


  5. "dyh"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyder, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyder, AK

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

    Pros

    Pros

    1. Open environment, NO walls or tiny cubicles
    2. Boss understands tech and is available technical discussions
    3. Decent pay
    4. Casual dress code
    5. Friendly staff
    6. You will have enough time to learn and understand things
    7. Great team to work with

    Cons

    Cons

    Nothing really.
    Sometimes you need to push someone to get things done, which is quite normal.

    Advice to Management

    h

    Arm Response

    Jul 6, 2018 – Talent Acquisition Senior Specialist

    Thank you for leaving a review.

    We are happy that you are enjoying working with your team and our benefits package.

    We hope you feel empowered to push for things you believe in. For any... More


  6. "Very good kickstarter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Physical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As the title speaks for itself, decent and very desirable place to start your career at all levels.

    Work culture is more like a hybrid between a start-up and a more stable well established companies.

    Cons

    Last point from "pros" does have a mixed feeling at Arm. The startup type of culture could be demanding (long work hours, tighter schedules ...)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep up a good work-life balance for everyone in the company at all levels (irrespective of the grades)

    Current benefits like below are holding the fort to be relieved from the stressful work and maintain a work-life balance:

    #Sabbatical
    #Vacation
    #Holidays
    #Sick leave

    Arm Response

    Jan 25, 2018 – Employer Brand and Social Media Specialist

    Thanks for leaving a review!

    The 4-week sabbatical every 4 years of service is one of my favorite benefits of Arm, one that I'm looking forward to take advantage of once I'm eligible in July... More


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Becoming a behemoth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work is relatively good. People are good and not much politics like in other places.

    Cons

    No clear roadmap. Benefits are not competitive for the market.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not applicable. I don't have even 5 words.

    Cons

    - Memory compiler releases scheduled on Thanksgiving & other holidays in addition to regular releases every 2 weeks.
    - Hectic schedule makes it hard to follow what is going in the team.
    - Not a positive environment to learn and grow.
    - Senior team mates don't generally provide simple answer to basic queries raised by junior engineers.
    - Very low pay for junior employees compared to other employers in the bay area.
    - Bonus and other compensations are not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Please follow up with everyone in the team on a regular basis not just once in a blue moon.

    Arm Response

    Mar 6, 2018 – Senior Director, Engineering

    Thank you for your service at Arm and the candid review. We see many good reviews about the employee experience at Arm, but we appreciate that you have taken the time to let us know your thoughts... More


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Employees with tenure are not better off"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The working atmosphere was always goods working at ARM.

    Cons

    My managers didn't know how to manage
    They do not compensate employees who have devoted years to them, as well as they do new hires.
    With all the changes as of late, it's not the same great company it once was to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Take the employees who have dedicated years to ARM into account regarding salaries. New hires are paid much more than employees who have devoted years to this once great company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Possibly the best job I've ever had"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is an excellent workplace and an ethical company

    Cons

    Location is not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    Arm Response

    Dec 4, 2017 – Employer Brand and Social Media Specialist

    Thanks for leaving a review!

    As we continued to expand in Austin, there were only a locations that we had the opportunity to build on with our requirements/input. The office location in Southwest... More


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