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Updated May 21, 2018
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  • bad work life balance / stressful most of the time (in 22 reviews)

  • The company is growing very fast for the last few years might face challenges to keep the company culture (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "Great place to be for those who enjoy challenging fast paced environment where change is the constant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing pace of growth which of course comes with its challenges but rather those challenges than that of decline and stagnation. Softbank brings a longer term vision and ambition which is inspiring and takes some getting used to but an amazing group to be part of. Majority of the organisation has a flexible approach to the individual preferences for work life balance and whilst the work is intense presentism is not apparent. Organisation is working hard to get the basics right and keep up with the expansion. Recent launch of the Reward Flex pot where every individual has a pot of money to invest in development, health and wellbeing or charitable giving and its a reasonable value £4,500 in UK - $8,000 in the USA and its the same whether you are a Graduate or on the ExecutiveCommittee. (plus for the cynics the central training budget has been maintained). I personally would not want to work anywhere else right now.

    Cons

    Dont come to ARM and expect not to be stretched and challenged. Be prepared for frequent change as the technology and the markets we address are changing at an incredible pace. Not everything is perfect but everyone is working hard to make it better.

    Advice to Management

    We need to think longer term and take bold decisions to ensure Arm evolves quickly, keeping the great team based low ego culture where we value our people and our partners above everything else.

    Arm Response

    Feb 14, 2018 – Employer Brand Manager

    Thank you so much for taking time to leave a review. It is great to hear what you think Arm is all about, and honestly speaking about what we are not. Arm is evolving so fast and we're not perfect... More


  2. "Great"

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    • 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

  3. "dyh"

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    • 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


  4. "Very good kickstarter"

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    • 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


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Becoming a behemoth"

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing"

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    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


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Employees with tenure are not better off"

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    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.

  8. "Possibly the best job I've ever had"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  9. "Arm values its people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been at Arm less than a year (this is the third place I have worked) and Arm is by far the best place of them all. While Arm may not have a product, we have the best people. Everyone is happy, loves their role and is taken care of by the company. They value our happiness and well being. We get some of the best benefits out there (our insurance people tell us "wow, Arm really does take care of you") and this is what differentiates Arm. I have a lot of friends in tech who get burnt out after a year on the job. At the age of 23/24, this is just insane that your job takes over your life. At Arm, the company wants this to be a great place to work, have a great job that doesn't consume you and (most importantly) a life outside of work. Within the US roles, you are able to benefits from some of those amazing UK perks and advantages.

    Cons

    Our overall benefits package is our competitive advantage and Arm is not a company that copies what everyone else is doing. Some people do not grasp this concept so it's difficult to explain. However, once you are here, you come to appreciate it and it doesn't matter that we are not doing what everyone else is going.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    Arm Response

    Feb 27, 2018 – Employer Brand and Social Media Specialist

    Welcome to Arm and thanks for leaving a review!

    We truly believe in flexible working policies, provide generous benefits and ample time off for employees to recharge. One of my favorites is the... More


  10. "Principal Engineer"

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    • 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

    Excellent work life balance, vacations, benefits. Cutting edge architecture & technology needing constant challenging yourself.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Very well managed. No greed for profits, very controlled royalty based business.

    Arm Response

    Nov 23, 2017 – Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for leaving a review on Glassdoor! It's been great to hear your feedback.

    Fiona
    Employer Brand manager


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