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Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Arrayent, Inc."

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

    I have been working at Arrayent full-time

    Pros

    Working with the strongest consumer brands moving into the IoT world. Repeatedly helps customers get to market in 6 to 9 months. The new CEO was not afraid to bite the bullet and modernize its software and software development process (DevOps) starting early 2016. Major initiative to enable cloud-to-cloud interoperabiilty between customer's products and ecosystems is unique and compelling.

    Cons

    Office location is good (downtown Redwood City next to the train station and good food), but the physical office is below ground, no view.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the important few things, and not get distracted with the small stuff.


  2. "Great company, Tough Market"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Honest, smart and dedicated people
    - Hard working management
    - Honors work/life balance

    Cons

    - Pursuit of robust roadmap limits investment in activities to support growth (market expansion will solve this)
    - Market growth remains slow (but starting to ramp up)

    Advice to Management

    Double-down on gaining investment to continue roadmap and support growth, when the market ‘pops’ Arrayent is ready to scale and be the next SV unicorn.


  3. "Good changes to management and fun place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cyril is a good CEO and management team keeps the employees informed.
    Company is much more focused and has DevOps solidly in hand.
    Lots of fun working on new technology with clearly defined goals

    Cons

    Need more product management and client requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Include Engineering more in meetings with clients. It's always good to hear what clients have to say.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Ignore Earlier Negative Reviews, Arrayent is Totally Focused Different Place"

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

    Pros

    Bright people, interesting problems to solve, Internet of Things is fun, integration with Nest, big data, super-scalablity, all Amazon Cloud going forward, lots of free food, lots of funding now, more high profile closed deals, rising revenue. Management respects good healthy life and work balance. The basement work location is beautiful and has huge skylights with plenty of sunlight coming on to a central atrium of beautiful and professionally presented plants, water fountain, and tile floor.

    CEO is now Cyril Brignone (not Shane Dyer) who is very focused, closed major deals when he was ahead of sales, and treats everyone professionally. The CEO rating below is for Cyril Brignone.

    Cons

    The earlier negative reviews. These were clearly inserted by upset employees who were let go when the company got new CEO which began to properly focus the company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the determined focus you now have on IoT Cloud Services and integration with 3rd party Ecosystems like Nest


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging problems, rewarding experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the things I really like about Arrayent is that it's not just solving e-commerce/social/advertising problems with nice websites, but rather building an infrastructure for appliances and other kinds of devices to connect and talk to the cloud infrastructure. As such, it's not your typical full-stack web development job and counts as a very rewarding experience. It's an opportunity to solve challenging problems in a rapidly growing market space (IoT). Arrayent also has a top-notch list of customers, and I've had the chance to work with very bright developers here. We can also request snacks that we're interested in, and there's catered lunches every Friday.

    Cons

    Office is in the basement, so you don't get much sunlight on a daily basis. There was a reorganization that happened a couple of months back, so things were a bit messy, but we have balanced the teams, and the situation's starting to stabilize. Employee review process is completely undefined.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of newer technology stacks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Meteros Fall - Dinosaurs Die"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Technical in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated technical staff slaving in a basement office bullpen. All the power bars you can eat.

    Cons

    Business & technical model is no longer viable. Single use custom software "platform" for each customer, non multi-tenet. Solution doesn't scale across customers and is therefore extremely expensive. No value-add business applications. Per device charges expensive. Mobile application libraries are expensive and take forever to implement. Additional VC funding is not coming. No new customers, existing customers are leaving or looking for alternatives. Key employees leaving. Customers and investment community does not believe in this company nor its ability to survive. Model might have worked in the past, but not now, and not in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. New management raise $MM, rewrite software, rebrand, and try to reemerge. Or just cut your losses now.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting technology play, but in need of strong business acumen."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arrayent (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Brand name customers. Rapid growth. Salaries offered are low for the current market. Office location in downtown Redwood City is nice.

    Cons

    Management style is very "on the fly". Lack of strategic planning leads to a very chaotic work environment. Information is not shared across departments and employees are not tapped for their full potential and experience. Office space is in a basement with no windows except an atrium in the lobby. There's also no parking close by. No privacy. Paper thin walls. Engineering is in a bullpen. Salaries offered are low for the current market.

    Advice to Management

    Move to a real office space. Utilize the knowledge base you've employed. Tear down the silo management approach. A start up that needs to grow up into a real business now. Get a CEO who can lead a larger company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Cool Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology with a group of smart dedicated employees headed by the coolest CEO in the Silicon Valley

    Cons

    Cool location leads to some issues with parking. However, Caltrain is in Arrayent's backyard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the team tightly coupled with your vision of where you need Arrayent to go. Don't grow too fast or too slowly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I was an early employee, in management, and in sales."

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

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

    Pros

    Arrayent is one of the most successful companies in the most exciting space in tech. Arrayent's core values of innovation, a high touch customer engagement model, and a track record of working with companies building the next generation of Internet of Things products makes it a great place to work.

    Cons

    There is lots of demand for Arrayent's services; customers are valuable brands committed to the highest levels of quality and expect the same from their partners.

    Advice to Management

    Arrayent's mission of becoming the enabler of great, connected products can only be reached through a constant commitment to hiring the best and brightest in their fields. Please stay true to that standard.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome people and innovative products"

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

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

    Pros

    Humble, intelligent team members who are working on life changing products.

    Cons

    organized chaos, which is typical in a startup

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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