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Updated January 21, 2018
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Aruba Networks Chairman, President, and CEO Dominic P. Orr
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Pros
  • innovative, rewarding, work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Visionary executive team, aggressive work culture, innovative mindset (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "HPE Sales Prevention"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best products on the market.

    Cons

    HPE has ruined this great company. Back end payroll commission system is a total fiasco. No way to truly track what you sold which is great for HPE so they don't have to pay you. Leadership has great people but their hands are tied because HPE leadership is stuck in the 50's. Quoting systems for customers is ancient or just horrible. Takes weeks to get a product quote out the door due to the ridiculous approval process and months for a maintenance quote due to the lack of tracking system and integration after the merger.

    Advice to Management

    Sell off Aruba Networks so they can be a great company again.


  2. "Sales engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aruba Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best wireless product in industry

    Cons

    Management incompetent. No work life balance. Processes completely broken to the point
    Of ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    A company that only knows how to sell servers

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Territory Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology and products, still a slight heart beat of the Aruba Culture that HPE has not squashed. Engineers are great. The core Aruba team is legit and would follow them into any battle and they can win any fight against a market competitor.

    Cons

    HPE forcing it's dying will on the company. Forced to use archaic systems that are built for management not sales. Sales data is non existent. So much distance between the field and top management they only focus on global 100. HPE is in the process of ruining another great company. It is death by a thousand cuts. Should have never sold the company to HPE.

    Advice to Management

    Aruba management keep fighting and don't give into the HPE blackhole that it is. A mass exit of great talent is coming. We just can't take it anymore.


  4. "Wired Networking Group"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aruba Networks (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, generous, extremely talented co-workers who always want to do the right thing to create a high quality product as well as help those around them become better engineers.

    Constantly challenging and ever evolving industry.

    Cons

    Shifting focus and unclear direction from upper management.

    A perceived lack of trust by upper management contributing to a growing culture of fear that prevents the team from being engaged and motivated with the shifting directions.

    Lack of engagement and acknowledgement by Aruba CEO and leadership.

    Lack of pertinent rewards yet unrelenting asks for sacrifice and heroics.

    Organizational silos prevents development team from understanding what the customer needs and wants as well as prevent teams from learning from each other.

    Organizational and cultural resistance to change that slows or blocks attempts for continuous improvement.

    Advice to Management

    See the cons...fix it. Lead your organization. Get connected to your work force and build some empathy with what you've been asking of them.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Forget the hype"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer (Sales) in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer (Sales) in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aruba networks has done a good job marketing and building a product set around edge access to the network. The benefits package, healthcare, is extremely good.

    Cons

    Don't believe a word you hear. Dom will say things like he hates politics, leadership will say things like they want to help you. The truth is this company is the most political in the networking edge business and probably only more so after the HP acquisition. You've got employees that have been here for years building little kingdoms and they are not to keen on letting you into the good ole boy network. The only help you'll get is once every six months to a year when performance review time comes so you can find out what your management really thinks about you. Add in the fact that they are now owned by HP and they are marketing like they are still a completely separate company and one can only assume the politics have gotten or will be getting worse. If you're planning on joining and aren't a personal friend with your manager, I would seriously consider looking elsewhere. The culture internally isn't a team attitude, they will say that it is, but the experience is everyone for themselves.

    Territories in the field are divided based upon who you know and past performance rather than any type of equality - It's the have's and the have nots. Speak with any partner who's sole source of revenue isn't Aruba and they will tell you the same thing when it comes to the field sales organization. Management has an entitlement attitude, they don't work for you, you work for them to be successful. In addition, they basically abandoned the partnerships with Brocade, Juniper, Dell and Alcatel Lucent and existing partners that sold these products when they allowed HP to acquire them. While the company may be packaged like it's a great place to be and work, the history simply doesn't line up. They laid off 8% of the work force to make a number on the street and outsource much of the labor to India. One tour of the corporate facility past where they want you to see and you can tell what culture and attitude runs this place.

    This place is a sweat shop - during one performance review I was told I wasn't working 60 hours a week so that wasn't enough, regardless of what I was accomplishing. Their is no such thing as vacation, they say unlimited so they don't have to pay out anything when employees leave. If you take it, your guilted the entire time and expected to be available via phone with no compensation or thanks for doing so.

    Nothing is shared internally, with such a huge customer base only vague references to use cases and business solutions are given for fear that your somehow going to steal the account.

    Many of the mid level and new managers have never held management positions prior - they are the type of people who wouldn't get the job at the last place they worked so they came here. Rather than building you up they are all about protecting themselves.

    Cheapest company I ever worked for, plan on sharing a room any time you travel to a corporate event. Shirts, pens, just about anything with a logo comes out of your own pocket because the attitude here is they pay you enough.

    Contests for bonuses, travel, etc. are rigged to provide the outcome management wants to use as propaganda to the rest of the company. Territories, accounts and contacts will simply be re-aligned to provide the outcome they are looking for with no regard for your efforts into them.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than a do as I say attitude perhaps you would be better served leading by example. The example you currently set is that if your not for you - than you don't belong.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Biggest Small Company idea means not being a real player in market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good legacy products still bring in cash to pay the bills.

    Cons

    Lack of vision (or constantly changing vision) at top leads to many different priorities for everyone - or everything is a priority. Same result - no real chance to take off either in marketplace or with career.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stay on it.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Awesome products and feature set.
    Exciting to get on board with the solutions and sell it.
    Very competitive compensation package
    Overall, good brand awareness in the market

    Cons

    Micromanagement like I've never seen
    Treat sales veterans like grade schoolers
    Lack of understanding and patience for large account management and development - sales management is all about selling more widgets vs selling solutions (very used car salesman like)
    Sales management is almost exclusively done by SFDC and expense reports - complete disregard of feedback or strategy planning from the field
    No feeling of team or interest in our lives as people (just the numbers) - after almost 2yrs, my manager still pronounces my name incorrectly

    Advice to Management

    Develop a 360 system, or some other way for the front line employees to provide honest feedback on management.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "No chance of growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aruba Networks full-time

    Pros

    I dont see any at present.

    Cons

    Groupism, Nepotism, lack of growth opportunity


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not a fun place to work - a real grind ...."

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid technology; diversified global customer install base.

    Cons

    Very poor Executive leadership; lack of vision - what does being "... the biggest small company mean?"

    Overall poor employee moral due to lack of incentives and especially lacking in career growth opportunities.

    There's an internal 'expectation' of working almost 24x7 - very difficult to balance work-life with home-life. Hi employee turn-over is common as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a change in leadership at some high-end levels.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great Performing company, horrible internal structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great performing company. Pays well but comes with a cost

    Cons

    Long hours and over worked. Company is hiring one too many "Directors" who delegate the work. Horrible internal structure. Was a great company a few years back but new management is destroying the internal vibe. Too many big headed folks coming in. The company praises "smallest biggest company" but is anything but that. Basically one big mess

    Advice to Management

    Think twice before hiring upper management. Help out the employees who are doing the grunt work. Create a better atmosphere within.


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