At ARM, 90 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 385 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.24. It was published on Jul 21, 2016. 7721 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is competent at running the business.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.

What They Do

We asked ARM to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are the world’s leading semiconductor IP company. We develop and license technology that power many of the digital electronics devices sold each year, including 95% of all smartphones, as well as tablets, servers and sensors that drive the Internet of Things.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Electronics
US Headquarters: San Jose, California US Sites: 8
Major Locations: Austin, Texas; San Jose, California; Deerfield Beach, Florida; Plano, Texas; San Diego, California; Chandler, Arizona; Acton, Massachusetts US Employees: 955
US Revenues: $1,489 million Worldwide Revenues: $1,489 million
Employees Worldwide: 4,275 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: ARMH Founded: 1990

Arm has been awarded:

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 97)

Austin TeamARM Volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank

Perks and Programs

We asked ARM to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Vacation Policy: ARM provides four weeks (20 days) of paid leave, with the option for the employee to purchase a fifth week. This is in addition to the 13 paid holidays throughout the year, so employees can have almost eight weeks of vacation a year! After 4 years of service, all employees receive a fifth week of vacation with the option to purchase a sixth week.
  • Sabbatical Policy: ARM employees earn a 4-week sabbatical after every 4 years of service that they have up to 1 year to use however they see fit. Many of our employees travel around the world, spend time with their families, or even catch up on their own personal projects involving ARM technology!
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan: ARM provided employees with the opportunity to purchase ARM stock at a discounted rate on the NASDAQ Stock Market. This benefit will be suspended as a result of the recent announcement by Softbank to acquire ARM.
  • Employee Referral Bonus: To encourage employee referrals, ARM offers a $3000 employee referral bonus that is payable within 90 days of the new hire's start date.
  • Opportunities to Network and Learn: ARM offers full time employee opportunities for career development by encouraging them to learn and network. We host annual conferences, such as the GGC - Global Graduate Conference, GEC - Global Engineer Conference and APM - ARM Partners Meeting, all based in the UK.
  • Social Events: All employees are invited to the annual Summer and Holiday (Christmas) parties, in addition to several smaller milestone celebrations throughout the year. While not quite a social event, we also have many TeamARM events such as Dragonboat, volunteering at various Capital Area Food Bank and Big Brothers Big Sisters events. To make their internships more memorable, we host several social events including tubing, outings at Top Golf and ice cream socials throughout the summer.
  • Flexible work hours: We place a lot of trust in our employees, and offer a flexible work schedule. All work hours should still be communicated with the respective line manager, but trust is key.
  • Subsidized fitness classes: We care about our employees health, so at certain offices where the population is large enough, we offer subsidized fitness training classes.


100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
90% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Personal travel service
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Convenience store
ARM 25th anniversary cake!


33 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 7 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 4 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Telecommute option (100% use it)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Fitness center (at some locations)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

48 hours Paid time off to volunteer


  • Pallavi Rao, Director, Global Talent Management is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
  • 3 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits

Executive Diversity

Austin 2016 Interns


ARM 25th Anniversary presentation

How to Get Hired

We asked ARM for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Every potential new hire should embody our core beliefs so that they will be successful and add to the collective success of the ARM partnership. Our core beliefs represent the essence of ARM, and what makes our business unique. Our core beliefs are ‘We, Not I’, ‘Passion for Progress’ and ‘Be Your Brilliant Self’ and they guide how we behave every day of the week – whether it’s in an internal meeting, a customer negotiation, dealing with the press or working with our ecosystem or suppliers. The ARM behaviours underpin the core beliefs and detail how we expect our teams to behave.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Dabble with electronics in your spare time if you’re early in your career, or do things like contribute to open source. Engaging with the industry outside of working hours is a great indication of passion and aligns with our behavior ‘passion for progression’. This could include attending conferences etc. In our Research team, we look for researchers who publish papers and file for patents. We also have a strong employee referral program (Connected Talent) at ARM and prospective candidates may wish to reach out to their network to hear more about our culture, roles and the recruitment process. Candidates can also follow us on social media, and engage with us there!

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We're always looking to hire more software professionals. Most people think of ARM as a pure hardware company, when in fact, we're about 50% hardware and 50% software, so we can always use more software engineers/developers! The software that is created has the potential to impact billions, as our partners shipped over 15 billion ARM-based chips in 2015.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Take a look on our social media or online channels (Twitter, Glassdoor, ARM connected community) and talk with us if you see us at events! The more you know about who ARM is as a company, the better prepared you can be when conversing with us in an interview, and the type of people we're looking for.

hiring Outlook

10% Job Growth 65 Average applicants per opening
72,000 Applications received 1,100 Positions filled in past year
25% New hires by employee referrals 700 New positions created
10 Jobs filled by current employees Yes Recruits on college campuses
200 New graduates hired 9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
50% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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