Marketing (Former Employee) – Sunnyvale, CA – November 28, 2018
Place where indivdual contribution is only appreciated if it achieves the goals of senior management which changes regularly. Volatile and irrational decision making that creates a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. A lot of senior management changes has led to the erosion of the Aruba culture prior to HPE acquisition.
Sales Engineering (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – January 11, 2018
Working at Aruba was a lot of fun, very entrepeneurial, a lot of autonomy and freedom given tot the employees. Great communication, and a very supportive culture throughout. Always open to ideas, always improving processes and reducing breauracracy getting things done!
HPE - Systems Engineer (Current Employee) – Boston, MA – January 5, 2018
Aruba is an up and coming player in Enterprise Networking and will rival Cisco at some point in time. This thriving division of HPE is however funding other parts of HPE which are sinking such as Servers. As such the profits are reinvested into Aruba and there is little growth or opportunity for advancement with the division.
Inventory Clerk (Former Employee) – Sunnyvale, CA – August 23, 2017
Everyone there is patient and fun to be around. Everyone is there to help you, so dont be afraid to ask questions. Work is done on time always, but they arent afriad to take their time to make sure the job is done right.
Great products, great culture, lots to learn about integrating with other organizations
SYSTEMS ENGINEER (Current Employee) – Sunnyvale, CA – August 8, 2017
A typical day at work is going on sales calls, giving networking product portfolio overview presentations, demonstrating products, creating Bills of Material (BOMs), etc. All the things that a typical PreSales Engineer does in support of retiring quota.
I learned that there's a reason Aruba Networks consistently takes market share away from Cisco. They listen to their customers and consistently invest in bringing the best networking products in the industry to market.
Line management is spread too thin and very "tribal." If they didn't hire you, they don't look after you and you're pretty much on your own. I think this was because they were totally overwhelmed with their responsibilities.
The culture is excellent. "We're the best. We kick butt and take names." The rank and file are always learning from each other and always willing to jump in and help.
The hardest part of the job was navigating all of the unspoken rules about the dos and don'ts, and the correct way to do PreSales without feedback or guidance from management. You're just expected to know how.
The most enjoyable part of the job was winning way more often than not and working with absolutely top-shelf true professionals.
Great internal technical training opportunities
Line management spread way too thin, completely overwhelmed, and very distracted so almost entirely "hands off"
Great if you work at corporate, avoid like the plague if your in the field
Systems Engineer (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – July 31, 2015
One glance through the reviews on most sites and you'll quickly pick up on the culture of this company - if you work at corporate it sounds great. The problem is the corporate office has the attitude like the field sales is there to support them, rather than the other way around. If you're considering a field role here, I wouldn't touch this company. The mid level and most of the upper management were promoted internally as the company grew and came here because they couldn't hack it at places like Cisco. What you have now are a lot of first time managers that feel like they built the company so it's there way or no way. A lot of the current job openings are the result of departures or the back stab that happened when they were sold to HP - who cares about the partnerships and relationships with Dell, Juniper, Brocade and Alcatel-Lucent. If your buddies with management than it's all good and you'll probably do just fine, otherwise your just another tool to help them get further along. Cheapest company I've ever worked for when it comes to travel and any type of marketing material or resources. They would rather spend the money on free massages for employees at corporate.
Work life balance is significantly tilted towards work.
Basically, whatever they tell you about this company in any interview - go 180 degrees away from that and you'll have how it really is.
Approach the CEO or any of the managers (if you actually could because they all have an entitlement attitude) and see how they are as people. Biggest set of me first people I've ever met anywhere ever.
Work life balance, cheapest company I've ever worked for