Great products, great culture, lots to learn about integrating with other organizations
SYSTEMS ENGINEER (Current Employee) – Sunnyvale, CA – 8 August 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"