In the heart of Hungary's capital, our cross-functional Budapest office is young, innovative and dynamic, with a burning passion for table football.
Centrally located between the UK and Asia, Budapest is a vibrant, busy office with a team of around 120 people. It regularly plays hosts to company events, meetings, conferences and product launches.
Location & Surroundings
The office is on the Pest side of the city, about 1.5km south of the river is a dynamic area that’s been the focus of a large regeneration programme in recent years. We are on the 5th floor of a modern, mixed-use building, surrounded by many shops, restaurants and malls.
Our younger employees tend to live quite locally as they want to be downtown, close to all the city action, but we also have many people with families who prefer to live a little further out of the centre and commute into work by bike or public transport.
We have teams working across many areas of the business, including systems IP, open-source software, finance, engineering and talent development. The office grew out of Arm’s acquisition of Duolog Technologies Ltd, which mainly focused on design and verification services. Our first Budapest office opened in 2003, we moved to our current location in 2016, and have grown steadily since then – from around 50 people to our current 120.
“Budapest is a very social office. There’s a living room for people to relax in with PlayStation, X-Box and board games, and we often have office competitions – the table football tournament is taken very seriously here!”
Design is really important in the Budapest office. We wanted to have a really unique look, so there are loads of interesting design elements – lots of glass, contemporary furniture, and buzzwords on the walls. One of the recurrent themes is the use of electronic circuits, which run around the doors and walls – we wanted a visual reminder of the industry we all work in. Each meeting room is named after a different Hungarian inventor, like Ernő Rubik (who invented the Rubik’s Cube) and Albert Szent-Györgyi (who discovered Vitamin C). However, we’ve kept these bold design ideas to the meeting rooms and shared areas, as we didn’t want the workspace to feel too overloaded and distracting.
Our building is BREEM-certified, which means it’s been built to eco-friendly standards. We also have an outside terrace where we have BBQs in summer.
Lunch and leisure time
There are lots of good cafes and restaurants nearby, so people often hang out together over lunch or after work. The street just outside our office hosts events throughout the year – like beer festivals, craft fairs or Christmas markets – so there’s often something interesting going on nearby.
Budapest is a very social office. There’s a living room for people to relax in with PlayStation, X-Box and board games, and we often have office competitions – the table football tournament is taken very seriously here!
The office has won several workplace awards and has also featured in local newspapers and Forbes Hungary. We also host regular activities – once a year, we organise a makeover project, where the whole office gets together to help renovate somewhere in a day. Recently we’ve helped to refurbish a local kindergarten and a children’s hospital ward.
We’re also making good progress on gender balance: 12% of our team are female, and we also have a female managing director. That’s something we hope to continue to improve over the next few years.