A center of Arm IP integration and connection, in this lively city of Ireland's west coast.
Arm’s Irish office is located in the lively city of Galway on the Atlantic coast. Known as Ireland’s cultural heart, it boasts a richly historic center, thriving arts and festival scene (crowned by the International Arts Festival every summer), long sandy beaches and the two-mile Salthill waterside promenade.
Arm Ireland came about as the result of Arm’s 2014 acquisition of Duolog, a company focused on IP Tooling and SoC Integration. There are now 55 people on the team, which represents a near-doubling in size, but by Arm standards, it’s still quite a small office. You get to enjoy the benefits, resources and interesting technology that come with working in a fast-moving worldwide enterprise like Arm, while being part of a tight-knit, friendly team. Bigger offices may need to organize team-building and social events, but here socializing seems to happen quite organically!
Arm Ireland occupies the second floor of a light, modern building on the Mervue Business & Technology Park, a 20-minute walk from the city center.
All the teams in Galway are focused on software engineering. We take on key product development for both the Central Engineering Systems and Machine Learning (ML). On the Central Engineering Systems side, the Galway team is fully responsible for developing the Socrates product, a tool for Arm IP configuration and integration that originates from the acquisition; and we deliver the Arm and ML software stack on the Central Engineering side. We work in open-source software and collaborate on a project level with many other Arm offices, but our primary intersects are with Cambridge, Lund and Austin.
“You get to enjoy the benefits, resources and interesting technology that come with working in a fast-moving worldwide enterprise like Arm while being part of a tight-knit, friendly team.”
Lunch and leisure time
There’s no in-house restaurant but we do have what we call the ‘canteen’, a sociable area for Arm people where you can bring your own food or get a takeaway with colleagues. More often than not, you’ll find some sort of treat on the side in here for shared consumption, thanks to a number of keen bakers on the staff and a long-standing office tradition of people bringing back treats when they’ve travelled to other Arm offices. When someone comes back from a trip, people hotfoot it to the canteen to check out what’s there.
Out and about, there’s no shortage of eating options on the tech park and close by on the Tuam Road – and interesting eating and drinking options abound in the city center. We like to bring teams together at lunch to celebrate product releases or project milestones, or just having got something good done. If we have Arm visitors from other offices, we might search out that perfect pint of Guinness in a classic city center pub-like Murphy’s Bar or Tigh Neachtain.
Volunteering and fundraising are an important part of office life. In an event we called Walktober, as an office we committed to walking the equivalent length of the Irish coastline together, which is over 3,000 kilometres. People set individual targets and raised money, and we also enjoyed sharing photos of our travels on a dedicated Slack channel. Also, working with Junior Achievement Ireland, Arm people go into local schools to help deliver STEM topics and give insights into working life.