Future-gazing research and product development in historic New England
The Arm Boston office overlooks the historic center of downtown Boston, with close connections to some of the US’s leading centers of thought.
A team of around 50 people work out of the building located in the Waltham district. Just across the street is the HQ of robotics firm Boston Dynamics, while the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and home of Harvard University are a short drive away.
The base in Waltham opened in 2017 following the acquisition of cycle-accurate prototyping business Carbon in 2015. The diverse team working out of Boston today is a mixture of longer-standing Arm people in the research groups, the original Carbon team, and new hires, having grown from a team of 30 when the office first opened. Every summer, interns arrive – some from the neighbouring universities – while students from North Eastern enjoy their semesters in the industry here.
Location/ immediate surroundings
As well as the chance to catch a glimpse of the robots being developed by Boston Dynamics or collaborate with researchers at MIT, the office is easily accessible from the Boston Logan International Airport and downtown Boston.
On a clear day, a walk-up nearby Prospect Hill will be rewarded with a view over the city skyline below.
“You also know you’re in New England, as these spaces carry names from the local vernacular. Your first meeting might be in Nor’easter, Bubblah, Chowdah or Wicked Good”
The focus in the office is on research, primarily in machine learning (ML), and product development – specifically modelling technologies. There are some marketing and sales roles as well, plugged into the ecosystem along the northeast coast of the US.
Teams in Boston are regularly working with the support services and design teams in Austin, as well as their colleagues and management groups in Cambridge and Manchester in the UK.
Lunch and leisure time
In the warmer months, there’s a weekly schedule for lunch options, as each day a different food truck will swing by Waltham 5th Avenue with a different cuisine on offer. The restaurant in the building next door is also a popular choice. For entertaining visitors, there’s plenty of great restaurants in central Waltham to choose from.
For exercise, there’s Prospect Hill, just a short walk away, and a gym in the office building.
There’s a close-knit, family-feel to office life in Boston. It’s an open office with a relatively small team, so everyone knows everyone. There’s a local event committee organizing leisure activities, an annual summer outing and festive get-togethers, while Team Arm – for volunteering and fundraising – have been involved in helping the local community – from trash collections through to micro:bit workshops with school students.
What makes the place feel like Arm?
You know you’re at Arm because of the language of Arm’s technology, engineering and IP being spoken in the collaborative spaces, as teams discuss their latest projects – together with the Arm-branded mugs of course. You also know you’re in New England, as these spaces carry names from the local vernacular. Your first meeting might be in Nor’easter, Bubblah, Chowdah or Wicked Good.