Xilinx Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
392 Reviews
3.1
392 Reviews
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Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some flexibility in time keeping helps with the work-life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • Still many good people working there and there's reasonable work/life balance (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • The values of honesty and transparency have been eliminated by senior management by making employees fearful (in 25 reviews)

  • very poor work-life balance for some groups, while other groups have almost no work (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mushroom management (look it up)

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    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good pay. Still a market leader through just going only through process nodes.

    Cons

    Don't get sick. Even if you're confined to bed rest in a hospital they'll still keep calling you asking you to come in. Lip service is paid to caring for employees; meaningless offsites address the symptoms, not problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're not robots. Bottom line and cutting corners are not everything. Get real managers and reposition those Peter Principle failures pervading your company. They may have been brilliant technically once but now they're all office politicians.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    financial analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xilinx as a contractor

    Pros

    friendly people and staff culture

    Cons

    not transparent in every way and anything unpredictable can happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    extensive payoffs occur!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xilinx

    Pros

    WAS a great company to work for.

    Cons

    It WAS a great company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the Wim years on how to run a company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bozoland

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Verification Engineer
    Current Employee - Verification Engineer

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Still has good products that good people built in the past. Big beast, will take time to die. Makes solid profits due to established business ties.

    Cons

    The software division has become a circus. SIPD means "Software Intern Pampering Division'. Reading the reviews here, I see that interns like it here. Sure, they will find their friend interns, twice or thrice their age, all over the management ranks. You will see them riding on real workers everywhere. There are hundreds of them, can't miss it.

    If you have seen the movie Jumanji, you will know what I mean. These things reflect in the poor quality next gen software being shipped out with much fanfare. No one has a clue what they are doing, and have no experience writing customer oriented software. Even when you tell them,they can't undestand the issues.

    Now, you pray that there will really be some Jumanji.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for anything. These management follks are deaf, dumb and blind, or pretend to be so. Any advice is useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Wastage of human resources

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Absolutely 0 pressure. Schedules are reasonably flexible. Nice leave structure.

    Cons

    1. Pay isn't on par with industry
    2. If you are a digital designer, you are going to be thoroughly disappointed. There is no design work that you would do that you would be proud of. The biggest block I did had a gate count of few hundred gates with 0 complexity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company, now not so

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary was top shelf, but has certainly leveled off.
    A leader in their industry.
    The company is profitable and has money to spend.

    Cons

    It is simply a grind. Do what you are told, hit deadlines, perform better than your peers, do it all again next review period. Do same thing next review period, except better. Impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current pace is unsustainable. Good people are leaving due to unrealistic work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    New software pushing company to death bed

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    Former Employee - FAE  in  Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - FAE in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Xilinx full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Established business, but shrinking slowly. Good profit margin. decent salary for semiconductor industry.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment. Lots of internal conflicts and clouts due to poor quality new software being pushed out to customers. Good people are let go. Company spent hundreds of millions of dollars and trusted some incapable people to develop it. Now it is struggling with the mistake and punishing the customers by forcing them to adopt new software that is not complete or stable, and is worse than old one. Instead of focusing on necessary areas, company spent big money on this useless piece, while the competition is surging ahead in key areas.

    This will finish the company..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customer needs. Focus on employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Inexperienced and bad managers destroying 20 years of value

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ok salary and profitability. Ok work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very incompetent and inexperienced management team in PPG running the show. People are used as step stones for these almost-corrupt folks to climb higher and higher. It is surprising how they keep fooling the highest management. The rank and file are filled up with goof-up and hush-up guys.

    There are admins, and then there are bad admins on high heels with management dsesignations. And then there are the swollen face employees. Do yourself a favor. Get some other job that pays you 10-20% less, you will be happier. Unless you are of the above type.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just leave and never come back. The company needs a complete overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Xilinx in decline

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Xilinx full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    WAS a great company to work for. There was a great feeling of camaraderie and you worked with smart, enthusiastic people every day.

    Cons

    Current management seems to be a clique. If you are in the clique things are great, if not you will eventually get fired in a quarterly cost cutting move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. You are driving a once great place to work into a very sub-ordinary company. Your competition will continue to outpace you because they get it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    What happened in the past 8 years?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. That's about it.

    Cons

    It's only the OK salary that gives me any satisfaction. Every three months, they have us working ridiculous 7-day-a-week, 12-hour schedules. This lasts for about a month. Repeat two months later. No time off in between. How does executive management solve the problem? It's a 3-prong approach: a) management takes week-long, unbooked vacations to Aspen in the heat of the work cycle, b) have a few rounds of morale-boosting layoffs, and c) not hire, even to cover headcount. Hey, at least margins are up... temporarily.

    In my nearly 20 years, this is easily the worst I've seen it. Don't just take it from this disgruntled employee; our internal employee surveys show the same thing. I wish I could share the results of our survey from the past 2 years. It's very eye-opening to everyone, except those in management (the very same who interpret the survey and act on the results).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company was on the list of best places to work a few short years ago. You had employees cheering for the company. Then, someone swooped in and created a an environment of fear. In all sincerity, it is time to remove certain key players in management and replace them with people who know how to keep employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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