Xilinx Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Inexperienced and bad managers destroying 20 years of value

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (5)

    Xilinx in decline

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    What happened in the past 8 years?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    BEWARE!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a "male" and a "schmoozer" you will do well.

    Cons

    "Boys Club"; Untrained managers; 50+ Get fired; Resistant to new technologies.

    Advice to Management

    1. Take formal classes on how to manage engineering professionals. 2. Try to learn technical aspects of area you are managing. 3. Leave emotional baggage at home.


  6. Helpful (5)

    The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Support in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Support in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The good are my co-workers. Location is good being in west SJ. Cafeteria is decent.

    Cons

    The bad is upper management - they just don't have people management skills. A continuous string of "restructurings" and outsourcing of jobs to Singapore. Upper management is rewarded for cost reductions at all costs, unfortunately they have cut too deep and too much experience has been lost. Not a recoverable situation. Also, the company bet the farm on dominating the 28nm node - well that didn't quite happen. Not good if you are planning on a lasting career here. Lot's of pressure to keep treading water.

    Advice to Management

    The ugly - upper management needs to be replaced. The board needs to seriously think about replacing the current CEO. The problem is they won't attract top flight talent, so bring Wim back!!!


  7. Helpful (9)

    Cold and depressing - It's a very unfriendly place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a. Location: In the valley b. Legacy mainstream products work well in the field c. Customers are buffered from the effects of the mismanagement of the last few years d. Cafeteria

    Cons

    a. "Mean"agement will grin and stab you - (if you are thinking of a marketing job, look elsewhere) b. There is no work-life balance since Moshe and his SVPs took control - (bring Wim out of retirement please!) c. Poor job security - if you're not one of the favored employees d. Marketing is clueless about what customers want and management will force their will on the customer e. Performance management culture came with lousy HR VP from cadence and managers abuse it now.

    Advice to Management

    Leave or ask the board to sell Xilinx to a stronger company. It is not sufficient to keep increasing the cash dividend to shareholders. Xilinx has stalled compared to Altera, to which we have lost market share since 2010. Altera also has the lead in 40nm which is going to lead to market loss in the coming years as well.


  8. Helpful (11)

    Formerly the best place to work; now, it’s the worst place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - dedicated and caring employees - extremely hard working employee who try to care about the company - great if you're in the inner circle

    Cons

    - insane long hours - no advancement possible - questionable management decisions - unrealistic expectations set by mangement - staff work in fear of losing their jobs - expect a summer and winter shutdown

    Advice to Management

    You need to care more about the employee.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Went from great place to work to a chore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice coworkers, good working conditions, ok working hours All that remains from previous management: but for how long

    Cons

    Inept management, just follows whoever sounds the most convincing (and most of the time that's not the most competent). Only looking at saving money. Replacing the experienced people leaving with kids fresh of Indian universities. As a consequence no more innovation: our main competitor who was way behind us has now taken the lead technologically and the gap is increasing. More good people are leaving as it is obvious that the management is only counting dollars but has no idea where to go. To be promoted you need to be friends with the right people now, does not matter what you do, just be convincing. It's sad to see such a good company with good people, great technology, loosing all that and become a place you go just to get your paycheck while the incompetents good talkers get huge bonuses in reward to be yes men to management.

    Advice to Management

    Judge on the facts, not on the talks. Or listen to the real workers, not the managers/VP that say everything is all right while it is obvious that something is broken. We are way behind our competitor now. You're nor hiring competent people now, only the cheapest engineers that you can find in India & US. Maybe the margins are getting better on the short term, but we're loosing big market shares I guess you are just interested in your big bonuses now..


  10. Helpful (10)

    It was a dream job in the beginning.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When Xilinx gets a better senior management team, maybe they will climb out of the hole that they are in today.

    Cons

    The current senior management is terrible. Where is Wim and Bernie when you need them? 2009, 2010 was like a huge experiment to Moshe and his cronies. We were kicking Altera's tail until they current management took over.

    Advice to Management

    They need to accept the fact that Altera now has surpassed Xilinx. The customers that Xilinx lost will likely very difficult to win back. From this point forward, if Moshe and company don't start listening to suggestions, the board will eventually ask them to start packing.


  11. Helpful (10)

    Gone down the drain.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Latest technology. Highly profitable company and comparativley stable employment. Colleagues are usually nice to work with.

    Cons

    Bad employment review process, become worse with new managment. Mismanaged the last few product cycles of past 4-5years and losing market share. Limited opportunity for career growth unless you can talk BS with mid- and upper-level managemtn. Too many senior people not doing anything and executives lack of communication and outsourcoing all new jobs to India and Singapore.

    Advice to Management

    Do evaluation of how the rank employees feel and try to do a better job of determining deadlines and project goals.



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