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Xilinx Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
411 Reviews
3.2
411 Reviews
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Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov
Moshe Gavrielov
297 Ratings

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Pros
  • Some flexibility in time keeping helps with the work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • flexible work hours, high gross margin (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • No career growth, no idea when senior management will close the site for another low cost center (in 26 reviews)

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

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    What happened in the past 8 years?

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

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Xilinx

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 11 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx

    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 ManagementAdvice

    You need to care more about the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Went from great place to work to a chore

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    It was a dream job in the beginning.

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

    I worked at Xilinx

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Gone down the drain.

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

    I worked at Xilinx

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Xilinx

    Pros

    Interesting, stimulating work, great peers.

    Cons

    When the new CEO took over, he destroyed the culture, instituted annual (for the two years he's been there) layoffs, generated mistrust and loathing among the staff, and developed a reputation for not listening to those in the trenches who have done the work before. Xilinx used to be a wonderful place to work; now it's a place people want to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff - and trust them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Is it possible that the "The Cadence Mafia" at Xilinx may work for Altera ? or Xilinx - WTF happened?

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

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    great technology
    interesting work
    smart technology people

    Cons

    Rank and rating system has destroyed most of what Xilinx was before "The Cadence Mafia" took over. This system will be the turning point of this company and will reduce it to a commodity developer with Altera taking more market share. Progress and innovation is NOT changing a brand with a new logo colour or a notional pyramid - are you trying to sell tennis shoes or deodorant? Users of these special parts don't care about a colour or a pyramid - they want great silicon and tools based on the legacy of 25 years of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting some of the science projects was a good idea. However, you are taking this too far into a commodity scenario.
    Drop the new rank and rating system - unless the goal is to further purge the US work force.
    Realize that "offshoring" your workers is more costly than what dollars alone can measure. Man up to the reality that the strategy seems to layoff as much of the US side of Xilinx and "hire" the whole of India. There is a collective vote of "no confidence" with the present leadership from the perspective of employees NOT in the LSI - Cadence crew.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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