Xyratex Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
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  1. Builder

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    Former Employee - Builder in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Builder in West Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Xyratex full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    12hr shifts, 25 cent brake room.

    Cons

    Work was cut do to bad economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. I had a lot of experience in xyratex I was started line assembly, configurations and inspector.

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    Former Employee - Production Line/Inspector/Sorter in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Production Line/Inspector/Sorter in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Xyratex full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    First of all I love to my work there, I do all the challenges and opportunity they give me a chance to be inspector .

    Cons

    My challenges to work is I work in different lines and everytime they need my help i do all my best. regarding the benefits I am satisfied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To continue to serve the clients and satisfactions and go for the goal a ssccessfull.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Enjoyed working for a fast pace and growing company started in 2003 it was very small company about 50 people.

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Xyratex full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime great place to work many job tasks to perform lots of production order to be filled and shipped out around the world

    Cons

    There were lots of different tasks that needed the be performed and in lots of cases the supervisor were not capable of getting the job done on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Enjoyable company for some, not for others

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    Current Employee - Production Planner in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Production Planner in West Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great location, great PTO vacation schedule, supportive management

    Cons

    Heavy workload for operators, imbalance if work and personal time, several layoffs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Has the potential for great things, but needs to execute

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Pros

    - great technology
    - business has economies of scale to leverage
    - blue chip customers
    - good direct management
    - talented recent hires

    Cons

    - limited financial upside opportunities
    - does not invest in internal IT (7 year old email system!)
    - not a fun or cool place to work
    - executives not accountable for product slippage or deficiencies
    - UK based company does not have Silicon Valley drive!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold senior executives accountable for their deliverables.
    Staff needs motivation, limited visibility of management does not help the situation. There is hard work ahead to reach the next level of success and there is little drive from management to motivate staff to go the extra mile.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Great people but chaos reigns

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havant, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havant, England (UK)

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In general the people are great and there is a determination to get products out and 'do the right thing'.
    Having been in the company a long time I can honestly say I've always been keen to get on with the job and never dreaded going into work.

    Cons

    The company hasn't really matured from the small company it once was, fire-fighting seems to be the preferred operating method and there is very little progress in process improvement (or creation in some cases)
    The company is becoming increasingly silo-ed with fewer capable leaders in the teams so there's greater reliance on a small number of people to hold everything together
    Any career development you do will be on your own and you may not see any pay-rise for promotions or greater responsibility. If you are good your pay will fall behind your performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some meaningful changes to bring the workings of the company under-control - small steps at first, stop trying to implement the latest buzz-words when the basics aren't right, get the foundations sorted before trying to build the house.

    Control change within the company. There is too much, too frequently and it is almost exclusively superficial with very little impact.

    Finally - look after your top performing staff before they all leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Xyratex Canada a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - lots of natural light
    - Great group of employees, each very talented
    - Working on rebranding the company, and migrating company to a software company from hardware
    - Downtown Kitchener location, in the heart of the city
    - Lots of interesting technologies
    - Paid parking ( its downtown )
    - 3 min walk to bus station, right next to city hall

    Cons

    - Still pretty new so lots of areas of growth
    - Distributed team, but improving as this office is growing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the direction and grown towards a software model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Xyratex's new Canadian office is a great place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Downtown location
    Nice open concept office with lots of windows!
    Amazing team
    Exciting projects with innovation and creativity
    Agile environment
    Working on some really cool code that will be utilized across the company
    Helping to drive company direction

    Cons

    Parking is a bit far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Good career progression opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues.
    Good direct management.
    Investing in new technology at last.

    Cons

    A dull working environment, could do with an injection of excitement.
    Long hours / heavy workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Principal Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting, cutting edge enterprise software and hardware.

    Cons

    After several public misses, things are rather stressful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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