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Fall from one of the best workplaces in the valley to just another place to make a living

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

I worked at Xilinx

Pros

Xilinx has interesting, compelling technology which makes it a fun place for an engineer. The blend of silicon, software, IP, DSP, embedded and memory mean that there is always a new challenge around the corner.

Cons

Lack of vision, or of a clearly communicated vision.
Old, outdated processes.
Heavy-handed attempts to bring in new processes have employees feeling frustrated and devalued.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Xilinx is going through growing pains. The quality of leadership in the next few years can either make or break the company. Communicate a compelling vision, add good processes, and bring back the strong sense of community - there will be no stopping you then.

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    Too much cynicism

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    Fascinating technology, promising new product line in development
    Many bright minds, still some veterans around from "the vintage years"
    Good work - life balance, flexible work hours
    Company survived economy crisis and executive management turmoil, so if you survived the big layoffs and your manager likes you, your job is pretty save

    Cons

    The 10-70-20 pay for performance system is a joke. It chokes teamwork and kills communication. Coworkers keep their bright ideas to themselves and don't tell you about important developments because they want to get all the kudos alone. Management and now even fellow coworkers do not stop talking about efficiency and do literally everything to become more visible to Moshes staff through focusing on short-term success instead of looking at the bigger picture. Xilinx has become a PowerPoint company and you only get promoted when you have the sexiest foils, not real innovation. "Stealth" layoffs on the senior management and VP level are continuing and you can see the fear in your managers eyes when you talk about an idea whose implementation would require some guts and real engineering, not PowerPoint. The many re-orgs made the managers who survived lose their confidence and they became weak and devoid of imagination. Optimism is hard to find within Xilinx these days and cynicism is omnipresent, which makes me sad. We have such a great legacy of wonderful innovation and we are at a point where we could push the technology to the next level and build the next big thing, but there seems to be nobody left who believes in that. The new executive replacement board only tries to milk Xilinx' legacy to harvest as many $$$ as possible before they move on to the next job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value those employees again that make real and continuous contributions over many years, instead of punishing them with your dull 6-monthly focal reviews where the biggest show-offs score. Foster innovation, not kiss-up kick-down. Make people talk to each other and work as a team again. With enforcing the fossilized 10-70-20 rule even in small groups with less than 30 people, you seed egomania, mistrust and jealousy. To spark excitement about our products amongst the employees again you first need to get excited about them yourselves!

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    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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