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Horrible upper-management

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Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lake Mary, FL
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lake Mary, FL

I worked at Xyratex

Pros

If you're lucky enough to get a good direct report manager you will be happy. Unfortunately, Xyratex is not in the business of hiring such people. You are more likely to work for somebody who not only threatens you often and openly insults you but someone who acts like a school-yard bully in trying to corral support for a software process gone haywire.

Cons

Xyratex has recently shifted to a new software process called Team Software Process but internally it is referred to as something else for licensing reasons. This process involves a very top-down organization where architects (you won't be one) write specifications which instruct you on everything. Following receiving the document, you write 2 more which are each approved by architects, then you program the assignment, and get it approved. Then you can compile and test. All along you are forced to record how many defects you generate. Assuming your team leader doesn't modify your reports to make you look worse, these numbers will be held against you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat your employees like human beings instead of code monkeys. Just because you've outsourced 60 jobs to India and Ukraine doesn't mean you are able to treat US workers any differently.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Xyratex

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware of this company, looks good but some managers are very hostile if you complain

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    If you have the right manager it looks like it can be a good experience.

    Cons

    Some managers are so bad and some are micromanagers. Its a bad experience if you fall into that situation. All the glitter falls away and there seems to be no place to hide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Scotts Valley, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    Good benifits if they allow you to use them. Good 401K but no matching from the company, used to have ESPP.

    Cons

    Current management makes it difficult to perform when they lock them selves away and only come out when it is absoluly necessarry. Management by intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the upper level management in the Fremont SI division. They are only in it for themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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