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Executive Leadership Team Should Be Replaced: Midlevel Managers Pretending to Be Executives

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Xyratex

Pros

Lots of hard-working rank and file. If senior leadership is replaced with top-flight US execuitives, the company could really fly! Havant is not where it's happening, but it's still "headquarters".

Cons

UK headquarters are behind the times. Nothing innovatives comes out of Havant. Aging IBMers who live in a vacuum are the rule in Havant, UK. They just don't get it when it comes to investing in systems and processes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please replace the current executive leadership team in Havant. They are truly unqualified for their roles. They are ostriches with their heads in the sand and see change as too strenuous. Additionally, high tech innovation won't be coming out of the UK anytime soon or ever!

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run away fast!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    1) Close to home.
    2) Short commute to work.
    3) Some fun people to work with.

    Cons

    1) Management infighting.
    2) Complete lack of direction and support from upper to executive management.
    3) Very low employee morale.
    4) Stifling environment for bright and talented ideas.
    5) "Sneak attack" approach on company announcements.
    6) High costs spent due to poor management, direction and structure within company.
    7) Poor environment for growth or advancement.
    8) Reporting managers are spread all over the world with too many employees and too little time to actually manage you.
    9) Hibernation management style. Only come out when they need to, otherwise you would wonder if your boss is dead.
    10) Mentality that the United Kingdom is headquarters and therefore any decisions only come from that side.
    11) Many clueless individuals in the United Kingdom that do not know how to open doors and work with other individuals.
    12) Poor hiring practices. Hire individuals on board without really knowing what they want to do with that individual and or team.
    13) Lack of vision for future.
    14) Heavily resistant to change. Very fearful!
    15) Working for this company will not advance your career. It's more of like working in a vegetative state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a outside strategy consultant, fire some or all of upper management and replace with individuals who know what they're doing. If upper management doesn't have vision and can effectively communicate and implement this within middle management and to individual contributor roles then they have no business being employed. It all starts at the top!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a nice place to work, now full of confusion, tension and empty promises and lack of recognition.

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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

    Pros

    Xyratex is a good place to work if you want to meet nice people. The pension is OK and the company can be quite flexible to your personal needs. Training is a benefit if your manager see's fit.

    Cons

    The middle management is questionable to say the least. Confusion as to who does what is creeping in and tension is building throughout the company due to re-structuring.

    Empty promises are an everyday occurrence now. Rewarding hard working employees for their contributions seems to have diminished over the past few years, and even when a promise is made, it gets pushed further back and back until eventually forgotten about. Employees don't care as much any more due to lack of recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition big or small is a must. Unappreciated employees will not perform as well as they could otherwise do. A serious look into middle management is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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