Xyratex

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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
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  1. 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good at the top, good at the bottom, crud in between

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

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    Cutting edge projects starting at ideas creation through to implementation.
    Great people to work with day to day, I miss my old team.

    Cons

    There is an ethos in line management of knowledge being power. Information stops in the middle, I know it comes from the top and then simply stops in the mind of the middle manager. These same middle managers take the ideas of staff, rubbish them, and then present them as their own. The kind of attitude that makes politicians look honest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look. Get in independent experts. Then fire a heap of the dross that is getting in the way of progress. There are talented people with good ideas, let them shine by removing the people who kick them down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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