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4 people found this helpful  

It's a company that is on the decline

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

I worked at Xyratex

Pros

A lot of very talented Engineers work here and the commitment that they have shown has been extraordinary. Facilities are good and staff are generally provided whatever tools are needed to do their jobs effectively

Cons

There appears to have been significant cronyism going on at senior management level in the last couple of years within the SI Division, leading to the Division following a strategy that is not appropriate for the industry in which SI operates, as the senior staff team now has insufficient HDD industry experience or knowledge (those with experience and who disagreed with the strategy get removed). The Division now operates with significantly higher numbers of VP's, Snr Directors & Directors than ever before, yet the revenue is less than 2006 ($385m then, $343m in 2010)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Starting at the SI EVP level and working downwards, dismantle the SI team that has been brought in over the last couple of years and rebuild

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    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
  2. 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.

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    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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