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Has the potential for great things, but needs to execute

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

I have been working at Xyratex

Pros

- great technology
- business has economies of scale to leverage
- blue chip customers
- good direct management
- talented recent hires

Cons

- limited financial upside opportunities
- does not invest in internal IT (7 year old email system!)
- not a fun or cool place to work
- executives not accountable for product slippage or deficiencies
- UK based company does not have Silicon Valley drive!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hold senior executives accountable for their deliverables.
Staff needs motivation, limited visibility of management does not help the situation. There is hard work ahead to reach the next level of success and there is little drive from management to motivate staff to go the extra mile.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outdated and Out of Touch

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

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    decent pay
    great people to work and travel with
    lots of personalities to learn from
    great technologists who are willing to share and collaborate
    ample free lunches and dinners

    Cons

    sweatshop for all engineers and technicians
    no communication from senior management
    senior management lock themselves in their offices
    bicker with customer - philosophy of "customer is right only when they agree with us"
    do not understand the needs of the customer
    in-fighting between technical and marketing deparments
    poor market research / understanding
    loyalty is strictly a one-way street
    lead from behind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand the voice of the market
    understand the voice of the customer
    involve yourselves with the "common worker" at all levels at least once quarterly
    be as straightforward with the employees as you expect them to be with you
    in other words, follow the advice of the "best" CEOs, and follow the "Golden Rule"
    Think about how these things stifle innovation.

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

    Inconsistent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn how to deal with difficult people
    The individual contributors are a joy to work with
    Travel to third world contries in Asia -get to see cultures at their best
    Pay is competitive

    Cons

    Cannot rely on the word of senior management
    too many offices with doors - closing the door is common practice, where passive-aggressive battles are waged by management
    Company values are written very vague, seemingly on purpose
    Backstabbing by senior management to all levels of employees is the standard operating procedure
    Poor communications by senior management with direct reports
    Poor performance feedback system - employees hit with surprises at end of year
    Devicive and vindictive managers toward technologists - bickering and infighting prevail
    Not constructive confrontation, but passive, destructive confrontation from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn the true meaning and value of these three words: honesty, integrity, honor
    not the dictionary meaning, and not to use as devicive tools, but as a way of being.
    Consider the impression given to customers - the are far more savvy then your realize.
    This is the true path to the success that remains out of the grasp of the SI division.
    Good luck - I know the heart of the Senior Staff is in the right place. It is mostly the directorship that does not understand.

    to Steve: sorry about the low rating toward you as a leader, but it is your team, so...we must hold you to the same standard that your leadership team holds us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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