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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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inconsistent

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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 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Xyratex SI Fremont Management is Terrible, Period!!!

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    Former Employee - Ex=Employee - Xyratex SI Fremont  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Ex=Employee - Xyratex SI Fremont in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    There are only three pros, and in better economic times none are compelling enough to consider working for Xyratex in Fremont.

    1) The fellow Fremont SI development team is wonderful (under different management we could do great things)
    2) Pay is decent.
    3) Benefits are decent

    Cons

    1) The SI Fremont management is terrible; its the worst I've ever worked for, period.

    2) Project planning is terrible and a known issue that the Xyratex SI - Fremont management continues to ignore. In my tenure with the company, I never saw a project, regardless of size, completed within 9 months. However, every project is allocated 4 months, and in reality most take 9, 12, or 15 months to complete due to a complete lack of vision and direction by management.

    3) Excessive overtime is expected or out right demanded without consideration for the personal life of the employee (FYI: many on the development team worked 3 to 4 man-months of uncompensated overtime in 2010).

    4) With only two or three customers left in the magnetic storage industry, the business cycles for Xyratex SI Fremont have significant peaks and valleys. Hence, job security is non-existent unless you follow managements orders for overtime, spur of the moment international travel, and doing "whatever it takes" to stay in the graces of middle to upper management.

    5) Fear and bullying are the common methods used by management toward employees.

    6) Vacation is difficult to use because of overtime, excessive work loads, and consistent stream blazing wildfires. Laptops and cell phones are given to employees while on vacation. Nice vacation, huh?

    7) Executive management seems to direct by immediate business performance and its impact on short term stock price performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management, there are two business axiom you should know:

    1) The coal-face workers are the best personnel to rely on for identifying business, operational, and development issues.
    2) The coal-face workers have many great ideas on solving these issues, if only you would listen..

    The reality TV show Undercover Boss is proof to this fact, as well as the accounts of more successful executives.

    This forum contains feedback from what looks to be a majority of rank and file workers. Based on these axioms and this forum then; Fremont SI management is a major issue and removing a majority of that middle management is part of the solutions to improving business performance, moral, employee retention, customer perception, and growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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