Xilinx Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov
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Pros
  • Some flexibility in time keeping helps with the work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • flexible work hours, high gross margin (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • No career growth, no idea when senior management will close the site for another low cost center (in 26 reviews)

  • very poor work-life balance for some groups, while other groups have almost no work (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Xilinx - solid place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Xilinx is a cutting edge, industry leading organization - the teams are innovative and always looking ahead to the next generation of products. Work-life balance is what you make of it and depends on the team and project you work on. Overall, people still say "Good Morning" and "Hello" to you when you see them at the office and just don't walk by you in a rush. You can still see the contributions you make in the final product of whatever you do. Pay for performance is in effect at Xilinx. The people here are awesome to work with.

    Cons

    As with any position and company, the workload is what you make of it - you can work as much as you need to - if you choose to stay at work late to accomplish what you need to do, then it must be done - being an industry leader often requires the extra effort.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path we are headed now. Recent challenges have directed us to step up our game and we need to ensure that we stay innovative and maintain our quality.

  2. Helpful (10)

    Once an AMAZING company, squandered by horrible leadership

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very amazing technology, and some fantastic, collaborative, awesome people that still exist throughout the company. OK pay and benefits, but it is common knowledge that the salaries are dictated to be slightly below market averages in N.A.. In the past year or so, the mostly-fairly-new executive staff at least appears to be *trying* to respond to low moral after all of the off-shoring and layoffs. And in San Jose, at the corporate headquarters, there's a sparkley new Gym!

    Cons

    Xilinx went from having a very popular, charismatic leader named Wim Roelandts, with a very obvious interest in the companies technology, people, and culture, to the most uncharismatic, incompetent CEO in the history of CEOs.

    Wim was a very charismatic leader, both internally and externally in the industry. The executive staff of his tenure took great measures to avoid layoffs during the big downturn from the "dot-com bubble" bursting in 2000. Wim took a 20% paycut, and the rest of paycuts were on a sliding scale according to the salary grades - from 15% for the Senior VPs, down to no paycuts for hourly workers. Hiring freeze, salary freeze, mandatory extra vacation, and an extra Summer shutdown were all instituted, and Xilinx was one of very few semiconductor companies in the Valley that avoided a layoff - and in the ensuing years, they gradually backed off on all of the cost-cutting measures. The result was a huge pride amongst employees, and the company coincidentally dominated the programmable logic marketplace. Xilinx participated in the Fortune Magazine's Top-100-Companies to work for in the mid-2000's, and consistently ranked at the top of the charts - several times breaking into the top-10. Xilinx was very well known to be a great company and a great place to work.

    Unfortunately, those who had been at Xilinx since those days witnessed a complete paradigm shift in the corporate culture from one that had encouraged hiring the best, most talented and passionate engineers and workers and taking great measures to foster internal collaboration and innovation, to one filled with political infighting, fear, competition, and anti-collaboration.

    The new CEO is quite poor at public speaking (see him in any public interviews? Isn't this a key part of a CEO's job?), has no real interest in the company's technology (known to get mad at people who try to talk about Xilinx technology with him at offsites), and has demonstrated absolutely no care for the corporate culture, people, or technology that existed at Xilinx before him, other than keeping some shining stars that make him look good and whatever gets him to his short-term bonus targets. And unfortunately, this mentality has trickled down. Long gone are Xilinx's CREATIVE internal values. The new CEO and his staff have successfully instituted a corporate culture centered around internal-competition and fear. They carried out the first publicly announced layoff in the company's history in June of 2008, shortly after the new CEO took the reins, and followed it with a second layoff about 1 year later, never doing anything whatsoever to deal with the bottoming-out moral. Meanwhile, Xilinx chewed through a few Executive VPs of HR - an obvious bellwether of a deep-rooted problem. Don't agree with the treating employees like cattle, and flipping the company? out! They instituted "stacked ranking" focal reviews along with the layoffs, and the company continued to bleed-out it's talent - many great people left on their own volition. In 2014, HR tried to offer a feux-change in the focal review system, which ultimately just turned out to be the same thing with a different name! Every employee found it was a total joke, but most middle management didn't dare to provide that feedback to their superiors.

    Many of these issues exist to some degree at a lot of mid-to-large size companies, but at Xilinx right now the issues are on the border of being out-of-control. In the short-term I expect the company to continue to innovate and do well - they are deriving new products and technologies following an outstanding history of development and delivery. There are still a lot of great processes and people, many of which/whom have been there for a long time. There are great individual contributors and lower level managers that exist throughout the company, and the brand is solid and still held in high regard with the customer base. Those employees who love to compete (as well as those who maybe occasionally backstab) will do quite well. But, in the medium/long-term, unless there is a big flip in the executive staff, I expect a potential collapse. We'll see...

    Advice to Management

    Mid-management: good luck surviving!
    Executive-management: shame on you!

  3. Helpful (4)

    Hard to work with upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for within semiconductor engineering

    Cons

    Too many policies to follow, slow or no response from management, very limited to no support from other cross functional groups, multiple levels of unnecessary approvals are required for simple project

    Advice to Management

    Managers need some serious training to be able to listen to direct reports and be open for change - Working for 10 or 15+ years at Xilinx doesn't make one a good manager or a leader

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A place where you are just another number that is expendable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, very good work life balance.

    Cons

    No career growth, no idea when senior management will close the site for another low cost center

    Advice to Management

    Stop caring about your own pockets!

  6. Helpful (5)

    Mushroom management (look it up)

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    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good pay. Still a market leader through just going only through process nodes.

    Cons

    Don't get sick. Even if you're confined to bed rest in a hospital they'll still keep calling you asking you to come in. Lip service is paid to caring for employees; meaningless offsites address the symptoms, not problems.

    Advice to Management

    We're not robots. Bottom line and cutting corners are not everything. Get real managers and reposition those Peter Principle failures pervading your company. They may have been brilliant technically once but now they're all office politicians.

  7. Helpful (1)

    financial analyst

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Xilinx as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly people and staff culture

    Cons

    not transparent in every way and anything unpredictable can happen

    Advice to Management

    extensive payoffs occur!

  8. Helpful (2)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xilinx

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    WAS a great company to work for.

    Cons

    It WAS a great company to work for

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the Wim years on how to run a company

  9. Helpful (5)

    Bozoland

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Verification Engineer
    Current Employee - Verification Engineer

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still has good products that good people built in the past. Big beast, will take time to die. Makes solid profits due to established business ties.

    Cons

    The software division has become a circus. SIPD means "Software Intern Pampering Division'. Reading the reviews here, I see that interns like it here. Sure, they will find their friend interns, twice or thrice their age, all over the management ranks. You will see them riding on real workers everywhere. There are hundreds of them, can't miss it.

    If you have seen the movie Jumanji, you will know what I mean. These things reflect in the poor quality next gen software being shipped out with much fanfare. No one has a clue what they are doing, and have no experience writing customer oriented software. Even when you tell them,they can't undestand the issues.

    Now, you pray that there will really be some Jumanji.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for anything. These management follks are deaf, dumb and blind, or pretend to be so. Any advice is useless.

  10. Wastage of human resources

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely 0 pressure. Schedules are reasonably flexible. Nice leave structure.

    Cons

    1. Pay isn't on par with industry
    2. If you are a digital designer, you are going to be thoroughly disappointed. There is no design work that you would do that you would be proud of. The biggest block I did had a gate count of few hundred gates with 0 complexity

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. Helpful (5)

    Used to be a great company, now not so

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was top shelf, but has certainly leveled off.
    A leader in their industry.
    The company is profitable and has money to spend.

    Cons

    It is simply a grind. Do what you are told, hit deadlines, perform better than your peers, do it all again next review period. Do same thing next review period, except better. Impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Current pace is unsustainable. Good people are leaving due to unrealistic work environment.

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