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Xilinx Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
420 Reviews
3.2
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Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very new employee, good benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    Very new employee, good benefits

    Cons

    long commute from work to home

  2.  

    awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Xilinx as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance .great infrastructure

    Cons

    far from the people ..tiny area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging Times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong technical teams throughout the company. State of the art hardware and software products. Excellent customer relationships and good connections and support from the ecosystem partners. Good benefits, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Little opportunity to move positions between organizations, somewhat pigeon holed. Career development is identified as an issue, but difficult to find the time to really work on improving a specific area due to the overall workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current strategies are not yielding sufficient growth. Another set of ideas and potential products are needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    More than 10 years working in Xilinx.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Once you got familiar with the first set of FPGA product, your knowledge requirement for continuous update will be very limited. You will not feel more pressure at all.

    Cons

    The product line is very similar from one generation to another. It's not very challenging to learn and develop advanced knowledge to follow industry lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management should explore the product line beyond FPGA scope. Shrink the die size should not be the major task from year to year. Explore the FPGA application and built semi-FPGA product could be the key for revenue growth. Should focus more on top-line growth instead of bottom line(cost cutting effort).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not So Great Anymore

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

    I worked at Xilinx

    Pros

    It was a company that was growing with lots of money in the bank, and was aggressively going after market share. FPGA is an in-demand product. Good customer support.

    Cons

    After Moshe Gavrielov became the CEO, Xilinx ceased to care about its employees. There were many layoffs, whereas with the former CEO, there were none. It became an unhealthy competitive environment pitting employee against employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need to create an environment of fear in order to motivate your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Once an AMAZING company, squandered by horrible leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    20 years this summer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Against traffic location, great people, great benefits.

    Cons

    Still fairly new executives, slowly accepting the original Xilinx values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    a good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    I've been working for Xilinx over 2 years, really work/life balance, good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    You have to look for you own career development, and there is very limited space to promote.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great tech - look for opps

    Cons

    Don't quit - look for opps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit changing so much

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    place to learn a lot

    Cons

    too self centric, doesnt take the career of the individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing much to say to management, just fine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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