Xilinx Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Business Role in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Role in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The employees are extremely friendly and want to help others to be successful.
    They produce a great product.
    There are many opportunities to learn and try new things.
    For the most part most roles have a good work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is going through a transition. This is not uncommon for tech companies, but it is a bit disruptive to the work environment at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if we could hear from the Sr. Execs more often on business priorities, customer feedback and the industry environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Really comfortable learning environment

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

    I worked at Xilinx

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and willing to teach during my first couple of months. Lots of really smart people that are great at what they do.

    Cons

    I was hoping that my project was more collaborative, as I would have loved to interact more with the employees at Xilinx.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to focus on incorporating more fun activities within the workplace so employees can get to know each other better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Constant change

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary. Leader in market. Company not going away..

    Cons

    Constant state of fear of your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the politics to the government officials. Focus on running the business and respecting your employees.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    20 years this summer

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Against traffic location, great people, great benefits.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Challenging Times

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    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
  7. More than 10 years working in Xilinx.

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    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
  8. 9 people found this helpful

    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)

    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
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Great company, can be political

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great high tech focused company with exciting new things to work on often.
    Flexible work hours and vacation policies.

    Cons

    Sometimes too focused on the race for the next node and not focused on real innovation.
    It gets really political at the top, some decision are made without data and more for political and personal benefits rather than the good of Xilinx.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rationalize the innovations so that you do not go the way of so many companies who didn't stop to think and just continued doing what they always did.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Short term and Directionless

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Allow work from home
    Good benefits

    Cons

    No Mentorship
    No SMART Objectives
    Hierarchical decision making and axe will fall on lower level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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