Xyratex
2.2 of 5 58 reviews
www.xyratex.com Havant, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Xyratex Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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2.2 58 reviews

                             

11% Approve of the CEO

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great people to work with, very talented in the mid-level of the organization"
    in 8 reviews
  • "It was close to home, but that has changed with all the reorganizations"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management are dreadful and completely out of touch with their employees"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Total disconnect between upper management and workers"
    in 5 reviews
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Xyratex Canada a great place to work

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Kitchener, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Xyratex full-time for less than a year

Pros- lots of natural light
- Great group of employees, each very talented
- Working on rebranding the company, and migrating company to a software company from hardware
- Downtown Kitchener location, in the heart of the city
- Lots of interesting technologies
- Paid parking ( its downtown )
- 3 min walk to bus station, right next to city hall

Cons- Still pretty new so lots of areas of growth
- Distributed team, but improving as this office is growing

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the direction and grown towards a software model

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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over 5 year at Operator

Operator (Current Employee)
Seremban Garden (Malaysia)

I have been working at Xyratex as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsAll person have good manner that work together friendly.

ConsReplace urgently damage trolley and six up.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo a head for your good action.

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A Highly Political and Unpleasant Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Xyratex full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood honest workers generally don't have the skills or disposition for functioning in a highly political environment like Xyratex. Xyratex is a highly political and an unpleasant place to work, making it more difficult to recruit good talent to compete effectively. The company usually buys the talent or expertise it doesn't have inside from the outside; keeps them around long enough to allow knowledge transfer to those who need it; and then throws them out during frequent lay-off cycles. Lots of people who have worked at Xyratex feel discriminated against, abused or unappreciated and often resort following harmful options: Defecting to competition; resorting to sabotaging the company, e.g., by sharing confidential information with competitors or the analysts; becoming emotionally distant and with no interest in the success of the company; and displaying passive-aggressive behaviors, becoming uncooperative, working less or producing substandard results . Key talent frequently quit or are fired from the company

ConsA low performing dysfunctional company where most senior management are driven by their own personal agendas.

Too many recruitments, selections and promotions are based on internal political agenda, for example, hiring mediocre friends to guarantee personal loyalty at the expense of other highly performing and more-qualified employees or promoting people to have them work as internal spies and saboteurs.

Compensation is politically driven: Stock options, bonuses and perks are not fairly linked to performance.

A lot of sleazy creeps work there. Argumentative and heated cross-divisions meetings with discussion and language focusing on point scoring and buck-passing rather than sharing responsibility and collaborating to solve the problem is the norm as is “every person for himself”.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook in the mirror. You have met the enemy, and he is you. You have lost the respect of your customers and competitors and former employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A retirement company

Engineer (Former Employee)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

I worked at Xyratex full-time for more than a year

ProsRelax laid back work with a huge pay. Beautiful location to work at. Good benefits.

ConsCan be kicked out at any time without notice. And a lack of proper methodology to tackle production

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a proper methodology as compared to prototyping

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Xyratex's new Canadian office is a great place to be

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Xyratex full-time for less than a year

ProsDowntown location
Nice open concept office with lots of windows!
Amazing team
Exciting projects with innovation and creativity
Agile environment
Working on some really cool code that will be utilized across the company
Helping to drive company direction

ConsParking is a bit far

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Xyratex full-time for more than a year

ProsInteresting, cutting edge enterprise software and hardware.

ConsAfter several public misses, things are rather stressful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good career progression opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Xyratex full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat colleagues.
Good direct management.
Investing in new technology at last.

ConsA dull working environment, could do with an injection of excitement.
Long hours / heavy workload.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An experience of a life time

Senior Accounts Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Xyratex

ProsExcellent supervisor with super positive & understanding attitude.
Supervisor is very supportive & a very experience coach.

ConsCompany's direction & goal is not communicated & exercise at all levels.
Overall operations management still has a lot of room for improvement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I enjoyed working at Xyratex, I was part of a great team and have had the chance to grow and develop professionally.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Xyratex

ProsCompetitive pay, good work life balance, great benefits, great people, interesting product, global, solid training, opportunity for growth and development.

ConsSometimes it seems the company is a little resistant to change, they want to keep things as they are. Makes it hard to get to the next level or make things happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up to change, you have a lot of smart people working for the company with great ideas and experience that want to make a difference.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Experience, skills, contribution are worthless only good relationship with the boss is the key for success

Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Ang Mo Kio New Town (Singapore)

I have been working at Xyratex

ProsGood pay, compensation & benefits

Cons1) Be dumb
2) Good follower only don't voice out your opinions
3) Don't do more than your peers
4) Boss don't read email
5) Chua Nam Tiong (the Manager) can't make decision on his own; puppet!

Advice to Senior ManagementAs a supervisor or Boss, know your subordinate, don't listen to other envious parties feedbacks. Do your own back ground investigation before making any hasty decision. This comment is especially for supervisor Chua Nam Tiong.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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