Xyratex
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www.xyratex.com Havant, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

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    Researcher (Former Employee)
    Havant, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working hours;
    Nice working location;
    Incredible engineers and architects;

    ConsEngineering and research positions are very low paid;
    Engineers and researchers are treated like shiz;
    There is NO reward or recognition for innovation and quality work;
    Not only you are not getting an appropriate appraisal, managers screw you over and over till you give up!
    There is a small group of time wasters that are after their own absurd political agenda and try very hard to survive;
    If you want to survive here, you have to screw around and bullshiz.
    Ineffective workforce selection.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo Managers:
    Stop playing games, and correct your management. Engineers do not have time and nor have the energy to play along.
    Delegate tasks fairly;
    Link the research to business problems;
    Make research teams and engineering teams collaborate more often;
    Carry out external assessment of the research teams.

    To HR:
    You should take decisive action against any misconduct. Just because somebody has been there for a long time or has a good CV, he/she must NOT be exempted! It will cost you much more in the long run if you don't take swift and quick action;
    Get rid of the time wasters.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people but chaos reigns

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Havant, England (UK)

    ProsIn general the people are great and there is a determination to get products out and 'do the right thing'.
    Having been in the company a long time I can honestly say I've always been keen to get on with the job and never dreaded going into work.

    ConsThe company hasn't really matured from the small company it once was, fire-fighting seems to be the preferred operating method and there is very little progress in process improvement (or creation in some cases)
    The company is becoming increasingly silo-ed with fewer capable leaders in the teams so there's greater reliance on a small number of people to hold everything together
    Any career development you do will be on your own and you may not see any pay-rise for promotions or greater responsibility. If you are good your pay will fall behind your performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake some meaningful changes to bring the workings of the company under-control - small steps at first, stop trying to implement the latest buzz-words when the basics aren't right, get the foundations sorted before trying to build the house.

    Control change within the company. There is too much, too frequently and it is almost exclusively superficial with very little impact.

    Finally - look after your top performing staff before they all leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people...poorly managed business

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Havant, England (UK)

    ProsGreat people,especially the engineering staff who step up time and time again and bail Xyratex projects from difficult situations with little or no support from middle management.

    ConsNo collaboration and teamwork.Lack of motivation and staff generally unhappy about lack of support from the business,senior management on projects.Focus is on getting things done even if it isn't the right thing or right way to do it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is just as important to focus on the internal processes of the business and the employees as it is to increase share holder profitability.Be honest to employees and customers about the strategic vision of the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lovely colleagues terrible management

    Associate Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Havant, England (UK)

    ProsThe people were great and there was a good working atmosphere if you avoided the politics .You were allowed to work with minimum supervision as long as job was done.

    ConsSenior management are dreadful and completely out of touch with their employees.You could only progress if you were one of the "chosen ones" and this was normally based on personality rather than performance, with many managers being unaware of what their employees actually did. There was no recognition or reward for "going the extra mile" and no loyalty to the employees. Without a complete clear out of all Senior a management the business will probably fail within 12 months, being broken up and sold off to make Shareholder profits, with no account for the very hardworking employees. Management had NO people management skills and treated their employees as Liabilities rather than true Assets they are

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign before they destroy the Company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a nice place to work, now full of confusion, tension and empty promises and lack of recognition.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Havant, England (UK)

    ProsXyratex is a good place to work if you want to meet nice people. The pension is OK and the company can be quite flexible to your personal needs. Training is a benefit if your manager see's fit.

    ConsThe middle management is questionable to say the least. Confusion as to who does what is creeping in and tension is building throughout the company due to re-structuring.

    Empty promises are an everyday occurrence now. Rewarding hard working employees for their contributions seems to have diminished over the past few years, and even when a promise is made, it gets pushed further back and back until eventually forgotten about. Employees don't care as much any more due to lack of recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognition big or small is a must. Unappreciated employees will not perform as well as they could otherwise do. A serious look into middle management is needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good at the top, good at the bottom, crud in between

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Havant, England (UK)

    ProsCutting edge projects starting at ideas creation through to implementation.
    Great people to work with day to day, I miss my old team.

    ConsThere is an ethos in line management of knowledge being power. Information stops in the middle, I know it comes from the top and then simply stops in the mind of the middle manager. These same middle managers take the ideas of staff, rubbish them, and then present them as their own. The kind of attitude that makes politicians look honest.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a long hard look. Get in independent experts. Then fire a heap of the dross that is getting in the way of progress. There are talented people with good ideas, let them shine by removing the people who kick them down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cruddy

    No Idea, They Wouldn't Ever Tell Me! (Former Employee)
    Havant, England (UK)

    ProsXyratex have a great team at the 'coal face' lots of very dedicated people working towards a common goal.

    ConsXyratex has an odd culture, they are about 1500 strong workforce but they have a management ethos and set up of a company ten times that size, managers managing managers, directors, VPs about three times more than is really needed. As such there was very little chance to move up and I was very keen to progress, there is also a 'magic list' of people that will get a promotion regardless. Its a shame, as I really enjoyed it there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSplit the company, having the divisions is madness, also if you are making cuts remove a layer of management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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