Xyratex Reviews in Havant, England

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
65 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, very talented in the mid-level of the organization (in 9 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)

  • Incompetent upper management that cover up their mistakes by blaming underlings (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people but chaos reigns

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

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not what you know, it's who you know.

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

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to work with some great people, who work hard in their jobs, even though they will get no appreciation or recognition from management.

    Cons

    Management couldn't tell you what their staff actually do in a lot of cases. People who were good at the jobs they were doing have been made redundant and people who were barely satisfactory were kept on. This is mainly seen as being being they know the right people. Time and time again, you see people getting promoted to a new job, without the job even being advertised within the company. People will work very hard, day in, day out for little or no recognition and yet, other people could be lacking work, but get a sudden rush of work for a couple of days and get far more recognition for it. There are a lot of people that work hard within a group, working with people who put it very little effort, yet when it comes to bonuses and pay rises, they will be given the same. This leads to those who are hard working having no motivation to carry on working hard. You are "Part of a team" only when it suits management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to actually know what your staff are doing and work out who is working hard and who could be doing more. Treat everyone within your department with the same standards. Motivate your staff and give them praise where due.

    Hopefully Seagate will start getting their own people to Xyratex's sites and see how poorly they are run and start to give Xyratex employees some real structure instead of expecting people to be doing jobs that they are not being paid to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management and HR

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    Former Employee - Researcher  in  Havant, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Havant, England (UK)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Engineering 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 ManagementAdvice

    To 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.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people...poorly managed business

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

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lovely colleagues terrible management

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

    I worked at Xyratex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    Resign before they destroy the Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Pros

    Xyratex 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognition 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Cruddy

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

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Xyratex 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 ManagementAdvice

    Split the company, having the divisions is madness, also if you are making cuts remove a layer of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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