Xyratex Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
65 Reviews
2.3
65 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xyratex full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great starting point for me to learn and practice my trade. Very knowledgeable people.

    Cons

    Way to cliquish. Too much like junior high school. at times

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

    Most unloyal company I've ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Production Operator  in  West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Production Operator in West Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    +Great diversity in the culture. I was immersed in a diverse mix of all kinds of cultured individuals and it was a great experience as a result.
    +Good entry level wage

    Cons

    -No real potential to go from the general "Production Operator" title into any position with more responsiblity.
    -There was no real sense of appreciation for working hard and busting down deadlines.
    -Temp-to-Hire promise is a straight up lie. Co-workers who were temps had been employed for just shy of 5 years never had the opportunity to become a permanent.
    -Majority of the supervising staff did not communicate well with employees about work load and scheduling of overtime.
    -Was often required to work 64+ hours a week for 3 weeks straight. Meaning, there was no work/life balance. My social life was centered around work.
    -No real flexibility to those who are students looking to further their education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To management, the people below you, the ones out on the production floor, temp or permanent, are all equally as important as those in the front office. A sense of appreciation or maybe even a pat on the back once in a while goes a long way in the eyes of a young, hard working kid. Creating opportunities for those loyal to your company to move up is important for ensuring the future success of your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great co-workers, reasonable compensation

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Some very talented, savvy people work here

    Cons

    Benefits are not as good as they should be for a company with a US base in California.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your teams. I can count significant training opportunities offered over the past ten years without having to take off my socks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Accountability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Lack of accountability
    Total disconnect between upper management and workers
    Lack of communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    great salaries, poor management, bad outlook

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    Current Employee - Development Manager
    Current Employee - Development Manager

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time

    Pros

    great salaries and compensations, ability to work remotely, there are some nice people in the compnay

    Cons

    strategy is not defined, no understanding of current market, poorly-skilled management team, no processes, no architectural process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire good managers that know what they do

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Xyratex, Inc. not the best, but not the worst one

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    good salaries. not the best company, but not the worst one either.

    Cons

    bad management, luck of communication or connection between management and employees, also between teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyable company for some, not for others

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    Current Employee - Production Planner  in  West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Production Planner in West Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great location, great PTO vacation schedule, supportive management

    Cons

    Heavy workload for operators, imbalance if work and personal time, several layoffs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A real meat grinder environment

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in West Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Free pizza. Free trips to Mexico.

    Cons

    Search madly to find great talent with know how and then demand you do it their sorry way.
    Abuse the temporary workforce and guest workers.
    Incompetent upper management that cover up their mistakes by blaming underlings
    Inconsistent pay practices: Pay some people far below market and others far above depending on their degree of desperation
    Unethical and mean-spirited
    Limited mobility opportunities for women unless they're willing to do unethical things
    Not really a tech company --- more of a tricky accounting firm
    Treat non UK employees like second class citizen
    Hire their own kids
    Lots of lying to the CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve Barber, you've got a bloated Finance group who interfere with technology requirements and a lot of lazy back-stabber executives who fail to put in a full day's work. Several of them get in late, leave early, and hide their screw ups from you. You need an entirely new executive team. Wonder why they point their fingers at each other? Because they are all dead wood milking the company for all they can get. Your HR Department sucks and sits back watching you flounder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    blind leading the weak

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Pros

    One of the remaining manufacturing companies in Sacramento. Strong dedicated site boss looking after us. Company financial ok, make money for now. Good location, easy commute. Getting paid on time. Stupid boss let me do anything. Lots overtime is good.

    Cons

    A good old boys network. If you are an English white male, you have a bright future. Anybody else sit and wait. Evidence? Look no further than recent high level promotions in UK and Asia, young English white males. Blame my parents for wrong skin color.

    UK is king and cannot do wrong. Local is junk and cannot do right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Big layoff is near. You take care either the right people, or they will vote with their foot. I can not count on CEO. I better search for new job now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be so much better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very talented in the mid-level of the organization.

    Benefits are good compared to some places I have worked in the recent past.

    Cons

    The product road map is non-existent but we continue to move forward in spite of it (usually in crisis mode).

    There are many processes in place but they are rarely utilized which adds to the chaos.

    There are also missing processes that cause everyone to do critical items differently also adding to the chaos and a sense that we never do the same thing the same way 2 times in a row.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get control of the organization and the processes (define who does what to/with whom).

    Set a product road map and communicate it to the masses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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