Xyratex

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Xyratex Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
66 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Scotts Valley, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    Good benifits if they allow you to use them. Good 401K but no matching from the company, used to have ESPP.

    Cons

    Current management makes it difficult to perform when they lock them selves away and only come out when it is absoluly necessarry. Management by intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the upper level management in the Fremont SI division. They are only in it for themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting technology and many talented employees but very poor management

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

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    For technical jobs, the opportunity to be involved in the development of a very exciting technology and state of the art products, strong benefit package, work with some talented people,

    Cons

    Lack of strong management, sweatshop mentality, very sad lack of overall direction for company and divisions within company, very poor communication to workforce, poor treatment of line employees and professional workforce by majority of managers. Often one hand does not know what the other is doing. Very political environment has created an environment of general fear of speaking out which curtails creativity at many levels. The general knowledge that once a product is developed it will be off shored to the Malaysia manufacturing site. Vested ownership of engineering is difficult if not impossible in this scenario.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with your workforce to show respect for your employees and eliminate excess management levels. You are losing some of your best employees due to the environment of fear that exists at Xyratex and probably the ideas that could help you stay at the forefront of your technology. Word is on the street that Xyratex is not a great place to work and it is therefore difficult to recruit the best to join your team. Those that do, thinking that perhaps they can make a difference are soon disillusioned and thus your turnover is high. You are bleeding the blood you cannot afford to lose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of great talent, going nowhere fast

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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 Xyratex

    Pros

    Xyratex is full of a lot of really good, smart people. As a British company, they also start all staff with 4 weeks of vacation.

    Cons

    There's no direction. Most individual contributors report to managers in different offices or even different time zones. There is no communication or cooperation. More effort is spent playing the CYA game than anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set some priorities for the organization and give your staff the tools and direction they need to achieve their goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, generally poor management

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    Current Employee - Document Control in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Document Control in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Pros

    Great people -- I mean truly wonderful people. Xyratex management doesn't deserve people this good.

    The commute is beautiful but hazardous. Hwy 17 is exceedingly narrow, fast, slippery and deer are a perpetual hazard (but especially so in fall and spring). Always use the bathrooom before you commute because you have no idea how long the commute will be -- it could be 30 minutes, it could be three hours. Take a blanket, and make sure you have plenty of gas. Anti-lock brakes are necessary, period. The Scotts Valley facility is beautiful, though very otten foggy and wet.

    The people are just incredible, though.

    Cons

    Xyratex has a very narrow customer base, so business is extremely volatile, and planning is exceedingly difficult. As a result, senior management has pushed production offshore to Malaysia, where the effects of volatility are less onerous. The cost of living in Malaysia is lower, but so are wages, so I wonder how this is thought to mitigate the volatility? What I see is essentially a racist pattern -- we're not laying off white folks, after all.

    There are major difficulties making overseas production work, in large part because of a general lack of cohesion between divisions and locations. Each division is a separate fiefdom, and there is little cooperation or even communication between divisions. This is particularly true of standards of work, which varies enormously between locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond Havant for talent -- you already have awesome under-utilized talent onboard.

    There is certainly a culture of fear and intimidation that permeats the Sacramento and San Jose facilities, and I turned down employment there. They have particularly heavy-handed top-down management. As a result, the workers are oppressed and fearful to innovate. These locations would certainly benefit from a change of management.

    Move people around for thirty-day stints. This company has cast aside talent wholesale, and that's not sustainable or wise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    find another company until there is a wholesale change in management

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

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    PTO is generous, however difficult to use in a meaningful way

    Cons

    serious infighting, management clueless to low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start with anonymous employee survey immediately and take appropriate actions to remove obstacles preventing employees from enjoying their contribution to the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bail if you still can

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Scotts Valley, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

    It was close to home.

    Cons

    Management liked to beat up the workers at meetings at 7:00 am, the perfect way to start a motivated day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people...extremely incompetent midlevel and toplevel management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are intelligent, hard working and committed in most departments I worked/interacted with.
    Friendly work environment.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Top level management is full of false promises. In every all-hands meet they will tell you how great their plans are and yet in the next all-hands, you won't hear them talking about their previous plans (because they have been utter failures).

    A lot of employees are dissatisfied with how pathetic the management are and in how little recongnition/compensation the employees who actually do work get from the management.

    It's sad to see a set of good and dedicated people's skills being wasted with a directionless management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise people for their work. Don't make promises/plans statements if you are never going to fulfill or implement them.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Learned about Logistic Industry

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    Former Employee - Logistic Executive in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Logistic Executive in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Xyratex full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The system the company used to handle the stocks

    Cons

    Non- stop of import and export process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So far the company management handled with systematically, so hope carry on and make the company 1 of the outstanding company among other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 (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
  11. 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 (more than an 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.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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