Xyratex Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Horrible upper-management

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lake Mary, FL

    I worked at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're lucky enough to get a good direct report manager you will be happy. Unfortunately, Xyratex is not in the business of hiring such people. You are more likely to work for somebody who not only threatens you often and openly insults you but someone who acts like a school-yard bully in trying to corral support for a software process gone haywire.

    Cons

    Xyratex has recently shifted to a new software process called Team Software Process but internally it is referred to as something else for licensing reasons. This process involves a very top-down organization where architects (you won't be one) write specifications which instruct you on everything. Following receiving the document, you write 2 more which are each approved by architects, then you program the assignment, and get it approved. Then you can compile and test. All along you are forced to record how many defects you generate. Assuming your team leader doesn't modify your reports to make you look worse, these numbers will be held against you.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings instead of code monkeys. Just because you've outsourced 60 jobs to India and Ukraine doesn't mean you are able to treat US workers any differently.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Beware of this company, looks good but some managers are very hostile if you complain

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have the right manager it looks like it can be a good experience.

    Cons

    Some managers are so bad and some are micromanagers. Its a bad experience if you fall into that situation. All the glitter falls away and there seems to be no place to hide.

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Helpful (3)

    Watch your back.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Scotts Valley, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Exciting technology and many talented employees but very poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Lots of great talent, going nowhere fast

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people, generally poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Control in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Document Control in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    find another company until there is a wholesale change in management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    serious infighting, management clueless to low morale

    Advice to Management

    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.


  9. Bail if you still can

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Scotts Valley, CA

    I worked at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get a life.


  10. Good People and Interesting Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Havant, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Havant, England (UK)

    I worked at Xyratex full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Knowledgeable and good people to work with - Interesting work - Good work / life balance - Supportive of training and education

    Cons

    - Bonuses small and very few and far between - Not many opportunities for promotion and advancement - Projects usually under-resourced

    Advice to Management

    Value employees and ensure opportunities are available especially for those who have been tied into certain programs and projects for a number of years


  11. OK place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xyratex

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and salary, people are great and teams pull together to get the work delivered. People feel that they are all in this together.

    Cons

    Pressure and constant changes of direction is a cause for huge frustration. Long hours culture is a problem in some teams.

    Advice to Management

    Management need more people skills as many are engineers at heart and need to be trained. HR need to be given more resources to be proactive in their approach, it would help having an HR director on the Board to promote a good people culture.



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