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Xilinx Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Good corporate values and work/life balance for most organizations that I've observed (in 78 reviews)

  • Good benefits, friendly people, interesting work (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Mediocre pay, less transferable skills & poor work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • No career growth, no idea when senior management will close the site for another low cost center (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Lost Souls"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Leading technology, strong execution of products and projects

    Cons

    Management has zero vision. The company has been struggling to grow even as they have a wealth of technology and customer relationships that they have no clue how to weave into momentum. Their key competitor Altera out-manueruverd them to partner with Intel and move into the data center one of the brightest opportunities for growth. Very little trust of top management who continues to line their own pockets while intimidating the staff

    Advice to Management

    Bring in someone new to run the company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, company doing well.

    Cons

    Work distributed in various continents. Need to deal with many time zones. Extended hours.
    Too many meetings and emails.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Worst Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xilinx (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and coworkers work hard.

    Cons

    Poor management. Get rid of upper management teams. Stop moving jobs overseas and stop overpaying the upper management,


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good compensation package. Top of the line gym in San Jose.

    Cons

    Every workplace has its politics - it's a matter of what you can take. I personally found the cult of personality at Xilinx was unbearable. Performance reviews/focal is ridiculous - overly burdensome with little to no ROI.


  5. Helpful (24)

    "Once an AMAZING company, squandered by horrible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very amazing technology, and some fantastic, collaborative, awesome people that still exist throughout the company. OK pay and benefits, but it is common knowledge that the salaries are dictated to be slightly below market averages in N.A.. In the past year or so, the mostly-fairly-new executive staff at least appears to be *trying* to respond to low moral after all of the off-shoring and layoffs. And in San Jose, at the corporate headquarters, there's a sparkley new Gym!

    Cons

    Xilinx went from having a very popular, charismatic leader named Wim Roelandts, with a very obvious interest in the companies technology, people, and culture, to the most uncharismatic, incompetent CEO in the history of CEOs.

    Wim was a very charismatic leader, both internally and externally in the industry. The executive staff of his tenure took great measures to avoid layoffs during the big downturn from the "dot-com bubble" bursting in 2000. Wim took a 20% paycut, and the rest of paycuts were on a sliding scale according to the salary grades - from 15% for the Senior VPs, down to no paycuts for hourly workers. Hiring freeze, salary freeze, mandatory extra vacation, and an extra Summer shutdown were all instituted, and Xilinx was one of very few semiconductor companies in the Valley that avoided a layoff - and in the ensuing years, they gradually backed off on all of the cost-cutting measures. The result was a huge pride amongst employees, and the company coincidentally dominated the programmable logic marketplace. Xilinx participated in the Fortune Magazine's Top-100-Companies to work for in the mid-2000's, and consistently ranked at the top of the charts - several times breaking into the top-10. Xilinx was very well known to be a great company and a great place to work.

    Unfortunately, those who had been at Xilinx since those days witnessed a complete paradigm shift in the corporate culture from one that had encouraged hiring the best, most talented and passionate engineers and workers and taking great measures to foster internal collaboration and innovation, to one filled with political infighting, fear, competition, and anti-collaboration.

    The new CEO is quite poor at public speaking (see him in any public interviews? Isn't this a key part of a CEO's job?), has no real interest in the company's technology (known to get mad at people who try to talk about Xilinx technology with him at offsites), and has demonstrated absolutely no care for the corporate culture, people, or technology that existed at Xilinx before him, other than keeping some shining stars that make him look good and whatever gets him to his short-term bonus targets. And unfortunately, this mentality has trickled down. Long gone are Xilinx's CREATIVE internal values. The new CEO and his staff have successfully instituted a corporate culture centered around internal-competition and fear. They carried out the first publicly announced layoff in the company's history in June of 2008, shortly after the new CEO took the reins, and followed it with a second layoff about 1 year later, never doing anything whatsoever to deal with the bottoming-out moral. Meanwhile, Xilinx chewed through a few Executive VPs of HR - an obvious bellwether of a deep-rooted problem. Don't agree with the treating employees like cattle, and flipping the company? out! They instituted "stacked ranking" focal reviews along with the layoffs, and the company continued to bleed-out it's talent - many great people left on their own volition. In 2014, HR tried to offer a feux-change in the focal review system, which ultimately just turned out to be the same thing with a different name! Every employee found it was a total joke, but most middle management didn't dare to provide that feedback to their superiors.

    Many of these issues exist to some degree at a lot of mid-to-large size companies, but at Xilinx right now the issues are on the border of being out-of-control. In the short-term I expect the company to continue to innovate and do well - they are deriving new products and technologies following an outstanding history of development and delivery. There are still a lot of great processes and people, many of which/whom have been there for a long time. There are great individual contributors and lower level managers that exist throughout the company, and the brand is solid and still held in high regard with the customer base. Those employees who love to compete (as well as those who maybe occasionally backstab) will do quite well. But, in the medium/long-term, unless there is a big flip in the executive staff, I expect a potential collapse. We'll see...

    Advice to Management

    Mid-management: good luck surviving!
    Executive-management: shame on you!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Hard to work with upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for within semiconductor engineering

    Cons

    Too many policies to follow, slow or no response from management, very limited to no support from other cross functional groups, multiple levels of unnecessary approvals are required for simple project

    Advice to Management

    Managers need some serious training to be able to listen to direct reports and be open for change - Working for 10 or 15+ years at Xilinx doesn't make one a good manager or a leader


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Mushroom management (look it up)"

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    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good pay. Still a market leader through just going only through process nodes.

    Cons

    Don't get sick. Even if you're confined to bed rest in a hospital they'll still keep calling you asking you to come in. Lip service is paid to caring for employees; meaningless offsites address the symptoms, not problems.

    Advice to Management

    We're not robots. Bottom line and cutting corners are not everything. Get real managers and reposition those Peter Principle failures pervading your company. They may have been brilliant technically once but now they're all office politicians.


  8. "Wastage of human resources"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely 0 pressure. Schedules are reasonably flexible. Nice leave structure.

    Cons

    1. Pay isn't on par with industry
    2. If you are a digital designer, you are going to be thoroughly disappointed. There is no design work that you would do that you would be proud of. The biggest block I did had a gate count of few hundred gates with 0 complexity

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a great company, now not so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xilinx full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary was top shelf, but has certainly leveled off.
    A leader in their industry.
    The company is profitable and has money to spend.

    Cons

    It is simply a grind. Do what you are told, hit deadlines, perform better than your peers, do it all again next review period. Do same thing next review period, except better. Impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Current pace is unsustainable. Good people are leaving due to unrealistic work environment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "New software pushing company to death bed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - FAE in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - FAE in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Established business, but shrinking slowly. Good profit margin. decent salary for semiconductor industry.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment. Lots of internal conflicts and clouts due to poor quality new software being pushed out to customers. Good people are let go. Company spent hundreds of millions of dollars and trusted some incapable people to develop it. Now it is struggling with the mistake and punishing the customers by forcing them to adopt new software that is not complete or stable, and is worse than old one. Instead of focusing on necessary areas, company spent big money on this useless piece, while the competition is surging ahead in key areas.

    This will finish the company..

    Advice to Management

    Focus on customer needs. Focus on employees.


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