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Xilinx Reviews

Updated April 18, 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. "Work life"

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    Former Employee - Wireless Business Marketing Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Wireless Business Marketing Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Xilinx (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good core Wireless Team. Technically sound company.

    Cons

    self centered upper management and lack of M&A strategy


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Product Manager"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and team depending on which organization you work in. Good benefits.

    Cons

    NO work/life balance, no career growth or development although the HR preaches it. Company has a bad tendency to put unqualified individuals in people management positions. HR is not there for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Respect people as a valuable resource by retaining your talent pool and start putting the right people in the leadership roles.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Just a failure to communicate"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Engaging work on hard problems virtually every day, and doing so for a company that always seemed poised for rapid growth.

    Cons

    Management believed that it needed to play things close to the vest, so changes in direction were unexpected, and often poorly informed by ground truth. As a result, there was much empire-building and turf-protection by middle management. There was rarely a perception by people in the bottom half of the company that everyone was on the same page (even when it was true!).

    What was worst, though, was that much of the conflict seemed to be the result of false drama, created because the CEO, who had copies of the management classic "Who Moved My Cheese?" passed around after his arrival, seemed to take as his personal goal to "move people's cheese," not because it was necessary, but because he could.

    Advice to Management

    Imposed change is only useful when it solves a problem, or anticipates a problem successfully. Otherwise, constant disruption makes it impossible to plan more than a few weeks out. While this is "agile", agile only works if you start with a working product, and are clear at each step what changes in product behavior will result from the next iteration of expected behavior.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Not So Great Anymore"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a company that was growing with lots of money in the bank, and was aggressively going after market share. FPGA is an in-demand product. Good customer support.

    Cons

    After Moshe Gavrielov became the CEO, Xilinx ceased to care about its employees. There were many layoffs, whereas with the former CEO, there were none. It became an unhealthy competitive environment pitting employee against employee.

    Advice to Management

    You don't need to create an environment of fear in order to motivate your employees.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Once very innovative, now very bureaucratic."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology is amazing, there are many challenges to face. They have good benefits, the stock purchase plan is excellent.

    Cons

    My boss was actually angry with me for doing something that would help the whole software group, because it was not on my goals. Goals are more important than productivity or innovation. They are cutting down on the ability to work from home, they want to be able to monitor you better.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the message you send with your endless paper pushing. Xilinx was once the leader in innovation. You can't fit innovation and your dead "measurable goals" into the same company. I was laid off, and I am VERY glad to be out. Unemployed is better than working at Xilinx!


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Unreceptive and Arrogant"

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

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

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits

    Cons

    People don’t count, very political and exclusive, no loyalty everyone is trying to climb the corporate ladder and stepping on any one they can. Executive management is arrogant and that trickles down to middle management.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Product Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    GREAT PEOPLE!
    Small team, challenging, hands on, collaboration is good, focussed on revenue

    Cons

    HR and MGMT squeezing employees too much for costs/EPS!
    Very tactical, too short term focused, performance does not get reflected accurately in reviews, too much CYA as there is very heavy upper management involvement and intervention in tactical and strategic actions.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing employees more, leave the functions to their job without intervening at every level

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Got a lot of great experience, worked with some great people"

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

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Xilinx is a leader in their industry leader. They are almost always the first to market with whatever technology they are creating. Programmable logic is a very cool class of product and having the opportunity to spend virtually my entire career with it has been a treat.

    Cons

    They went from being employee focused to being results at all possible costs focused. So while they've established a fairly substantial leadership position for at least the near-term, it's been at the expense of good people leaving or getting laid off.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it once was"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leaders, good technology,

    Cons

    Top down ONLY, no employee development, its all about the business and nothing about the people

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value the human collateral you have in your employees at all levels not just Directors and above.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "From one of the best100 companies to one of the worst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting people. First years - a lot of fun, discussions, exchange of ideas. Scientific seminars, learning. I felt that management was interested in people

    Cons

    No promotions, no growth, not even single "Thank you" for job well done. Focal review has become humiliation lesson. Often your effort is evaluated inversely proportional to contribution. People start to leave company in masses.

    Advice to Management

    Save old culture if you can


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