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Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good corporate values and work/life balance for most organizations that I've observed (in 76 reviews)

  • Very new employee, good benefits (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Compensation is in line with the market.
    -Great work/life balance, if you complete your tasks and responsibilities, you have a great amount of freedom to take appointments, days off, leave early, or work from home if you like. I suppose this depends on the manager, but from what I have seen, this is fairly consistent throughout the organization.
    -Although organization is your typical corporate structure, it is very common to interact with very high level executives on a regular basis.
    -With the exception of some, everyone seems to work extremely hard and care about each other.
    -I love working for Xilinx and with some truly brilliant people.
    -Medical benefits are good
    -The ESPP although fairly standard in tech is amazing.
    -RSUs are granted almost semi-annually it seems which is amazing. This is a great way to give employees a vested interest in the companies success.
    -Generous vacation time, anyone employed over 1 year receives 17 paid vacation days that's 3.5 weeks!
    -Cafeteria (at San Jose headquarters) although not free is subsidized and puts out some great food, and caters in sushi on Tuesdays and Indian on Thursdays.

    Cons

    -Any con I have would be nitpicking, I have worked at companies who do not treat their employees right and absolutely know what that is like. Xilinx treats their employees the right way.
    -A set promotion track would be nice. In my specific role I do not see much room to take on any more responsibilities than I currently have, and do not know what other steps or new roles I could transition to in the future without crippling my current department.
    -It is a bit concerning with all of the consolidation this past year in the semi-conductor industry not knowing whether or not Xilinx will be the next casualty, and if that happens the redundancies created are to be a concern for future employment.
    -Although pay is at market, my last promotion was rather small in terms of salary increase. So much in fact that I will be asking for another one less than a year after my last promotion. Not that I am not grateful to receive a promotion and a raise while I know others are not as fortunate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Xilinx is a great place to work and I am fortunate to be a part of the team. I would recommend more career development talks with the staff to make sure everyone knows what lies ahead or at least their options for the future.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "And we thought Wim didn't have a clue..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting silicon technology, still mnay good people to work with.

    Cons

    Xilinx is currently managed by anti-intellectual luddites, who neither understand the value of actual innovation (as opposed to the innovation they talk about in their numerous slides), nor the things it takes to motivate good people to create it. Scores of competent technologists are driven out of the company by rampant mediocrity, visionless leadership, and inept management.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the value of the folks working for this company. Try to figure out what it takes to make good people want to work for Xilinx. With companies like Google and Apple a few minutes don the Freeway, you just cannot afford the kind of leadership that you have been showing so far.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Annual layoffs are great, look at Cadence now, it's the best EDA tool in the market!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In an economic downturn, being able to work is the only good reason to work for Xilinx.

    Cons

    Have senior management been working from home? No communication whatsoever on directions, visions of the compmay. All but a brunch of vague plans and empty promises. How is this re-org over re-org will help us? Re-org is not a solution just because it appears that management is doing something. I guess it will keep shareholders happy for the moment.
    By the way, annual layoffs are great, look at Cadence now, it's the best EDA tool in the market!

    Advice to Management

    Whatever that you are doing, it's not working.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Xilinx - the silence of the lambs"

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

    Pros

    In today's climate, the best reason to work for Xilinx is a salary that pays the rent and the food. Another one is getting expertise in a top field, although, sadly, these days one has a hard time getting exposure to all the important aspects of this technology (and this is why I put it in a 2nd position). Other than that...

    Cons

    Not having your work recognized; not being able to speak the truth for fear of being reprimanded or worse; having to put up with incompetent mid-managers and directors who don't understand the problems and whose only quality is obedience towards the higher-ups and a bent spine; petty politics.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the political game and start doing what's good for the company in terms of decisions and promotions. Spend time to understand the real issues and their root causes.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Formerly great company being gutted by the executive staff who are wringing every last cent of life from it"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people working at Xilinx, especially those who have been there a long time. The work-life balance is reasonable with managers not overly burdening staff. The salaries are average.

    Cons

    The company is currently in the process of moving most of its jobs to lower cost economies in Asia. The spectre of layoffs is real and a sense of impending doom hangs over every employee in North America and Europe. It is a dark environment with much distrust, fear and anger.

    Advice to Management

    The path that management is taking will turn the company into an impotent shell. Choosing to off shore jobs to low cost economies not only results in a horrendous brain drain from the company but is also the most unimaginative and uninspired effort at leadership that I have witnessed. Bernie is turning in his grave.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "The greed and averous of the executive management is disgusting!!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Xilinx still has many exceptionally talented people working here (for now). The work ethic and integrity of most individual contributors is exceptional despite the ridiculous burden of work placed upon them due to layoffs.

    Cons

    The apparent greed and averous of the executive management is disgusting. They have shown monumental short sightedness in most of their recent business decisions. They have been completely reactionary to the competition and have been outmaneuvered at every point since taking over in '08. Xilinx presently has over 30 VPs or higher and more than 180 Directors or higher showing that the ratio of Senior Management to individual contributors is skewed to a nonsensical extreme.

    Xilinx is acting like a start up in asking/pushing employees to put in very long hours to make up for the reduction in staff after two sizable layoffs. This might be reasonable if employees believed management had some intelligent plan for the future but no such plan has been communicated. There is little prospect of reward for the extra effort being demanded.

    When the economy improves I predict a mass exodus from Xilinx US, and Europe. This is probably what Moshe is wanting so he can move more jobs to India and Singapore.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from other companies that are bring back jobs to the U.S. Those companies have determined it is not necessarily "cheaper" to move jobs offshore. Xilinx management does not need to make every mistake for itself.

    If another layoff is necessary consider eliminating VPs, Senior Directors or Directors to get a management ratio in line with the rest of the industry!!!


  8. Helpful (8)

    "It's a political hell hole.... stay away!"

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

    Pros

    The products are good and the location is good... BUT that's about it.

    Cons

    Once-upon-a-time a "Fortune 100-Best Places to Work" company and loved to say it was a place where people were valued... BUT no more!!

    Wholesale VP changeover, new CEO, chronic restructuring, destruction of culture and values, quiet "firings" to cut heads in a mad effort to impact the balance sheet and look good to the Board.

    Your corporate survival here has nothing to do with your performance. The "change agents" are onboard and ready to slash anyone without a second thought. Many good, loyal employees have gotten the boot. Everyone is looking over their shoulder... stressed out and miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Congratulations... you have poisoned a very good company.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Xilinx, a very different place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have cash so they won't go out of business anytime soon.

    Cons

    Agressive outsourcing to places that make no sense. Singapore is way too expensive and India has been a disaster for mos companies.

    Senior executives treat the employess like they are mushrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Either leave the company or step up and have some vision.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "No longer a really great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Xilinx is the market leader with plenty of cash in the bank. Compensation and benefits are ok. Some groups are very flexible with working at home and time off. There are some really great engineers still left in the company and even a couple of good managers.

    Cons

    Xilinx has lost its way and the ship is sinking. The CEO and his senior management believe people are expendable. Official and unofficial layoffs are frequent. Job security is non-existent and morale is in the toilet. Moshe hides behind his senior management for the most part and very rarely communicates openly with employees.

    Moshe is 100% about cost cutting and unfortunately little else. A large part of his vision involves switching to lower labor cost areas like India for cheap IP and Software engineering talent. North America engineering headcount has and will continue shrinking as duties are transitioned over to India. That ongoing shrinkage leaves little room for advancement or work life balance at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Move people and values first again ahead of the cost cutting. It's amazing how much more efficient employees are when loyal and happy.


  11. Helpful (13)

    "Another Valley Sellout...."

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people still there, but many leaving either voluntarily or involuntarily. Technology is still very relevant and needed for much of the market, helping many companies be successful. Some new technologies have promise.

    Cons

    Where to begin... I think the most critical is lack of good leadership - they are both challenged at a technical and business level. Core to this is the fact that the leadership has no real direct experience with FPGAs and don't truly understand the FPGA technology at a fundamental level (they understand semiconductor manufacture and some have tools background, but none really have the proper depth to understand the FPGA value proposition). Effectively there is no founder level knowledge left within the organization. The people that understand and helped build the company into what it is are looked upon as failures by the current management and they are trying to distance themselves from that mindset as fast as possible. Additionally the mindset of valuing employees is totally gone. Employees are seen as financial numbers and there is no thought given to the intrinsic value of people. Its utterly amazing, they are throwing away the thing that makes them successful. Furthering this is there is no clear strategic growth plan. They are basically selling out in the midst of a time to truly emphasize growth strategy that will work. Its sad to watch. I'm sure at least 2 of the founders are rolling over in their graves.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some key people to help guide the direction that have a strong FPGA understanding from both a technical and business level. Current path will lead to failure, you need people that can develop real strategic plan for growth. Otherwise, recommend leaving and giving someone else a chance to make a positive difference.



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