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  1. "If you have goals and are a really hard worker, you can move your way up in the company."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xyratex as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of nice people to work with. I was there 5 years and became part of a very important team with in the Sacramento operations.

    Cons

    They don't give out raises, and don't convert great employees to permanent.

    They treat non-Xyratex employees like shlt.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter, the Sacramento location moved to Mexico.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Most unloyal company I've ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Production Operator in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    +Great diversity in the culture. I was immersed in a diverse mix of all kinds of cultured individuals and it was a great experience as a result.
    +Good entry level wage

    Cons

    -No real potential to go from the general "Production Operator" title into any position with more responsiblity.
    -There was no real sense of appreciation for working hard and busting down deadlines.
    -Temp-to-Hire promise is a straight up lie. Co-workers who were temps had been employed for just shy of 5 years never had the opportunity to become a permanent.
    -Majority of the supervising staff did not communicate well with employees about work load and scheduling of overtime.
    -Was often required to work 64+ hours a week for 3 weeks straight. Meaning, there was no work/life balance. My social life was centered around work.
    -No real flexibility to those who are students looking to further their education.

    Advice to Management

    To management, the people below you, the ones out on the production floor, temp or permanent, are all equally as important as those in the front office. A sense of appreciation or maybe even a pat on the back once in a while goes a long way in the eyes of a young, hard working kid. Creating opportunities for those loyal to your company to move up is important for ensuring the future success of your business.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Xyratex, Inc. not the best, but not the worst one"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good salaries. not the best company, but not the worst one either.

    Cons

    bad management, luck of communication or connection between management and employees, also between teams.


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  5. "Enjoyable company for some, not for others"

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    Current Employee - Production Planner in West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Production Planner in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, great location, great PTO vacation schedule, supportive management

    Cons

    Heavy workload for operators, imbalance if work and personal time, several layoffs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "blind leading the weak"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the remaining manufacturing companies in Sacramento. Strong dedicated site boss looking after us. Company financial ok, make money for now. Good location, easy commute. Getting paid on time. Stupid boss let me do anything. Lots overtime is good.

    Cons

    A good old boys network. If you are an English white male, you have a bright future. Anybody else sit and wait. Evidence? Look no further than recent high level promotions in UK and Asia, young English white males. Blame my parents for wrong skin color.

    UK is king and cannot do wrong. Local is junk and cannot do right.

    Advice to Management

    Big layoff is near. You take care either the right people, or they will vote with their foot. I can not count on CEO. I better search for new job now.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Could be so much better."

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very talented in the mid-level of the organization.

    Benefits are good compared to some places I have worked in the recent past.

    Cons

    The product road map is non-existent but we continue to move forward in spite of it (usually in crisis mode).

    There are many processes in place but they are rarely utilized which adds to the chaos.

    There are also missing processes that cause everyone to do critical items differently also adding to the chaos and a sense that we never do the same thing the same way 2 times in a row.

    Advice to Management

    Get control of the organization and the processes (define who does what to/with whom).

    Set a product road map and communicate it to the masses.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Has the potential for great things, but needs to execute"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - great technology
    - business has economies of scale to leverage
    - blue chip customers
    - good direct management
    - talented recent hires

    Cons

    - limited financial upside opportunities
    - does not invest in internal IT (7 year old email system!)
    - not a fun or cool place to work
    - executives not accountable for product slippage or deficiencies
    - UK based company does not have Silicon Valley drive!

    Advice to Management

    Hold senior executives accountable for their deliverables.
    Staff needs motivation, limited visibility of management does not help the situation. There is hard work ahead to reach the next level of success and there is little drive from management to motivate staff to go the extra mile.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Inconsistent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn how to deal with difficult people
    The individual contributors are a joy to work with
    Travel to third world contries in Asia -get to see cultures at their best
    Pay is competitive

    Cons

    Cannot rely on the word of senior management
    too many offices with doors - closing the door is common practice, where passive-aggressive battles are waged by management
    Company values are written very vague, seemingly on purpose
    Backstabbing by senior management to all levels of employees is the standard operating procedure
    Poor communications by senior management with direct reports
    Poor performance feedback system - employees hit with surprises at end of year
    Devicive and vindictive managers toward technologists - bickering and infighting prevail
    Not constructive confrontation, but passive, destructive confrontation from senior management

    Advice to Management

    learn the true meaning and value of these three words: honesty, integrity, honor
    not the dictionary meaning, and not to use as devicive tools, but as a way of being.
    Consider the impression given to customers - the are far more savvy then your realize.
    This is the true path to the success that remains out of the grasp of the SI division.
    Good luck - I know the heart of the Senior Staff is in the right place. It is mostly the directorship that does not understand.

    to Steve: sorry about the low rating toward you as a leader, but it is your team, so...we must hold you to the same standard that your leadership team holds us.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Xyratex is a white collar sweatshop operating in a sinking and dying hard disk drive industry."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Whitecolar Slave in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Whitecolar Slave in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This review is regarding the Xyratex SI Division in Fremont, CA

    To write this review I had to fill out a questionnaire with seventeen questions ranking certain aspects of the company on a 1 to 5 scale. I read each question carefully and my honest response resulted in 14 "1-stars" (no "0-star" option, unfortunately), and the following non 1-star items which I would consider the "Pros":

    3-star: Okay pay for the area and industry (haven't had a raise in two years though)
    3-star: Okay opportunity to improve professionally (outside the company through contacts)
    4-star: Better than average benefits (good health plan and four weeks PTO that is hard to use)

    Aside from the "Pros" indicated on the questionnaire, I would say, as others have, that the rank and file are wonderful people to work with and deserve much more respect. For those looking for work in this tough, consider Xyratex SI Division a paycheck, with benefits, until something better comes along (I survey many fellow employees, and this is the sentimate of 60% or more of the staff at Xyratex SI in Fremont).

    Cons

    Once again this review is regarding the Xyratex SI Division in Fremont, CA

    There are so many cons outside the pros mentioned above its hard to determine where to start. The "Run Away Fast!" review is an accurate list. I feel this review will best serve the public by detailing the typical experience of working at Xyratex SI in Fremont.

    Starting Out:
    Formal training and a sound business process are non-existent. You are expected to hit the ground running and navigate the bureaucracy from day one with lightning speed. Why? Xyratex SI Fremont operates in constant fire fight mode 24/7. For newbies, the honeymoon last for about one or two weeks, as that is when they figure out that Xyratex SI Fremont is incredibly dysfunctional. I as well as many other have to constantly (25-50% of our time) help new hires and contract workers navigate the chaos while battle the blazes. The problem is exacerbated due to a constant turnover of people (i.e. the management ideology is front-line employees are expendable). For example, it's hard to find anyone that has been with the company beyond three or four years in Fremont.

    Grinding On:
    Once acclimated to the dysfunction and fire fighting, you adjust and work to the best of your ability. Project requirement focus on "how" customer needs are met. The "how" requirements are developed by marketing, and middle to upper management, as they are the only personnel that interacts with the customer. The rest of the organization is their to implement their vision for the project.

    Unfortunately, marketing and management lack customer relation skills and diplomacy, and let the customer change the 'how" requirements continuously throughout each and every project. The deadline is never moved, and the fixed deadline is used to extract substantial overtime out of the rank and file as the project progresses. Deliverables, regardless of quality, are passed over the wall from department to department, each feeling the pain at some juncture in the project in a valiant effort to meet managements unreasonable deadline. Regardless of all the effort by the rank and file, the projects are substantially late and over budget. Worse yet, the next project assumes the prior projects deadline will be met. Therefore, the late project leads to a late start on the next project, leading to another late project; in a continuous and vicious cycle. Hence the environment of constant fire fighting and overtime!

    Burnout:
    Obviously operating an organization this way causes frustration, burnout, and down right resentment toward management. Hence, Glassdoors has many poor review regarding the management at Xyratex. Bucking the trend leads to being black listed and on the fast track for layoff or firing (Fear based management). Becoming a "yes-man" results in job security, a compromised character, and a complete loss of work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    First, read the above review, in particular the cons, and you'll know exactly what is wrong with Xyratex SI Fremont, as well as potentially other areas of the business.

    Second, clean out middle management, and flatten the organizational structure. There are way to many chiefs and not nearly enough indians (last review of the org-chart relieved 1 (chief) to 3.7 (indians)). Accept a quarter or two of substantial losses for Xyrates SI Fremont, to correct the systemic issues with the management, the organization, and the customer. Your long-term health is more important to the investors that matter, not the traders you keep listening to.

    Third, the hand disk drive industry is dying, denial of this fact has directly impact your revenue, resulting in downsizing the expendable rank and file once again. There are other technology industries that are growing, which require test and automation equipment, obtain some vision, plant a seed, and watch the money tree grow!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of great talent, going nowhere fast"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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.


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