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  1. "Finding growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    mature company with basic large company systems in place

    Cons

    company is declining as squeeze from declining enterprise storage market. Looking for growth areas

    Advice to Management

    take the risk and just execute on growth areas


  2. "Sr. Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Good team to work with in CA.

    Cons

    UK based company with little interest in change.

  3. "Great people and benefits, but no accountability for Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee's were willing to go above and beyond the daily necessities of business. As much over-time as one person could possible take. I made more in over-time than I did as a base salary.

    Cons

    Production would sometimes work weeks without a day off. Repetitive and meaningless motions for most of the employee's. Management would hide problems from UK. Customers wait extraordinary amounts of time for new projects. UK is slow to react to problems.

    Advice to Management

    Over-time is not also good if you are wanting to produce a great product. Planning was horrid and needed to be over seen by someone with more experience. Wty manger needs communication classes. Very rude individual. She could be a drill Sargent for the Army, with her attitude and total disregard for employees/co-workers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I worked there for many years."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Heathrow, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Heathrow, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Xyratex full-time

    Pros

    Pay was good - for certain people.

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management. Too many VPs with high pay who did very little but point fingers. No appreciation for the "worker bees". Had to be part of the clique to get ahead. Management very reactive, not proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the high paid dead wood.


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "blind leading the weak"

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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."

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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 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 (2)

    "Outdated and Out of Touch"

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

    Pros

    decent pay
    great people to work and travel with
    lots of personalities to learn from
    great technologists who are willing to share and collaborate
    ample free lunches and dinners

    Cons

    sweatshop for all engineers and technicians
    no communication from senior management
    senior management lock themselves in their offices
    bicker with customer - philosophy of "customer is right only when they agree with us"
    do not understand the needs of the customer
    in-fighting between technical and marketing deparments
    poor market research / understanding
    loyalty is strictly a one-way street
    lead from behind

    Advice to Management

    understand the voice of the market
    understand the voice of the customer
    involve yourselves with the "common worker" at all levels at least once quarterly
    be as straightforward with the employees as you expect them to be with you
    in other words, follow the advice of the "best" CEOs, and follow the "Golden Rule"
    Think about how these things stifle innovation.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "It's a company that is on the decline"

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

    Pros

    A lot of very talented Engineers work here and the commitment that they have shown has been extraordinary. Facilities are good and staff are generally provided whatever tools are needed to do their jobs effectively

    Cons

    There appears to have been significant cronyism going on at senior management level in the last couple of years within the SI Division, leading to the Division following a strategy that is not appropriate for the industry in which SI operates, as the senior staff team now has insufficient HDD industry experience or knowledge (those with experience and who disagreed with the strategy get removed). The Division now operates with significantly higher numbers of VP's, Snr Directors & Directors than ever before, yet the revenue is less than 2006 ($385m then, $343m in 2010)

    Advice to Management

    Starting at the SI EVP level and working downwards, dismantle the SI team that has been brought in over the last couple of years and rebuild


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible upper-management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lake Mary, FL
    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.


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