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  1. "Great co-workers, reasonable compensation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some very talented, savvy people work here

    Cons

    Benefits are not as good as they should be for a company with a US base in California.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your teams. I can count significant training opportunities offered over the past ten years without having to take off my socks.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of Accountability"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Lack of accountability
    Total disconnect between upper management and workers
    Lack of communications

  3. Helpful (2)

    "great salaries, poor management, bad outlook"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager
    Current Employee - Development Manager
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time

    Pros

    great salaries and compensations, ability to work remotely, there are some nice people in the compnay

    Cons

    strategy is not defined, no understanding of current market, poorly-skilled management team, no processes, no architectural process

    Advice to Management

    hire good managers that know what they do


  4. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  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 (1)

    "A real meat grinder environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free pizza. Free trips to Mexico.

    Cons

    Search madly to find great talent with know how and then demand you do it their sorry way.
    Abuse the temporary workforce and guest workers.
    Incompetent upper management that cover up their mistakes by blaming underlings
    Inconsistent pay practices: Pay some people far below market and others far above depending on their degree of desperation
    Unethical and mean-spirited
    Limited mobility opportunities for women unless they're willing to do unethical things
    Not really a tech company --- more of a tricky accounting firm
    Treat non UK employees like second class citizen
    Hire their own kids
    Lots of lying to the CEO

    Advice to Management

    Steve Barber, you've got a bloated Finance group who interfere with technology requirements and a lot of lazy back-stabber executives who fail to put in a full day's work. Several of them get in late, leave early, and hide their screw ups from you. You need an entirely new executive team. Wonder why they point their fingers at each other? Because they are all dead wood milking the company for all they can get. Your HR Department sucks and sits back watching you flounder.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Awful Company"

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

    Pros

    nothing positive about working for this company. Ok, it was good pay, but not worth it because of all the Cons. I couldn't get out fast enough.

    Cons

    I worked in the W. Sac office. Everyone was running scared, poor management, the worst I've ever experienced professionally. Overworked employees.

    Advice to Management

    Dump the VP/Senior management, dead wood.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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