Xyratex Reviews

Updated 3 February, 2015
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  1. a good place to work in

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seremban (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seremban (Malaysia)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    not stressful. more exposure to management side, rooms to make decisions.

    Cons

    management not technical, too dependent on engineers.

    Advice to Management

    please understand the company process and get into business technically instead of depending on the engineers.

  2. A real meat grinder environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in West Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in West Sacramento, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  3. Good but not that Great!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, Fun, good colleagues, Pro Family

    Cons

    Always Changing and lack of empowerment

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent
    Stop trying to Justify some political actions, be open and I believe there will be more support

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  5. Was a great company, however ego and short sighted thinking have brought it short of its potential

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Some managers provide great support.

    Cons

    Management has trouble getting out of its own way.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond your ego. Plan to be a legacy company not a flash in a pan. Should have spent more time and money raising the bar internally than on lowering it on the logo.

  6. over 5 year at Operator

    Current Contractor - Operator in Seremban Garden (Malaysia)
    Current Contractor - Operator in Seremban Garden (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Xyratex as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All person have good manner that work together friendly.

    Cons

    Replace urgently damage trolley and six up.

    Advice to Management

    Go a head for your good action.

  7. Helpful (2)

    A Highly Political and Unpleasant Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good honest workers generally don't have the skills or disposition for functioning in a highly political environment like Xyratex. Xyratex is a highly political and an unpleasant place to work, making it more difficult to recruit good talent to compete effectively. The company usually buys the talent or expertise it doesn't have inside from the outside; keeps them around long enough to allow knowledge transfer to those who need it; and then throws them out during frequent lay-off cycles. Lots of people who have worked at Xyratex feel discriminated against, abused or unappreciated and often resort following harmful options: Defecting to competition; resorting to sabotaging the company, e.g., by sharing confidential information with competitors or the analysts; becoming emotionally distant and with no interest in the success of the company; and displaying passive-aggressive behaviors, becoming uncooperative, working less or producing substandard results . Key talent frequently quit or are fired from the company

    Cons

    A low performing dysfunctional company where most senior management are driven by their own personal agendas.

    Too many recruitments, selections and promotions are based on internal political agenda, for example, hiring mediocre friends to guarantee personal loyalty at the expense of other highly performing and more-qualified employees or promoting people to have them work as internal spies and saboteurs.

    Compensation is politically driven: Stock options, bonuses and perks are not fairly linked to performance.

    A lot of sleazy creeps work there. Argumentative and heated cross-divisions meetings with discussion and language focusing on point scoring and buck-passing rather than sharing responsibility and collaborating to solve the problem is the norm as is “every person for himself”.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror. You have met the enemy, and he is you. You have lost the respect of your customers and competitors and former employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    A retirement company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Xyratex full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relax laid back work with a huge pay. Beautiful location to work at. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Can be kicked out at any time without notice. And a lack of proper methodology to tackle production

    Advice to Management

    Implement a proper methodology as compared to prototyping

  9. Xyratex's new Canadian office is a great place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Downtown location
    Nice open concept office with lots of windows!
    Amazing team
    Exciting projects with innovation and creativity
    Agile environment
    Working on some really cool code that will be utilized across the company
    Helping to drive company direction

    Cons

    Parking is a bit far

  10. Good career progression opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xyratex full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues.
    Good direct management.
    Investing in new technology at last.

    Cons

    A dull working environment, could do with an injection of excitement.
    Long hours / heavy workload.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  11. Principal Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, cutting edge enterprise software and hardware.

    Cons

    After several public misses, things are rather stressful.

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