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Xilinx Reviews

Updated 16 January 2015
Updated 16 January 2015
420 Reviews
3.2
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Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some flexibility in time keeping helps with the work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • flexible work hours, high gross margin (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • No career growth, no idea when senior management will close the site for another low cost center (in 26 reviews)

  • very poor work-life balance for some groups, while other groups have almost no work (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    place to learn a lot

    Cons

    too self centric, doesnt take the career of the individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing much to say to management, just fine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Once an AMAZING company, squandered by horrible leadership

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Xilinx full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very amazing technology, and some fantastic, collaborative, awesome people that still exist throughout the company. OK pay and benefits, but it is common knowledge that the salaries are dictated to be slightly below market averages in N.A.. In the past year or so, the mostly-fairly-new executive staff at least appears to be *trying* to respond to low moral after all of the off-shoring and layoffs. And in San Jose, at the corporate headquarters, there's a sparkley new Gym!

    Cons

    Xilinx went from having a very popular, charismatic leader named Wim Roelandts, with a very obvious interest in the companies technology, people, and culture, to the most uncharismatic, incompetent CEO in the history of CEOs.

    Wim was a very charismatic leader, both internally and externally in the industry. The executive staff of his tenure took great measures to avoid layoffs during the big downturn from the "dot-com bubble" bursting in 2000. Wim took a 20% paycut, and the rest of paycuts were on a sliding scale according to the salary grades - from 15% for the Senior VPs, down to no paycuts for hourly workers. Hiring freeze, salary freeze, mandatory extra vacation, and an extra Summer shutdown were all instituted, and Xilinx was one of very few semiconductor companies in the Valley that avoided a layoff - and in the ensuing years, they gradually backed off on all of the cost-cutting measures. The result was a huge pride amongst employees, and the company coincidentally dominated the programmable logic marketplace. Xilinx participated in the Fortune Magazine's Top-100-Companies to work for in the mid-2000's, and consistently ranked at the top of the charts - several times breaking into the top-10. Xilinx was very well known to be a great company and a great place to work.

    Unfortunately, those who had been at Xilinx since those days witnessed a complete paradigm shift in the corporate culture from one that had encouraged hiring the best, most talented and passionate engineers and workers and taking great measures to foster internal collaboration and innovation, to one filled with political infighting, fear, competition, and anti-collaboration.

    The new CEO is quite poor at public speaking (see him in any public interviews? Isn't this a key part of a CEO's job?), has no real interest in the company's technology (known to get mad at people who try to talk about Xilinx technology with him at offsites), and has demonstrated absolutely no care for the corporate culture, people, or technology that existed at Xilinx before him, other than keeping some shining stars that make him look good and whatever gets him to his short-term bonus targets. And unfortunately, this mentality has trickled down. Long gone are Xilinx's CREATIVE internal values. The new CEO and his staff have successfully instituted a corporate culture centered around internal-competition and fear. They carried out the first publicly announced layoff in the company's history in June of 2008, shortly after the new CEO took the reins, and followed it with a second layoff about 1 year later, never doing anything whatsoever to deal with the bottoming-out moral. Meanwhile, Xilinx chewed through a few Executive VPs of HR - an obvious bellwether of a deep-rooted problem. Don't agree with the treating employees like cattle, and flipping the company? out! They instituted "stacked ranking" focal reviews along with the layoffs, and the company continued to bleed-out it's talent - many great people left on their own volition. In 2014, HR tried to offer a feux-change in the focal review system, which ultimately just turned out to be the same thing with a different name! Every employee found it was a total joke, but most middle management didn't dare to provide that feedback to their superiors.

    Many of these issues exist to some degree at a lot of mid-to-large size companies, but at Xilinx right now the issues are on the border of being out-of-control. In the short-term I expect the company to continue to innovate and do well - they are deriving new products and technologies following an outstanding history of development and delivery. There are still a lot of great processes and people, many of which/whom have been there for a long time. There are great individual contributors and lower level managers that exist throughout the company, and the brand is solid and still held in high regard with the customer base. Those employees who love to compete (as well as those who maybe occasionally backstab) will do quite well. But, in the medium/long-term, unless there is a big flip in the executive staff, I expect a potential collapse. We'll see...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid-management: good luck surviving!
    Executive-management: shame on you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    General sales review

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    Current Employee - Sales in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great firm with smart people, high value products and industry.

    Cons

    Tough industry as it is fighting off many existing and new market entrants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more technical support which is always critical in growing market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    engineer

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    working on adv node process

    Cons

    long hour working is norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure you know what low level engineers' want.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    I've been working for Xilinx over 2 years, really work/life balance, good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    You have to look for you own career development, and there is very limited space to promote.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very profitable company that is number one in a healthy industry

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Longmont, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Applications Engineer in Longmont, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Good mobility within company. Good salary and bonus. Good benefits. Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Layoffs sometimes appear not to be well thought out. Out sourcing is limiting some opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hard to work with upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for within semiconductor engineering

    Cons

    Too many policies to follow, slow or no response from management, very limited to no support from other cross functional groups, multiple levels of unnecessary approvals are required for simple project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need some serious training to be able to listen to direct reports and be open for change - Working for 10 or 15+ years at Xilinx doesn't make one a good manager or a leader

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    No longevity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Big name and far superior compared to competitors

    Cons

    1. Although initial package is good, poor appraisals ruin ur market value .. mostly due to cheap management tecnics
    2. Monotonous work culture - no choice to explore other options either
    3. Work cant be graded on par with work at other semiconductor companies
    4. Most of work involves automation and ease of use for customers - specially in PPG group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attitude need to change
    Frequent/Regular communication about work would be highly appreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is good company, able to learn more things in a quick time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xilinx

    Pros

    Lot of areas to explore in the company.
    managers understand the techenical difficulties and help the engineers in getting the solutions.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing to say much.
    less onsite opportunities.
    medium pay. Can't compare with Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

  11.  

    Great organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Xilinx

    Pros

    Good work culture. Excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Need to have quality work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry on with your current approach.

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