Xyratex
2.2 of 5 58 reviews
www.xyratex.com Havant, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Xyratex Reviews

Updated Apr 03, 2014
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11% Approve of the CEO

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22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great people to work with, very talented in the mid-level of the organization"
    in 8 reviews
  • "It was close to home, but that has changed with all the reorganizations"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management are dreadful and completely out of touch with their employees"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Total disconnect between upper management and workers"
    in 5 reviews
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Xyratex's new Canadian office is a great place to be

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsDowntown 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

ConsParking is a bit far

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good career progression opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsInteresting, cutting edge enterprise software and hardware.

ConsAfter several public misses, things are rather stressful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An experience of a life time

Senior Accounts Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Xyratex

ProsExcellent supervisor with super positive & understanding attitude.
Supervisor is very supportive & a very experience coach.

ConsCompany's direction & goal is not communicated & exercise at all levels.
Overall operations management still has a lot of room for improvement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I enjoyed working at Xyratex, I was part of a great team and have had the chance to grow and develop professionally.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Xyratex

ProsCompetitive pay, good work life balance, great benefits, great people, interesting product, global, solid training, opportunity for growth and development.

ConsSometimes it seems the company is a little resistant to change, they want to keep things as they are. Makes it hard to get to the next level or make things happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up to change, you have a lot of smart people working for the company with great ideas and experience that want to make a difference.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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blind leading the weak

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sacramento, CA (US)

I have been working at Xyratex

ProsOne 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.

ConsA 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 Senior ManagementBig 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Could be so much better.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA (US)

I have been working at Xyratex

ProsGreat 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Awful Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
West Sacramento, CA (US)

I worked at Xyratex

Prosnothing 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementDump the VP/Senior management, dead wood.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Has the potential for great things, but needs to execute

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA (US)

I have been working at Xyratex

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 Senior ManagementHold 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Outdated and Out of Touch

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Fremont, CA (US)

I worked at Xyratex

Prosdecent 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

Conssweatshop 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 Senior Managementunderstand 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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