Xyratex Reviews

Updated 7 September 2014
Updated 7 September 2014
65 Reviews
2.3
65 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with, very talented in the mid-level of the organization (in 9 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)

  • Incompetent upper management that cover up their mistakes by blaming underlings (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Xyratex Canada a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - lots of natural light
    - Great group of employees, each very talented
    - Working on rebranding the company, and migrating company to a software company from hardware
    - Downtown Kitchener location, in the heart of the city
    - Lots of interesting technologies
    - Paid parking ( its downtown )
    - 3 min walk to bus station, right next to city hall

    Cons

    - Still pretty new so lots of areas of growth
    - Distributed team, but improving as this office is growing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the direction and grown towards a software model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    over 5 year at Operator

    Current Employee - Operator in Seremban Garden (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - 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 ManagementAdvice

    Go a head for your good action.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Highly Political and Unpleasant Place to Work

    • 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 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A retirement company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Implement a proper methodology as compared to prototyping

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

    • 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 (less than an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Principal Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting, cutting edge enterprise software and hardware.

    Cons

    After several public misses, things are rather stressful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    An experience of a life time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accounts Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Accounts Manager

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Xyratex

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Open 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    blind leading the weak

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I have been working at Xyratex

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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