Ixia Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Opportunities to learn the latest technologies and stay ahead in one's career make Ixia a compelling place to work (in 6 reviews)

  • Great talent and cut edge technology (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Missing work life balance most of the time (in 19 reviews)

  • Long Hours, took a long time to get more staff in to ease the workload (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Things are looking up

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Ixia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    With new CEO, things are appearing to be moving in the right direction. Not much culture, but that provides a good work-life balance. Office is mostly lax and exec are easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Had a rough past couple of years so a lot of good people left, doesn't appear that those people are being replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep salaries competitive to keep the best people around. Things are going pretty well, let's keep moving in this direction.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Ixiacom review for Santa Clara

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

    I have been working at Ixia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Started as an intern they gave me great learning projects to be able to learn how to work in a company. After a year they kept me on as an employee and had me working on important engineering projects to help the company understand its revenue.

    Cons

    Never was given a team to work with. So everything had to be done on my own, which is fine. But the office here is very empty with people gone all the time and it does not make for a social atmosphere. Also was hard to for me to get mew projects once I finished some of mine.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the internship program so that when you hire someone they are given a stronger role in the company.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Struggling to gain traction

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

    I have been working at Ixia (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Company was built on a good foundation. It has innovation and competition plus some good people culture in its DNA. The new CEO seems to have a good head on her shoulder

    Cons

    Company has gone through tough times, and some really bad decisions took out its memntum. As it stand, Ixia will continue to face challenges going forward, since growth and revenue is not where it should be. Management can be super political. Good leaders are hard to find here, but there are plenty of bosses and high ranking titles

    Advice to Management

    Start learning how to be good leaders; and that starts from the Executive staff. Get engaged with individual contributors to understand what really is going on in each function. Bring some true leaders on board and get get rid of the boss pleasing fake leaders.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Fun doesn't make a good manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Fun employee events and most employees are great people to work with most of the time.

    Cons

    C-level manager wants to be the fun guy but acts like a egotistical jerk to everyone that didn't come with him or dares to ask questions or make suggestions... routinely and publicly. Huge contributor to people leaving since the mass RIF last summer.

    Advice to Management

    Honest communication with employees without being condescending or belittling needs to be the norm for anyone in Estaff or mgmt. Employees "get it" that mgmt can't tell everything to everyone but ignoring questions, telling nothing of value, and making anyone with the guts to ask the hard questions regret asking doesn't send the message that mgmt has any interest in employee concerns. Give respect to get respect.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Bumpy

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

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Technology, good customer base

    Cons

    Extremely uneven management. Constantly searching for a coherent strategy

    Advice to Management

    Try sticking to a strategy for more than 6 months


  7. Helpful (2)

    Some great people but some tough times

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

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Have worked with great folks in a few sites that do work and play hard - like what they do, share well, open. Most managers seem to really want to work hard and share the success. Pay is good. Relaxed environment. New CEO in late 2014 looks good and will see what shapes up. Communication has gotten better. Some nice benefits in lunch perks, free soda's but many other companies are doing more perks in hi-tech.

    Cons

    2014 was a mess of a year for the company. One CEO ousted, interim CEO and then new CEO. Layoffs summer of 2014. Losing good folks to other hi-tech opportunities over past months. We are in a interesting niche field but many others looking to get in and play. 2015 will be a make or break year so I would wait a year to see how things go. Some reviews here mention negative reviews by folks that have been laid off but those that I knew that were laid off got good new jobs and are happy where they are now.

    Advice to Management

    Make 2015 a good year.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Excellent company to work for...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenger and satisfying environment, where hard work and out of the box thinking gets recognized. Career advancement, fair compensation and clear direction from executives There will be a lot of hard feelings and negative reviews mostly from folks whose company was acquired by Ixia and their position was cut. However I know first hand that Ixia still took very good care of everyone.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO brings a great sense of vision and experience. The companies future is on the right track


  9. Helpful (1)

    I good, growing company that is moving ahead in the market.

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

    I have been working at Ixia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is definitely in line with industry standards, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Some product launches are rocky. Poor product definitions in the area of support and sales "bullets".

    Advice to Management

    Product managers need to "own" the product entirely, including better support training, documentation, related whote papers, sales "golden bullets". Better insight into customer pain and selling points are needed for sales to hit the ground running.


  10. Great company

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

    I have been working at Ixia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good management, technology, always something new to learn, great CEO

    Cons

    No major one that I can think of


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Technology company on the bleeding edge of Network Equipment design, not the greatest strategic group of leaders.

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

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Working with companies designing new telecommunications equipment and the networks of the future. The people are great, really nice and professional. Compensation is very good

    Cons

    Ixia is having tough time dealing with market changes to cloud and software centric networks. Too many changes in direction and long term strategy Marketing! Yeah that's what I mean, what marketing?

    Advice to Management

    Combine your two major business units or sell/split one of them off. It's like working for two different companies right now.



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