Ixia Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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Ixia CEO & President Bethany Mayer
Bethany Mayer
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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 (1)

    Overworked, unappreciated, and your inputs will go unheard — you don't want to work here!

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Ixia full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    None. Unless you consider working in your own little silo with zero direction fulfilling.

    Cons

    If you want the unvarnished truth about how horrible it is to work at Ixia, go on LinkedIn and connect with all the previous Net Optics employees — most of whom Ixia laid-off or willingly left on their own. Most of the Net Optics staff are gone now. When the Net Optics people were still around, lead times in sales was 3-7 days. Now it takes three weeks! Why? Because Ixia refuses to adopt the best practices of the companies they've acquired. There are so many broken processes inside that haven't been or upper management can't seem to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Seriously.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ixia

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

    Pros

    No pros at all. Look for job if you are still working. There are many other better places to work.

    Cons

    Bad Management. Want to have full control. Work Long hours No morale Low salary no bonus company cannot make profit so they are doing bad acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    need new management. no direction.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Get out before the next layoff

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    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    It is clear that the HR department is creating glowing reviews to try and stem the tide of departures since the last layoff. I cannot count the number of critical people lost since the most recent purge. But these authors are certainly pros.

    Cons

    Reality. . . There has been and continues to be a lack of vision. Clearly management is out to protect their jobs at the expense of all those below them. The new CEO has her job cut out for her, but honestly she got hers coming in the door. If she can survive the first year, she should clear a cool million bucks, that might have been better spent retaining key people.

    Advice to Management

    Research the market, understand the problems, and effectively solve those problems. Stop vying for the "bragging rights" and tossing money down the drain on pet projects. You bought a gold mine in Austin, and are driving away a most outstanding talent pool. Without the support of those key people you are doomed. Show people you value their service with money, not words. Good luck Bethany, you will need it. Perhaps you can purge the motivational destroyers that report to you.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Probably the worst company I have every worked for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Capacity in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Capacity in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Ixia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people in the ranks who don't even know how good they are at what they do. Hard to say much else.

    Cons

    There is no leadership in the sales organization save for one or two. From senior management on down, it's a complete joke. Every man for himself. Management does not care a lick about their employees. They are all selfish. They are not innovative in their sales thinking. They do not practice what they preach. "Open Door" policy is complete BS. HR is in la-la land thinking they have great managers that practice what is taught at trainings, when in fact the opposite is true.

    Advice to Management

    Senior sales management is so poor--you need to replace several of the VPs and the SVP. You might want to consider getting away from so much nepotism. I've never worked at a company where in every department from sales to HR you've got relatives working for each other. Bad culture.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Was a Fair to Middling Co when owned by Anut but IXIA buyout destroyed it

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Austin, TX

    I worked at Ixia full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You get to live in Austin, TX

    Cons

    HORRIBLE upper, middle and lower mgmt. HR does not give a damn. No advancement opportunity at all, though they say otherwise. MGMT allows mendacious, malicious narcissistic bullies to thwart efforts of others.

    Advice to Management

    Fire bad employees who harass and sabotage the works of others. Here's a tip: if a guy is an ex-con thug who regularly threatens co-workers with bodily harm and or/ professional sabotage and he has a disciplinary file with HR that is an inch thick and you don't fire him, you are an idiot and completely complicit in all acts of harm perpetrated by said thug.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Destroying Everything They Touch

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

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

    Pros

    They have some cool technology in pockets of companies they acquire. Free Cheetos and coffee in the break room!

    Cons

    No stock options, not that you'd want them anyway. Salaries are effectively capped by senior people working for below market rate while they wait for their options to vest. They've made many acquisitions and integrated them poorly. Architecture group out of HQ has undue influence over technology decisions and often end up reversing course when they make the wrong call.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe spend more time managing the business and less time running your supercars at the track.


  8. Helpful (2)

    IXIA Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ixia full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The former ANUE people are great.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Dump people in to positions with no training then fire them for not knowing how to do their job. Really bad management. Sleazy, un trustworthy. They will NEVER be an Employer of Choice in Austin. This culture may work in CA but not in Austin. Ex CEO was a con man!

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Don't walk their talk

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Ixia full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    High technology Relatively ok working environment

    Cons

    Poor misguided and shortsighted management Company claims to have vision but cannot execute Several past mistated earnings and CEO ousters tarnish image Organizational groups are scattered and company does not invest in infrastructure to deal with problems at hand Lack of learning opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Grow Up Act like a startup...you're not and your current behavior will not grow the business Trying to hit $500M in 2014? This could be a $3B company but you're not very smart INVEST in more than R&D - development includes operations, logistics, hardware and software


  10. Helpful (2)

    Toxic

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ixia

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

    Pros

    Hard working and talented workers.

    Cons

    No vision Management heavy Sweat shop Bad behavior tolerated at all levels

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do with the company Upgrade HR Improve innovation Don't expect employees to attend meetings at all hours of the night Terminate unprofessional, misbehaving leaders


  11. Helpful (3)

    A contemporary sweat shop

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

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Corporate desire to lead the industry in delivering new products

    Cons

    Excessive working hours, Below average wages, Substandard bonuses, Lack of material support, Lack of long term vision,

    Advice to Management

    Lower YOUR standards of living and share the wealth with the people that actually generate the ideas and deliver the products. <B>Your current employees are your competitors best future assets.<\B> Stop with the slave ship mentality and support your people at the bottom. EVERY employee deserves a slice of the pie, not just the elite few in the executive suite.



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