ViXS Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    It's reaching breakdown point due to attrition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Not a lot of meetings, opportunity to do a lot of work.

    Cons

    A lot of people left company, voluntarily or not. Reaching point where very difficult to make any real project advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Software Engg

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViXS

    Pros

    As per me, it's none.

    Cons

    There are many resons to list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good company to work for... sometimes stressful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    software engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    work life balance really depends on project and individual person,
    compensation is ok. time off policy is flexible.

    Cons

    don't know the value of this company yet, and company's culture as well.
    atmosphere in company is not so good. For employee, job is job and nothing more than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sharing my two cents

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I joined the company in March 2001, and now the senior director of algorithms team. With this information, many ViXS employees may know who I am.
    There are very different opinions about the company here in the glass door website, and I’m feeling very sad to see those bad ones. But I can understand some of them: He or she has been working very hard for the past a few years, but ViXS is not doing as great as expected yet.
    I think it’s normal that any company has ups and downs. But what shall we do? My suggestion is: follow your heart. For those of you who are unhappy, please let me quote from a friend of mine, who has also left, “I've made many friends for life here at ViXS”, maybe it’s a good time to move on and find a better opportunity, you have my best wishes. And for those of you who have faith in the company, keep up your spirits, ViXS depends on you.
    With the very successful HEVC decoder release and promising chips in the roadmap, I have confidence.

    Cons

    There was a big layoff in Feb 2013, but the worst time has passed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the morale of the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    This company is managed like a mom 'n pop shop

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    This company is managed like a mom 'n pop shop where one makes all the ad hoc decisions and others sit in the corner yelling to get their way (unsuccessfully though). They have made a joke of what could have been a great Canadian success story. After 13 years of repeated failures, no one seems to have learned any lessons. They focus on the bare minimum survival to keep padding their own pockets for as long as possible.

    Cons

    Multiple architects quit recently to protest against the executives' unethical behavior. Most of us who are left are not motivated, most would rather focus on their kids, houses and mortgages. Some are smart enough to even start their own real estate business on the side.

    Recent town-hall meeting reinforced the idea that management does not care about the company or the employees. The entire update lasted less than 2 minutes with absolutely no discussion of the technology road map because there is none. They keep making claims of future revenue with absolutely no proof.

    New immigrants looking for their first job in Canada are hired as replacements to keep the existing employees' wages at rock bottom. Focus is on quantity (headcount) rather than quality. Consequently morale of the current employees suffers even further. Given a choice, most skilled employees will quit this company in a heartbeat like the architects who already did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company. Current executives are too much vested in their own interests to make good decisions. The board needs to step in and make some hard decisions. Investors need to ask for details and proof. An independent audit of q3 books will provide enough ammunition to move ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A Company with a lot of potential!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViXS full-time

    Pros

    Upper management made a lot of good decisions to bring the company to this level. I trust their ability to execute when the right opportunities come. Unfortunately there are not many in this space these days.

    Cons

    Morale is not as good as a couple years ago when the company was doing great. I believe it takes time to turn this around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micro-management. More trust on your employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management focuses on squeezing every bit of you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly and smart. Opportunity to work on the latest technologies. Good stepping stone for gaining experience to join a larger employer later.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Upper management takes advantage of staff. When they go IPO at a low price, they ask you to sign a voluntary paper to convert your higher price options to lower exercising price options, but your options vesting year resets to the current year. That means the number of options you can vest is the same as a new hire, even after working here for many years. Why not just keep the same vesting date? Why take back the options already vested to you?

    The bonus given to staff is also a joke. It's just a small bonus, yet they ask you to agree that you must stay here for the next year else they take back the amount from you. C'mon, If people want to quit, no one cares about such a tiny amount anyway.

    Managers commit to unrealistic timeline to you without discussing with you first. When you can't make the deadline, they blame you. There is also no appreciation from management even if you work very hard to meet the impossible deadline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking advantage of your staff and when you give out options and bonuses, please be more generous and don't ask people to sign "retention agreement". It is just a tiny reward not huge investment bank bonuses!

    Give out more information to your employees and stop hiding information. We are not dumb.

    If you want to keep growing, you need to trust your employees. Do not micro-manage everything. Delegate to a good manager you trust.

    If you're reading this website, please consider the negative reviews here seriously, rather than asking people to write fake positive reviews here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very rewarding experiences working at ViXS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ViXS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A leading company in the field with awareness of environment and social conscience; very good working environment; friendly and cooperative team workers; excellent management by caring leaders; flexible working hours; good salary and compensation

    Cons

    Sometimes having to work around the clock to resolve an emergency situation may make you feel tedious; you may also have to occasionally adjust your working hours to a different time zone to work with people overseas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast growing company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViXS full-time

    Pros

    working with talent people, refresh with latest knowledge of technical edge, opportunities to taste different kinds of jobs, gain experiences quickly

    Cons

    the performance of this company is significantly affected by global economy. Employees always facing tight deadlines, stressful all the time, poor balance between life and career

  11.  

    Good people, challenging technology. Overall positive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ViXS full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and experienced people with extensive background and knowledge of the industry.
    Opportunities to work on cutting edge technology.
    Flexible working hours.
    Great work and team environment

    Cons

    Work life balance is not that great.
    Spend a lot of time in the office sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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