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ViXS Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
9 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have been working at ViXS

    Pros

    Good place to learn if you try "hard" enough and go beyond your assigned tasks. I am in debt of this company in terms of skill sets I built up during my employments .

    Cons

    There is something fundamentally wrong in the top two level executive mentalities. You can obviously sense that CEO and CFO running exclusively company at their own best short term interests with no care about the long term goals, employees and sustainability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I dont have advice to the mid level management per se since they are executing orders coming from top but I do have advice to the investors and some members of board of directors. Try to restructure the executive management and specifically speaking COO Mr Hugh Chow to change the culture of company. The inefficiency all being injected from that level. The rest of the company has some values to pay off in the long run.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay Place to Work

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

    I worked at ViXS (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is alright
    Good work is praised and celebrated

    Cons

    High pressure work environment
    Management are too proud, difficult to get a hold of and even more difficult to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to bring job satisfaction for the workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management focuses on squeezing every bit of you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    software engineer

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

    I have been working at ViXS full-time

    Pros

    flexible working time and you can work on different field

    Cons

    can not see a bright future

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    A company whose best days have passed. In a death spiral.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at ViXS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent technology to work on across the board. Can learn quite a bit if you are proactive.

    Cons

    -The management is seriously lacking: Little to no leadership or management ability, obvious creation of fiefdoms. Little to no accountability on their part as well
    -No concept of proper project/program management. Projects are always behind schedule and over budget
    -Unable to stand up or push back to clearly unreasonable customer demands, which led to scheduling delays and slips. This caused a reduction in customer confidence (and ultimately some dropped projects)
    -Massive lay offs are continuously being performed with no restructuring or sustenance program in place, leads to no confidence in the future of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify. The media SoC business is not one where money can be made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mix of good, bad, worse and worst

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

    I have been working at ViXS full-time

    Pros

    Latest technologies, small teams with good potential

    Cons

    Lack of respect for employees, lack of planning and hence often times, overloading work and weekend expectations, extremely poor and rude management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan better, treat employees well and stop the virtual slavery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A start-up and pushy company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at ViXS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    exposure for many technologies
    Okay place for new immigrants

    Cons

    below market payment
    prolonged working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a correct marketing target.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company with a good soul badly in a need for reform

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Great technological potential
    Great influx of motivated employees
    Great acceptance of unproven immigrant talent
    Great location
    Very fast moving

    Cons

    Management is not focused on technology
    Poor customer satisfaction
    Employee care standards are more than often overlooked
    Inconstant policy moves
    Employee communication not encouraged
    Morbid cost cutting
    Unrealistic reliance on off-shore workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Easy to derive from above

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management messy, company rules lacking, documents abandoned.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ViXS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Still growing. Employees hard-working and having change to learn more

    Cons

    Bosses don't care about details and internal relations of employees. Responsibilities are very confusing between each unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    making more and valid rules to ask every employee to follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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