Ixia Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
131 Reviews
3.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will get to work on latest cutting edge technologies (in 10 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Problem with work life balance and salary compare to that is low (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours, no work-life balance, no recognition (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Destroying Everything They Touch

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    IXIA is layingoff employees. Last layoff was on 8/5/14. there was another layoff on Jan. 2014.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Do not join IXIA or look for job if you are employee.

    Cons

    Do not join the company and start looking for job if you are employee, IXIA has been laying off. There was layoff in Jan 2014 now in Aug. 2014. There were many layoffs before. Mangement does not cre about employees, No bonus, no salary increase, company stock purchase plan is closed . Company had lawsuites. Company and management has no direction and only thing they are doing is to reduce cost to bring up the stock.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    IXIA Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ixia

    Pros

    Hard working and talented workers.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Worst Company to work for in India - worst than services company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calcutta (India)

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

    Pros

    None - I dont have anything good to write about.They have a good marketing team for which products are selling and not because of quality

    Cons

    management and work culture is pathetic.HR are puppets.Back stabbing and office politics
    is rampant.Oiling to senior management is the key to success. Ixia Kolkata - back stabbing between colleagues is rampant. The higher management is moron.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is sick.While hiring hr will promise that you will get full variable pay.People mentality are like that of "frogs in a well" and have not seen the outside world.Most of them wouldnot get jobs if moved out of kolkata.Quality of deliverables is horrible. I dont know how the equipment is getting sold in the market.Focus is on Quality and not on Quantity.Higher management treats employee as daily labourers.Technically quite unsound.The show is running just because of few old time development folks otherwise this unit would have got closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A contemporary sweat shop

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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