Ixia
3.2 of 5 110 reviews
www.ixiacom.com Calabasas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Ixia President & CEO Victor Alston

Victor Alston

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Chance to grow, lots of opportunities to learn about cutting edge technologies related to networking"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Great talent and cut edge technology"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Problem with work life balance and salary compare to that is low"
    in 15 reviews
  • "could be long hours without recognition"
    in 5 reviews
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    Show me the vision?

    Experienced (Current Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    ProsIt's a paycheck until a more realistic opportunity comes along.

    ConsMediocre salary, unless your a golden boy,
    Lack of respect,
    Lack of disclosure,
    Lack of leadership,
    Lack of market vision,
    Risk of de-listing,
    Risk of lawsuits,
    Poor planning,
    "Schedule driven" quality,
    Sweatshop mentality,
    No foreseeable change for the better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the market intelligence with the troops, Develop technology leaders from within, Stop chasing features and deliver real value to the customer, Grow the customer base, Listen to the customer a deliver what no one else does or no one else can.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Toxic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHard working and talented workers.

    ConsNo vision
    Management heavy
    Sweat shop
    Bad behavior tolerated at all levels

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Calcutta (India)

    ProsNone - I dont have anything good to write about.They have a good marketing team for which products are selling and not because of quality

    Consmanagement 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A contemporary sweat shop

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsCorporate desire to lead the industry in delivering new products

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLower 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Data Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    ProsGrowth of company, future earnings.

    ConsLong drawn out process with little direction. Senior IT management will not admit they have no direction and don't know how to make decisions because they lack experience. IT management has very little power since the business people make IT decisions.Long drawn out process with little direction. Senior IT management will not admit they have no direction and don't know how to make decisions because they lack experience. IT management has very little power since the business people make IT decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt you don't know what you're looking for and don't know the solution first it's impossible to interview people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    wouldnt recommend

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    Prossmart people to work with
    you will learn multi tasking
    Management promotes learning, they will set aside separate time for you to learn a technology etc
    It all depends what team, what manager you are under. You might get lucky you might not.

    ConsMicromanagement environment, tasks sent out every day, status reports expected at end of day. They will tell you how to do something, when sometimes you know better. Kills your creativity.

    emphasys on numbers, not quality. Some managers care about the number of bugs closed, thats all.

    Slave driving and no appreciation for hard work. If you do 100% the following week expectation will be set to 110%, if you dont deliver the 110% you are below expectation, if you do the following week it will be 120%. If you want to work there forget about balance. Everyone works at least 10 hours/day, this is if you mutlitask and take advantage of every minute.

    Advice to Senior Managementstop micro management, it kills creativity, and makes it not a pleasant place to work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not so good a work place

    Software Network Engineer (Former Employee)
    Calcutta (India)

    Pros(1) Good exposure to learn new technologies, esp. related to networking

    Cons(1) Pathetic management
    (2) Extreme work pressure. Fequent calls by mgmt. to come to office even during weekends.
    (3) Bias towards favoured employees is rampant.

    Advice to Senior Management(1) Needs to be completely changed. People with proper management track record should be brought in to manage the show.

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    Good pay, everything else pretty bad

    Developer (Current Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    Prosgood pay. some flexibility in working from home. people with good technical knowledge abound

    Consmain focus of each group, as directed by upper management, is to blame each other. everyne spends a lot of time on this. lot of effort is put into how bugs can be moved to other groups just so that at the end of the week, your team's numbers look good.
    management follows an approach of lying about everything to people, and they actually think people believe them. Dishonesty seems to be the main tool used to manage people. management seems to want you to quit so that they can hire more people in cheaper countries. Probably this is why they treat employees very very badly, and have no qualms about messing with your personal time. In fact, you dont have "personal time". It all belongs to Ixia.

    Advice to Senior Managementplease try being a little more honest with us. might make a difference. though it might not come naturally for most of you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a great place. Getting tougher and tougher day by day to remain even slightly motivated.

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    ProsBright and talented coworkers. Most of them would be nice to hang out with, if they weren't always so depressed about this place.

    ConsThis might take some time
    i) No respect for employees as persons
    ii) No honesty in communication with the team
    iii) No transparency in management
    iv) No respect for work-life balance
    v) No long term planning - shifting "long term plans" every few days
    vi) Terrible competition amongst groups to switch the blame to each other
    vii) Constant pressure year round

    Advice to Senior Managementnone whatsover.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is as bad as it gets - modern day slavery.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    ProsThe company is profitable but off the backs of its employees. It has remained competitive but through cut throat management tactics. Shareholders love to invest in this type of company.

    ConsThis is one of those companies where the employees are slave driven like pack mules and expected to put in massive overtime. The shareholders are more important than the employees, and financial savings (through outsourcing eg) is preferred over product quality. The lack of project communication is unnerving, and there is no five year plan, only reactive decisions to customer whims.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating employees like barcoded commodities. Hire managers who can inspire employees, not just track their time and effort. Encourage work-life balance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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