Ixia Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good technical people, but horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The new CEO seems to know what she's doing and has the proper experience, previously working at HP. Company has a good reputation in the market (market leader), and a decent customer base. People are generally friendly. If you're an outgoing person, you will make a lot of friends here. Salary is slightly above the market in RO. Auxiliary benefits are rather mediocre. There are some really gifted technical people here in RO office, from which you can learn a lot. Opportunities for growth in the first 1-2 years. You will get your hands on some cutting edge tools / equipment that may be hard to find in other environments. It's generally considered as a good place to start your working career in RO. Having Ixia on your resume still carries some weight here.

    Cons

    The company is striving to recover from a serious downfall, which translates into a dishonest CEO resigning, and multiple people losing their jobs due to the greed and lack of long term vision of the management. Company culture is severely lackluster. Nobody actually believes in the preached values, and this is coming from the top level. I don't think that if you randomly pick ten people they will name correctly at least three core values. Due to the way that we traditionally know how to do our business, the company is Product Management driven, rather than Developer driven. If you are a developer and have good ideas, there is a good chance that you will be completely ignored. This leads to the "Yes-Man" syndrome, as it can often be observed in Ixia. Archaically internal processes, that probably made sense back then when this company was a start-up, but don't make any sense right now. You will likely stagnate after 1-2 years, stuck in tedious bug fixing, or generally repetitive tasks. There is little, to no innovation in the company, which generally translates to acquiring smaller companies, and integrating their products into our portfolio. Work life balance is inclined towards work. Management will set unrealistic goals, without any vision of planning, and people will be expected to work out of their minds to meet the targets. Rewards are rarely of the same amount as the work done, and of course it's your fault if you don't meet the targets. Some managers are the worst kind of people you will ever meet. They will verbally humiliate you, and make you feel unimportant, as take joy from it. They will even go far as to make you lie to other people in technical matters, so that you can shift the blame from them to other teams.

    Advice to Management

    Purge the arrogant and manipulative managers before it's too late. They are ripping apart your company culture and make Ixia a bad workplace. Replace them with good leaders that have a positive attitude, and know how to rally a team around them and grow it.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  3. SSE1

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SSE1 in Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - SSE1 in Calcutta (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom, Learning, Time off policies

    Cons

    Work Pressure takes a toll on everything

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Overall good culture for Engineers

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Engineer Friendly - Challenging Projects Leading Edge Technology Including: Security Virtualization, NFV and SDN Reasonable Lab Environment Good Over Benefits International Organization Strong Product Management Organization

    Cons

    Multiple locations can make it difficult to connect with other Engineers Sr. Management seems to be over zealous regrading corporate objects

    Advice to Management

    Realistic goal setting


  6. Helpful (2)

    Not place to work

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


  7. A real technology company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very focused on new technologies, diverse product portfolio, friendly and professional colleagues. With the new CEO, company will hopefully have a better product/market strategy. Core business testing. One of the 2 well known manufacturers in the market.

    Cons

    In the recent years company focused on a vague market with network visibility products, unclear market/technology conditions which might impact the company drastically.

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (2)

    Some great people but some tough times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Have worked with great folks in a few sites that do work and play hard - like what they do, share well, open. Most managers seem to really want to work hard and share the success. Pay is good. Relaxed environment. New CEO in late 2014 looks good and will see what shapes up. Communication has gotten better. Some nice benefits in lunch perks, free soda's but many other companies are doing more perks in hi-tech.

    Cons

    2014 was a mess of a year for the company. One CEO ousted, interim CEO and then new CEO. Layoffs summer of 2014. Losing good folks to other hi-tech opportunities over past months. We are in a interesting niche field but many others looking to get in and play. 2015 will be a make or break year so I would wait a year to see how things go. Some reviews here mention negative reviews by folks that have been laid off but those that I knew that were laid off got good new jobs and are happy where they are now.

    Advice to Management

    Make 2015 a good year.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Excellent company to work for...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenger and satisfying environment, where hard work and out of the box thinking gets recognized. Career advancement, fair compensation and clear direction from executives There will be a lot of hard feelings and negative reviews mostly from folks whose company was acquired by Ixia and their position was cut. However I know first hand that Ixia still took very good care of everyone.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO brings a great sense of vision and experience. The companies future is on the right track


  10. Helpful (1)

    I good, growing company that is moving ahead in the market.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is definitely in line with industry standards, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Some product launches are rocky. Poor product definitions in the area of support and sales "bullets".

    Advice to Management

    Product managers need to "own" the product entirely, including better support training, documentation, related whote papers, sales "golden bullets". Better insight into customer pain and selling points are needed for sales to hit the ground running.


  11. Okay place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work locations Care for well being of employee

    Cons

    No appreciation for good work; feedback is mainly negative PTO accrual is low



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