Ixia Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
122 Reviews
3.2
122 Reviews
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Errol Ginsberg
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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 16 reviews)

  • could be long hours without recognition (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is not the same company that I joined

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology, a lot of interesting challenges (if you are in the right team). A lot of smart people around. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    The culture in the company definitely changed. A lot of smart people left or were let go. Management treats people like resource. Bug numbers is the only game in town. With overseas locations work-life balance is nonexistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Ixia is an excellent place to work with great opportunities to grow individually as well as professionally.

    Cons

    Promotional paths could be a bit better defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall great direction in growing from a small to medium sized company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like working and working and working ...

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Its a job and pay is good.

    Cons

    Personal time is non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the clock and know that people need to sleep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    No common yardstick for compensation, work expectations across the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Ixia

    Pros

    Plenty of technical work opportunities to grow and work with cool people

    Cons

    no work life balance.
    disparity of pay....even within the same organization.
    Middle management is a 'yes man' team
    Each organization is held to a different standard...budgeting of time or money is never right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has 'double standards'
    Focus on your people and align compensation practices with Industry.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    wouldnt recommend

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Ixia

    Pros

    smart 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.

    Cons

    Micromanagement 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 ManagementAdvice

    stop micro management, it kills creativity, and makes it not a pleasant place to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not really great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Ixia

    Pros

    Great company to work for when no one is dependent on you. You will definitely learn a lot within a short span of time, but work becomes monotonous after that.

    Cons

    Work becomes monotonous and no balance between work and personal life. From morning 9 AM till late night hours most of the employees are asked to work. And for some they do not have weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try solving the above problem. Till the employee resigns his skills are not recognized, the moment he resigns he is asked if he can take leadership position but why this kind of attitude? It used to be one of the best small compoanies to work for in the 2006-2008

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Need a major overhaul to restore Ixia to its past work-culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    1) Salary and benefits are on-par or maybe a bit more than industry standard.
    2) There are quite a few really smart people.

    Cons

    1) Absolutely no long term vision
    2) Complete lack of respect to employee's preferences. You have to work on whichever module you are asked to, without any consideration provided to your interests.
    3) Constant pressure and culture of patching up solutions in a hacky way. People are discouraged to think holistically and are pushed constantly to deliver private fixes within a few hours. Groups just tend to blame each other and push issues around because of this.
    4) Resources are treated like manual laborers. Upper management cares only about people count and assumes that 'n' number of people will bring down the total work duration by a factor of 'n'.
    5) Management is actually happy to lose developers in US so that they can backfill with more resources in India or Romania.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do not micro-manage and come up with realistic plans which are good for the long term. Or else you can see that the employee retention rate will drastically go down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, everything else pretty bad

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

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

    Cons

    main 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow, lots to learn, good people, but need to work on employee compensation/benefits

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    Former Employee - FPGA Design Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - FPGA Design Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ixia

    Pros

    Experienced and well rounded team, good growth opportunities, flexible, very communicative management, good knowledge sharing, good team building activities and good leadership

    Cons

    Need to employ more people!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to adopt new tools and design methodologies, need to create more excitement for the projects, create more legacy training materials

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    none whatsover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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