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Ixia Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
139 Reviews
3.2
139 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Chance to grow, lots of opportunities to learn about cutting edge technologies related to networking (in 6 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, took a long time to get more staff in to ease the workload (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work hard, be nice, obey!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance
    Office location
    Team buildings from time to time

    Cons

    Lack of information available on the project you work on and other projects related
    No team work
    Lot of bug fixing work - number of bugs raised and then resolved is the quality measurement tool
    No work procedures
    People are in general very poor profesionals
    Lack of respect shown among people
    Very large projects with a lot of dependencies among packages
    Priorities are changed many times a day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent to the people in their team
    Enhance communication skills - very poor
    Encourage team work
    Get involved in problems raised by people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    successful company with no consideration for employee well being

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA

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

    Pros

    cutting edge technologies
    decent benefits
    nice facilities

    Cons

    very destructive work environment
    permanent state of emergency
    death march is the standard way of getting things done
    artificially created internal competition destroys the spirit
    guaranteed burnout after few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps honesty is better long term strategy than trying to play people against each other. Competition should come from the outside, not inside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is not the same company that I joined

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like working and working and working ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    No common yardstick for compensation, work expectations across the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    not very peaceful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calcutta (India)

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    1. Good technical challenges
    2. Cutting edge technologies
    3. Excellent infrastructural support

    Cons

    1. No transparency in normalization of salaries across groups
    2. US team has significant veto power which is misused at times
    3. Smooth projects are considered as easy ones and gets less appreciation
    4. Any one can do anything with equal efficiency - management motto
    5. Management is least bothered as which area you want to work when under pressure of delivery and expect high level of efficiency and gives very little learning time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Listen to what engineers have to say
    2. Do prudent budgeting to be just and not make few happy and others unhappy

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Every month the company becomes a less desirable place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Local team members are great. Personnel in the field are dedicated and smart

    Cons

    Lack of communication from executives. Relatively new mission statement is disregarded by executives. Complete disconnect from headquarters with what is actually going on with customers. Does not listen to feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to people in the field, they are your customer liaisons. Show some real respect for your employees not just lip service once a quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Okay place to work

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

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly positive work environment currently suffering from low morale

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly positive work environment where you could talk to management and they would try their best to help you with your goals and career objectives. A lot of free snacks and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours. Low morale due to layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better strategic planning. LISTEN to the employees - while some of the feedback may just be gripes or requests that are not feasible given the current status of the business, there are a lot of smart people with plenty of good ideas that could help the company succeed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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