Ixia Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Good people are working in a bad culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Calcutta (India)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, Pay is above average

    Cons

    Work culture and management is poor, no long term planning


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good technical people, but horrible management

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not really great!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at Ixia

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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  5. Looks a good company for starting up persons

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

    I worked at Ixia full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Have lunch, and have opportunities to learn more skills if you like

    Cons

    a little bit hard. Salary is so so.

    Advice to Management

    More encouragement mechanism needed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Long hours with good pay

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

    I worked at Ixia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are continually on the run and very focus at staying competitive in the market. Good benefits, lunch program, good pay, senior management very approachable.

    Cons

    Work/life balance out of needs to improve for all departments. They are working on resolving issues and to being more considerate of life away from work.

    Advice to Management

    People are important and need to feel valued


  7. Helpful (3)

    Meh

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

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good coworkers, easy commute, good hours.

    Cons

    pay, boring work, not challenging, leadership meh.


  8. Helpful (1)

    The 'ME" Syndrome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall not a bad place to work, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times. Management top heavy. Seems like a lot of the good talent eventually leaves. Some departments have no idea what "TEAM" means. This used to really be the place to work a few years ago


  9. A mediocre company; too many successive acquisitions brought the company down

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Calabasas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright people; reasonable compensation; The CEO has engineering background so they take care of engineering

    Cons

    Bad decisions at top. Everyone is expected to be a workaholic. It is difficult to have a life while working at this company. Integration of the multiple cultures between the acquisitions is not working well.

    Advice to Management

    stop acquiring


  10. Helpful (2)

    Mostly positive work environment currently suffering from low morale

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Okay place to work

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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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