ViXS Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
45 Reviews

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  1.  

    Okay Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ViXS for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is alright
    Good work is praised and celebrated

    Cons

    High pressure work environment
    Management are too proud, difficult to get a hold of and even more difficult to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to bring job satisfaction for the workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    software engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ViXS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    work life balance really depends on project and individual person,
    compensation is ok. time off policy is flexible.

    Cons

    don't know the value of this company yet, and company's culture as well.
    atmosphere in company is not so good. For employee, job is job and nothing more than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A REALLY good company worth to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at ViXS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The colleagues are nice. Management of software team is very experience in both technical and management, encouraging and nice to work with. For the other teams, little chance to work with but they are all skillful and clever guys. I worked in HK branch before and have a few month in headquarter. Both places are peaceful and comfortable to work in. Although work loading will be crazy in peak season, but it is still considered to be balance through the year. It is a kind of enjoy to have such challenge sometimes.

    Cons

    The benefit and salary are not really competitive. However, it is not that bad at all. Honest speaking, it is an agreememnt between company and employees. Once you agree for that, you can bargain with your boss, but should not complain. Or you can choose to leave if you think you deserve more. One recommendation for you if you are considerring to work in ViXS. Don't choose it if you are looking for a job which can give you a chance to be a millionaire while just siting in office waiting for the stock price goes up. Choose it if you enjoy to work on the bleeding edge of technology with a large amount of clever and nice guys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not management guy so not much advice I can give. Just keep on the good work and always think what you can do for the employee in their point of view. It should be always truth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not the best place to work at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at ViXS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good technology, and some great colleagues.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Employees are expected to work around the clock without questioning decisions made by management. Management appears clueless on pretty much every topic, be it project management, customer management, strategy, communication, organizational development and sales. Result - chaotic workplace where the employees find out every morning what is the "high" priority issues they should focus on that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive instead of being reactive, and consider getting some professional help to run the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sharing my two cents

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ViXS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I joined the company in March 2001, and now the senior director of algorithms team. With this information, many ViXS employees may know who I am.
    There are very different opinions about the company here in the glass door website, and I’m feeling very sad to see those bad ones. But I can understand some of them: He or she has been working very hard for the past a few years, but ViXS is not doing as great as expected yet.
    I think it’s normal that any company has ups and downs. But what shall we do? My suggestion is: follow your heart. For those of you who are unhappy, please let me quote from a friend of mine, who has also left, “I've made many friends for life here at ViXS”, maybe it’s a good time to move on and find a better opportunity, you have my best wishes. And for those of you who have faith in the company, keep up your spirits, ViXS depends on you.
    With the very successful HEVC decoder release and promising chips in the roadmap, I have confidence.

    Cons

    There was a big layoff in Feb 2013, but the worst time has passed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the morale of the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engg

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViXS

    Pros

    As per me, it's none.

    Cons

    There are many resons to list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good company to work for... sometimes stressful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    This company is managed like a mom 'n pop shop

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ViXS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This company is managed like a mom 'n pop shop where one makes all the ad hoc decisions and others sit in the corner yelling to get their way (unsuccessfully though). They have made a joke of what could have been a great Canadian success story. After 13 years of repeated failures, no one seems to have learned any lessons. They focus on the bare minimum survival to keep padding their own pockets for as long as possible.

    Cons

    Multiple architects quit recently to protest against the executives' unethical behavior. Most of us who are left are not motivated, most would rather focus on their kids, houses and mortgages. Some are smart enough to even start their own real estate business on the side.

    Recent town-hall meeting reinforced the idea that management does not care about the company or the employees. The entire update lasted less than 2 minutes with absolutely no discussion of the technology road map because there is none. They keep making claims of future revenue with absolutely no proof.

    New immigrants looking for their first job in Canada are hired as replacements to keep the existing employees' wages at rock bottom. Focus is on quantity (headcount) rather than quality. Consequently morale of the current employees suffers even further. Given a choice, most skilled employees will quit this company in a heartbeat like the architects who already did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company. Current executives are too much vested in their own interests to make good decisions. The board needs to step in and make some hard decisions. Investors need to ask for details and proof. An independent audit of q3 books will provide enough ammunition to move ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management focuses on squeezing every bit of you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViXS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly and smart. Opportunity to work on the latest technologies. Good stepping stone for gaining experience to join a larger employer later.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Upper management takes advantage of staff. When they go IPO at a low price, they ask you to sign a voluntary paper to convert your higher price options to lower exercising price options, but your options vesting year resets to the current year. That means the number of options you can vest is the same as a new hire, even after working here for many years. Why not just keep the same vesting date? Why take back the options already vested to you?

    The bonus given to staff is also a joke. It's just a small bonus, yet they ask you to agree that you must stay here for the next year else they take back the amount from you. C'mon, If people want to quit, no one cares about such a tiny amount anyway.

    Managers commit to unrealistic timeline to you without discussing with you first. When you can't make the deadline, they blame you. There is also no appreciation from management even if you work very hard to meet the impossible deadline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking advantage of your staff and when you give out options and bonuses, please be more generous and don't ask people to sign "retention agreement". It is just a tiny reward not huge investment bank bonuses!

    Give out more information to your employees and stop hiding information. We are not dumb.

    If you want to keep growing, you need to trust your employees. Do not micro-manage everything. Delegate to a good manager you trust.

    If you're reading this website, please consider the negative reviews here seriously, rather than asking people to write fake positive reviews here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A Company with a lot of potential!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViXS full-time

    Pros

    Upper management made a lot of good decisions to bring the company to this level. I trust their ability to execute when the right opportunities come. Unfortunately there are not many in this space these days.

    Cons

    Morale is not as good as a couple years ago when the company was doing great. I believe it takes time to turn this around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micro-management. More trust on your employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    horrible company. conning customers, employees and investors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at ViXS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    they paid the salary on time, that is about the only positive thing I can say, and that is only because of the 20 word minimum required

    Cons

    the management is worried only about its survival, and I believe people who wrote that the last positive reviews were fake, as suddenly there is a ton of extremely positive reviews about it in a very short time. The company is a mess. The execution is terrible, the chips don't work and there are full of bugs. The last chip was delayed by almost 2 years, and I'm sure it's full of bugs as the previous. Their marketing is shamelessly telling stories to customers, the management doesn't involve employees in anything, people are working on projects without knowing anything about them. Sally Daub barely shows up to work, and no one ever sees here there. The management in Vixs reminds the lords in ancient England while the employees are the peasants. They layoff people very easily and hire people for low salaries, or non at all, telling them it's a trial period when they have no intention of keeping them after the trial period.
    When they were close to running out of cash a year ago, they laid off as many employees as they could and went on an IPO, telling nice stories to investment companies about the company outlook, when actually customers were leaving them, and the whole thing they did was try and keep the existing customers, which most were very unsatisfied at the time I used to work there. The company has no methodologies, no documentation, no order, and they are busy putting out fires all the time, and that is why they work their employees so hard because of all the crisis's they have.
    When I started working there I couldn't believe that a company can last so many years the way they are working, but I thought that there may be something I don't understand, but after a while there I realized that all they do is just find new suckers every time that put money into the company, and all that matters to the senior management is to keep the company alive so that they could suck more high salaries from it as long as they can.
    If I was an investor in the company I would run away with my money as far as possible, Vixs is a definite short, it has no long term plan, it's just shooting in all direction hoping to hit something when it's way out of its league, and therefor will always lose on all fronts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing will help, because the management doesn't really care, they just want to keep the company live as long as possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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