ViXS Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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  1. Looking forward to its booming!

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

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

    Pros

    The company has very friendly environment and flexible work hours. There are always new projects which provide engineers more challenges and opportunities of learning. It has supportive and discerning supervisors and lots of enthusiastic engineers. Hardworking is always rewarded here.

    Cons

    The company needs more featured products. It now manages to keep leading not only in techniques but also in marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to be more determined sometimes. Though brilliant ideas are always needed, sticking on selected projects and resisting from the temptation of easy success are also necessary. Otherwise, hardworking from engineers may not always bring good harvests.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful

    Management is very focused and smart

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

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

    Pros

    They focus on squeezing every bit out of their employees. They are smart to layoff no more than 50 employees at a time to avoid announcing publicly. They are so good in making themselves to believe in their own lies and forcing the employees to support them. They have the guts to ask employees to write positive reviews here. Shameless.

    Cons

    All cons from the previous reviews are very true. Positive reviews are written either by forced employees or senior management themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speechless. Hopeless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful

    horrible company. conning customers, employees and investors

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

    I worked at ViXS full-time (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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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Troubled company with no leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Most people are friendly and smart. There is a lot of good technology in software and hardware.

    Cons

    Where to begin. We lost a lot of friends and smart people during last few years because of layoffs. The company could not sell because it decided to concentrate on shrinking high-end markets. The company had to go public to bring in cash, and stock price has stagnant since then.

    Then VP's, achitects, CFO and other key people quit. We were over 300 people to now just 100. We do not have enough talent or people to make another product. The pay here is below average - read other reviews here.

    Mean while last financial report shows that the executives are giving themselves more salary and bonuses - see what our CEO got last year because they can not hide in financial report. See what other executives got. Why do they get huge bonuses and pay when our company is doing so bad and have to do lay offs?

    The morale is terrible but the executives do not know or do not care to find out about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up before it is too late but I'm afraid it is already too late. CEO, stop taking your pet dog to work and letting it run around the office. It is not your play ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful

    Terrible company, employees get nothing and don't even know it.

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

    I worked at ViXS full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Can't think of any.

    Cons

    1. Terrible management. There is absolutely NO policy.
    2. Executives only do things that benefit themselves. Disregards the rest of the company.
    3. No matter how hard employees work, there are no incentives/praises to motivate you. It's either you work or you leave.
    4. Most management have a temper issue. Constant yelling is heard around the office.
    5. They are also telling people to write fake reviews here to bring up the rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think for the people who work for you. It's not always about the you or the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Fulfilling and promising

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to learn latest compressed video technologies, employees are given important and meaningful tasks to help company succeed, works directly with industry-leading consumer electronics customers

    Cons

    Lack of focus on single task. Poor vacation days policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire more enthusiastic people to enhance the work environment, need to promote positive energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Investors, customers & employees, be very cautious about this company

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

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

    Pros

    Good for new immigrants who are willing to be under-paid and work like a slave. No need to speak English.

    Cons

    Worst management ever. Bad attitude, no vision, no direction, no communication to employees. No accountability, blame employees for their mistakes. Decision changes daily, a lot of cover-ups to customers. Low salary, under staffed, always push employees to finish unreasonable schedule, as a result, long hours and bad quality. Bad chemistry between teams, a lot of finger pointing. VP Finance is the only part time HR person with no HR skill. The worst problem about management is they don’t see there is a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board of Directors should replace everyone in the management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Hope it will get a new start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of talent people who are willing to work hard.
    flexible working hours.

    Cons

    lack communication between management and employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. It is decent.

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

    I have been working at ViXS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A company with strong technology capabilities.

    Cons

    The payment is lower than the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management need to be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    A company whose best days have passed. In a death spiral.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at ViXS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent technology to work on across the board. Can learn quite a bit if you are proactive.

    Cons

    -The management is seriously lacking: Little to no leadership or management ability, obvious creation of fiefdoms. Little to no accountability on their part as well
    -No concept of proper project/program management. Projects are always behind schedule and over budget
    -Unable to stand up or push back to clearly unreasonable customer demands, which led to scheduling delays and slips. This caused a reduction in customer confidence (and ultimately some dropped projects)
    -Massive lay offs are continuously being performed with no restructuring or sustenance program in place, leads to no confidence in the future of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify. The media SoC business is not one where money can be made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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