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Ixia Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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  • Work-life balance does suffer from time to time (in 29 reviews)

  • Long hours, repetitive work, no time for inovation (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons at Ixia"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ixia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of management is very nice. Hours are long, but worth the time to do your job. Benefits are very good. Hours are very flexible as long as you get your job done on time.

    Cons

    Is at times a stressful environment. with schedules constantly changing and long hours. Employees in some departments are always pointing the finger at others to get work done, rather unproductive especially in MFG. Seems like most of them waste more time looking at the internet or arguing over who is supposed do what than actually doing real work. It was sometimes called the country club due to people looking as though they had nothing to do, no one seems to know what multitasking is. Promotions and good raises are hard to get unless you really step up and work very long hours to meet deadlines

    Advice to Management

    We used to have a program that said managers and supervisors should walk around to see what employees are doing. That seems to not happen as I saw many people just sitting around while others do all the work.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "No glowing reviews here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A few good people that want to do something big.

    Cons

    I won't try to 'hype' the company like others here. Working for companies like this should come with competitive pay and perks, and a much stronger vision and sense of inclusion. Toward the end, I saw low morale, although management does try to pump people up. Not sure if it works. There is a pulse that is missing, and it shows. People here work very hard, but it doesn't seem to translate into smiling faces.

    Ixia has some winning solutions, but the marketing and execution is lacking. Conservative company that needs someone at the helm who understands how to be a strong advocate for their offerings.

    Advice to Management

    There is more to life than your stock price and shareholders. Remember the people who are supporting you. Put your people first. And park your ego at the door.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ixia"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quick to market. Good product developmen

    Cons

    To many hidden agendas. People are not bright


  4. Helpful (1)

    "RSM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ixia full-time

    Pros

    Innovative company with market leadership in the T&M space

    Cons

    The executive staff spends a lot of time talking about core values, but don't really believe in them. Stock is hoarded at the upper levels, and then management wonders why everyone is short term focused.


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    "High Stress Environment"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fair Salary; work is somewhat interesting

    Cons

    High Stress; small low margin market

    Advice to Management

    Ixia needs an overall change


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bumpy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

    Pros

    Great Technology, good customer base

    Cons

    Extremely uneven management. Constantly searching for a coherent strategy

    Advice to Management

    Try sticking to a strategy for more than 6 months


  7. "Account Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ixia full-time

    Pros

    The company had a suite of network products that had very good technology and a good value statement of how these products provide cost effective solutions.

    Cons

    Company organization and direction was in constant flux and did not optimize opportunities to sell the entire product line. In 2015 the organization structure was radically changed to better optimize sales opportunities.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are competitive with other tech companies.

    Cons

    The company doesn't seem to have a long-term strategy. Hopefully the new CEO will be able to change that. The culture is mainly talk and posters - basically it's work 24/7.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Bad decisions, weak leadership, missed potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bought growing companies (Anue and Breakingpoint) in Austin two years ago as part of an expansion plan. Acquired large Austin presence and strong sales, engineering and management teams through these acquisitions.

    Cons

    Company pumped the stock up based on rosy projections last year just before heavy selling of shares by senior execs. Stock then crashed more than 50% leaving stock options and ESPP shares underwater. ~100 people were laid off last week. Talented employees who weren't laid off are leaving. Not a pretty picture.

    Advice to Management

    Firing the CFO was a good start, but more housecleaning of the "old guard" is needed. Embrace/promote the talent gained through acquisitions that is still at the company. Even if they're not in Calabasas. The world doesnt' need to revolve around Calabasas.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Given no resposabitues for six months"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks / food in breakroom

    Cons

    Management needs training. No employee on boarding.


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