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Ixia Reviews

Updated August 15, 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 (3)

    "This is as bad as it gets - modern day slavery."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is profitable but off the backs of its employees. It has remained competitive but through cut throat management tactics. Shareholders love to invest in this type of company.

    Cons

    This is one of those companies where the employees are slave driven like pack mules and expected to put in massive overtime. The shareholders are more important than the employees, and financial savings (through outsourcing eg) is preferred over product quality. The lack of project communication is unnerving, and there is no five year plan, only reactive decisions to customer whims.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like barcoded commodities. Hire managers who can inspire employees, not just track their time and effort. Encourage work-life balance.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place. Getting tougher and tougher day by day to remain even slightly motivated."

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bright and talented coworkers. Most of them would be nice to hang out with, if they weren't always so depressed about this place.

    Cons

    This might take some time
    i) No respect for employees as persons
    ii) No honesty in communication with the team
    iii) No transparency in management
    iv) No respect for work-life balance
    v) No long term planning - shifting "long term plans" every few days
    vi) Terrible competition amongst groups to switch the blame to each other
    vii) Constant pressure year round

    Advice to Management

    none whatsover.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay, everything else pretty bad"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay. some flexibility in working from home. people with good technical knowledge abound

    Cons

    main focus of each group, as directed by upper management, is to blame each other. everyne spends a lot of time on this. lot of effort is put into how bugs can be moved to other groups just so that at the end of the week, your team's numbers look good.
    management follows an approach of lying about everything to people, and they actually think people believe them. Dishonesty seems to be the main tool used to manage people. management seems to want you to quit so that they can hire more people in cheaper countries. Probably this is why they treat employees very very badly, and have no qualms about messing with your personal time. In fact, you dont have "personal time". It all belongs to Ixia.

    Advice to Management

    please try being a little more honest with us. might make a difference. though it might not come naturally for most of you.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "wouldnt recommend"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people to work with
    you will learn multi tasking
    Management promotes learning, they will set aside separate time for you to learn a technology etc
    It all depends what team, what manager you are under. You might get lucky you might not.

    Cons

    Micromanagement environment, tasks sent out every day, status reports expected at end of day. They will tell you how to do something, when sometimes you know better. Kills your creativity.

    emphasys on numbers, not quality. Some managers care about the number of bugs closed, thats all.

    Slave driving and no appreciation for hard work. If you do 100% the following week expectation will be set to 110%, if you dont deliver the 110% you are below expectation, if you do the following week it will be 120%. If you want to work there forget about balance. Everyone works at least 10 hours/day, this is if you mutlitask and take advantage of every minute.

    Advice to Management

    stop micro management, it kills creativity, and makes it not a pleasant place to work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Data Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth of company, future earnings.

    Cons

    Long drawn out process with little direction. Senior IT management will not admit they have no direction and don't know how to make decisions because they lack experience. IT management has very little power since the business people make IT decisions.Long drawn out process with little direction. Senior IT management will not admit they have no direction and don't know how to make decisions because they lack experience. IT management has very little power since the business people make IT decisions.

    Advice to Management

    It you don't know what you're looking for and don't know the solution first it's impossible to interview people.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A contemporary sweat shop"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate desire to lead the industry in delivering new products

    Cons

    Excessive working hours,
    Below average wages,
    Substandard bonuses,
    Lack of material support,
    Lack of long term vision,

    Advice to Management

    Lower YOUR standards of living and share the wealth with the people that actually generate the ideas and deliver the products. <B>Your current employees are your competitors best future assets.<\B> Stop with the slave ship mentality and support your people at the bottom. EVERY employee deserves a slice of the pie, not just the elite few in the executive suite.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic"

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

    Pros

    Hard working and talented workers.

    Cons

    No vision
    Management heavy
    Sweat shop
    Bad behavior tolerated at all levels

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do with the company
    Upgrade HR
    Improve innovation
    Don't expect employees to attend meetings at all hours of the night
    Terminate unprofessional, misbehaving leaders

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Don't walk their talk"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High technology
    Relatively ok working environment

    Cons

    Poor misguided and shortsighted management
    Company claims to have vision but cannot execute
    Several past mistated earnings and CEO ousters tarnish image
    Organizational groups are scattered and company does not invest in infrastructure to deal with problems at hand
    Lack of learning opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Grow Up
    Act like a startup...you're not and your current behavior will not grow the business
    Trying to hit $500M in 2014? This could be a $3B company but you're not very smart
    INVEST in more than R&D - development includes operations, logistics, hardware and software


  9. Helpful (3)

    "IXIA Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    The former ANUE people are great.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Dump people in to positions with no training then fire them for not knowing how to do their job. Really bad management. Sleazy, un trustworthy.

    They will NEVER be an Employer of Choice in Austin. This culture may work in CA but not in Austin.

    Ex CEO was a con man!

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Destroying Everything They Touch"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ixia full-time

    Pros

    They have some cool technology in pockets of companies they acquire. Free Cheetos and coffee in the break room!

    Cons

    No stock options, not that you'd want them anyway. Salaries are effectively capped by senior people working for below market rate while they wait for their options to vest. They've made many acquisitions and integrated them poorly. Architecture group out of HQ has undue influence over technology decisions and often end up reversing course when they make the wrong call.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe spend more time managing the business and less time running your supercars at the track.


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