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Ixia Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  • Work-life balance does suffer from time to time (in 28 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Was a Fair to Middling Co when owned by Anut but IXIA buyout destroyed it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to live in Austin, TX

    Cons

    HORRIBLE upper, middle and lower mgmt. HR does not give a damn. No advancement opportunity at all, though they say otherwise. MGMT allows mendacious, malicious narcissistic bullies to thwart efforts of others.

    Advice to Management

    Fire bad employees who harass and sabotage the works of others. Here's a tip: if a guy is an ex-con thug who regularly threatens co-workers with bodily harm and or/ professional sabotage and he has a disciplinary file with HR that is an inch thick and you don't fire him, you are an idiot and completely complicit in all acts of harm perpetrated by said thug.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Probably the worst company I have every worked for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Capacity in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Capacity in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Some great people in the ranks who don't even know how good they are at what they do. Hard to say much else.

    Cons

    There is no leadership in the sales organization save for one or two. From senior management on down, it's a complete joke. Every man for himself. Management does not care a lick about their employees. They are all selfish. They are not innovative in their sales thinking. They do not practice what they preach. "Open Door" policy is complete BS. HR is in la-la land thinking they have great managers that practice what is taught at trainings, when in fact the opposite is true.

    Advice to Management

    Senior sales management is so poor--you need to replace several of the VPs and the SVP. You might want to consider getting away from so much nepotism. I've never worked at a company where in every department from sales to HR you've got relatives working for each other. Bad culture.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Get out before the next layoff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is clear that the HR department is creating glowing reviews to try and stem the tide of departures since the last layoff. I cannot count the number of critical people lost since the most recent purge. But these authors are certainly pros.

    Cons

    Reality. . . There has been and continues to be a lack of vision. Clearly management is out to protect their jobs at the expense of all those below them. The new CEO has her job cut out for her, but honestly she got hers coming in the door. If she can survive the first year, she should clear a cool million bucks, that might have been better spent retaining key people.

    Advice to Management

    Research the market, understand the problems, and effectively solve those problems. Stop vying for the "bragging rights" and tossing money down the drain on pet projects. You bought a gold mine in Austin, and are driving away a most outstanding talent pool. Without the support of those key people you are doomed. Show people you value their service with money, not words. Good luck Bethany, you will need it. Perhaps you can purge the motivational destroyers that report to you.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked, unappreciated, and your inputs will go unheard — you don't want to work here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Unless you consider working in your own little silo with zero direction fulfilling.

    Cons

    If you want the unvarnished truth about how horrible it is to work at Ixia, go on LinkedIn and connect with all the previous Net Optics employees — most of whom Ixia laid-off or willingly left on their own. Most of the Net Optics staff are gone now. When the Net Optics people were still around, lead times in sales was 3-7 days. Now it takes three weeks! Why? Because Ixia refuses to adopt the best practices of the companies they've acquired. There are so many broken processes inside that haven't been or upper management can't seem to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Seriously.


  6. "None"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the benefits are nice

    Cons

    Finance Team lacks the Communication skills necessary to keep a corrective work flow in place


  7. Helpful (3)

    "DO NOT work for IXIA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee sodas and few extra soft drinks

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees. I do not recommend to work for this company. There is no morale in the company. They hire people like slave at min. salary. Rules come from headquarters.

    Advice to Management

    Change management


  8. Helpful (1)

    "not worth working here..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ixia (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of free food. Some of the upper management try to help but they too are spread thin. Some good people in the office that want to make a change..

    Cons

    Expensive benefits, average pay, bonus pool just goes to management, no advancement opportunity, lower levels spread thin and expected to do more and more.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower levels that understand the day to day work


  9. "nothing good to say about it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ixia full-time

    Pros

    leader in testing tools product for network products.

    Cons

    mean and short vision on its teams.

    Advice to Management

    be more open mind


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worst managed company I have ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Facility is nice and they provide meals for employees

    Cons

    Doesn't value loyalty, hard work and years of experience. They don't know how to leverage talent if it hit them in the face

    Advice to Management

    If you want to get feedback from your employees ask for it and then take action


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good if you are an engineer - HORRIBLE if you are not !!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay is above average for the location

    Cons

    promotions are almost non-existent. However, if you don't know your job and can suck up to management, a promotion is quite possible.
    401k match is from the dark ages
    management is very arrogant - doesn't listen to employees
    culture used to be good - now there are large walls between groups
    company is being sold and management can't wait to get their payoff - Bethany is a classic example - was brought in only to sell the company

    If given any option, do not go here. Even if you accept a job, KEEP LOOKING ELSEWHERE


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