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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. "No common yardstick for compensation, work expectations across the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of technical work opportunities to grow and work with cool people

    Cons

    no work life balance.
    disparity of pay....even within the same organization.
    Middle management is a 'yes man' team
    Each organization is held to a different standard...budgeting of time or money is never right.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management has 'double standards'
    Focus on your people and align compensation practices with Industry.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you like working and working and working ..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a job and pay is good.

    Cons

    Personal time is non existent

    Advice to Management

    Look at the clock and know that people need to sleep.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "It is not the same company that I joined"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology, a lot of interesting challenges (if you are in the right team). A lot of smart people around. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    The culture in the company definitely changed. A lot of smart people left or were let go. Management treats people like resource. Bug numbers is the only game in town. With overseas locations work-life balance is nonexistent.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "successful company with no consideration for employee well being"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    cutting edge technologies
    decent benefits
    nice facilities

    Cons

    very destructive work environment
    permanent state of emergency
    death march is the standard way of getting things done
    artificially created internal competition destroys the spirit
    guaranteed burnout after few years

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps honesty is better long term strategy than trying to play people against each other. Competition should come from the outside, not inside.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Market Leading Product Portfolio, Unexpectedly Low Employee Respect/Camaraderie"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for a successful & rapidly growing company like Ixia is thrilling, especially when many of its products are cutting edge and first-to-market. Partnerships with the best companies in technology and industry standards organizations set Ixia apart from its competition. Opportunities to learn the latest technologies and stay ahead in one's career make Ixia a compelling place to work.

    Cons

    My negative experience with Ixia may have been a negative side effect of its rapid growth. In one case, I was treated harshly by a co-worker who worked many years for the Ixia. We worked together on the same account, yet, he treated me like his competition and tarnished my reputation with our customer by backbiting and using false accusations. Despite his relatively narrow technical expertise, and even worse communication skills, management looked the other way when I and his other peers voiced concerns. In another case, a project manager with very little people management experience (and an extreme lack of interpersonal skills) was promoted to be the director of the global professional services organization. In my opinion, his disagreeable personality sours the morale of the entire organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a good company, overtime bureaucracy kills it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good engineering team,
    flexible hours,
    sponsored lunch

    Cons

    So-so compensation,
    too many managers,
    company does not appreciate people,
    and now board of directors managed to fire key technology leader - Vic Alston, bunch of cowardly traitors.

    Advice to Management

    Change board of directors, reduce managers, hire more engineers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting stuff to work on, but management sucks and don't care about employees"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work on interesting projects. Since it is FPGAs, there is less pressure than working on ASICs since you can always fix your mistakes.

    Cons

    Management is terrible and don't care about employees. They will claim to care and ask for feedback and do lots of surveys, but they will never do anything about it. It's all for show. Compensation used to be better, but due to massive growth of the company in recent years, stocks/bonuses/raises have all been cut. If you complain about it, they tell you that not everyone got that much at all, so just be glad you got something!

    Advice to Management

    Stop making false promises about caring about employees when your actions don't support your words. Instead of all talk, why don't you actually do something about it and treat employees better?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very hard working and talented people.

    Cons

    Long hours, no work-life balance, no recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more often to your employees, and recognize the effort they are putting in.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Given no resposabitues for six months"

    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

    Pros

    Free snacks / food in breakroom

    Cons

    Management needs training. No employee on boarding.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Bad decisions, weak leadership, missed potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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