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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. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "In transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Industry leader with a bright future

    Cons

    Company needs to mature processes and stabilize

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Things are looking up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    With new CEO, things are appearing to be moving in the right direction. Not much culture, but that provides a good work-life balance. Office is mostly lax and exec are easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Had a rough past couple of years so a lot of good people left, doesn't appear that those people are being replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep salaries competitive to keep the best people around. Things are going pretty well, let's keep moving in this direction.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Overall good culture for Engineers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Engineer Friendly - Challenging Projects
    Leading Edge Technology Including: Security Virtualization, NFV and SDN
    Reasonable Lab Environment
    Good Over Benefits
    International Organization
    Strong Product Management Organization

    Cons

    Multiple locations can make it difficult to connect with other Engineers
    Sr. Management seems to be over zealous regrading corporate objects

    Advice to Management

    Realistic goal setting


  5. Helpful (2)

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

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    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. Helpful (2)

    "Some great people but some tough times"

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

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

    Pros

    Have worked with great folks in a few sites that do work and play hard - like what they do, share well, open. Most managers seem to really want to work hard and share the success. Pay is good. Relaxed environment. New CEO in late 2014 looks good and will see what shapes up. Communication has gotten better. Some nice benefits in lunch perks, free soda's but many other companies are doing more perks in hi-tech.

    Cons

    2014 was a mess of a year for the company. One CEO ousted, interim CEO and then new CEO. Layoffs summer of 2014. Losing good folks to other hi-tech opportunities over past months. We are in a interesting niche field but many others looking to get in and play. 2015 will be a make or break year so I would wait a year to see how things go. Some reviews here mention negative reviews by folks that have been laid off but those that I knew that were laid off got good new jobs and are happy where they are now.

    Advice to Management

    Make 2015 a good year.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent company to work for..."

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenger and satisfying environment, where hard work and out of the box thinking gets recognized. Career advancement, fair compensation and clear direction from executives

    There will be a lot of hard feelings and negative reviews mostly from folks whose company was acquired by Ixia and their position was cut. However I know first hand that Ixia still took very good care of everyone.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO brings a great sense of vision and experience. The companies future is on the right track

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I good, growing company that is moving ahead in the market."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is definitely in line with industry standards, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Some product launches are rocky. Poor product definitions in the area of support and sales "bullets".

    Advice to Management

    Product managers need to "own" the product entirely, including better support training, documentation, related whote papers, sales "golden bullets". Better insight into customer pain and selling points are needed for sales to hit the ground running.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good management, technology, always something new to learn, great CEO

    Cons

    No major one that I can think of


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Technology company on the bleeding edge of Network Equipment design, not the greatest strategic group of leaders."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with companies designing new telecommunications equipment and the networks of the future.
    The people are great, really nice and professional.
    Compensation is very good

    Cons

    Ixia is having tough time dealing with market changes to cloud and software centric networks.
    Too many changes in direction and long term strategy
    Marketing! Yeah that's what I mean, what marketing?

    Advice to Management

    Combine your two major business units or sell/split one of them off. It's like working for two different companies right now.


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