Ixia Reviews

Updated 7 September 2014
Updated 7 September 2014
122 Reviews
3.2
122 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will get to work on latest cutting edge technologies (in 10 reviews)

  • Great talent and cut edge technology (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Problem with work life balance and salary compare to that is low (in 16 reviews)

  • could be long hours without recognition (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I have EVER worked for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Marlow, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlow, England

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Pension is good.
    Pay can be good if you negotiate well in the beginning but don't expect pay rises

    Cons

    Bullying, dishonest management always looking to screw the employee. only route to progression is through brown nosing and stabbing colleagues in the back. Very long hours for no reward. Unachievable targets set to reduce commission payouts. Did I mention the Bullying
    If you manage to negotiate a good wage when you get the job that will be held against you, don't expect pay rises and you will always feel like you living with the sword of Damocles over your head.
    Management by fear approach by the VP of Sales, supported by the senior US management as well as the UK Sales manager. Managers aren't managers they are yes men, thugs and henchmen for the VP of Sales. A Truly Toxic and Hostile environment to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value you your people they will work better for you if you respect them and stop the bulling. Your staff is demoralized, demotivated and desperate. Ixia's core values should apply to the Senior management MORE than to the employees, lead by example, be fair and decent.
    A fish rots from the head

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, good projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at Ixia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work-life balance is pretty good, you can work from home if you want. Very good benefits and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    The work is challenging and the expectations are high, both from QA and from managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Boundaries are important.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some great people! Every day offers new opportunities.

    Cons

    As long as you allow it, Ixia will allow you to work yourself into an early grave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm hopeful that the new CEO coming on in September will be afforded a true opportunity to make a difference for the better of the company and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great co-workers and family enviroment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Great training and Marketing department environment.

    Cons

    -Many upper VP's, leading to a long process in getting projects done on time

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Ixia full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad decisions, weak leadership, missed potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Ixia full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A mediocre company; too many successive acquisitions brought the company down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Calabasas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Calabasas, CA (US)

    I worked at Ixia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Bright people; reasonable compensation; The CEO has engineering background so they take care of engineering

    Cons

    Bad decisions at top. Everyone is expected to be a workaholic. It is difficult to have a life while working at this company. Integration of the multiple cultures between the acquisitions is not working well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop acquiring

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good people are working in a bad culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Calcutta (India)

    I have been working at Ixia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location, Pay is above average

    Cons

    Work culture and management is poor, no long term planning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Cool place to work

    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at Ixia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, relaxed work schedule, fair salary

    Cons

    It's a corporation, so they can be slow to adapt at times.

  11.  

    Team spirit missing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Great potential for increased job satisfaction if management so chooses. High growth potential. Security and enterprise on the rise.

    Cons

    Internal blocks create frustration. The tendency to say 'no' instead of let's try that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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