Ixia Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 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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    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

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    • 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.  

    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

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

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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad decisions, weak leadership, missed potential

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    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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    Team spirit missing

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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    IXIA is layingoff employees. Last layoff was on 8/5/14. there was another layoff on Jan. 2014.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Do not join IXIA or look for job if you are employee.

    Cons

    Do not join the company and start looking for job if you are employee, IXIA has been laying off. There was layoff in Jan 2014 now in Aug. 2014. There were many layoffs before. Mangement does not cre about employees, No bonus, no salary increase, company stock purchase plan is closed . Company had lawsuites. Company and management has no direction and only thing they are doing is to reduce cost to bring up the stock.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Destroying Everything They Touch

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    IXIA Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ixia full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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