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Ixia Reviews

Updated 10 December 2014
Updated 10 December 2014
138 Reviews
3.2
138 Reviews
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Bethany Mayer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Chance to grow, lots of opportunities to learn about cutting edge technologies related to networking (in 6 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Problem with work life balance and salary compare to that is low (in 19 reviews)

  • Long Hours, took a long time to get more staff in to ease the workload (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to lean new things

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You will not get bored since product covers so many things...

    Cons

    some product lines has great response for any request, but some are not... you totally feel isolated.

  2.  

    Overall experience in Ixia is not at all Good !!

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

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

    Pros

    Please don't Join Ixia. It will spoil your life and career.

    Cons

    It's not right place to work long for good people.
    1. Work Culture is not good. No work -life balance.
    2. No rules and regulations.
    3. In some team Managers are not Educated up to the mark. Senior manager with Diploma in Non-IT knowledge. Poor management and difficult to work. Very difficult to work under them. Not sure why company is paying them, why not hire right guy.
    4. HR Department is too much bogus. Same with HR Manager, doesn't have right qualifications.
    5. Poor recognition
    6. Extreme politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Please remove the managers who don't have right suitable education background. Education matters and if you ignore you are basically going to mesh up.
    2. Remove big fat salary guys, who actually doesn't add more value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very nice place to start .

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance.
    Nice place to learn.
    A lot of competent people.

    Cons

    Directors are not willing to change things that are getting worse due to self esteem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Sales Opportunity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Calabasas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Calabasas, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Never a dull moment as you get to work with companies in test/validation of the latest technical trends. Opportunity to make great commission plus yearly stock bonus. Great hands off management that you get to run and manage your territory like your own business and have direct impact on the outcome of your success. Definitely feel they pay higher than comparable sales positions.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel like you are on an island since management doesn't provide much feedback. As long as you make your number they really don't bother. No real guidance for career development/advancement. Tendency to plateau and feel like there is no other consideration to offer new challenges to keep you motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up the sales organization a little and start defining some career paths or else people will start looking elsewhere!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not the place to bee anymore!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer, Team Lead
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer, Team Lead

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

    Pros

    Working with latest technologies.
    The place where you can learn a lot.
    Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Missing work life balance most of the time.
    Poor leadership and strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs leaders with vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place, but poor organizational culture

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits slightly above average. Environment is friendly, most of my co-workers became friends. Hours are flexible when work is scarce. Central location in a nice part of Bucharest.

    Cons

    When there is work to be done, which is most of the time, people are expected to do unpaid overtime and even work weekends. This stems mostly from unrealistic expectations and poor planning, as some projects failed targets from week one, but management can't (or rather, won't) adjust targets.

    For a software engineer, work is generally bug fixing, with the occasional new feature needing to be implemented as designed (poorly) by a committee. The overall system architecture is mostly undocumented, with knowledge concentrated in a few key people. This also makes debugging frustrating, as sometimes days of debugging reveal that the problem is someone else's responsability. Equipment is scarce and engineers are often pressed by unrealistic time frames before someone else needs the particular setup.

    Globally, there has been much change lately, with the acquisition of at least three companies in the past two and a half years. Each time higher ups makes speeches, talks about change, but at the lower levels that only means reshuffling of managers and slight panic as some people get kicked out.

    Finally, there are a few bullies who are known to most engineers. They have a good reputation with management and leverage it to push decisions which are not always correct, while diverting failed results on other teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the middle management in Bucharest is nothing more than a machine that forwards emails and makes bad jokes. I don't know how they are reviewed, but it seems like they add nothing of value.

    Reviews for engineers should be more detailed. It seems that whatever the performance, feedback is mostly good, but adjustments in compensation differ considerably.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Get out before the next layoff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Probably the worst company I have every worked for.

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boundaries are important.

    • 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 full-time (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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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