Ixia Reviews

Updated 16 September, 2014
Updated 16 September, 2014
123 Reviews
3.2
123 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.  

    Challenging and exciting place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Ixia is a challenging and exciting place to work. Our engineering teams are driving the leading edge of technology and working on the latest high speed ethernet technologies. This is a great place to work with and learn from some of the best software and FPGA engineers in the industry.

    Cons

    Work environment is demanding, but rewarding.

    Ixia is a global company with engineering sites worldwide, which can be working early morning or late evening.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place, but poor organizational culture

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

    I have been working at Ixia full-time for 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
  3.  

    Great people, good projects

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    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
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  5.  

    Boundaries are important.

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    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
  6.  

    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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  8. 3 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
  9.  

    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
  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

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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

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