ViXS Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated 19 July, 2014
Updated 19 July, 2014
45 Reviews
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    software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    work life balance really depends on project and individual person,
    compensation is ok. time off policy is flexible.

    Cons

    don't know the value of this company yet, and company's culture as well.
    atmosphere in company is not so good. For employee, job is job and nothing more than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best place to work at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at ViXS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good technology, and some great colleagues.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Employees are expected to work around the clock without questioning decisions made by management. Management appears clueless on pretty much every topic, be it project management, customer management, strategy, communication, organizational development and sales. Result - chaotic workplace where the employees find out every morning what is the "high" priority issues they should focus on that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive instead of being reactive, and consider getting some professional help to run the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sharing my two cents

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at ViXS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I joined the company in March 2001, and now the senior director of algorithms team. With this information, many ViXS employees may know who I am.
    There are very different opinions about the company here in the glass door website, and I’m feeling very sad to see those bad ones. But I can understand some of them: He or she has been working very hard for the past a few years, but ViXS is not doing as great as expected yet.
    I think it’s normal that any company has ups and downs. But what shall we do? My suggestion is: follow your heart. For those of you who are unhappy, please let me quote from a friend of mine, who has also left, “I've made many friends for life here at ViXS”, maybe it’s a good time to move on and find a better opportunity, you have my best wishes. And for those of you who have faith in the company, keep up your spirits, ViXS depends on you.
    With the very successful HEVC decoder release and promising chips in the roadmap, I have confidence.

    Cons

    There was a big layoff in Feb 2013, but the worst time has passed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the morale of the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    This company is managed like a mom 'n pop shop

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    This company is managed like a mom 'n pop shop where one makes all the ad hoc decisions and others sit in the corner yelling to get their way (unsuccessfully though). They have made a joke of what could have been a great Canadian success story. After 13 years of repeated failures, no one seems to have learned any lessons. They focus on the bare minimum survival to keep padding their own pockets for as long as possible.

    Cons

    Multiple architects quit recently to protest against the executives' unethical behavior. Most of us who are left are not motivated, most would rather focus on their kids, houses and mortgages. Some are smart enough to even start their own real estate business on the side.

    Recent town-hall meeting reinforced the idea that management does not care about the company or the employees. The entire update lasted less than 2 minutes with absolutely no discussion of the technology road map because there is none. They keep making claims of future revenue with absolutely no proof.

    New immigrants looking for their first job in Canada are hired as replacements to keep the existing employees' wages at rock bottom. Focus is on quantity (headcount) rather than quality. Consequently morale of the current employees suffers even further. Given a choice, most skilled employees will quit this company in a heartbeat like the architects who already did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company. Current executives are too much vested in their own interests to make good decisions. The board needs to step in and make some hard decisions. Investors need to ask for details and proof. An independent audit of q3 books will provide enough ammunition to move ahead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Management is very focused and smart

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    They focus on squeezing every bit out of their employees. They are smart to layoff no more than 50 employees at a time to avoid announcing publicly. They are so good in making themselves to believe in their own lies and forcing the employees to support them. They have the guts to ask employees to write positive reviews here. Shameless.

    Cons

    All cons from the previous reviews are very true. Positive reviews are written either by forced employees or senior management themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speechless. Hopeless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Troubled company with no leadership

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Most people are friendly and smart. There is a lot of good technology in software and hardware.

    Cons

    Where to begin. We lost a lot of friends and smart people during last few years because of layoffs. The company could not sell because it decided to concentrate on shrinking high-end markets. The company had to go public to bring in cash, and stock price has stagnant since then.

    Then VP's, achitects, CFO and other key people quit. We were over 300 people to now just 100. We do not have enough talent or people to make another product. The pay here is below average - read other reviews here.

    Mean while last financial report shows that the executives are giving themselves more salary and bonuses - see what our CEO got last year because they can not hide in financial report. See what other executives got. Why do they get huge bonuses and pay when our company is doing so bad and have to do lay offs?

    The morale is terrible but the executives do not know or do not care to find out about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up before it is too late but I'm afraid it is already too late. CEO, stop taking your pet dog to work and letting it run around the office. It is not your play ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    horrible company. conning customers, employees and investors

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at ViXS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    they paid the salary on time, that is about the only positive thing I can say, and that is only because of the 20 word minimum required

    Cons

    the management is worried only about its survival, and I believe people who wrote that the last positive reviews were fake, as suddenly there is a ton of extremely positive reviews about it in a very short time. The company is a mess. The execution is terrible, the chips don't work and there are full of bugs. The last chip was delayed by almost 2 years, and I'm sure it's full of bugs as the previous. Their marketing is shamelessly telling stories to customers, the management doesn't involve employees in anything, people are working on projects without knowing anything about them. Sally Daub barely shows up to work, and no one ever sees here there. The management in Vixs reminds the lords in ancient England while the employees are the peasants. They layoff people very easily and hire people for low salaries, or non at all, telling them it's a trial period when they have no intention of keeping them after the trial period.
    When they were close to running out of cash a year ago, they laid off as many employees as they could and went on an IPO, telling nice stories to investment companies about the company outlook, when actually customers were leaving them, and the whole thing they did was try and keep the existing customers, which most were very unsatisfied at the time I used to work there. The company has no methodologies, no documentation, no order, and they are busy putting out fires all the time, and that is why they work their employees so hard because of all the crisis's they have.
    When I started working there I couldn't believe that a company can last so many years the way they are working, but I thought that there may be something I don't understand, but after a while there I realized that all they do is just find new suckers every time that put money into the company, and all that matters to the senior management is to keep the company alive so that they could suck more high salaries from it as long as they can.
    If I was an investor in the company I would run away with my money as far as possible, Vixs is a definite short, it has no long term plan, it's just shooting in all direction hoping to hit something when it's way out of its league, and therefor will always lose on all fronts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing will help, because the management doesn't really care, they just want to keep the company live as long as possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very rewarding experiences working at ViXS

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at ViXS full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A leading company in the field with awareness of environment and social conscience; very good working environment; friendly and cooperative team workers; excellent management by caring leaders; flexible working hours; good salary and compensation

    Cons

    Sometimes having to work around the clock to resolve an emergency situation may make you feel tedious; you may also have to occasionally adjust your working hours to a different time zone to work with people overseas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good people, challenging technology. Overall positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at ViXS full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and experienced people with extensive background and knowledge of the industry.
    Opportunities to work on cutting edge technology.
    Flexible working hours.
    Great work and team environment

    Cons

    Work life balance is not that great.
    Spend a lot of time in the office sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    ViXS is a company where your knowledge and skills will be appreciated, and your career objective will be fulfilled.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    1. You can always have opportunities to work on cutting-edge technology stuff, and learn about newest knowledge in the area.
    2. The company is running efficiently. Technology can be converted into product in a short period.
    3. Working time is flexible.
    4. Salary is good.
    5. Working environment is very friendly.

    Cons

    Sometimes when the project is approaching the customer deadline, some over time working will be needed. You will need to work late and sometimes come to work on weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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