IXL Learning

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    Meet one of our membership specialists, Caitlin. She has a passion for books, bread, and helping IXL customers! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIfCp

    Show and Tell: Caitlin Fitzpatrick

    If you have an IXL family membership and have contacted our support team, you've probably spoken with Caitlin Fitzpatrick! Read on to hear how she helps customers, and how she spends her free time. The Basics Name and title: Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Membership Specialist Has been at IXL for: 2.5 years Hometown and current city: Grew up in Redding, Calif.

  • IXL Learning update
    27 days ago

    IXL students, educators, and employees: Thank you for an amazing 2014! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIzhe

    IXL's 2014 Year in Review

    As December comes to a close, we took a look back at the year in IXL, and what a great year it was! Our users achieved remarkable milestones, and our team added a ton of new content and features to IXL to help students learn and teachers teach.


IXL Learning – Why Work For Us?

Our mission

At IXL Learning, we are passionate about creating and supporting the best educational technology possible. We are deeply committed to using the power of technology to solving the real-world challenges faced by students and teachers around the planet. 

Our products

IXL Learning products are used in classrooms and homes in more than 190 countries around the world. Since our first product became an overnight hit in 1998, we've launched numerous innovations in areas ranging from elementary English to mobile math to university-level foreign languages. Our flagship product is IXL.com, the world's most popular subscription-based learning site for K-12 education, with over 5 million users. 

With this momentum behind us, we are in a tremendously exciting period of rapid growth. We're dreaming big and charging full speed ahead, continuing to innovate and develop whole new product categories! 

This is your chance to shape the future of edtech. If you're eager to work on something you believe in and want to make an impact, we want to meet you!

We have a vibrant work culture

IXLers are smart, intellectually curious, dedicated, self-motivated, passionate, friendly, and fun to work with. Picture all the people you've ever really enjoyed collaborating with. Those are the high-quality people we're surrounding ourselves with as we grow our company.   

We invest in our people

IXL has long been dedicated to helping team members grow and develop. With our rapid growth and expansion, there are plentiful opportunities to learn new skills, own bigger projects, and grow into leadership roles. 

We work together to make an impact

Great people can go anywhere, so why do they choose IXL? Well, any IXLer will tell you that it's thrilling to work on something you truly believe in, and it's incredibly fulfilling to feel that you're really making an impact every day. Together, we are making a big difference in education, and that's exciting to all of us. 

We balance work and play

At IXL, we support work-life balance, with flexible hours and plenty of paid vacation time. And why not have fun at work too? We make it easy for you to socialize with fellow IXLers through happy hours, team outings, and birthday socials. If you’re the athletic type, join our company-sponsored soccer, softball, or basketball teams, and participate in on-site yoga and ballroom dance classes. Or, become a member of our book club or Dungeons & Dragons club! Our on-site services include a fitness center, dry cleaning, free espresso and coffee, a fully-stocked drinks fridge – and $5 massages – to make sure you’re well taken care of while you’re changing the future of education.


We're seeking software engineers who have a passion for technology and education to help us build new, innovative features and products – and to transform teaching and learning by making major leaps forward in educational technology.


Who will you work with? 

We have a talented team of smart, creative, and fun engineers with degrees from Stanford, CMU, Harvard, Berkeley, Cornell, and other top schools. We’re inspired us to do the best we can each day because we know that the code we write will be used by students and teachers around the world.  

What technology will you use?

Our server-side stack currently includes Linux, Apache, Java, and Oracle. Inside browsers, we use a fair amount of JavaScript and CSS. The specific technologies and languages you use will vary by project and according to your own interests or specialization areas.  

What will you do?

  • Product Team – You’ll be responsible for the full-stack development of the IXL product, from our internal subscription manager to IXL student and teacher reports to our front-end user page flows.
  • Content Team – Write and maintain the code libraries and algorithms that generate the questions and explanations for IXL’s math and language arts (and soon, science) programs, as well as the front-end code that students interact with to answer the questions.  
  • Infrastructure – Keep development and production running smoothly for all our products and teams, focusing on performance, scalability, and reliability. 
  • Mobile – Our iPad and Android apps allow students to practice math and language arts anytime, anywhere. As part of the mobile team, you’ll keep the apps up-to-date and develop new features.
  • Quality Assurance – Work alongside developers and engineers to ensure IXL's skills are academically accurate and correctly formatted on all of our supported platforms. Vigilantly search for bugs and ensure they are properly destroyed.

Content Development Team

The IXL Content Development team is comprised of Product Analysts who are responsible for creating the fun and engaging questions you see on IXL.com. We are growing rapidly and expanding into new subjects, and we're looking for specialists in the following fields to design content that will engage and intrigue students of all ages!

  • Mathundefined
  • Science
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • French
  • Spanish

As a subject expert, you’ll work alongside software engineers, visual designers, and company leaders on appropriate content and assessment strategies. You will be involved in all aspects of the content development cycle, including conceptualization, design, testing, and support.   

Product Development Team

The IXL Product Development team leads the design and development of new features for IXL and also creates brand-new products.  

  • Product designers – This is a great entry level role for those looking to pursue a career in product management. Our product designers are user experts who make decisions about how features should work and what they should look like. You’ll be involved in all aspects of the development cycle: brainstorming, design, testing, documentation, and support.
  • Product managers – Got several years of experience under your belt? As an IXL product manager, you’ll lead, develop, and launch new products. Own the product lifecycle from requirement gathering through release and beyond.

The IXL Software Engineer Intern Programoffers undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering students first-hand exposure to the product development process at IXL. You’ll gain valuable real-world engineering experience, learning from a talented team of smart, creative, and fun engineers. 

What you’ll do

As an intern, you will work as a full-fledged member of our engineering team adding features to the IXL site. You'll be involved in all aspects of the development process—including design, coding, testing, debugging, and tuning. The features you build will have an effect on millions of learners and educators around the world. 

Insight from a former intern

Here’s what former intern (and now a full-time IXL employee) Stephie Wu had to say about her experience: 

undefined“I worked on the content team, writing code to generate Algebra 2 problems for IXL Math. I was an intern, but I worked on projects alongside the full-time engineers, and my projects went live on the IXL website shortly after I left to return to school. I'll admit that on release day, I eagerly hopped online to practice the math problems that I wrote just to see them in action (and make sure they worked)! I worked hard at IXL, but I also played hard. My summer was filled with tasty lunches in downtown San Mateo, massages, scavenger hunting, birthday celebrations, fancy bowling, new friends, and great memories.” 

Join the IXL intern team and really make an impact this summer! Hear from more former interns and learn more about how to apply here.


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    super chill place.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at IXL Learning as an intern (less than an year)


    Solid team of smart hardworking people. Schedule was pretty much self-dictated, so long as you got stuff done. Strong sense of community within the company, with lots of group events like intramural soccer and softball.


    IXL doesn't really have any strong cons. Educational technology isn't as sexy on a resume as other more traditional tech fields, so it's a minor con if you care about that kind of stuff.

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IXL Learning Interviews

Updated Jan 16, 2015
Updated Jan 16, 2015

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    Product Analyst (Science) Interview

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at IXL Learning.

    Interview Details

    Process took ~8 weeks in total. Applied through Jobvite, had reference from a current Product Analyst. Got phone interview, no unexpected questions, similar to those described in other Glassdoor reviews, complete with jelly bean brain teaser. Was given job test, which I spent the full week on. Was called in to on-site interview - 3 hours, 3 different people, all very nice and asked fair questions about my background, teaching experience and how I would generate questions for the problem generators. Pretty exhausting though. Was then called into a second on-site interview to meet the other Science Product Analysts and had another interview with the heads of the team. After a few days, was sent email expressing that I was "not a match". I was utterly baffled by this decision, as I'm well qualified for this position, every interview had gone well, and they had expressed several times that they were "very impressed" by my performance. No clue what they're looking for.

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Additional Info

Website www.ixl.com
Headquarters San Mateo, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1998
Type Company - Private
Industry Education

IXL Learning is an educational technology company like no other. We develop dramatically innovative, first-of-their-kind products used by millions of learners, from children to adults. Our IXL product (located at IXL.com) is the world's most popular subscription-based learning site for K-12. Our other products include Quia Web, the original 'create-your-own' website for... More

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