Calix

  www.calix.com
  www.calix.com

Calix Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
34 Reviews
3.5
34 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Calix President, CEO, and Director Carl Russo
Carl Russo
27 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Set the record straight

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Human Resources in All, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Human Resources in All, MO

    I worked at Calix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    CEO is brilliant and fun! The HR staff are phenomenal despite the uninformed and frankly outrageous comments from a couple troubled employees. They are a new team that has been able to put in a successful bonus plan in place, merit plans for the first time, increase stock grant levels and distribution, and basically fought for employees rewards every quarter they have been on staff. The CEO did not hand over running the company to anyone (read the ratings on him! Leaders with such an extraordinary rating do not pass over their leadership.) He does respect their counsel and expertise though....any great leader would do the same.

    Cons

    Great culture, great environment that is centered around constructively confronting challenges or new ideas, and collaborating on the best solutions. Negative would be the tiny number of uninformed unprofessional individuals that don't know the difference between healthy confrontation and misinformed, unwarranted personal attacks. Oh well, bright highly skilled HR professionals can stand proud despite the petty banter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! Oh and CEO get out more as the employees adore you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Really good potential!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Company has a right direction.

    Cons

    Too much work and less appreciation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    review of intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calix

    Pros

    training, work culture ,perks, foods

    Cons

    time off, work from home

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calix full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, people around very helpful, company management has good vision, good compensation

    Cons

    Employees in customer service get burned out due to long work hours, resulting in no work life balance...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Petaluma, CA

    I worked at Calix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    During my first 3 years, the company was great. Awesome co-workers and positive environment.

    Cons

    Now the water is black. The CEO,no longer runs the ship and has left it in the hands of HR. Why would a company do that? When will it be recognized that HR is driving the company and culture aground? HR is not in a support/morale booster role, but rather is controlling the company's overall business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is highly discouraging to work in a toxic environment. Up front, things may appear fine, but it doesn't take long for the cancer to become apparent.
    Advice? Replace HR, starting at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    No longer a fun and rewarding place to work... losing lots of good employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calix

    Pros

    People, some folks work hard and really care about doing a good job and acting in the company's best interests

    Cons

    Some groups/individuals are along for the ride on the gravy train, reallocating resources from more financially responsible groups so they can pad their own salaries and bonuses. Lots of disparities in compensation, bonuses, and workload. Lack of recognition and promotion regardless of effort, promotions and financial rewards only doled out to those in are certain "elite" groups, or who have won favor with the right directors/managers. If you're in the elite, you can receive a lofty title and hire others to do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to revisit employee relations and do a better job at retaining key employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    In rapid decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people, comfortable work spaces, lots of free lunches.

    Cons

    HR is untrustworthy, and has transformed an open culture into a very political one. Too much focus on street performance and rewarding investors, and not enough focus on rewarding employees for their contributions towards those successes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This used to be a great place to work, but quality of everything has steadily declined. Top management needs to start paying attention to something other than their own stocks and salaries, and start focusing on employees below them in the org chart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Petaluma, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging assignments, lots of work but reasonable expectations. Company runs lean but this is a good thing because this means none of the typical layoff stress. But they do let people go due to performance.

    Cons

    Lots of work and high expectations due to lean staffing. Company is so focused on the core strategy that other opportunities are often over looked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication with the workforce. Keep the team strategy clear and preach it often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calix

    Pros

    Peers and colleagues work together in a friendly environment

    Cons

    Tend to be management heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many 'cooks' spoil the 'broth'

    Recommends
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Poisoned by HR department.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calix full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment for the most part. People are nice. Stable revenue flow.

    Cons

    Has a bad HR crew especially on the top. Overpaid, Underworked, untrustworthy. HR is full of untalented Sr employees get paid big chunk but they hire consultants to do their job. They take care of themselves and go under the radar.
    Most of them don't show up to work in locations besides the ones working in HQ.

    Once you are hired, it is hard to get salary increase even if you are promoted. HR's tap runs dry for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh your HR crew. Start from the TOP.They are poisoning the well.
    Recognise your top performers. Don't leave it up to HR. Review comp. in detail and give top performers awards and salary increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Calix Photos

Calix HQ
HQ

+ Add Photo

Work at Calix? Share Your Experiences

Calix

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.