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Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at ecalix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I came to Ecalix in August and it has been a great experience thus far. I came not knowing what to expect as I was coming from Chicago going to California. They offered a nice apartment with a cleaning service every 10 days, great training, resume writing and job prep. They have very solid connections and are very helpful all around. They helped me through everything from training to living arrangements, tips/advice on the area and even helping me get to the interviews. After all that I landed a contract at Apple!

    Great Training for Business Analysts
    Good starting pay
    Great Interview Preparation
    Good Trainers
    Helpful People
    Great Contacts
    Free rent while you train

    Cons

    They are aware of what needs to improve and are actively working to do so but this is what I thought about it...

    Not as organized as they should be but making improvements.
    The work/life balance for training needs to improve, long hours of training but again, making improvements.
    No stipend during training.
    Have to live with multiple roommates again (back to college life for a little bit).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more organization and solid schedules and routines. Also understand that very long hours of training can be counter-productive. Otherwise, keep making the necessary improvements and I think this company will continue to soar.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great training and interview prep

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

    I have been working at ecalix as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great training in QA and automation tools

    Cons

    really had to work long hours to complete my assignments. Too many details

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    EXCELLENT CAREER START

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at ecalix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    After completing my Master's in Business I was trying to get job in my state but could not find what I really wanted to do. I was referred to this Company by a friend who was successfully placed in East Coast through Ecalix, Inc. I attended the BA training and was very impressed with the trainer who has himself worked as BA for many years. It was like real time projects that we went thru and gave me very good insight to real world scenario. Attending mock interviews really gave me the confidence to face the interviewers. I enjoyed my stay and made lot of good friends.
    I think guest houses are conveniently located and well kept. I shared my guest house with 4 other candidates and we did our projects and presentations together after the class. Me and my batch mates are working on projects in different cities. Ecalix, Inc. has an excellent continuous support system and I have reached out to them a couple of times when I had some doubts on a project. I have been getting constant raises.

    Cons

    The training is pretty extensive and some of the topics were not relevant to my educational background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard to sum up in one sentence

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at ecalix as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I joined Ecalix recently as a QA. Since I'm a QA, my experience would be mostly QA related, some non training stuff you may relate as BA.
    - Based on what I have known and research, Ecalix seems to be one of the better ones compared to some other consulting companies.
    - Guest house: yes, it's crowded. You will have to share your 2 bedroom apartment with 5 other guys. However, considering it's in Pleasanton, the apartments are very expensive, it kinda makes sense. The apartment is nice (yes I did read the review about it and I can tell you the management fix things very quick, no rat problem etc), they have someone come to clean 2 times/month. But ultimately it's your responsibilities to keep it neat and clean. Roomates situation wise, I think I luck out because all my housemates were very nice. On a side note, the area where you reside is very nice, virtually no crime rate, and there is a walmart 10 minutes away to buy food.
    - Training: I would not say they give you great training but it wasn't terrible either. Before I go any further, my word of advice, if you have no background in coding, you will have a VERY tough time in QA because 95% of what you will do is coding!
        1/ Training was 6 weeks but since I have a very strong programming background, in my opinion, it should only have taken me 3 weeks, so I can be placed on project faster. But they just would not let me join project even though I kept pushing. They REALLY need to fix this.
        2/ They made you learn 2 main tools for QA but ultimately, everyone of us just picked 1 of the 2 to specialize in. So again, in my opinion, spending too much time on the other tool is quite a waste of time.
        3/ We had 3 trainers. Two are ok, but one of them is GREAT! Having a chance to meet him was totally worth my trip to CA. He's very knowledgeable, funny and teach EXTREMELY WELL. He is very optimistic, however, so you have to judge yourself accordingly.
        4/ In conclusion, if you come in without knowing much and expect to become an expert, it's NOT going to happen. Keep this in mind, this is programming, you have to practice on your own, noone can make you an expert. The trainers are there to answer any of your questions! (yes any question, that guy is an encyclopedia of programming, Ecalix is very lucky to have him).
        5/ Training is free NOT paid. So you will have to figure out how to pay for your food and other necessities during training time. At least you don't have to worry about a place to live I guess.
    - Project placement: Some of the marketers (Not all only some) have VERY GOOD connections that would help getting you a job and yes, some of the companies are big names. They do pay for your flight ticket to whereever you go and give you relocation money. They offer you life insurance (no clue how much) but no health insurance.
    Ok, sounds very awesome, why are people not applying for this instead of Microsoft? Of course, there's always a catch.
    1/ Resume, read other reviews, do your research about IT consultant companies so you know what you are getting into.
    2/ This company is small, so it's HIGHLY UNORGANIZED. If you decide to join, you are quite lucky because one of my housemates is actively pushing them to make it better. Luckily, the owner is trying to do so but to be honest, if they can just hire my housemate to organize the company, it would be in much better shape.
    3/ Timeliness is not their strong suit at all. Delay of 30 mins to an hour or more is quite frequent and very frustrating.
    4/ Their contract used to be a huge mess. But, we were persistent to make them modify the contract, now it's clearer and more transparent, so hopefully it stays that way.
    5/ This maybe a good and bad thing. The marketers, who try to get you jobs, are competing against each other. Hence, they will try their best to get you on project. BUT they will always focus on the better candidates first, so try hard to be to the best in your group so you can get out faster. Another thing, since they are competing against each other, you will receive many requirements that you will have to manage to keep up with all of them. Now, be smart and select the right ones.
    With all that said, beside your skill set, one very important thing that you MUST have when joining is communication skill. You HAVE TO be able to express yourself, explain what you know. I have seen people who are GREAT but could not get on project due to their lack of communication skill. Ecalix do try to help you with it but ultimately, it's only you who can help yourself.
    Alright, so should you join the company? If you are on OPT and it's expiring, it's worth a try (again I only speak for QA, BA trainer seems to be very good but I have no interest in that field so i can't really speak for you). If you have no time pressure to quickly find a job, there might be some place out there for you.

    Cons

    I put pretty much all that needed to be known in the above section.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be more organized
    - Do better screening process
    - Don't push candidates to fields that they cannot progress

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging Coursework to better prepare you

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

    I have been working at ecalix as a contractor

    Pros

    The company's new location is great and so are the new apartments they provide. The course is quite detailed and it's hands on study, so come prepared to commit. The Teacher's are amazing! They provide great practical assignments which help prepare you for real job projects.

    Cons

    More elaboration on the coursework, so one has a chance to better prepare. Improving the office culture will be quite helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    good on Paper but be sure to read the fine print

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Livermore, CA

    I worked at ecalix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They provide seemingly decent training and have some connections to the business world. They also provide visas to those who need it. They have a good offer on paper but you need to be aware of the fine print.

    Cons

    - Terrible communication: I didn't know where I would live for the entire time I was there and accommodations changed at a moments notice
    -training felt like a sales meeting: Both trainers would try and sway employees into their classes regardless of educational background. You do need tech skills to be a QA
    -Loose morals: They tell you that you will be marketed as having 6 years experience as a QA or BA. Most people like me were fresh college graduates. They do this by having employees sign promissory notes of about 8,000 dollars. These are enforceable outside of your contract. Afterward they give you a fake resume and social media profile. They also have you sit with a marketing team and memorize answers about your fake experience.
    -Contract: I had their contract reviewed by a lawyer who specialized in this type of law. He stated that their were a number of errors and that the contract offered me no protection. They also stated that anything mentioned in email would be legally binding. Just to let you guys know that is false.
    - Predatory: They ultimately seek out international students who want to stay in the country. These people are not able to say know to some of the shadier practices listed above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to prey on those who aren't in a position to say no. Also don't give them 24 hours to get their contract reviewed.

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

    This company is a SCAM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fremont, CA

    I worked at ecalix as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    None, indeed. perhaps the so-called free (but unpaid) training, housing, and marketing. But the truth behind is explained in the Cons below.

    Cons

    - This ICC provides u the so-called "training" for free, but it isn't really free after all. You have to sign a shady agreement /contract, and if you leave the company before 9 months, you will sue you and fine you for thousands of dollars.

    - During the training, they will provide you some kind of resource or computer software, however, they are ALL pirated version (e.g. MS office, HP QTP, Informatica, etc).

    - During the training, they will provide you housing - which is a tiny, dirty, filthy 2 bedroom apartment with 5 other candidates that requires u to sleep on a single, old mattress

    - After the training, Congratulations. Now you can start faking your resume with 5-6 years of IT exp, and to lie around interviews to get job placement as instructed by the marketer in the company.

    - I left this company after 3 weeks, all of the above information, may, or maybe be true at any of the future moment. Good luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attend a life lesson, try not to lie to people, try paying your employee from the start, try...shutting the shady place down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Eh, I wasn't too satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Fremont, CA

    I worked at ecalix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I wasn't at this company for very long. I actually stayed at the company for about a week then left. Free training and free housing were the pros. According to the information provided, you get a relocation bonus and free flight for the interview and when you get placed on the project.

    Cons

    There were many cons which is why I stayed for about a week. (only for training so I can't say much about the working on the projects aspect) So I applied from my college's job board, passed the interview, and came for the training.

    Free housing:

    Is just that. When I arrived there were I was placed in an apartment with 5 other guys. Upon arriving the room I was staying in was locked and the guy living in the room was out of town so we had to break in the room. There were clothes everywhere and a mattress on the ground, I was appalled. So, I drop my stuff and decide to get something to eat and look around town. I go and come back to find my roomie has arrived and he explains that someone is supposed to be moving in. I was already afraid, and now I'm freaking out at the thought of not having a place to stay. After a few calls I get moved to another apartment. Again, mattress on floor, really basic stuff. Upon first impression I'm not very impressed, but I traveled from a another state so I decide to stay.

    I was later moved again to another apartment. In the third apartment, it was pretty dirty. Imagine living with 5 guys that do not like to clean. Dirty kitchen, sink full of dishes, clothes/junk everywhere, and again, mattress on the ground. It's really surreal if you're not used to living like that. The apartment has two rooms, so two mattress per room plus two mattresses in the living room. The third apartment didn't even have a TV. It's almost like freshman year of college, complete with those people that stay up all night playing video games. Luckily, I had a mattress in a room, so I was able to go to sleep at a decent time. But imagine having your mattress in the living room.

    One of the nights while there our WiFi router stopped working. Resetting it didn't work so we went to the person over the housing. There was no compassion. She simply said that she had already had it reset and couldn't do anything. My roomie/buddy also had a question about getting moved since his mattress was in the living room. She couldn't do anything about that, stating that it was company policy. Not even a "sorry". No compassion. I talked to her three days in a row and she couldn't ever remember my name. On the last day of me staying, I returned the apartment key and she was surprised that I had key. "Oh, you were staying in the apartments?", she said.

    Training:

    I learned a lot from training, but it was like those college classes that your instructor reads from the PowerPoint. Except she read from a PDF. Also, after the first day of training it didn't seem to start on time. Sometimes an hour late, sometimes more. I got the impression that since our group was small that it didn't really matter the time it started. (I talked with the CEO about the time, and he offered that I come for a later training session since there will be more people in that group and they would be on-time since they couldn't possibly have a large group waiting) ...But what about the present people that were ready and willing to learn? I guess the bigger the training group, the more important.

    Software:

    This was a joke to me, they gave us software, one was a trial version and the other was cracked. This tested my ethics which is ultimately why I left. I couldn't have the cracked software on my conscience. In addition to this, we had to use Windows for this software, there was one guy who had a Macbook, but they didn't have any loaner laptops for him to borrow. So he had to buy a new computer. Did I mention that you're not paid during training?

    Ethics:

    There was some shady things like the software but that wasn't it. I learned through others that already finished the training that when you're interviewing for positions that you're to modify your resume to say that you have at least five years experience. I simply couldn't lie about something like that.

    So, no paid training, no free lunch, no compassion, and shady practices. I think Ecalix is very smart in what they're doing. They're saving money as best as they can, it's ingenious. But not so good for the potential employees.

    I kinda got the idea that they prey on foreigners that are currently here on a school visa since my roommates seemed to all be from another country, and I only encountered one other person while at the office that had an American accent, one of which was me.

    My thought is: if you really need a job, work here but if you think you can find something better, do that. I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better housing, maybe lunch between the long training sessions, and possibly a map of things to do in Fremont during training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    business analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ecalix

    Pros

    free housing
    that is about it

    Cons

    bad, disgusting apartments
    lying
    no transportation from apartments to headquarters
    terrible marketers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever. Too many lies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fremont, CA

    I worked at ecalix full-time

    Pros

    They pay housing, I guess... Hard to find positive things about this place

    Cons

    Changes on resume
    "Prepare for interviews"
    Not prepared instructors
    Rude management
    Awful, disgusting apartments
    so many more...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring prepared instructors, be clear on what the company does since the beginning.
    Make the accommodation apartments better cause they are really bad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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