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Calix Reviews

Updated December 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "I was 100% telecommute which made for a great work/life balance for my particular position" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Good work environment and colleagues" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "While work-life balance has improved, it remains a challenge" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Don't the upper management see that one of them is only protecting his (weak) friends while letting go talented engineers" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time

    Pros

    Great Company; Great People; Evolving Company

    Cons

    VERY Fast Paced; culturally evolving to a better place

    Calix Response

    Jun 19, 2018 – SVP, Talent and Culture

    Thanks for the feedback on our people and company! We know we are fast paced … although working like a start-up in every way. We value your input and efforts in impacting our culture too in... More


  2. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time

    Pros

    Love working here. Very challenging because company is evolving in both technology and culture.

    Cons

    Sometime working remote can be lonely and feels disconnected from company but I doubt that is specific to Calix.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget you are here for us.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "A manager - Can't tell more because they will guess out who I am"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calix full-time

    Pros

    Good industry because not too many companies making optic network devices and the competition is relatively low.

    Cons

    - Very high turnover rate since 2014, hired around 10 new VPs and replaced or left about 5. About 5 directors were hired and then fired within less than a year.
    - Most political company I ever seen - when they don't like someone, they will make rumors to blacken him/her.
    - Horrible system test and automation team - they don't know how to reject unreasonable requirement and they can't find valuable bugs using minimum resources. They wasted too much money on outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    - Minimize the multiple located offices to 1 or 2.
    - Downgrade management title by 1 at least because they are not qualified.


  4. "Calix is for motivated people that are comfortable with constant change and big challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. We're on the verge of a significant breakthrough and being a leader of even a small part of that makes up for most of the negatives of constant disruption (both internally and externally).
    2. Great sales team that partners well w/the rest of the business - including marketing.
    3. Willing to take a difficult path to stand out in the often 'bland' world of communications service providers.
    4. Calix has an incredible foundation of customers that are helping fuel the global growth.
    5. Flexible conditions, small but focused and collaborative teams, risk-takers.

    Cons

    1. No formal development focus for most employees.
    2. While work-life balance has improved, it remains a challenge.
    3. Need to streamline processes with so many new functions within Calix and eliminate overlaps between some roles


  5. "Working for a disruptor!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Market Leader
    Disruptor
    Work from home
    Travel
    Compensation

    Cons

    Company going through change, changing it's focus (this is also a Pro) and change does scare some folks


  6. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in Norwich, VT
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in Norwich, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A very open and collaborative culture. The relationships between product development, sales and marketing is very positive. In my 25+ years in marketing, I have never seen this so high. It's allows us to focus on executing new campaigns in market rather that dealing with internal conflicts. It's inspiring.

    Cons

    As a fast growing company with big goals, we are still working on finding the right balance between work and education/training to improve our skills. So much opportunity and limited time. But this is clearly on the radar to solve based on our most recent cultural survey.


  7. "Smart Home Business Solution Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership is very open and transparent (rare for a company of this size)
    Overall vision is clear and easily understood.
    Larger company with a startup mentality, with strong growth and potential.
    Huge focus on Agile methodologies across all aspects of the organization.

    Cons

    Have not found any yet

    Advice to Management

    Very impressed with what I've see so far, and look forward to executing on the future vision.

  8. "Tough entry requirements, challenging work environment and rewarding career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, exciting products and wonderful customers

    Cons

    Changes so fast it can be overwhelming. Not everyone can handle the pace.

    Advice to Management

    more open honest sharing of the big picture


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Crazy leadership with inflated egos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty robust comparatively

    Cons

    Politics and inflated egos abound -all levels of management. Very chaotic , business partners that don’t own mistakes and will rewrite history to cover their behind

    Advice to Management

    No point they wouldn’t listen, too busy throwing each other under the bus


  10. "Access Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Calix full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, friendly work enviorment

    Cons

    Project driven, laid off at the end of the project

    Advice to Management

    none

    Calix Response

    Sep 28, 2018 – SVP, Talent and Culture

    We thank you for your efforts and work at Cali during your time with us. We our proud of the benefits and the work environment we strive for and maintain at all of our sites...so it is great that... More