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Calix Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance has been quite reasonable and time-off has never been an issue (in 6 reviews)

  • Good working environment for the most part (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge (in 8 reviews)

  • Limited growth for mid level managers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company all around. Treat employees very well. Considerate of their personal and family needs. Working very hard and delivering on an innovative approach within a somewhat staid, slow moving industry. Company is growing faster than market growth. Nice and smart people to work with. Stable company. New sales head excels at transformation and is impacting things positively and quickly. Working from home is not an issue.

    Cons

    The industry Calix is in is somewhat slow growing.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Calix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good balance between work and life.

    Cons

    A lot of experienced senior position, if hire more young fresh graduate will have some new ideas for the company.


  3. "Welcome to the management merry go round"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with, Free stuff in break room

    Cons

    Every time you turn around another layer is added to management, or one has left. They never stick to one process and protect it, instead another process or team is created and the process changes.

    Advice to Management

    Settle, let the ones doing process, fix it, since you have no clue on what is actually being done any way.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location to work in San jose

    Cons

    No work life balance.
    Consultants heavy work culture. There is no proper planning for the projects and people are always struggling to meet deadlines.There is lack of respect among team members and People are quite rude often. There is lot of micromanaging and no trust among the peers.The Calix culture seems to be missing .There is lot of politics among the team,as only the preferred members get the important projects.

    Advice to Management

    Their is no transparency among the team.The managers don't know often what the team is doing. There are no one on one meetings with the manager .


  6. "senior software testing engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA

    I worked at Calix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible working environment, and nice team work

    Cons

    no working lunch, far from city


  7. "Changing Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Calix has some of the greatest and loyal employees. Some teams allow you to work remote. They have free drinks.

    Cons

    VERY top heavy! New executives coming in and others are jumping ship. Calix is in the middle of changing their focus. Some groups have amazing leaders and executives but a few other ones do not. The culture is hostile in some areas. Know what your waling into!

    Advice to Management

    Management needs some training.. in a of areas.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some truly great leaders in upper management in particular Sales and Service, as well as G&A. I feel like I'm truly contributing to the company's success and don't feel like a cog in the corporate machine. Calix has a collaborative startup feeling but is also mature and organized. I really like the strategic direction of where the company is going in terms of profitability and growth.

    Cons

    Departments are running a little too lean; need more support staff. The CEO can be awkward; at times he can be funny, but other times rude and condescending.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire great talent and take care of your middle managers.


  9. "Great Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time

    Pros

    During my interviews I was able to get a feel of exactly what they expected of me for the job I was applying for. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly making me feel like I was already at home. I am so glad to be apart of a dynamic company that is working to change the telecommunications industry.

    Cons

    Smaller office, which could be nice to some.


  10. "Good company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calix full-time

    Pros

    >Good culture
    >Employee empowerment
    >Fairness
    >Flexible schedule
    >Opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    New hire training can be made better


  11. "Senior Sales Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Equipment, Fast Pace, Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Low on the Salary, Changing to fast.


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