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IXL Learning Software Engineer Reviews

Updated December 7, 2016
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Pros
  • I appreciate that even though it hasn't been discussed much explicitly, work-life balance seems important to people here (in 11 reviews)

  • The company is growing and there is great opportunity (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No free food (which isn't that common anyways) (in 7 reviews)

  • Office atmosphere is dead (the people who are permitted to work from home do so one or twice per week) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Expanding company with lots of opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Tech Ed company with lots of career opportunities. Office environment is very friendly.

    Cons

    My only minor complaint is being in a cube instead of an actual office.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great place to work. Keep it up!


  2. "Just recently joined IXL learning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Your working hour is flexible. Very friendly people. Competitive offer as a mid-size company.

    Cons

    As a new grad, I don't see anything bad. We don't have cafeteria in the company building but that's not a issue to me.

    Advice to Management

    Give more information about future as an employee here and about company's plan.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Really bad company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IXL Learning full-time

    Pros

    Not too much
    1.Okay base salary
    2. In bay area, good to change jobs

    Cons

    1. No bonus, stock even sign on, relocation
    2. No free lunch, no snack
    3. People are kind of cold, colleague collaboration is bad
    4. Cannot keep excellent employee, people leave frequently and senior(>2 years) are very rare
    5. Managers have too much power
    6. Like people from famous schools, but these people definitely not the top student at their school
    7. Code style is very bad and too many duplicate and unnecessary codes, employee often copy and paste
    8. Still use SVN instead of git, no modern advanced technologies
    9. Everyday work are mostly fixing bugs, pretty simple tasks, do not have projects on every teams
    10. Have been established over 18 years as Google, still a small company, not promising at all

    Advice to Management

    Not a very good promising company, may not die in the future, but I doubt it will be bigger, anyways not the right place for excellent people


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "About IXL"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. People are friendly
    2. Interesting work
    3. No too much pressure

    Cons

    1. No competitive salary
    2. Small company

    Advice to Management

    Nothing special


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Company review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and helpful people,
    Great culture and benefits.

    Cons

    No free food, everything else is great.


  7. Helpful (23)

    "I Felt Mistreated By The Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IXL Learning full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Wonderful, smart, friendly coworkers who always gave me a smile
    - Very nice perks (2x weekly massages, 401(k) matching, etc)
    - A great, positive product

    Cons

    - Bad management choices: I was a new-grad placed in a new team where I was the only engineer, and at the same time, the management supervising me had never managed engineers before, so it seemed the compay itself didn't value either side enough to give adequate training/preparation
    - Bad communication/practices: we used a Waterfall methodology and all of my projects ran into issues with unclear or changing requirements
    - Misleading offer: I was offered a position in Java but when the job started, I was quickly moved into developing in Perl
    - Bad code quality: The Perl codebase was badly maintained; there were many occurrences of copy-pasted code, there were no attempts at using Object Orientation (even for large projects), and I was the first person at the company to write automated tests for our Perl code
    - Low level of average experience: among engineers, a large percent had been hired as new-grads and had less than 3 years of experience
    - No one wrote unit-tests: the main codebase (mostly in Java) had less than 5% code coverage when I was there, which meant that many people did a lot of manual testing. It was costly, repetitive, and possibly lead to the deployment issues we had with many of our releases

    Advice to Management

    - Bring software practices into the 21st century: Waterfall does not often support good communication and innovation (and I believe this contributed to why most of the content team left during my time at the company)
    - Hire more experienced people: they cost more, but their outsider perspectives can be invaluable at all levels
    - Consider creating a board of directors: many I knew at the company felt the CEO and COO abused their power with no oversight or alternative perspectives
    - Value individual development: don't make someone a manager if they have no experience, perhaps have them take a lead role first, perhaps give them an intern or even an employee with work experience before diving straight into managing new-grads


  8. Helpful (4)

    "great place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    inspiring, useful mission, really great, helpful, talent, and friendly folks who make working here ufn.

    Cons

    doesnt have the most perks

    Advice to Management

    important to get a good idea of the scale that is currently being expected of engineers


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A great place to go into work everyday and know you are making the world a better place."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Get to work on a product that helps improve education
    - People are great to work with along with being very smart
    - Get to work with cutting edge technology to improve the site

    Cons

    - Sometimes have to work on weekends if stuff is breaking
    - There isn't very much opportunity for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes management's advice doesn't filter down to the lower levels, so it is unclear why we are going in a certain direction. It would be better if it was explained more, which direction the company is going.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "I enjoy working at IXL"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best parts of working here is the people. The culture here is friendly and cooperative. Because of our size, it's easy to get to know the people you work with well. And since everyone is willing to help each other out, I never have a problem asking coworker's questions and stating my opinions. In addition, everyone cares about making products that benefit education. We have high standards for our product features, and for the underlying code.

    As much as we care about work, we also care about having fun. The company has a lot of social events, like happy hours and lunch and learns. And there are a lot of groups in the company like sports teams, and a book club. The work-life balance is great. Hours are flexible as long as you are able to attend meetings and get your work done.

    Cons

    I wish we had more perks such as regular catered meals. But I think we can expect them to come as we continue growing.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if there was more transparency in things like how the company is doing and what future plans for the company are. I'd like it if there were more opportunities for employees to ask questions.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Relaxed and Productive Work Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting project related to online education.
    Relaxed work environment.
    No bloated and unnecessary meetings.
    Hands-off management style so you are not stressed out.

    Cons

    Benefits for employees with a large family is lacking compared against other large Bay-area tech companies.
    You need to prepare your own lunch or go out, which consumes a lot of work hours in a busy San Mateo downtown.
    Commute benefit is lacking. i.e., no paid Caltrain pass.