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  1. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Please pass on this opportunity. If your heart is in the right place, find a company that actually respects you.

    Apr 23, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
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    Pros

    THE PEOPLE - This is the one thing that IXL excels in. The employees I've had the pleasure to work with are some of the kindest, smartest, and caring people I've met, and I've formed lasting friendships with many of them. If there's a reason to weather this storm of a company, it's for the genuinely awesome coworkers who are along for the ride with you. MISSION - IXL is an education company, so it attracts people that care about teaching and learning. It's nice to go home at the end of the day and know that your work is benefitting students, teachers, parents, and adult learners around the world; it's something to be proud of. (Caveat: the company knows that its employees are driven by this mission, and can use this to its advantage)

    Cons

    Caution: Be wary of 5 star reviews written by recent hires. SENIOR MANAGEMENT - Major pivots in product direction, operations, and hiring roadmaps have occurred in the past year. Some of these pivots have come after months or even years of employees' time and company funds, with the result that many employees have never seen their work released. - All product decisions at the company must be approved by the CEO and/or COO; this seriously undermines trust in the competencies of other managers, slows development, and stifles creativity. - Despite an almost company-wide desire to improve inclusion in our product, upper management is hesitant to address the subject. Many of the strongest advocates for inclusion have been let go (for one reason or another). STABILITY - Team reorganizations and large layoffs are the new norm for IXL in 2018/19, and more experienced (aka higher-salaried) individual contributors seem to consistently be the first to go. Burning bridges with talented and loyal employees has fostered a toxic company culture, and it may be too late to reverse this. - There is little transparency regarding product direction and motivations for high impact decisions. The future of the company is difficult to predict. - Several teams are facing significant retention issues (close to half the team members leaving), and senior management doesn't seem to care. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES - Product management, UI/UX design, and engineering roles at IXL are niche, and their responsibilities are quite different from what they would be at most other technology companies (at least in the Bay Area). In other words, don't expect your skills to necessarily transfer over to other jobs. - Despite being a mid-sized company that's been around since the 90s, IXL is very late to adopt industry-standard technologies. We only recently made the switch from FogBugz/Manuscript and Subversion to Jira and Git, and we were slow to start using React, and Agile. - Most development teams have a high composition of new grads, and there are not enough senior team members to support them.

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    40 people found this review helpful
  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Do Not Work Here

    Sep 30, 2020 - Operations 
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    Pros

    IXL is filled with some wonderful and friendly people. While most of these people are taken for granted, overworked and underpaid, they still manage to be kind bring so much light to the office.

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay for the Bay Area -Employees are taken for granted and undervalued. -Upper Management is notorious for gaslighting and looking down on the people they manage. -HR Team spends more time writing fake reviews than actually working to create a positive environment. - No room for growth.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    IXL Learning Has Some Learning to Do :/

    Sep 4, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    The company is doing a terrific job helping families and schools, they have created a community for parents and teachers, and a place for real on-line learning. The company keeps ahead of the standards and allows children to stay on track while having fun. The program is innovative, ever changing and unique. The workplace is slow paced, benefits are nice but could be better, salary is low unless you are a SWE.

    Cons

    The company is 100 % sales driven and focused. Numbers are a top priority. The CEO and CFO are on different pages. Every employee is 100% disposable, regardless of years at the company or job well done. The rest of the core team that is there is great! HR does what they can but their hands are tied most of the time. Recruiting does a great job to try and sell the place and to keep up. I valued my time there, but never felt appreciated, I am happy to be on to better opportunities. This is a good place for someone with little or no experience, more of a stepping stone. Benefits and pay are not up to par with the rest of the bay area, little or no bonuses and no real motivation to want to do a good job.

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    27 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A solid place to work

    Mar 10, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    My experience at IXL has been wonderful. The office space is nice, free drinks/coffee, regular socials, and really friendly people. They offer a lot of different activities if you want to get involved and socialize with colleagues outside of work. It's fantastic for a 20's something. Benefits are also competitive. The environment is generally pretty laid back.

    Cons

    I'd love if they offered a more flexible work schedule, including a work from home policy like a lot of companies in the Bay Area do, once a week or something similar. It's frowned upon at IXL.

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