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  1. "Pixia is what you make of it."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hard work is appreciated. Pixia is still in the small/med sized business culture and you will only excel with as much hard work as you put into you job. If you are looking for a 9-5 where you can be a drone, Pixia isn't for you.

    Cons

    Tendency for management to hire "trophies" who don't produce and make everyone's life harder.

    Advice to Management

    When I left I think things were on the right track. I always felt like I could chat with ceo/management at anytime and that my issues were heard and valued.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Why work here?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Not much. If you want to have alcohol at every company party, join this fabulous group.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and executive management skills, lack of vision, lack of trust, run by ex-military (so very little business experience), managed by friends and buddies, unskilled HR, no long term growth, viability, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professional teams to replace village idiots


  3. "Awesome, "flat"organization but lacking business-centered leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PIXIA full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, real people, no dress code, chill environment. Company owners are amazing, great people! Very good pay and benefits, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Nepotism at senior levels, company operating on friends principle, not driving decisions from solid market analysis and sound business practices. Not always placing friends in jobs they're good at, but rather what they want to do which has caused chaos and changes to products that don't make sense to those developing them. Also very little industry leadership experience which is crushing morale at many levels

    Advice to Management

    need to separate friends from work and stand back and look through business lens and assess if they have the right expertise to have as much influence on the big picture as they do


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Started strong, but management lost their way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Interesting work. Senior management does want to do a good job and produce a quality product.

    Cons

    Most political place I've ever seen. Middle management is almost uniformly incompetent and self-serving. Real failure to follow through with customers once the contract is signed. There's a strong tendency to want to reinvent the software every 6 months, which would be fine if the new version were EVER better than what it was supposedly going to replace. People are promoted (or laid off) in software development based on factors unrelated to performance.

    Advice to Management

    Too many unproductive staff (esp, management). Thin the herd. Try rewarding actual performance, and eliminate those who promise the world and deliver nothing. You have too many levels of management and too little focus on actual, money-making products for such a small firm. FOCUS.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking faster than the Titanic..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at PIXIA full-time

    Pros

    Started out as a really great culture, good pay, great benefits, interesting work, and have always had great people. Till this day some of those things have changed, but I think the nature of the work and the great people to work with is what has kept me around this long. The location of the company is amazing (overlooking Reston Town Center), but other than that there are no other great Pros.

    Cons

    I don't know where to start other than that this company has lost a lot of contracts, a lot of money, and have had to let a lot of their workforce go. The company has always been top heavy with personnel who haven't lived up to their hype and have not brought in any profits. There is a ton of mismanagement going on and now there is an overload of work on the employees because of having to let so many people go. This company had a ton of potential, but it has faded really fast. There are no more raises or bonuses to be handed out like it use to be because there is just no money coming in and a lot of overhead.

    Advice to Management

    You brought in a lot of people with a lot of connections that you all knew, but that obviously has not been working out.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Collapsing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits, owners are amazing people.

    Cons

    Management has serious issues as they're very unseasoned and only have military experience. Some members talk a very good talk which has given them the ability to catch the owners ear, the effects of this are catastrophic as its effecting the owners ability to make good judgment as hes being manipulated (don't get me wrong, the owner/co-owner are amazing individuals).

    Unfortunately the work/life balance is no-longer a feasible balance if you have a family, the organization is not forcing you to work incessant hours, its just there are not enough resources or hours in a day to get done what needs to be done as 14% of the staff was let go, our ultimate goal as an organization is to keep this place a-float.

    Job Security is atrocious... The organization is very top heavy as a good 1/3 of the staff is either a VP, president of something or manager and being paid almost 200k when the market value is maybe 120k for their little experience, as a result this has caused massive debt and has caused the company to lay off over 9 members. Advancement does not exist... Being that this is a small company, management that's in place was hired in as management, is being compensated well above the market value ~ no one will leave! There is absolutely no room to advance, you will be a developer there to execute the visions of the clients and owners or an engineer to maintain those visions.

    Job culture can be questionable but is not very different than anywhere else. There is a circle of trust in place and if you're not within that inner circle you hear an immense amount of gossip. Nature of the office! Unfortunately due to the second RIF within the last 13 months the development team has absolutely no guidance or management structure in place. The teams are asked to execute a task but that vision will change daily resulting in zero innovation. Currently the team only has enough resources to resolve discrepancies within the product line, resulting in little time to be innovative and compete within the market space which is depressing as the company use to be very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Moral of the story is the owner and co-owner need to closely watch who they're listening to in their daily meetings as everyone with a private office are the ones expendable as they have zero talent to contribute in comparison to those actually developing and sustaining.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unstable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PIXIA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Projects can be sometimes interesting. There are some good people that work here.

    Cons

    Politics play a big role in every decision made here. The managers love processes more than anything else, and their heavy, burdensome processes hamper any type of innovation. Very often they restructure the company, introduce more tedious, meaningless processes, and cause complete chaos. They have no worries about failing projects, missed deadlines, and disorganized teams as long as they can look at their charts and claim that everything looks good and praise their "new" process, whereas in reality it only looks good on paper.

    Work-life balance is non-existent.

    Senior management believes that employees are a disposable commodity, and they are to be treated in this way.

    All of these issues have caused a high turn-over among talented individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees?


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great team and culture being steadily killed off by micro-management and power plays"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at PIXIA full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of really great, really smart, really talented people working here. The work is interesting and engaging. The executive leadership is passionate, easy to talk to, and has a grand but achievable vision for the company. The compensation and benefits are fair.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, all of those pros are being undermined by new management of the software development team. Personality conflicts have split the software development personnel into two separate teams and driven away some of the quality talent. Much of the remaining team feels micro-managed, demoralized, and stripped of ownership of their dev processes and products. The dev process is supposed to be Scrum, but is owned and run by management, who uses it as a weapon against the teams. Constantly changing direction, processes, and team re-structuring come from management who never leaves any change long enough to see if it works.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your losses and change your software dev management. Any short term gain you are seeing is illusory and transient and is coming at the cost of the great team and culture you have spent so long building.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganized caos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation and office environment is good.

    Cons

    Drama and infighting with ever changing direction. No concise vision or its not conveyed to the employees. Management does not inspire or effectively lead the teams. Good employees are leaving quickly because a reorganization of employees and departments does not solve real problems.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and do what your employees ask for or the employees will continue to leave.


  11. "Excellent Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Small company, great culture, going place

    Cons

    So far there are no cons


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