Wolfram Research – Champaign, IL
include, but are not limited to: • Manage day-to-day tasks, including documentation of projects • Attend meetings and report weekly progress… CareerBuilder
Wolfram Research, Inc. – Champaign, IL
• Support all departments with marketing, communications, and branding needs • Execute day-to-day marketing plan tactics and coordination of PR… CareerBuilder
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I worked at Wolfram Research full-timePros
- Energetic and friendly work environment, many younger employees excited to start their careers
- Laid back dress code
- Flexible work hours, with caveats
- Wolfram can be a fairly decent place to start a career but do not stay too long
- You will likely make life-long friends and business connections
- Health benefits are reasonable if you do not have dependents
- I would only recommend this job someone starting their career, provided they look carefully at the consCons
- Workers are young because the salary is not competitive. Working with smart, creative people while making dirt pay may be rewarding in your 20s, but by your 30s you're ready to be appropriately compensated for your efforts. Many of these plucky upstarts eventually catch on and move to more exciting opportunities with higher pay.
- Work hours can be flexible. The trouble is there is often little accountability to coworkers if the truant employee's manager doesn't stay on top of their output. This makes it hard to receive timely responses to email, tickets, etc. Over time, "Working from home," often became code for, "I don't want to use my paid leave for x,y,z." If no one addresses the problem why wouldn't the undisciplined employees game the system?
- Terrible business infrastructure. Junior developers are expected to help keep overloaded systems running with nothing more than some rushed scripting and a Hail Mary. If you want to work on new technology and you aren't a front end developer you should seriously consider looking elsewhere. And if you are a front end developer, be prepared for the business operations people to like your ideas but say they regretfully cannot implement them.
- Depressing gender imbalance among some departments. There are few female managers, unless they are managing a majority female department. Also the project management department is overwhelmingly female, compared to the various development departments that are overwhelmingly male. This promotes a work culture that is a modern-day equivalent of the "Jane, will you bring me coffee?" trope that is used as a punchline in a bad sitcom. They often ask professional women to scurry around them, finding answers to questions that have already been answered if they would bother to properly manage their email, tickets, and calendars.
- CEO exhibits bully-like behavior. I have read a lot of the negative reviews of the CEO and I concur. I have not personally been on the receiving end of his wrath but I have witnessed it on numerous occasions, often in front of large numbers of his staff. It is incredibly demoralizing to see a grown adult berate another human being, knowing there is nothing you can do about it because you need to keep your job. This poisonous leadership style has seeped into some of the other members of upper management, including a person very close to Stephen. Some people think this person is the "lesser of two evils," but when both of them are yelling does it really matter?
- Ill-defined business outlook. Again, as stated in other reviews, the business plan is dependent upon the latest shiny distraction that catches Stephen's eye: whether it be a legitimate business opportunity or just a tiny reflection of himself in the mirror. People run from one smoking tire fire to another. Very little time is put into figuring out how projects will come together in a broader sense. The company is successful in spite of itself. This is entirely due to the hard-working believers who support one another and not because of some benevolent dictator. The emperor has no clothes.Advice to ManagementAdvice
- Pay for critical business/systems upgrades
- Pay people more
- Observe company meetings and shut Stephen down when he uses unprofessional language or toneDoesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO