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“Fast paced environment, wonderful people, incredible opportunity for career growth with endless learning opportunities. ”
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I have been working at Wolfram Research full-time (more than an year)Pros
Since the products being developed require diverse skill sets, Wolfram employs a wide variety of backgrounds and personalities. The headquarters is filled with intelligent, curious, and interesting people of all cultural backgrounds (There are a total of 57 languages spoken). If there is anything you want to learn, someone is always willing to lend their time to help you understand a new technology or process.
I started at Wolfram as my first job out of school. Within my first weeks at the company I was able to contribute in meetings with employees at all levels of the company. Wolfram is a very flat organization, where you are able to have contact with the executive members (highest level besides CEO) on a regular basis. Being straight out of college, it was a fantastic learning experience for me to be able to sit in on discussions ranging from new product development to global strategy.
In my role as program manager I was given a lot of autonomy and responsibility from the beginning. You are expected to ask a lot of questions to learn as much as you can but given the freedom to work in a manner that is efficient for you.
The coolest thing about Wolfram is the passion that people have for what their work. The products are used world wide in a variety of different commercial, industrial, and academic fields. Seeing first hand how the products literally change the world is what keeps everyone inspired and excited to come to work each morning. Working on Mathematica products or Wolfram Alpha - you can see the direct ways in which we are changing what it means to program (using the wolfram language), and how people are relating to and integrating their data to understand their environment.
Wolfram has a family atmosphere where you are encouraged to be yourself. Everyone has interesting quirks and a variety of nerdy interests. With about 600 people at the headquarters, there is someone who has similar interests or can show you a cool hobby (lots of astrology and comic book fans!) Some days are hectic while other are more calm but definitely never boring.
Wolfram is continuously growing, there is plenty of room for upward movement. I was able to move positions to an area I found more suited to my personality and interests after about 1 year with full support from my manager.Cons
Wolfram is an product / project oriented company. Work is fast paced where on Monday an idea is pitched and by Wednesday a team is assembled to begin to build it. Given the speed of development there can be a lack of organization. Some thrive in this "start-up" environment, some feel overwhelmed. Depending on your personality and your ability to juggle multiple projects will determine your success.RecommendsPositive Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Interview Details
Met the company at the career, took about a month. They give me 2 phone interviews and one on site. I was a student as at U of I, so it was convenient to go to their campusInterview Questions
- They ask about my djing hobby, which was definitely unexpected Answer Question
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Wolfram Research believes that math doesn't have to be a scary proposition. The company develops mathematical software for engineers, financial analysts, researchers, and students. The company, part of the Wolfram Group, was founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987. Wolfram's core product is its Mathematica suite. The company also offers webMathematica, for doing interactive calculations through a Web browser, and gridMathematica, for running the Mathematica software on computer clusters. In 2011 the company bought MathCore Engineering to expand its presence in the field of...