Cray Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
30 Reviews
3.6
30 Reviews
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Cray President, CEO, and Director Peter J. Ungaro
Peter J. Ungaro
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  1.  

    It's pretty cray cray

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Cray full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, salary increases, flexible hours, nice paid time off, good balance of individual work, team work, and customer interaction

    Cons

    Mostly deals with an outdated skillset and legacy customer code. The employees are mostly older as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fast growing company hindered by small company ethic

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    Current Employee - Engineer III
    Current Employee - Engineer III

    I have been working at Cray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is relatively small, which means employees from across the globe know each other. Vacation is not tracked and at discretion between employee and manager. Company has seen consistent growth and a expanding customer base in the face of shrinking competition, implying job security.

    Cons

    New hires are mostly going towards managerial positions and the employees who fill them are not technical, despite being in technical leadership roles. Groups within the company (sales, service, etc.) rarely collaborate and work either independently or against each other. Service group is instructed to return a profit. Corporate culture follows Midwestern attitudes, despite being a large spread-out company. Example, salaries determined based on Midwestern standards and do not adjust for local cost of living. Too much justification of corporate cost cutting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need cooperation and standard of operation across all units within company. Hire less inexperienced and unqualified managers and more well-paid engineers. Company values should reflect more on the quality of the product and service and less on corporate growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company with some frustrations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cray full-time

    Pros

    Company values its long term customers

    Cons

    Lack of infrastructure to scale growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Cray full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots to learn. Hardware, software, mechanical. All aspects

    Cons

    A lot of information floating around. Takes time to piece everything together

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent team and company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cray as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great management, good work life balance. Office culture and co-workers are great, knowledgeable people.
    Very prestigious company to work for.

    Cons

    Locations not preferable due to extreme winter weather. Growth is slow, so hiring is almost always on freeze.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I ever worked for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cray

    Pros

    Old established company. Good grasp on market.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and archaic in processes and policies.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A niche company, not cutting edge other than performance.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Intern  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Cray as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent people to work with.

    Cons

    Based in the Northern states; too cold during Winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't shove everyone in cubicles, let some people have offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cray full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very flexable working hours. Great co-workers. No office politics. Very stress free. Lots of people who leave Cray end up coming back after a few years.

    Cons

    Salaries not always competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pete Ungaro is the man!

  10.  

    Experience was great for an internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cray as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    High level of exposure, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    low salary as an intern compared to other companis

  11.  

    Great Internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cray as an intern

    Pros

    Great projects to work on. Lot's of nice helpful people. The CEO is very friendly, and the interns had a chance to talk with him directly.

    Cons

    No major cons for Cray.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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