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Pros
  • friendly staffs, flexible work hours, diverse employee, good chance of moving around in the company, good place to raise a family (in 12 reviews)

  • A lot of smart people work there (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary compared to other companies (in 7 reviews)

  • Relatively high turnover and choices to leave positions unfilled have resulted in a difficult workload for those who remain (in 3 reviews)

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  1. System Administration Intern

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    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Palatine, IL

    I worked at Wolfram Research (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The cuture in the workplace was excellent along with the management. Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    No real downsides to the company. Enjoyed every day here.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good preparation for future position

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Champaign, IL

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Most of the managers have been there for a number of years and know the CEO's tendencies - No matter what your role, you will be able to work on a variety of projects - They use multiple technologies - The people all come from different places - Lots of conferences - Though it's a small company, it is involved in many different markets - You can move to different departments - A great stepping stone to different companies (lots of resume fodder) - Flex time - Management is very sympathetic to employees time off needs

    Cons

    - The CEO can be rude at times, but if you learn his attitudes, you'll be fine - Projects/products importance can change at a moments notice - The pay isn't very high compared to other local businesses - Cat Boucher

    Advice to Management

    Fire Cat Boucher


  3. Helpful (1)

    a lot can change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolfram Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere (as long as you aren't talking to President directly). Flex time. Lots of cool technology. Interesting people from all around the world work there.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in career without having another offer as leverage. President is a very prickly pear that most people want to avoid. Compensation is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of the people who have been there for 20+ years. Listen to the troops on the ground.


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    Content Admin

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    Current Employee - Content Administrative
    Current Employee - Content Administrative

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment, great people! Very open to creative ideas! Flexible hours and sometimes remote optional.

    Cons

    Occasional breakdowns in communication, but overall there's very little to complain about.


  6. Interesting work, depressing pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolfram Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work on technically challenging projects. Co-workers are top notch technically. Flexible work environment that allows for working remotely.

    Cons

    Staffing inefficiencies and turnover due to lower than average salaries.


  7. 1-year bridge turned into 15+ year passion

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolfram Research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - constant intellectual challenges / opportunities - hard working & proactive people find promotions and success - good ideas turn into results with little red tape / obstacles

    Cons

    - fast pace often blurs to lightning pace with an inability to see a return simply to fast pace

    Advice to Management

    - I like that we're always ahead of the trend; sometimes we forget that we've invested the internal time to see the value/passion behind a project and people external need more time to understand and gain that same level of passion.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Challenging

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Wolfram Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Incredibly smart, passionate and creative workforce * Autonomy and flexibility at nearly every level and job function * Project ownership (some may think this is a "con", but truly owning what you're working on allows for substantial growth and pride in accomplishment - no "code monkeys" here. * Perks - flexible schedule, casual (almost too casual) work environment, stocked breakrooms and goof-off areas (foosball table, gaming systems, library), decent benefits and time off, great company picnics and parties and conferences, access to almost anything you need to get your job/project done.

    Cons

    * Salaries are low for industry averages * "Crunch time" almost all the time - 12-16 hour weekdays and working on weekends isn't out of the ordinary - we do have the ability to say no, just most don't. * Red tape/lengthy processes to do most "regular" work, unless it's a project on CEOs radar - then there isn't enough red tape. * Moody upper management

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the highly paid time suckers that have been around for ever and contribute very little - reallocate their salaries to those contributing to current products and projects. Keep CEO interactions with lower-level employees to a minimum - he scares them.


  9. Every day is an opportunity to learn

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wolfram Research

    Pros

    Interesting projects and opportunities to lead

    Cons

    Working environment is very temperamental


  10. An excellent and creative place to work.

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    Former Employee - Kernel Developer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Kernel Developer in Champaign, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has very creative employees and a very talented work force. Mathematica is the best scientific and engineering software in the world. As a kernel developer you get to acquire a lot of new skills, both in computer science as well as in mathematics. As a kernel developer it is a privilege to work for Roger Germundsson, director of R&D. He is an absolute genius and one of the most creative person I have ever known.

    Cons

    There is nothing wrong with this company except the pay scale is much much below average. If the company could pay above Industry average no one will ever want to leave.

    Advice to Management

    I will advice the management to pay kernel developers a lot of money. The company has extremely highly talented individuals. No amount of money can buy such a talented workforce. Also I will advise the company to move development office out of Champaign which is a very small town for ambitious workforce.


  11. Great place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wolfram Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good place to work, lots of freedom, definitely not a standard corporate environment in a good way

    Cons

    Sometimes the very top management can be a bit controlling, but not often.



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