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Updated June 19, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people and a true feeling that company ares about employees" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Great management, good work life balance" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "HPC"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    work from home is cool

    Cons

    travel time is a bit of a hassle


  2. "Good overall - could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cray full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and work/life balance

    Cons

    Throwing too much work on too few people.

  3. "Bought CS from Seagate but stuck with Xyratex clowns"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Finally broke away from most psychotic mgmt at STX but not completely

    Cons

    Stuck with Xyratex cloned monkeys and some hard to get rid of mgmt who won't die

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all Xyratex cloned monkeys. It is really that simple.


  4. "Challenging work in a friendly, supportive environment."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is fascinating and important. Company and colleagues respect personal and family time. Compensation is good, especially given moderate cost of living.

    Cons

    Communication and planning issues internally. Not primarily a software company, struggling with concepts of software development process. HPC market as a whole has question marks.


  5. "Senior Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cray full-time

    Pros

    I like the hours and the location of this company. The products that Cray manufactures is life changing.

    Cons

    Being in a small town in the Midwest, the employee's are not valued as employees in other large city location. I have been told the employees in Chippewa Falls are captive employees and we can't make the kind of money anywhere else in this area.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, regardless of what location they live in.


  6. "Cray"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cray full-time

    Pros

    An industry leader in the supercomputing field

    Cons

    Lumpy business with strong years and hard years

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of our business assets


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Culture but Slow-paced"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Really smart people
    - Employee-friendly culture (events, donuts, time off)
    - Freedom to work independently and have ideas

    Cons

    - Lack of clear goals
    - Slow response and delays are fine, no one is in a hurry
    - Divisions are siloed and against each other

    Advice to Management

    - Set goals that can be measured, with deadlines.

  8. "Calm and productive"

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    Former Employee - Finance Staff Member in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Staff Member in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, generous vacation, motivated employees

    Cons

    I cannot think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  9. "Working for a Supercomputer Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cray full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Few companies can even begin to compare to Cray when considering their working the leading edge of compute power across all vertical markets. Been around "forever", Cray has always set the bar high for what high end computing should be; truly the basis for the term "supercomputer". Technical challenges are taken on continuously and stretch what is "possible".

    Cons

    Having been "the" supercomputer company for so long, Cray has found it difficult to expand beyond that genre. Efforts to provide total solutions (vs. point computing platform) have been a struggle despite having access to superior storage management solution components and engineers.

    Advice to Management

    As super computing continues to move into lower cost modular tiers of systems (clusters) Cray must figure out how to be more than they historically have been. Target larger problem sets that incorporate not only the "big iron" but show Cray's value to providing total turnkey type solutions. Ensure that the Sales team embraces these changes as well.


  10. "A company in transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cray full-time

    Pros

    Always on the cutting edge of technology, working with the world's top science and technology customers;
    Supports remote work;
    Good to work with a company with a respected name

    Cons

    The industry is in a transition period, and that adds to stress on the job;
    Some managers less skilled at managing employees than they should be

    Advice to Management

    Look for people who can manage business (maybe from outside the industry?), and recognize more than just sales and engineering skills when recruiting and promoting


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