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Updated August 6, 2018
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  • "Great people and a true feeling that company ares about employees" (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Cray good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice management team and friendly local office environment

    Cons

    Sometimes company response to the current market needs is somewhat slow

    Advice to Management

    Need to be closer to your local office employees


  2. "Little room for Advancement"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great work schedule. Some challenging work.

    Cons

    Very little to no advancement. Company bonuses are mostly based on sales team's ability to make lots of sales. Mfg really has nothing to do with how much the sales team sells. Little to no raises. When raises and bonuses are given manager gives very little. Then the higher their raise/bonus is. Lets very qualified people go because they don't want to pay 10 cents more an hour because then it would look bad on their budget.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging people that are hired to be professionals. Allow for some creativity and autonomy. Provide some decent raises to the people who really do the work. That would show some appreciation to the employees that feel they don't mean anything. Stop letting very qualified people leave because you don't want to give them a raise.

  3. "A has-been company, unable to innovate, invent and grow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and telecommuting policy
    Good place to retire

    Cons

    With so many old-timers who have been here for more than 20 years, the thinking is very old-fashioned and stagnant, promotion opportunities are virtually non-existent. This is one of the companies that have the most amount of office politics I have known.
    Basically a contractor for governments (can't compete in commercial business landscape)
    No stock compensation or annual bonus (occasionally only) to reward employees

    Advice to Management

    Less process-heavy and bureaucratic


  4. "Great Legacy, less so current state"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful office with lots of smart people

    Cons

    Middle management fluctuates a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Be an actual thought leader on the innovations that are being marketed.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. 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.


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