Wolfram Research Reviews | Glassdoor

Wolfram Research Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
120 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

120 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • Low salary for experienced professional as compare to market standards (in 13 reviews)

  • CEO, Upper management make work harder than it has to be (in 8 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Management, CEO make company difficult"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, lots of room to grow

    Cons

    CEO, Upper management make work harder than it has to be

    Advice to Management

    Remove CEO from interacting with developers and middle management


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Managers Suck"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Wolfram Research full-time

    Pros

    free soda, cool parties, that's it

    Cons

    workload too much for one person, expected overtime, very clique-ish, managers have obvious favorites, employees fear the mass firings that are commonplace


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Grow"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Reporting Team Lead in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Business Reporting Team Lead in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very mellow R&D environment where learning is encouraged. Academic setting with the perks of a tech firm. If you're into physics and you have a technical skills, this is a great fit for you. Supportive of career growth and will contribute to your master's tuition. Organic business structure enables career growth and trying new things. Great core product with a solid customer base means no worries about economic shifts. Great company culture that supports you growing into your career and starting your family. Very diverse team from all over the world. Stephen is brilliant, and working with him is extremely stimulating. Build cutting-edge products that are enabling important innovations everyone. Be part of something great.

    Cons

    Stephen tends to overplay his position and get too involved with operational groups. Upper and middle management is limited in their ability to make decisions which slows innovation and contributes to an environment where mistakes are repeated. Business operations are secondary to product development which leads to fire drills on each release. User and industry desired improvements sit on the shelf while Stephen's personal favorite product improvements are developed. Project management style is not very mature/agile.

    Advice to Management

    Limit the direct influence of CEO on operational functions. Limit meeting time between CEO and developers. Empower middle management. Invest in operational infrastructure.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "low pay but brilliant coworkers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Documentation Staff in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Documentation Staff in Champaign, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent developers
    Tech-centric
    Money is no object
    With the right manager you can have it very good
    Lots of parties, free food
    Free beverages every day
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay
    Verbal abuse from CEO

    Advice to Management

    Money isn't everything.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Good company if you can keep your head down and not make eye contact"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Champaign, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolfram Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very casual work environment, good benefits. Direct supervisors are generally great to work for but EXCOM leaves a lot to be desired.

    Cons

    God forbid you happen to get caught in the mighty gaze of SW, especially if he is having a bad day. He is known to fire entire departments when having one of his hissy fits. I was let go for no other reason than he was having a temper tantrum and he needed a sacrificial firing. Lucky me. Five years of exemplary work down the tubes because SW is so out of touch with the "little people" that hard work, loyalty and dedication amount to exactly zero. Also, Illinois is an "at will" state which means your employer can (and will) fire you at the drop of a hat and not be required to justify their actions. You will have little to no recourse. I am a perfect example of that.

    As with most organizations, there are definitely cliques and if you aren't part of the "in crowd" then you have little chance of moving up the ladder. Pay could be better...a lot better.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for your employees and stop throwing people under the bus.


  6. "R&D"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and very smart people. Place for physicists, mathematicians and IT. Interesting and challenging projects.

    Cons

    I was told that they do not pay as much as would be appropriate.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Goof place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing team and a lot areas to learn

    Cons

    Salary need to be increased with standard


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Lot to learn"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolfram Research (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company provides great learning opportunities. Involve interns to some real work which gives great exposure. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary for experienced professional as compare to market standards.


  9. "System Administration Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wolfram Research (Less than a year)

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


Showing 120 of 131 reviews
Reset Filters