MathWorks

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MathWorks Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
362 Reviews
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362 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent technology, great work life balance, Good Teamwork, No or less politics (in 59 reviews)

  • Very nice work environment in terms of buildings, gym, etc (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Work from home" not allowed (the policy states WFH allowed a max of 0-3 days a year (in 22 reviews)

  • The annual review process is cumbersome and long, concentrating on 'areas of improvement (in 20 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Resistance is futile.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MathWorks

    Pros

    We are the Borg. Individuality is inefficient. Conform.

    Cons

    Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Captain, why are we out here chasing comets?

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Reluctant to change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful, caring, smart people. Strong culture with well defined values and strategy clearly communicated from the top down.

    Cons

    Very cautious about trying anything new, i.e. never been done at MathWorks. Prone to analysis paralysis conducting lengthy RCAs before taking next steps -- applies to all functions and departments. Not very innovative or creative seeing no need to change or listen to best practices from other company experiences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look outside your own walls and learn.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Mathworks intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Natick, MA

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    not matching my background, suitable for software guys

    Cons

    Good working condition, relationship between employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Documentation group is poorly run.

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    Former Employee - Principal Technical Writer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Writer in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    MathWorks is a good company that pays fairly and has lots of good benefits. It's very successful, and can be a fun place.

    Cons

    Rather than help poor performers improve, they just fire people ruthlessly. You really have to drink the Koolaid. It's hard to get promoted. All of this is especially true in the Doc Group. There are some good managers, but most are fresh out of a remake of "Mean Girls." You can learn to be a good writer here, but if you want to have fulfilling tech writing work, go elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    Institutionalized Dysfunction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stable revenue stream, no threat of layoffs, decent campus in Natick with some creature comforts (gym, for-pay cafeteria, pastry counter, etc.).Benefits are okay. This company has been around for three decades, and will likely persist for many years to come.

    Cons

    Sub-par salaries (by a wide margin). BIZARRE corporate culture of micromanagement and fear. Don't say the phrase "Open Source" anywhere. It's taboo. Don't suggest changing systems or procedures that are already in place. That's taboo. Don't refuse to go to ANY company event. The Eye of Sauron will quickly swivel your way. You WILL feel its baleful, needy glare.

    The CEO is excessively invested in minutiae to a pathological degree. Whether it's the widgets on your desktop system and its power management settings, or the color of the walls in the hallway, he has a strong opinion about it. I didn't believe the story about him setting guidelines for mounting clocks in conference rooms based on the position of screws in the whiteboards... until I heard about it from multiple coworkers.

    This place will stress you out while paying less than any other company would consider reasonable. Avoid, avoid, avoid!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's well past time to break the seals on your company's airtight culture and CHANGE. Change is scary. It's also what keeps your company vital, successful and competitive. Delegate better, trust your (rigorously-screened) employees to make changes without obsessive levels of scrutiny, and stop getting bent out of shape about trivial things! Focus on your lagging mobile and cloud offerings, not the layout of your intranet site!

    Additionally, Big Picture Orientation is one of the creepiest things I've ever endured in my entire career. Subjecting people to over a week of indoctrination so that they can hear how the legal and finance departments function is (once again) needlessly obsessive!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good try, but potential to waste talent.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    The campus looks awesome. Office are also very nice. For the most part, coworkers are friendly and engaging. Nice perks, such as free breakfast on Wednesday and free cookies on Friday afternoon.

    Cons

    A lot of project time is spent trying to appease everyone involved. There is also little concern for individuals dissatisfied by their work. Or at least, there is little action done regarding such matters. Young and enthusiastic individuals tend to be taken for granted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in charge with the skills, not seniority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    To be successful you have to drink the coolaid. (See Culture and Values below)

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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, private company with quarterly bonuses based on revenue and performance. Delivery of software products for engineering and science applications. Strong penetration in the market and in University curriculum.

    Cons

    Completely development centric. No real authority as a Manager, but for managing individual contributors. Company focus on Quality, but this does not translate to better quality. Some senior managers are "untouchable" so things don't necessarily improve. Performance ratings not really set by managers; VPs can override. Managers have little say. Hard to get things done as a manager due to lots of politics. Many quality initiatives, but few have significant impact due to lack of adoption by teams that choose not to adopt quality initiatives. Flat QA organization: younger managers with 5 years of experience are at the same job level as those with 25+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the CEO - the Quality Initiative is a failure (see above). It's a case of the emperor's new clothes. No one tells the executives that processes don't work. Not a good place for professionals who want to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    If you fit the culture, MathWorks is the best. If not, move on...

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Products that make a difference in the world
    - Bright and challenging co-workers
    - Financially successful private company with enormous cash reserves. No need to worry about MW going out of business for a long, long time
    - Nice facilities (campus, FitWorks, cafe)
    - Generous traditions (yearly Mt Washington family trip, 5-year 'big trips', Wednesday breakfast, cookies)
    - If your management chain likes you, you can take on lots of responsibility, change processes, and have lots of fun.

    Cons

    - Review process is tortuous. From January to May, everyone dreads writing their self-review. Mid-level managers have god-awful meetings to mud-wrestle with their peers to rank each member of their team against individuals from other team. It's just false - comparing apples to oranges. And, no one really has adequate knowledge to make these judgments. In reality, senior management identifies which stars to reward and which low-performers to cull out.
    - Having multiple levels of the stakeholder (profit-sharing) program doesn't pass the sunlight test.
    - MathWorks has had layoffs. If the economy takes a downturn and you aren't getting high ratings, be prepared to look for a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't micromanage and don't pit managers against each other. Allow mid-level management control over the review ratings of their team, then judge the manager on the team's success or failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 13 people found this helpful  

    Nice product, crazy process

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. The company makes a well known widely used product.
    2. The offices in Natick are really nice, with nice cafeteria and gym on-site.
    3. Good benefits, such as 6/6 401k match.

    Cons

    1. Ridiculous management: the process is so loaded down and wastes obscene numbers of engineer-hours in forms. There are two entirely separate tracking systems that have to be filed for every new feature.
    2. Silly performance review process that uses bad tools--it takes forever to fill out the badly designed self-review form and no-one looks at it anyway.
    3. Salaries 20-30 percent lower than industry average.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful  

    Segregation at its finest

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Specialist in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Support Specialist in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, facilities, food, products.
    Sales kickoff is spectacular (in Boston for entire company, 4 days and 3 nights, open bar every night, includes dinners, music and games, & every 5 years for big anniversaries they travel to remote location - ex for 30th going to San Diego)
    Summer outing is a blast, whole Natick location goes to Mt Washington for long weekend on company dollar (includes dinners and open bar)

    Cons

    -Way below industry average salary.
    -Quarter "bonus" is non-reflective of hard work put in
    -No pressure in sales organization to hit #'s
    -Like a highschool, everyone has a click and if you aren't the popular one (or a good looking female), they pass you over for promotion
    -Multiple levels of management per person
    -Reviews are HORRIBLE - present determining of what your rating is, moderate pay % increase but when you make below industry average, then the pay increase % is minimal
    -Everything is done the MathWorks way - if you can't be someones pet or play the kiss ass game, and if you don't like a "cult-like atmosphere", then this is NOT the place for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better, in the year plus I was there, I saw over 20 great people leave because of the above Cons
    -Just because you give out cookies and breakfast does not mean you are paying someone's mortgage or bills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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