MathWorks Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work life balance for the most part (in 59 reviews)

  • A nice work environment and support staff (in 38 reviews)

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  • Nothing much other than no work from home option (in 22 reviews)

  • Review process is too elaborate (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Relaxed workplace with no future!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed. Free Wed. breakfast. Free Friday cookie. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    The company still has the mind set of a small company (< 500, in mid nineties) and has a hard time growing into the culture of a mid size company (>3200 in 2015). Middle-management is very slow in motivating engineers or giving them opportunities for growth. This is mostly because there is no competitors (except for open-source, the biggest enemy of MathWorks). You get a cozy job with no opportunities for growth. You may work here for a long time and never get promoted because"you're compared against others", a nonsensical alibi given by managers who in most cases are not technical at all!

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees for their contributions because they deserve it. Don't ignore this because as a private company with no competition you can treat them any way you please.


  2. Helpful (15)

    Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MathWorks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As the company was growing it was a great place to work. Now, it is a monopoly that operates like one in a vacuum. The benefits are great if you can tolerate the culture.

    Cons

    The owner is a total control freak that is awkward with people. He never talks to customers and rarely appreciates any feedback from employees. The business model is 10 years out-dated. Every decision has to be made by the owner or CFO without any outside advice. What company that is $800 million refuses to have an outside board? Ask yourself why you haven't heard of a 30 year old software company with 3500 people. Sales people are having their compensation cut and managers are expected to do what they're told. If something is challenged - you are a pariah. The culture is miserable, people could do much better. There are a handful of people that have made it financially, otherwise everybody else should expect to be underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? They don't care.


  3. Helpful (17)

    Worst - way below expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA

    I have been working at MathWorks (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Demotivates talent, No rewards for talent - company only values number of years in service Poor management/leadership (particularly middle management) Internal politics

    Advice to Management

    Do not demotivate young talent - It's your company's future!


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  5. Helpful (9)

    So much unrealized potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Its a comfortable work environment with minimal stress and good pay as long as you are on the engineering side. The office is nice and the benefits seem to be on par with similar companies

    Cons

    Old fashioned management and lazy company culture. Career growth is based upon time served instead of achievements. You can be the top performer and not receive a promotion for many years. Process after process for everything as well. If you are a remote employee you are scorned. Management has been in place for a while and there are a lot of older, out of touch managers that are not familiar with modern practices.

    Advice to Management

    Time to look at the people that are working hard and reward them for their efforts instead of shun them every time they speak up. The product is good, but unfortunately it'll take more than that to succeed.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Only a 'Best Place to Work' for some - not for people getting hired in trying to innovate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MathWorks

    Pros

    I think MathWorks is a great company for those right out of school or if you have been here a long time. If you do not want to be too stressed at work this is the place for you.

    Cons

    The company rewards longevity over quality of work. If you are used to working hard and getting rewarded for it this is not the place for you. It is difficult to be productive unless you are one of he insiders. Otherwise your 'expertise' is not needed.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire top level talent, let them work. Otherwise they will either leave or stop working hard. Either way it is wasting company resources and money.


  7. Helpful (10)

    Resistance is futile.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MathWorks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    Captain, why are we out here chasing comets?


  8. Helpful (6)

    Reluctant to change

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Look outside your own walls and learn.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The Mathworks intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Natick, MA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    not matching my background, suitable for software guys

    Cons

    Good working condition, relationship between employees


  10. Helpful (8)

    Documentation group is poorly run.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (15)

    Institutionalized Dysfunction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!



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