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Great Core Values....But.....Meetings, Politics, Rare Promotions

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Natick, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

I have been working at MathWorks

Pros

I've worked at MathWorks for 5 years. I consistently appreciate all the little things the company has to offer...intelligent people, literally awe-inspiring technical computing products, great benefits and profit sharing. There is a consistent vision of the future and a workplace centered around hard work and results. Many of the "individual contributors" know their subject areas well, and could probably run companies of their own.

I've grown personally and professionally over these past 5 years, and a great deal of the credit goes to MathWorks. I never before realized how different things can work better if they fit into a well-defined process, and you'll definitely get that insight and experience working here. I love and appreciate this company - I'm loyal. Yet, it does have its fundamental flaws.

Cons

3 words: meetings, politics, promotions.

Meetings: There are way too many. If you're the type of person (like me) who needs hours upon hours to concentrate and focus and think big thoughts in order to contribute well, then you'll find it difficult to do that in this environment without staying after normal working hours to do so.

Politics: The way our reviews are organized require consensus building amongst managers. Our fate is determined not just by our direct manager, but by managers who we may have interacted with only a few times during the year. In my view, this breeds territoriality and rather petty bickering. People will go behind your back and above your level....and they will get attention because they're the squeaky wheel.

Promotions: I don't believe a single person in my group of ~30 has been promoted within the last 5 years. The economy was given as the reason previously, but that excuse can only last so long. Yes, we are lucky to have jobs. However, the lack of a well-defined career path is I believe fundamentally hypocritical at an organization which is hierarchical yet also holds the core value of "respect and invest." What ends up happening is that you'll be expected to work at a higher level of excellence, but ultimately never attain a higher level in the organization.

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Meetings are waste. Unless they are working meetings, not everyone needs to be around the table.

Because MathWorks is a great company and there is more demand to work here than jobs available, you have a position of power. However, using that position of power to make people work higher than their level, but without such recognition....goes against "do the right thing." You're smart enough to know that, and you should know that it dilutes all the other great views employees have of the company.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    lukewarm, seems good if you plan on sticking around for 10+ years but it takes a while to get recognition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

    I have been working at MathWorks

    Pros

    good benefits
    healthy, growing company with a very good product
    relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    low salary
    most promotions are from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your new employees

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company Culture, Slow Paste but Great Quality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

    I have been working at MathWorks

    Pros

    Very stable company. Very smart people. Lots of fun social opportunities. Great company culture. Extremely collaborative environment makes a great place to work if you are willing to allow others on your stuff. I can see myself retiring there.

    Cons

    Unclear promotion criteria something driven by political reasons and fear of change. The company is extremely collaborative, but in some cases fails to recognize special contributors. Many review processes makes hard to innovate, but quality is prime.

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