MathWorks

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Overall a great company, with a few flaws

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Current Employee - Engineer in Natick, MA
Current Employee - Engineer in Natick, MA

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

Pros

- MathWorks is a very successful company. Despite being very conservative from a management standpoint, it is still able to rake in boatloads of cash. That cash is then reinvested strategically in the business (facilities, new hires).
- If you have initiative, you are encouraged to carve out your niche, by working on side projects that you're interested in. Only 1 of my 3 objectives has anything to do with what I was originally hired for.
- Open door policy: the culture encourages people to collaborate and get involved in others' projects. Information is freely dispersed throughout the whole company. This is such a refreshing change from working for public companies and the government.
- The work/life balance is great, at least in my group.
- Perks: Free breakfast, drinks, cookies. Anniversary celebrations, winter celebration, summer outing, Sales Kickoff. Facilities are great. Nearly all employees get offices.
- Solid benefits: Health insurance, 401k match, group discounts.

Cons

- The review process is largely a waste of time. Your rating is decided (by consensus of the managers in your group) before your manager even starts writing your review. You are asked to write a self review, but your manager isn't even allowed to read it until your rating has been decided and your review has been written. Since peer quotes are non-anonymous, they are mostly just employees scratching each other's backs without any honest feedback.
- Senior management can be out of touch with what customers really want. Product decisions are made based on what is the "next big thing" or what Jack thinks sounds cool, without any customer demand backing it up. Yeah, MATLAB Mobile is a great idea - too bad you can't actually do anything useful with it. These projects are then pushed out at the expense of other projects (things that customers actually want) that have been languishing for years.
- Cliques have formed of people who have been at MW for decades. They are quick to close ranks whenever they feel threatened by newcomers.
- The previous two bullets, plus the fact that MATLAB doesn't have significant competition, mean that there are few consequences for failure. There are no "feature deadlines" at MW. If a true competitor emerged, MW would struggle to compete with this mindset.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to what your customers want. Development should focus all of their efforts on those projects which will have the most impact on our customers, with clear deadlines and consequences for failure.

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    A nice, laid back and friendly environment to work in

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very friendly and not very aggressive. Growth opportunities exist if you stay long enough. The company provides a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. Also (after working at other places) I feel the hierarchy could be less. Working under two sets of managers (I had a team manager who looked at the work I didn and a manager who looked at my performance and other issues) does not really help in effective communication.

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    Quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Natick, MA

    I worked at MathWorks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good company, everyone there are very nice, they would hep you at any time

    Cons

    Route 9 is very busy on weekday, it takes a lot of time in traveling.

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