MathWorks

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Great people, great product

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

MathWorks is a challenging, highly technical environment. If you want to stretch your engineering knowledge, it's a great place to work. The people are also great - collaborative, smart, fun and hard working. They provide everyone with an office, so when you need to think quietly, you can. But balance with discussion areas where teams can come together and brainstorm, or just have some fun.

Cons

It's gotten big, so you have to work hard to stand out. MathWorks has a strong culture and it's not for everyone - several find that they just don't fit.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work, but try to find ways for new people to fit in and contribute.

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    Great company and great employees!

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    Current Employee - Installation and Licensing in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Installation and Licensing in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers
    Good work environment
    very progressive

    Cons

    None so far.
    Keep up the good work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being responsive and caring about your employees. it goes a long way.

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    Overall a great company, with a few flaws

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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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