MathWorks Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (17)

    Worst - way below expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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!


  2. Product Manager

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some members of the middle and senior management team are admirably approachable. Many colleagues are really great to work with, welcoming new ideas and thinking. Some great technical talent. EDU teams are top-notch. Processes are well-intentioned (even if a bit naive). Great benefits, great work/life balance. A lot of potential to do great things (but don't expect to do so as rapidly as you might have elsewhere).

    Cons

    Monetary comp below industry norm for mid-career hires. Great for junior folks who have a lot to learn and haven't seen things done differently elsewhere.

    Roles named "Product Manager" are what the industry refers to as "Product Marketing Manager," operating from within the Marketing department thus misperceived by peers as "Marketing people." Dev leads are the final authority on requirements despite whomever may have invested more energy eliciting marketplace requirements. Some teams are better about collaborating on this than others. Escalation of opportunities to do better is unwelcome.

    Some managers are great, others are duds. Be absolutely certain there is strong rapport and fit with this person before accepting an offer.

    Advice to Management

    Prune the weeds and politicking in first-level manager ranks to bring reality closer to stated values. Two ways to identify the dud managers: 1) probe even more deeply during semi-annual reviews and 2) reach deeply into the org.

    Effective managers need to be passionate about the business, probing may reveal this. Excuses about taking topics offline or failure to answer directly probably means they've not taken enough interest to learn the area.

    Reaching deeply, few if any will answer directly at this point (those who have have since "gotten off the bus"). Now the best you can do is identify fear; those who hesitate, hold back, appear to not be developing in their careers, offer short answers etc. are probably behaving this way for a reason.

    Sadly, this all will require what Mathworks' senior leadership likes doing least: stepping up to awkward interpersonal confrontations.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Release Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good CEO, company cares about the employees. summer/winter celebrations. Free cookies, breakfast. You need to be in the right team to have a good work life balance.

    Cons

    Company does not hire managers from outside, they just promote candidates to mangerial level. They just don't know how to manage their reportees. Very few people managers are good at their job. Release engineers are jokers in the company. Managers just hire fresh graduates who does not know any thing about the position and make them just act as Quality Analyst. No career path. Crazy work hours is a norm in the team. So called Mangers think they know everything and they just don't care about the people under them.


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  5. Good place for new graduates

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of learning and leadership opportunities
    -Good work life balance
    -Individual office rather than cubicles
    -Job security

    Cons

    -Average compensation compared to other companies


  6. Best company to work for if you recently gradate with a PhD

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible working environment - no strict working hour or location, free to work from home if needed and etc.
    Very friendly workforce - people are easy to work with and willing to help; you can phone a senior manager directly asking about coding issues anytime;
    impactful product - pushing the automation tools to a new boundary; it's always cool to work with MATLAB/Simulink.
    Plus, very stable company with very few competitors - great job security in a long run
    Plus plus, you have your own office!

    Cons

    Salary is not as competitive as some other big names, but it's acceptable (~$10K different per year).

    Advice to Management

    Be more generous towards employees. If you make employees happy, the return is much more than you can imagine.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very good company atmosphere

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

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

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

    Pros

    Managers and co-workers are very friendly.
    Everyone has its own office.
    Hardware condition of the company is very good.
    Working hours are very flexible.

    Cons

    Payment is not quite high compared to some other big IT companies.
    Full time opening is very limited.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Great company, however some teams lack leadership

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

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company led by an upper management that has a great vision and strives to create a rational workplace.

    Cons

    Some teams lack leadership. Such small pockets of irrational workplace don't get visibility.

    Advice to Management

    Establish visibility in addition to the communication provided through immediate leadership.


  9. Software Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent collaborative work culture. Great Work Life balance.
    Lot of trainings, good for career development

    Cons

    Very low compensation as compared to other companies. WFH is not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize good employees early and provide good compensation.
    Loosing sharp employees because of money is not good for any organization


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to Work!!

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

    I worked at MathWorks as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and valuable experience gained from working with a fun and high-energy team. Plenty of opportunities for growth and to explore various opportunities within the Organization

    Cons

    Do not have any real cons to mention

    Advice to Management

    No advice to give to management. I am thankful to the management for all the support I got during my internship


  11. Great Company to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Applications Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Web Applications Engineer in Natick, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - people
    - work culture
    - work/ life balance
    - interesting work

    Cons

    - can be slow at times to decide on things
    - no remote work policy



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