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MathWorks Reviews in Natick, MA

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
210 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent technology, great work life balance, Good Teamwork, No or less politics (in 59 reviews)

  • Very nice work environment in terms of buildings, gym, etc (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Work from home" not allowed (the policy states WFH allowed a max of 0-3 days a year (in 22 reviews)

  • The annual review process is cumbersome and long, concentrating on 'areas of improvement (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent place to Work!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Natick, MA

    I have been working at MathWorks part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible and lot of opportunities within organization

    Cons

    Complicated job titles; not as per industry standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing as such. Rest looks good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not as advertised

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

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

    Pros

    Work with smart people
    Challenging, exciting work that varies day to day
    Many opportunists to get "training"
    You do not have to decide on a career until after you work here for a while, so there is flexibility
    Career opportunities, though not as many as advertised during the hiring process, they are still there.

    Cons

    Management for the "Engineering Development Group" should not be managing a development group. They are basically technical support managers, and generally good at that, but do not have any clear mandate to focus at all on the non-support side of this group. This is clear as they continually make decisions that sacrifice engineers long term career development at MathWorks for short term technical support goals.

    The work culture of the Engineering Development Group is not in line with the principles and values of the rest of the company. The dual demand for our time coupled homework assignments (yes, there is homework in EDG) routinely make working after work hours or on the weekends necessary.

    The common complaint for this position is simply that the 50/50 support/project time split that is repeated all throughout the hiring process and at career fairs is simply not true. 70/30 is more accurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let technical support managers be in charge of your talent development group. The overall result is to turn away talented employees just as they are entering the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stable company and great work life balance, not for the ambitious people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    + Work life balance: If you have a family, probably one of the best companies to work for. 9-5 job and almost everyone leaves the office by then (in most departments).

    + Training: Employees are given opportunities for self improvement as long as the manager is flexible

    + Benefits: The health insurance and other such little perks help but the lack of compensation puts off valuable employees.

    + Economic situation: The company has been profitable forever and the products portfolio is pretty solid. Nothing ground breaking or innovative but it just works like a well oiled machine as there aren't any viable competitors in the fields it operates in.

    Cons

    + Terrible compensation: The average software engineer salary is way below the competition, especially for a place as expensive as the Boston Metro Area. Any recognized software company in the area would pay better.

    No stocks or stock options and the company doesn't negotiates or fights for good employees, both potential and existing.

    The annual increments are quite sad but in line with other companies this size. The review process is quite complex without adding any value. It's also impossible to give real feedback about anyone as it's not anonymous.

    There's also quite some turnover every year in the engineering areas as people move away in search of better opportunities. So, as much as they've stepped up hiring, it's more of a necessity.

    + Longevity applauded and not ambition: There are a ton of people who've been here for a long time ( > 10 years). So it's near impossible for new ideas to permeate or make an impact as easily in a young company.

    + Slow moving: The software release cycle is 6 months long and this means things move at a snails pace most of the year. Occasional sprints don't win a marathon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people more and consider them as assets. Today, the impact may not be much but 10 years down the line, the only people left will be the ones who are not good enough to jump ship

    A better review process helps weed out both bad employees and managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great company for folks that do not want to work that hard.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment. Excellent benifits.

    Cons

    VERY slow to change. Most of management are original people. New ideas not really welcomed. Career path very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some new folks to the management team. Jack need to allow more decisions be made by his management team. He still makes ALL decisions. Very slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior software developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Natick, MA

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great product, good technology and good ambience, plenty of parking. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Growth very slow, compensation very low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Work / life balance easy to manage.

    Cons

    Easily distracted by other engineers around, can't be productive at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    This place is the most rational place I've ever worked. There are no penalties for not being perfect, everyone constantly supports you and moves as a whole towards improving process, product and communication. If you disagree with someone on anything (design, plan, process,) you just say so, give rational reasons why and then work out the best way to moving forward with whatever it is. Combine that with management who actually listen and care about the individuals in the trenches and you have a great place, fun and insane loyalty. Seriously...the CEO is respected and almost idolized. The chief scientist has fanboys at conventions! It's terrific!

    Cons

    If you like fast-paced startups that turn on a dime, this place is not for you. Not all the teams are "slow", but being rational means being careful and looking at all the angles before taking steps towards a plan. The belief is that there is one "right thing" for every problem. They try very hard to find it each time. That can make progress seem sluggish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the culture alive as the company grows. Not the perks and parties...I'm talking about the core values...never let them go, never trim them down, never stop holding people up to them. Never let them become dogma or rhetoric.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at MathWorks (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really smart people
    Great company culture
    Feel doing something important
    Great upper management
    Great product, customers love it

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity for some roles
    Lots of review slow down innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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