MathWorks
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www.mathworks.com Natick, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Pros:
  • "Great work life balance for the most part"
    in 47 reviews
  • "Excellent, widely used software, team-based work environment and sustainable growth strategy"
    in 35 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work from home" not allowed (the policy states WFH allowed a max of 0-3 days a year"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Annual review process is arcane and out-dated"
    in 17 reviews
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    A great company for the right type of employee

    Information Technology Professional (Current Employee)
    Natick, MA

    Pros* Financially stable company
    * Still growing - lots of opportunities
    * Smart, hard working employees (though some are a little entitled and out-of-touch)
    * Great work/life balance

    Cons* Middle-bottom of the payscale
    * Benefits are now just average (where they once were outstanding)
    * Limited opportunities for advancement outside of Development (the company is big on "lateral promotions")
    * Middle management heavy...prepare to be micromanaged
    * "Work from home" not allowed (the policy states WFH allowed a max of 0-3 days a year. Yes, ZERO to three)...though the senior management who crafted the policy seem to answer a lot of emails from their empty offices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love the work culture.

    EProducts and Services QE Intern (Current Employee)
    Natick, MA

    ProsAwesome work life balance, very good work culture, senior management very understanding and supportive, fun people, lot of appreciation for good work, opportunity to grow, everyone supportive of new ideas and new outlook, awesome infrastructure.

    ConsSalary slightly lesser than other companies with same job profile. Release nights can strech up to wee hours in the night, a common occurance for eProducts team which have a monthly release cadence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust stay the same. As supportive and as fun as you are. Love it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing and Awesome work Culture

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Natick, MA

    ProsLearned new tech stuff a lot!!!

    ConsPlace and weather is sometimes miserable

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work hard party harder

    Quality Engineer (Current Employee)
    Natick, MA

    ProsEverything about here is great

    ConsNone about the company that I dont like as of today

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid company, solid management, good values, a bit slow to act

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat products, great people, very little overtime. This is the only place I've worked where folks top to bottom believe in the mission and core values as written.

    ConsDecisions often requires buy-in from lots of different teams. This makes decision making and execution difficult and slow for large projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork harder to clear the deck for key projects. Ask for information once, make a decision, and then trust your choice. Stop worrying about the small issues and focus on the big picture. Give your employees more growth opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable secure company to work for with good work/life balance, with a critical culture

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Natick, MA

    ProsGreat benefits, pay and perks. Stable company and I work with fun smart creative people.

    ConsThe critical culture is helpful for continous improvement, but rarely celebrates what one has done well. Some managers do this well, but management and coaching skills are inconsistent as many get promoted for their technical skills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the human nature of feedback, and adjust the performance review process to focus more on the positive, to help motivate all employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsPeople are too nice, food is too delicious.

    ConsThe weather in Boston is terrible.

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    Its been good so far. Good People. Nice place.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMathworks has a good work culture and a friendly work environment. Multicultural and interesting work.

    ConsThey could pay their employees a little more considering the location and kind of work.

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    Many stay for 5 to 10 years, that says a lot

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Natick, MA

    Pros* Great benefits package
    * Great 401k matching
    * Great bonuses during great years
    * Good bonuses during mediocre years
    * Most teams seem to have a very good work life balance
    * Transferring between teams is allowed
    * Great automated testing harness
    * Regular desktop PC upgrades with high end systems
    * Dual monitors (one 24 and one 22 inch) for developers and quality engineers
    * Mac developers get a 27" iMac
    * The company has a lot of social events (they are called Tuesdays, but don't always fall on Tuesdays)
    * Great anniversary trips
    * Great summer outing every year
    * Really good requirements and functional specification before development begins so as to avoid having to rewrite too much code as you progress
    * Very good deadline setting for new features. They do not attempt to force things in that would end up being rushed and sloppy. Instead the focus switches to fixing bugs in the other new features for a given release so that the overall quality is high. Trust me, this is a great way to work and leads to great morale and great work life balance.
    * Managers almost always come from within
    * Many junior level new hires come from their Engineering Development Group which leads to having co-workers who have knowledge of a wide range of the product line and customer viewpoint
    * Usability is a huge focus
    * When the economy gets tough, they do not layoff because they are private

    Cons* No MBTA subsidy
    * New ideas for products or features seem to only come from a select group and so it doesn't feel like you can be as creative as you would hope
    * Managers are promoted on their project management rather than their people skills. It would be better to have managers manage team leads who would do the project management, and have the managers still do regular duties (development or whatever on the side) in addition to management. Team leads should handle project management, managers should handle people management, and they are two very different skill sets.
    * There is supposed to be 360 review, but rarely do you get to review your manager
    * The parking spots are extremely narrow and cars are regularly damaged by other cars. It seems like 2-4 people post about their cars being damaged per month asking for the person who hit them to please step forward.
    * The working from home policy is VERY restrictive.
    * The office closes for almost nothing. We were open even the day of hurricane Sandy. We closed during the afternoon just as things were starting to get crazy outside.
    * Base pay seems kind of low

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeam leads and department leads should manage projects. Team leads and department leads should not automatically manage people though as they quite often do. People management is a very different skill set than project management, and many technical people with good project management skills often do not have the greatest people management or people skills in general.

    It seems like new ideas only come from a select group. That needs to be opened up somehow, or that perception needs to be changed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    High expectations, underwhelming results

    Revenue Accounting and Controls (Former Employee)
    Natick, MA

    Pros-Consistently a leader in its class
    -Financially healthy
    -Great work/life balance
    -Fun parties
    -Young company

    Cons-Atrocious pay compared to regional market
    -Zero and I mean zero transparency
    -If you're not an engineer or developer, you're a commodity
    -Little to no advancement potential (salary or responsibility) for "S level" (service) positions - Revenue Accounting and Controls, Customer Service, Sales Support (Account Management)
    -Micromanagement in the extreme (President/CEO approving remote work requests and pricing discounts)
    -Account Management is sales support, plain and simple.
    -Customer Service is traditional CS, and Revenue Accounting and Controls is simply a glorified data entry and AR collections position. If you have a finance degree, and accounting degree, or an MBA you should *absolutely* not be spending your time in such a position. The people are great but you are wasting your time and valuable years of your early professional career. I understand people joining between 2007 and 2011 due to the economy but at this point, you're hurting your career advancement and severely handicapping your career advancement potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just pay lip-service to the concept of career advancement and don't sugar coat position descriptions or treat your employees like children. Every HR compensation "study" that's performed looks at NATIONAL average salaries...only problem is- we live in or near one of the highest cost-of-living areas in the country...national average compensation metrics are severely crippling MathWorks' ability to retain entry level personnel. That was fine during the recession because employees were a dime a dozen but as the economy recovers - MathWorks will find its compensation structure model severely outdated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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