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MathWorks Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
362 Reviews
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MathWorks President and CEO Jack Little
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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.  

    Its been wonderful!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MathWorks

    Pros

    Great way to get experience in every department

    Cons

    no room to move up/compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be better

  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    In the business sector, MathWorks is one of the best.

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Everyone has an office.

    People respect and invest in the success of the company and each other.

    MathWorks is financially very strong and stable. For a decade it has been consistently growing.

    A lot of interesting ideas and advances in the technology. Every new hire can learn a lot, college grads or veteran developers.

    Considering that the main products were created in the 80s and early 90s, it is really amazing that there are still many innovations happening in the products.

    Deeply penetrated markets. Well respected in the industry and a lot of loyal customers.

    Good work/life balance.

    Good communication with customers. Customers loved the products and they are helping to shape the future of MathWorks.

    If you want to find a good example of Jim Collins' book, this is the place. It shines in quite a few areas that Collins has highlighted in his book "Built to last" and "Good to great". For example, the 'cult-like culture' is an intentional results of years of cultivation.

    Cons

    Overall, the main markets are R&D and education institutes for MATLAB and control design automation for Simulink. These are small and well-established markets. MathWorks products have very strong standing in these markets, but the market itself is not growing rapidly. This means relatively weak salary and slow financial growth for individuals. With the stakeholder bonus, the total income is average in the design automation market.

    Another typical pitfall for tech companies from the 80s is that there is no career growth outside the management track. If you are good in a technical area, you are expected to become a senior team lead (STL) and then a manager. It is impossible to stay in the engineering track. As a result, quite a number of real good engineers have to leave the company to pursue technical advances.

    The weak mid-level managers is another result of the same problem. The mid-level managers were good engineers 5-or-10 years ago. They are in a manager role now, but some are weak at leadership skills and try to play the engineering role by making critical technical decisions and try to squeeze time to do coding works. This is bad for both parties, it discourages the engineers, creates conflicts and even makes it hard for the managers to grow in their management role.

    The engineering levels and management levels were invented when the company was still small and no one has that many years of experiences. They left very few space to grow when the company became big and people became older. As a result it has become harder and harder to get promoted because there is not so many levels to grow and there are so many people who need the promotion.

    Over 10 years ago it was decided that MathWorks will follow 'the Toyota way' and then became a process oriented company. "There is a process for it" has been the trend ever since. For a currently company with 3K employee it feels as if the company were 10x its size. There are a lot of lengthy processes and useless meetings. Mostly because the process were invented by the managers. A lot of people/parties needs to be involved for very trivial issues. Maybe someday the executive team can realize that the Toyota way was born out of Japanese culture for production system and US sofware companies really need to customize it for their own needs.

    Over the last few years the company has gradually fell into the pattern of Collins' other book, "how the mighty fall". For example, most teams have lost their focus. (If every team has more than 10 focus areas, is it still appropriate to call it a 'focus'?) Luckily the top executive team seems to be aware of the issues and are improving it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create good career paths for the top engineers to advance their career; do not force them into management roles.

    Here is another idea: when a lot of people have 10-20 years of experience, just invent new levels so that people can grow into.

    Think again about fully embracing the processes. Sometimes it may not be a good idea. Try it in small scale and listen to feedback.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work at MathWorks if you value integrity, honesty, technical excellence, and a family feeling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    Exciting work and you are at the forefront of technology. Very supporting colleagues. You never feel alone, everybody is there to help you. Great team feeling. It was the best job I ever had.

    Cons

    Harsh winter in Natick. Can't think of anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility towards telecommuting can help.

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    Positive Outlook
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cannot stay

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good culture, people are nice

    Cons

    no self-improvement, medium base salary, low bonus, no stock, hard for young professional to stay, my manager is ego, selfish, extremely bossy, having double standard for senior and new hire, like talker than doer and sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jack, you are a good guy, we all admire you. But you should not keep the company as private. No one else thinks for the company except yourself.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to work and live

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    Good environment and life-work balance.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher, considering the location.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great culture and work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Specialist in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - User Experience Specialist in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, competitive salary, smart co-workers, interesting work assignments, lots of training and professional development opportunities, non-hierarchical / non-bureaucratic structure, two-track structure: technical expert or managerial.

    Cons

    Learning the products requires a lot of time, steep learning curve, some co-workers are a bit introverted given the product type, commute from Boston can be long despite being a "reverse commute"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider allowing more work from home opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, lots of impressive perks and most important, a great group of people to work with.

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are MathWorks greatest asset; very smart, involved and just fun to work with. The perks at the company are excellent. Great office space, excellent amenities like gym and workout classes, unlimited beverages, first-rate onsite cafeteria. Work is challenging and engaging. You need to seek out opportunities but they are there. I really enjoy the people I work with which is key to my job satisfaction.

    Cons

    The culture can vary from one part of the organization to another so choose carefully. Starting salaries can be lower than other places but over time it works out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well run company ...

    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Natick, MA

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

    Pros

    The Mathworks is a very well organized software company. I worked there for over four years. The founder is still very active and cares dearly about the company. The company hires a lot of smart graduates and has a very methodical approach of ramping up these newly hired employees to get them ready to join other parts of the company. All in all, a very well run company. The company pays special attention to training their employees not only on technical matters but also on non-technical matters such as negotiation skills and presentation skills.

    Cons

    There is some level of complacency because of the lack of a strong competition. Required improvements or features are not put into a product as fast as it could be. Back when I was working at The MathWorks, there was a lot of conflict within a portion of development team, but there did not seem to be a swift action in addressing the conflicts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Product Marketing Manager Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, open door policy, flexibility

    Cons

    process driven organization, takes time to drive changes, very conservative

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company to be a part of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Innovative and positive atmosphere. Big emphasis on R&D. Extremely loyal and excited client base , to point of being a MATLAB cult. Successful company, YOY growth since founding. Flexibility and and excellent work life balance. Amazing benefits packages and matching program for 401K. MathWorks invests in its employees for the long term. Tons of internal training opportunities, committed executive leadership team. Cookies on Friday! :)

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility within Sales. No flexibility in pricing and licensing models. MathWorks has a "my way or the highway" approach to negotiation which will likely cause customers to turn to competitors (they may not otherwise even consider) especially across the millennial workforce. Outdated licensing processes that aren't perceived as cutting edge in software industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update licensing policies to keep up with the times. SaaS based offerings would allow you to compete more aggressively in the market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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