MathWorks - If you are close to retirement this is a good place to be; If you are young stay for 3-5 years and then leave. | Glassdoor
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"If you are close to retirement this is a good place to be; If you are young stay for 3-5 years and then leave."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
Approves of CEO

Pros

It is a good stable place to work at; people are nice in general - very collegial atmosphere; people are very smart in general - lots of Masters/PhDs who know their stuff and know how to apply them to practical problems. People try to do good stuff and more often then not are working on something interesting.

Company has seen continuous growth throughout its existence so far - Jack and others have made wise choices that have enabled them to weather some fairly serious economic storms. Layoffs are not common but are done in a hush-hush way.

You get to interact with customers directly esp if you are in technical roles who most of the times respect the company and are very willing to share information - I have seen more doors open for MathWorks than any other place.

Cons

Smacks of bureaucracy with processes, middle managers etc..

Lack of career growth opportunities or even clear directions/paths is just mind boggling. There is absolutely no clarity in how to go from one level to another. Promotions are non-existent.

Constantly understaffed because of which projects go under resourced, or don't get completed. Contributing factor I think is that some of the good people leave because of median to less than median pay, lack of growth opps.

Information sharing between groups is not efficient even for a fairly small company. But in its defense it is probably a function of rapid growth it has seen over past few years.

Not nimble enough - MathWorks doesn't have serious competition and that is why it has survived for so long. Lack of competition could just be a function of the diverse portfolio of products and industries in which it operates. MathWorks is increasingly looking Microsoft of technical computing world minus the evilness part.

Advice to Management

Take a long view of things. Clarify career growth paths and actively build future leaders not drones.
Make MathWorks an exciting place to work for everyone - the drudgery at the lower end is just mind bogglingly brain damaging.

Other Employee Reviews for MathWorks

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great for entry-level and domain experts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting problems, smart people to work with, Core values are largely practiced well, pretty good compensation and benefits, company has good reputation for your next job, decent bonus structure, lots of food and drink

    Cons

    The company is losing its way and not valuing employees by pushing out experienced staff to lower costs, development processes are archaic, decision making is slow but not for the consensus-building reasons they say, no equity, when the core values aren't followed they're mutilated, no respect for the skills you have other than maybe what they think they hired you for, opaque review process that is sometimes used abusively for political purposes, key decisions are only made by trusted old-timers and if you're not one you can end your career quickly by attempting improvements, remote work policy is absurd

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees again. Get up to the present day in your management and development processes. Get rid of the old-timers who only use the Core Values as a means of control when it's convenient. Truly practice continuous improvement even when there isn't a crisis.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Lots of talk about greatness, but little follow-through"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people, good software.
    If you drink the kool-aid and buy-in to the contract, then it is probably a nice place to work, if you don't, don't even consider this company.

    Cons

    Glacial pace of development
    Very little influence due to organization structure
    Macintosh platform all but ignored, despite management statements to the contrary
    Lots of lip service to core values - not much in practice
    If you want to be creative - MathWorks is not the place to be

    Advice to Management

    Let the incredible engineers MathWorks hires have creative freedom. Though the charts have lots of years of up-and-to-the-right, that doesn't mean that you are creating the best software. Focus on the customer. Short of this, someone is likely to put a pretty face on a competing OpenSource software (Octave for example) and take a giant bite out of your revenues.

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