Mathematica - Good environment for research but room for improvement | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (12)

    "Good environment for research but room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Researcher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica full-time

    Pros

    - Very pleasant and friendly work environment - Extremely smart and talented colleagues - Dedication to high-quality work - Many opportunities on interesting projects - Flexible attitude to work schedule and telecommuting - Generous compensation and benefits

    Cons

    - Can be a high stress environment at times, especially when deadlines coincide - Usually more than the 40 hours a week that are advertised. Work on weekends is rare, but work at nights (from home) is common - Senior research and management staff often ignore emails from junior staff, and it can be hard to get help when you are stuck on something. - Large variation in quality of project directors. - Incompetent support staff (accounting, IT, secretaries, etc). Not good enough for the 21st century. - Can be thrifty. Computers are a decade out of date, office chairs are bottom of the range, and accounting will argue over a few cents when processing reimbursements

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    Advice to Management

    - Encourage senior staff to be more accessible and responsive. It's harder now that the company has grown but it's important. - Senior staff and project directors are far too busy. Many cope by sacrificing their personal time, but inevitably it compromises the quality of interactions with them. Also makes career progression an unattractive path for junior researchers. - Find a better way to integrate new research staff quickly. Sitting around doing nothing or working on projects you don't care about for 6 months is demoralizing. - Don't be so thrifty. Having a corporate retreat once every 5 years is not good enough. Buy some new computers and chairs. This will pay off in terms of better staff morale and productivity.

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    Mathematica2013-02-15
  1. "Absolutely fantastic place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Statistician in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mathematica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mathematica has some of the kindest humans on earth. The work is rigorous, motivating, and fun. I learned so much there and miss the team very much.

    Cons

    No New York City office (yet?).

    Mathematica2019-09-06
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good flexible benefits, decent support

    Cons

    Bad politics and poor promotions

    Advice to Management

    Show your workers more appreciation

    Mathematica2019-12-20

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