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MathWorks Natick Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  • Only 3 days work from home and more on request (in 59 reviews)

  • yearly review process is hated by everyone (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great Values, Great People, Great Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance and Operations Associate in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Finance and Operations Associate in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Work-Life balance
    - Amazing Benefits
    - Quality Leadership
    - Lots of Advancement Opportunities
    - Skill Development Oriented
    - Stable Company with Consistent Growth

    Cons

    - Cannot work from home
    - Wages are competitive but lean toward the lower end (offset by benefits)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing!


  2. "Internship Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Natick, MA
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MathWorks as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team and exciting, innovative projects

    Cons

    Overall its been a positive experience

  3. "Application Support Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family environment, a lot of opportunities to explore your interests
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    You may share office with others in the first few months. But you know more people.

    Advice to Management

    Help ASEs in transferring to other teams. Provide more technical trainings.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for! A Software Developer for 5+ years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    + Great work life balance
    + Great company with great core values and culture
    + Respectful and collaborative environment
    + Personal office space for all
    + As you spend more time in the company, your tenure is personally valued and appreciated, so do your benefits grow
    + Great company to stay for a long period of time and retire from
    + Fair review process with self evaluation and peer evaluations along with your manager's evaluation. Can't get better. Your ratings translate fairly to salary increments.
    + Perks: Company summer outing to the best mountain resorts in NH for 2 nights, cookies, free treats, Wednesday breakfasts, quarterly bonus, unlimited sick time, 8 hours social work time, 3 weeks vacation, personal office room, great 401k and health benefits, 40 hours trainings a year, awesome gym with many group classes etc.

    I joined MathWorks straight from college upon graduation with Masters and it was my best decision. This company groomed and prepared me for work life in the initial 2 years of my job as an ASE in EDG. This program allows you to try out different roles and responsibilities like technical assistance to customers, taking up QE project, Software development projects, technical marketing projects, EDG team leadership, EDG process improvement, interviewing new candidates, knowledge sharing presentations, mentoring new hires etc. These are the things I got to do over my 2 years span in EDG which has helped me immensely in my current role as a Software Developer.

    You feel valued and appreciated in this company for your contributions viz. the company founder and owner, Jack personally calls to congratulate you on your 5th year anniversary at the company! :)

    Cons

    - Very process oriented company; it might fluster one who is not used to of the detailed analysis, documentation and reviews before implementation. Would be much appreciated by research oriented individuals.
    - Only 3 days work from home and more on request. Works for me as the company has worked hard to provide us the best environments to work in with personal office spaces with great food and other services.
    - Salary might be a tad bit low than some other contemporaries.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the well being and happiness of your employees. Pay heed to any bad manager reviews or exit interviews as some people I have heard did not have as good managers as I am blessed with and so have left. Increase the salaries a bit to keep up with the market.


  5. "Web Application Developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, work life balance

    Cons

    Under paid jobs, no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Improve the compensation and benefits


  6. "Best Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Awesome work environment.
    Innovative and Growing.
    Work recognition.

    Cons

    Didn't feel any cons associated with MW.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Development Manager - Great place to work, Great Values, Typical challenges of a maturing company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great office environment and facilities.
    Great culture and values.
    Good career growth opportunities if you are in the right area -- especially early on.
    Great place to start a career in professional software development.
    Self motivated individuals are highly rewarded.
    Lots of energy in some product areas.
    Steady/level-headed CEO.
    Lots of respect for bottom-up idea generation.

    Cons

    Aging customer base that pays most of the company's bills. As a result, upper management is very risk-averse and does not make bold moves that anticipate market changes or move the market in any meaningful way. Company is often playing catch-up.

    Company spends too much time giving an aging (albeit large) set of customers the exact thing that they ask for rather than what they really need.

    Different product areas sometimes seem to compete unnecessarily.

    The org-structure is too rigid and centered around particular products and roles rather than immediate business needs. This makes software development across multiple products unnecessarily challenging. Supporting roles, such as quality engineering, also belong to entirely different orgs with different sets of priorities which quite often do not align with the actual needs of a product at a particular point in its life-cycle.

    Middle/Upper management tends to intermittently micromanage product development.

    Career growth can plateau in some areas of the company leaving good people with no choice but to leave or face stagnation.

    Advice to Management

    Grow your customer base by boldly entering new markets.
    Focus on game-changing solutions rather than patches that satisfy a niche set of customers.
    Work to improve retention by offering more promotion opportunities and the ability to move into new work/product areas.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but contractors are not treated fairly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Coordinator in Natick, MA
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Coordinator in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MathWorks as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was working within the Engineering Development Group and I was surrounded by incredibly kind and innovative engineers. The office is beautiful and located right off Route 9.

    Cons

    I was told there would be room for growth but after 1 month we began training employees from oversees to screen candidates and perform our job responsibilities. I was mislead about the contract duration, once we screened through candidates in the Fall Semester our contracts ended which wasn't clear during the interview or onboarding process. My employment agency told me that my contract ended on a Friday at 7:30PM and they didn't provide the agency any constructive feedback to allow myself to grow. It's disappointing because it was my first role out of school and that feedback would have been very useful for my continuous growth and development.

    Advice to Management

    Give temporary employees within HR an opportunity to grow within the organization and treat them like your engineers. Provide feedback on why the position ended so employees can grow.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, a little old school"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Specialist in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - User Experience Specialist in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with wonderful (smart and interesting) people, challenging and meaningful work, comfortable benefits. The company cares about its employees and community.

    Cons

    Benefits are old school - parental leave policies leave much to be desired, very process heavy so progress is slow, not as innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Up your game regarding benefits for parents, such as better parental leave and childcare help.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work, stable and comfortable but still stimulating"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. Great work environment. Good work if you look for it and you are in the right area.

    Cons

    Bit conservative, afraid of taking any risks. Too dependent on established products for revenue and very cautious about funding new products. Depending on where you work, career progression could be very limited.

    No work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep people from leaving.


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