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MathWorks Reviews

Updated May 24, 2018
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Pros
  • gt; Work-life balance is great allows you to pursue your interests outside work (in 159 reviews)

  • gt; Work environment is pretty informal and easy-going (in 85 reviews)

Cons
  • Work from home is not encouraged since the work demands collaborative environment (in 65 reviews)

  • The annual review process is actually really helpful but is also long and tends to stress people out (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best work culture, great work life balance. The overall salary looks less as compared to some other giants in the Boston area but we get quarterly performance bonus which makes up for it. The bonus is quite sizable. The company is a billion-dollar software company with a startup culture so you get best of both worlds.

    Cons

    Work can get monotonous after a while. Not much avenues to explore specially for a software engineer.


  2. "Making an impact with a great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    - work/life balance
    - great people
    - feel like the company strives to fulfill its core values
    - great to see how the software is being used across so many industries. Feel like work is making an impact

    Cons

    - Enacting change, while possible is slow. Will need patience.
    - Review ratings and promotion process is not clear.

  3. Helpful (24)

    "Hard to accomplish real work"

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    Current Employee - User Experience
    Current Employee - User Experience
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    The MathWorks continues to be an excellent working environment. It provides employees with many benefits & on the job training. It's a culture that supports and enables people to excel at their strengths and plays an active role in the community

    Cons

    In the effort to improve the product's end-user experience we have introduced highly questionable data gathering initiatives. While the intent is reasonable, the implementation has been less than ideal. The type and structure of the information gathered has been proven in the industry to bias test results.

    This has resulted in devaluing Usability tests and added hours of overhead per test entering data with no statistical value. That is when we get users to accept invites to Usability tests. The questionnaires are so burdensome, too frequently the customer will take one look at the reams of repetitive questions and we never hear from them again.

    Along with the above there are constant reviews and changes to our operating procedures (because of the many failures listed above). There is little time left in the day to focus on actual design work or gathering meaningful customer feedback.

    Numerous people have tried to give feedback only to it to be ignored and a doubling down on procedures that are known not to work. The head of UX, who has no UX experience, is pushing through with an attitude that they know best, ignoring the collective hundreds of person-years of experience in the group.

    Advice to Management

    Understand good UX practices and listen to your reports.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment and work-life balance; salaries could be higher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Senior 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 work-life balance
    - Rational environment. No politics.
    - Performance is rewarded. My salary was raised 70% in 5 years with very good performance scores.
    - Pretty much every one gets his own office (in the Natick headquarters).
    - The company is very stable and profitable. You don't ever have to worry about the MathWorks going out of business.
    - Job security, people don't get fired for no good reason.
    - Great opportunity to work on software development while reusing domain-background on an engineering or scientific discipline.

    Cons

    - The starting salary is below market average for CS and ECE degrees. Other disciplines though (e.g., Mechanical) may not have this problem.
    - The Boston area has expensive housing and cold winters.
    - The introductory program (boot camp / EDG) may overpromise that internal transfer can take place anywhere you want. This can of course happen (it happened to me), but it depends on internal openings. If the economy is bad, or if no new openings are created in your #1 target area, then you may be stuck or eventually transfer to a less preferred team. This can be more of a problem for ECE/Mechanical graduates that may wish to reuse a specific background that they have from school. CS graduates have so many options that they do not have to worry (for example multiple teams may be working with a specific language).
    - The company has a lot of processes and some people may think that progress is slow. The company is very consensus driven; this is not necessarily bad, but if you want to be working alone in your office without interacting with people for weeks, this is not a good match for you.
    - You can work from home for at most 3 days a year. Some people don't like this.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep the good work that established a pleasant and rational workplace
    - EDG management should be more honest/clear during interviews that transfers are dependent on job openings and that some teams may not have any.


  5. "Software Maintenance Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    Amazing Company to work for

    Cons

    Slow movement within the company


  6. "Application Support Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Applications Support Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Support Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good learning curve
    Time to explore different teams

    Cons

    None I can think of


  7. "A truly great company in engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dev Manager
    Former Employee - Dev Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MathWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really a familish company with great talents surrounding. The technology pool is deep enough for life long time learning.

    Cons

    Maybe expand Wed's free breakfast to one more day? ;)

  8. Helpful (19)

    "Not recommended"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Specialist
    Current Employee - User Experience Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    Stable
    Interesting Work
    OK Benefits
    OK Pay for the area

    Cons

    Slow pace of development
    Limited work from home policy
    Very limited conference travel
    Low morale in UX group
    Non standard / bad UX practices
    Trial and error approach to data gathering
    Good talent is looking to the exit doors

    Advice to Management

    UX leadership at the top doesn't listen or seem to know what they're doing.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Company to retire, not for fast paced individuals"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer 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, good health insurance, free Wednesday breakfast & Friday cookie, profit sharing (amount depends on rating), job safety(private company), opportunity to learn, CEO is self less & cares about employees, more than a fourth employees have been here from more than 10yrs, yearly summer outing to white mountains,smart people go from level 2 to 3 in 3years.Every 1 gets private office.

    Cons

    Senior to principal level promotion is very rare, fixed pay level is 15-20k less than Boston tech jobs. Once you get promotion, your rating goes down & variable pay decreases significantly till you reach a good rating which takes at least 2yrs.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay scale to match Boston industry standards, else smart people won't hesitate to leave to tech Giants.


  10. "Good company to work for. Inspirational."

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and salary are good

    Cons

    Difficult to advance and VERY process oriented. No telecommuniting/work-from-home


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