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MathWorks Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Work from home policy is non-existent (in 56 reviews)

  • The performance review process is very unclear and inconsistent (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (55)

    "Fantastic place to work"

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

    I have been working at MathWorks (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been with MathWorks for over 15 years, and have never seriously considered leaving. While many companies espouse guiding principles and core values, I've never seen a company that actually lives them the way MathWorks does. Management is both responsive and open-minded. The atmosphere is relaxed but the work expectation is top-notch.

    Cons

    Consensus-based decision-making can be frustrating on occasion.


  2. "Account Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    - Very well structured
    - Company offers a clear view of goals for all areas
    - Family style environment - everybody knows everybody
    - Benefits are amazing

    Cons

    - Slow to change
    - Hard to move around between areas
    - Do as I say, not as I do ( Managers enforcing rules that they don't follow).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people, not the numbers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great recruiting process that is followed. MWers know who they are and what they need to do. Stable company.

    Cons

    Low salaries, VERY limited work from home....yearly review process is hated by everyone.....


  4. "Exciting Work for Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Physical Modeling Developer
    Current Employee - Physical Modeling Developer

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

    Pros

    * Good work/life balance
    * Competitive compensation
    * Great Stake Holder Program
    * Very smart workforce
    * Great core values

    Cons

    I am quite happy here and do not see any big cons. Perhaps a tad too process oriented and things take time to get done.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. "Great company, a little old school"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. "manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work with great benefits and people. go for it. you will love it.

    Cons

    yes you will love to work here . Good people with healthy enyesvironment.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "EDG"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Good work-life balance
    + Smart colleagues
    + Interesting and challenging projects

    Cons

    - Most people in EDG are overqualified for the time they do TS. It is a waste of talent
    - Can be very competitive environment if you want to transfer to the same position as other people, who can often be your friends

    Advice to Management

    Give people more freedom to work with what they want and be more honest with them


  9. Helpful (12)

    "A place for new grads with no experience and a nightmare for seasoned experienced professionals"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The title says all. If you enjoy small perks, with no value -add to your career (green apples, cookies and coffee) then go for it.

    Cons

    For seasoned highly skilled, master or doctorate level, qualified and experienced people: stay away as much as possible from MathWorks. The company does everything, according to the needs of the CEO and his "trusty" people direct under him. Those needs are usually driven by perpetual sense of power and control. That is shown to all the other people, in the form of the passive-aggressive form of : We are doing things our own way, because they worked so well for the past 40 yrs. Managers, wake up and remove your heads out of the sand (ostrich policy). Things have changed, and there are strong players in the industry which are blowing away MathWorks.
    If you think that you learn something and you will just join MathWorks to gain career skills... think again. All the processes are internally developed, with no application anywhere else ( Because they don't apply due to their "uniqueness"). They (processes) are mostly developed to accommodate and facilitate the upper management's controlling power (that power is eroded due to the the growing number of low paying programmers (they keep hirring) which need to be managed). MathWorks lacks the vision of the future, in a highly dynamic and growing market, where open source is becoming the norm and choice. The company refuses to see that reality due to the poor managers, whom have been working there for more than 18-25 years (in most cases this was their first job after their graduation) . These managers look after their personal interest. That is to get to the retirement age, with a fat check, while picking up the quarterly fat bonus,
    Also, if you interview for them and thinking to join MathWorks, understand that there are no promotions nor career growth. The title they give you is meaningless because they value seniority at the company. The more number of years you spend with them the more senior you are. That's why your previous experience will not count. 10 years spent within the company represent the "big threshold" to cross, to attain "tenure". Till then, you might notice that, some kid, who joined MathWorks 5 years ago, for a low paying job, is actually considered senior to you.
    The company is geared around and for developers and development management specifically. There are only few of them and they make all the decisions about the products. Interestingly, they never leave their offices and rarely talk to customers. Yet they plan and put in place the whole road-map of the product. They don't rely too much on actual market data, or marketing people recommendations, they mostly assume what is needed. To make matter worse, there are a lot of redundancies among various products, due to development managers' "turf wars". That comes from their trying to prove to the upper executive management, whom is worthy of their attention, by building "cool" products (mostly with little to no value to the customers).
    Marketing organization is "auxiliary" to the developers and is mostly asked to provide marketing (collateral) documents. The overall sense is that marketing is optional, as an internal organization and almost unnecessary. As a result, the development side is always mocking and deriding marketing and product management personnel. That attitude creates a stressful environment which leads most of the marketing people, to a demoralizing self-fulfilling attitude.
    If they try to advertise the quarterly bonus, during the interviewing stage... That bonus is very small, for the first 1-3 years. It grows slowly as you are during your "tenure track" and in the beginning you will effectively get somewhere 5-6%. It will be weighted heavily by the number of years spent at the company and its growths is extremely small from year to year for the first years.
    Most of the people with experience from previous jobs have left the company within 1-3 years due to all of the above reasons. The attrition rate for the experience people coming from outside is the highest. As a result the company is turning toward internships, helping to grow and mold the people according to company's interest.

    Advice to Management

    Try to hire (and keep them around) people with experience whom have seen and tried different things. Empower them and support their initiative instead of suppressing and reducing them to simple followers to your personal ego and need to prove your power and control.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Work life balance (If you are under good manager/team)
    2. Activities (summer outing, small parties)
    3. Single separate office
    4. If you are in a good team/manager, overall environment is pretty good
    5. Most of the managers in EPS and LTC are really smart, helpful and motivating and they make the work really challenging and enjoyable

    Cons

    1. Less salary as compared to other companies
    2. Management would not bother about your problems if you are under a bad manager. They would try to make the manager happy
    3. Many new indian managers are putting smart people on performance plans

    Advice to Management

    1. If manager put someone on performance improvement plan. Make sure to get peer reviews from different people to check if manager has a personal issue with that person or person is actually not fulfilling job requirement (To follow core value for each and every employee: Respect and invest)

    2. When you put someone under performance improvement plan, ask him to do project with totally different team to see if person is actually not able to do the job or its only a managers problem

    3. If so many people leave under the same manager. Give some training to that manager about how to motivate team and have a healthy culture

    4. Give reasonable increments to employees (at-least more than new hires)


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