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MathWorks Reviews

Updated July 24, 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. Helpful (1)

    "A good (not great) internship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice campus, friendly management, interesting work.

    Cons

    Keeping track of my hours as an intern made me feel inferior to to the regular employees, while MathWorks tried to treat well, generally. Lot's of red tape.


  2. "Technical Writer"

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity, Job Security, Exciting Work, supporting staff, pay

    Cons

    slow growth, pay, suburb location, one, two

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ops"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Facilities, Perks, People, Product, Brand

    Cons

    Resistance to change. Decision making


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to work despite lousy work-from-home & time-off policies"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MathWorks is a great place to work. Roles can be challenging, "crunch" is pretty rare for most positions, and you're working with qualified, smart people. Managers are effective. There is plenty of room for growth in most roles, and the mechanisms for receiving and providing feedback are strong. The company culture is good, though it's not the stereotypical 'Silicon Valley' type culture that might be typical of other software companies.

    Pay is competitive or on the higher side when accounting for bonuses.

    There is a generally good work/life balance, and while there isn't a lot of vacation time, most positions have sensible hours and it's rare that you'll be interrupted on the weekends or during your own time.

    The direction of the company seems positive. MathWorks has a positive social agenda, and the company is open to feedback.

    Overall, it is a great place to work.

    Cons

    The work-from-home policy and time off policies are really bad. It's not just that the policy is bad -- 3 work from home days a year -- it is that the culture around the policy is toxic. Despite that very few people ever work from home, when somebody does work from home, there is a constant suspicion from managers and peers throughout the company. The policy itself, 3 days a year, is very restrictive and not flexible at all, but because the company has such a strict policy about working from home, this has become a culture issue as well.

    The policy for sick time is similar. While the policy is 'unlimited' there is a cultural stigma against using sick time and an unwritten but passively enforced policy against being "too sick." The company has gotten slightly better with this, as now partial sick days can be used for doctors appointments, which wasn't the case until recently.

    The vacation policy is lacking as well. Employees can earn 15 days a year from years 1-5, and then earn 1 extra day between years 6-10, and then receive 5 earned days after 15 years. This makes a very slow climb even after you've been at the company longer than the industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the work from home policy and actively work to break down the anti-work-from-home culture. This may mean more manager training so that the culture of suspicion does not pervade departments like it does now.

    Also reconsider how employees accrue vacation time. It would be nice if employees accrued that extra day between years 1-5, rather than years 5-10, and then got the 5-day 'bonus' after year 10. To work somewhere for 10 years and only accrue 20 days of vacation feels like a slog.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Not a great work place for aspiring individuals"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free wednesday breakfast and friday cookies

    Cons

    There is no scope for learning newer technologies
    Poorly skilled upper management

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities to younger crowd as well in developing solutions for problems, just dont go by the number of years a person has been with company


  6. Helpful (6)

    "bad work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    no no no no no

    Cons

    bossy micro management bad bad


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pro/Cons"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best place to work for.

    Cons

    Sometimes food may be monotonous but then you have restaurants.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Sr. Technical Writer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    Interesting products. Lots of potential.

    Cons

    Manager too picky. Needs to ease up.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees do their own work without micro-managing.


  9. "Nice place to work"

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

    I worked at MathWorks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment and nice mentors.

    Cons

    Commute is a little bit hard from Boston city to Natick


  10. "Great engineering oriented company to work for"

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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

    Pros

    - rational workplace. People are smart
    - awesome in house training opportunities
    - Culture of root cause analysis to prevent a whole class of problems
    - Processes put in place so next time around that activity goes a whole lot smoother

    Cons

    - growth in the company can take time. They don't promote people too fast which might be a good thing. Sometimes in other companies people with lot less reports and responsibilities have a higher title. So in that way this company is more conservative.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep doing the good work. Keep empowering mid-level managers to make the right decisions. The core values that drive the company is the best.


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