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Former Employee - Website Consultant in Natick, MA (US)
Former Employee - Website Consultant in Natick, MA (US)

I worked at MathWorks as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

great leaders, on-site cafeteria, comfortable office

Cons

too big; takes long time just to get one thing fixed.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    IT department - Worst place to work in

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    Current Employee - IT
    Current Employee - IT

    I have been working at MathWorks full-time

    Pros

    The quartery bonuses balance out the average pay. The company has good perks such as paid trip each year, and free snacks/drinks. This is where the benefits ends

    Cons

    The perks at this company comes with a huge price. You lose your freedom, autonomy, and self respect. In the IT department, every person hates working here. The management creates an environment of fear and constantly berate your skills and competence. The managers are very manipulative and there is generally, a culture of distrust. Criticizing your work and contributions is common, so they can increase control and manipulation. If you work in IT, you will be watched and tracked continuously. Every error you make (regardless of how small) is used against you. For example, if you did an installation that went well for hundreds of people, and one person had a minor issue, this will be tracked. Then management will keep berating you for this "horrible" error. They keep a record of every comment someone says and use it for power and manipulation on your reviews. For example, in one meeting (where I was not even a required participant), I was checking my emails on my Blackberry. Someone reported this to my manager and this so-called "issue" was used in my reviews. There is so much micromanagement of your work. They watch everything you do, and there is a general distrust of the employees. There is an unspoken rule that you are not allowed to question any of the policies or processes unless you have been here for 5-10 years. If you question any of the existing processes, you get singled out. There are so many unnecessary meetings during the day, that you don't have time to do anything else. Half of the meetings, you don't need to attend, but if you don't show up, Management will label you as a bad team player.

    There is NO work from home policy. It doesn't matter if there is a hurricane, a huge snow or a state of emergency, you CANNOT work from home. If you like any degree of autonomy, or value any amount of freedom, or a place where you can voice your opinion, please don't work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the employees. Do not let the managers take complete control. Stop having meetings for the sake of meetings, and minimize micromanagement. Trust your employees. We are professionals and don't need to be watched over constantly. Allow periodic work from home during inclement weather. This improves quality of life and makes employees happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Excellent Place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Rational workplace
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    None to share at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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