Mission and Values

Rational Workplace

We believe in building a rational workplace and in making intelligent decisions. In any given situation, we believe that there is a "right answer" and a best way to do things, and we strive to reach them:

  • Use rational criteria to make the best decisions
    • Value ideas upon merit and always explain the "why"
    • Take the big picture into account and use the long term view
    • Try to arrive at a win-win solution
    • Hold decisions to the "sunlight test"
    • Get the right people involved
    • Encourage conflict of ideas; discourage conflict between people
  • Benefit from the boundaryless organization
    • Let people into your stuff - leverage others' expertise and perspective
    • Get into other people's stuff - contribute to their projects
    • Use design reviews and brainstorming - many heads are always better than one
    • Share information, planning, and decision making
    • Use cross-functional teams to get things done
    • Encourage ownership, not control
  • Build a workplace where logic prevails
    • Seek to understand the "why" behind policies and rules
    • Value others based on their knowledge and contribution, not their position
    • Use the same "rules" for everybody - equality and consistency are important
    • Endeavor to reward excellence and avoid entitlement
    • Work to build an environment free of politics
    • Fix problems that interfere with productive work

Processes and Programs that Support Rational Workplace

Advisory Teams

Each business group within the company has an advisory team. This team is composed of people from areas in the company with a special connection with or expertise in this particular business group. The advisory team helps the business group set priorities, solve problems, and see the big picture. Business groups meet with their advisory teams once a quarter to review progress on objectives, examine metrics, and develop new plans and directions.

Best Practices

We have very few rules at MathWorks. Instead, we use a collection of best practices, or procedures developed by individuals or groups that have proven successful enough to merit adoption by others in the company. Examples include how to run a meeting, how to write a performance review (or self review), and how to interview a job applicant. Best practices encourage creative thinking and allow us to benefit from one another's experience and ingenuity. We believe that they are more effective and more motivating than formal rules and lengthy procedures manuals.