Application Engineering for Mathworks in Bay Area

Intel Magnetic
Oct 27, 2018 15 Comments

Hi. What do you think about joining Mathworks as Application Engineer in Bay Area? I am seriously considering if i should make the move. Glassdoor has many positive feedback on their work environment. Maybe it will give me a break from the stress of Corporate ups and downs culture? I will finally have a real office?
Their webinars are awesome! They have darn good experienced engineers. I will study all Sunday to ace the interview. I am excited. What would you advice? I am HW Eng. Shall I expect to be paid as SWE?

They are privately held company. What to expect differently? At least they dont have to please Wall Street and investors!

11 yoe HW Eng and pro programmer of Matlab like most of us.

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  • Intel bhud
    Magnetic I think you'll learn a lot. As an Applications Engineer you will learn from engineer-customers and EVERYONE and their grandma uses Matlab. Companies have gladly paid for Matlab for YEARS and I don't see this ever waning. Octave is a decent open source equivalent but it falls short of Matlab of course. TC isn't the most important metric when changing jobs although I'm sure Mathworks will beat your Intel pay by 25% (cuz they know you won't leave otherwise).
    Oct 28, 2018 8
    • Intel Magnetic
      OP
      Thank you for the insight! I have been wondering about this for a while. I think their Engineering Development group is in east coast. I need to understand what Application Engineering really means. I will ask the director too.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Intel bhud
      It's basically working with extremely smart engineering customers and showing them how to use Mathworks tools to achieve their designs. It's NOT an easy job.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • MathWorks MJK
      Engineering development in east coast is more of a new grad program where they hire only inexperienced straight outta college graduates, train them into corporate software industry and then they move within the company to any role they wish - including marketing, Sales, Applications Eng, SWE etc. The great thing about Engineering Development is that they only hire engineering (and some life science/math majors) but they can move to any department they like. AE is a great role for someone who wants to learn.
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Intel ""('o')""
      Thank you!
      Nov 20, 2018
    • MathWorks / Eng hjyr
      So did you join MathWorks?
      Mar 16
  • New / Eng ☘️ guest
    Why would you work for a private company that has no possibility for IPO? They would never IPO because they don’t have to.

    But you’re getting screwed.

    Most people here get rich via IPO or RSUs
    Oct 27, 2018 4
    • Intel Magnetic
      OP
      Yeah. But how many percent is that? How many companies make it to IPO?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • New / Eng ☘️ guest
      What a funny question. Why do you need to know percentage. When you join a company you know whether they will IPO or not. They will tell you. Lyft, Uber, Airbnb.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Intel Magnetic
      OP
      I am not SWE. So it isn't obvious for some companies in HW who are not that famous.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • New / Eng ☘️ guest
      Intel is better than Matlab since you do get RSUs
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Athenahealth UrFriend
    Pay sucks but culture and WLb is ok
    Oct 27, 2018 0

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