We believe that to innovate in engineering and science, diverse perspectives are critical. They help us challenge the status quo and arrive at better, more rational solutions. We know, and studies support, that teams are most creative and successful when they include people who think differently from one another, in a consciously inclusive and equitable environment.
“MathWorks has a values-based culture, including the core value of respecting and investing in each other. It’s important, in a diverse staff population, to make sure every voice is heard and welcome. And we know that we derive as much strength from our differences as we do our similarities. We have more work to do, and we continue to build our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts each year.”Jeanne O’Keefe, CFO and Senior Vice President
Primary and Secondary School Program Sponsorship
- Massachusetts STEM Week curriculum (with i2 Learning) for underrepresented groups
- MIT MathROOTS STEM program and MassRobotics Jumpstart for minority and female high school students
- Cristo Rey high school internships for students of limited means
- Zoo New England summer camp for inner city youth
- Khan Academy SAT prep, free and available to anyone interested in college
- Extracurricular STEM programs, mentoring, and career days for underrepresented groups in MathWorks communities around the world
University Program Sponsorship
- Scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and workshops in Australia, India, UK, and US
- Summer leadership academy for diverse students at UMass
- Tufts University WiT Conference for women and non-binary individuals in technology
- National Society of Black Engineers student group sponsorship at Howard University
- Workshops and scholarship support at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) events across college campuses
- Olga Taussky-Todd tribute lectures at ICIAM for top women mathematicians worldwide
- Women’s hackathons and coding conferences at Harvard, Boston University, Yale, and other universities
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Education
Learn about STEM programs and mentorships sponsored by MathWorks to inspire students from all genders and races to pursue STEM studies and careers. (Presented at Massachusetts STEM Week)
We actively work to attract people of all backgrounds and experiences through organizations such as:
- Society of Women Engineers
- National Society of Black Engineers and HBCUs
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Work Without Limits
- Veterans’ groups
We engage with them through live and virtual career fairs, hackathons, and other networking events. Examples include CodePath, Black is Tech, and the Diversity Career Summit at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
We focus on avoiding unconscious bias in job descriptions using tools to screen for bias. Staff are trained to avoid bias in resume reviews and interviews, which are conducted by teams that rationally consider the strengths of all candidates to make qualification-based hiring decisions. Through extensive data and research, we focus on pay equity in the hiring process – regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or background.
Focusing on fairness
MathWorks follows rigorous processes to ensure equitable treatment when it comes to ongoing compensation and career growth opportunities. We perform an annual analysis internally and externally among peer companies to remain fair and competitive.
Empowering every voice
We strive to build a culture of inclusion. For example, the MathWorks design review process is an opportunity for you to get input to refine and improve your work for a successful project outcome. Everyone takes a turn to provide feedback and works together to manage meeting dynamics. We also believe in transparency; we regularly share company financials, strategic plans, successes, and real challenges. And at Q&A sessions with CEO Jack Little, people get to ask tough questions and get frank answers.
Learning and growth
In the spirit of the core value of respect and invest, we put special focus on training. Programs such as Active Listening, Respectful and Productive Feedback, Unconscious Bias to Conscious Inclusion, and Juneteenth history support an open and inclusive culture. Courses also provide guidance through each life stage such as Better Sleep for Parents and Kids and Retirement Planning.
Building connections across common interests
Those with shared interests can connect through staff resource groups. These groups are as varied as our staff members, and include LGBTQ and allies, Black staff, accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and STEM ambassadors. We also support staff activities that celebrate multiple cultures and populations such as Chinese Spring Festival, Desi Utsav, International Women’s Day, and Black History Month.
Reaching out to the community
MathWorks helps you support the causes you care about through donations and matching funds for BLM organizations, Stop AAPI Hate, disaster relief, and other programs. Through paid volunteer time, staff work with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, MLK Day of Service, Black Girls Code, and Girls’ Angle. MathWorks also provides an annual fund for donations. Staff in each office can nominate organizations and everyone votes on which ones to support.