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:
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.
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.