MKS Instruments

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MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated April 20, 2014
Updated April 20, 2014
28 Reviews
3.2
28 Reviews
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MKS Instruments President, CEO, and Director Leo Berlinghieri
Leo Berlinghieri
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  1.  

    Relies on lack of market competition to stay afloat with poor management, lack of resources and an aging workforce

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    - Provides extremely stable employment
    - Knowledgeable and competent R&D team
    - Profitable even in tough business conditions
    - Great benefits, especially insurance and vacation time policy
    - Most of the people are very friendly
    - Good middle management

    Cons

    - Senior management does not define company strategy and simply either lacks a vision or if has one, does not communicate to lower level employees
    - Upper management never tours facilities, despite the fact that 3 of the biggest facilities are within a 15 minute drive of the headquarters.
    - Extremely poor communication between departments
    - Very poor annual compensations, even for the best employees
    - Many employees are underpaid and are no longer driven, yet remain with the company, thus leading to general lack of innovation
    - While has plenty of good managers, lacks good leaders
    - Very few young people
    - Extremely understaffed, especially in Manufacturing
    - Long work hours to make up for lack of employees
    - Heavy reliance on outsourcing of manufacturing to Mexico to save very little money at the expense of people's jobs in the US.
    - Does not invest in developing people whatsoever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Go and visit the places where the work happens instead of sitting in offices and conference rooms all day.
    - Hire more employees, especially young ones and invest in developing them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company, new CEO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time

    Pros

    MKS is a well managed, successful company that has a strategy to weather the ups and downs of the semiconductor market. For instance, using furloughs more than layoffs.

    Cons

    The company roadmap for future development is not widely known. The new CEO is making changes benevolent treatment of employees may change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let everyone know enough of your plans so everyone has a vision of the direction of the company. Don't worry about the short profitability of the company so much. You seem to have lost the long term view that has made MKS successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Stable company but very risk averse; beware career stagnation and business stovepipes

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time

    Pros

    + Stable company - almost a job for life (though in same role...)
    + Low pressure, low key
    + Good work/life balance
    + Some nice and smart people to work with. Generally good people overall.
    + Management and even senior management can be personally thoughtful while still goal-driven, which is a pleasant surprise at a large company.
    + Generally good benefits

    Cons

    - Only really focused on semiconductor industry
    - Very risk averse; it's easier to say no than try something out
    - Corporate goals are not communicated nor translated to divisional goals
    - Company will spend little money to upgrade infrastructure, IT, or tools. It is very disappointing to use outdated or inadequate tools and technologies in 2013, and to have worn-out fixtures in tired buildings.
    - Little/no cross-business unit or cross-functional initiatives or contact. Meeting anyone outside your business unit is very rare, let alone developing professional and personal relationships among peers, especially those outside the Boston area.
    - Little career direction or training.
    - Extremely tight with any spending - "penny wise and pound foolish" and it reflects in disheartened employees (see also lack of job tools/training corporate culture and employee recognition)
    - Individual fiefdoms are allowed to the detriment of new ideas and opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. The company needs a revolutionary vision and execution to avoid being too complacent. Please seek out new ideas and new blood, and support these people beyond just words. Weed out the chaff.
    2. Please communicate your vision with the employees and provide opportunities for corporate-wide or cross-divisional teams and initiatives. We are working in stovepipes and have little knowledge of what one group or the other is doing and where corporate is going.
    3. Please look to providing your employees with adequate training and updated technology - or even access to data - to do our jobs.
    4. Finally, please spend some time and effort on creating a corporate culture. It is disappointing to come in to work and leave without knowing what we are striving towards and are a part of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Maybe a good company, but depending on the small group you work in

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Methuen, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Methuen, MA

    I have been working at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, numerous products which cover a wide range of technologies and engineering disciplines. So there are always things to learn if you want to.

    Cons

    Some managers and supervisors can be rude, arrogant and nasty, but somehow they manage to stay in their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you take care of your employees, they will take care of you. Happy employees are more productive and motivated. If you find your group has a low moral, check your management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    need some improvement on product development

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer III  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Rochester, NY

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Ok to balance between work and life. Easy to get in touch with senior engineers for technical discussion.

    Cons

    The decision making from management level is slow. Marketing and engineering are hard to get aligned for the target. Advanced development for new product and technology is not efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the decision-making process. Reduce the layers of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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