MKS Instruments

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MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
31 Reviews
3.1
31 Reviews
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MKS Instruments President, CEO, and Director Leo Berlinghieri
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  1.  

    Work somewhat repetitive.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments as an intern

    Pros

    Exposure to interesting technologies, co workers are friendly.

    Cons

    Work can become dull, lots of downtime, company shutdowns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decentralize The Leadership Team and provide more upward mobility to talented employees outside of MA

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    Former Employee - Management in Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Management in Taunton, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mange tough economic conditions well with alternative cost cutting measures.

    Stable work environment

    Descent Benefits

    Cons

    Limited growth for internal employees due to aging work force

    Senior management appears to have a good old boys club that's very clickish and live in a vacuum

    Command and Control Leadership Team

    Poor Communication to lower level employees in regards to company vision and roadmap

    Sales Team has very little direction and motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look more at a bottom up approach and get lower level employees more involved in the descision making process

    There is plenty of talent outside of Andover, use it!

    Provide middle management more freedom to operate their P&L

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for new hires

    Cons

    Conservative investments limit future growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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

    Good while it lasted until downturn

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    Former Employee - Production Tech III
    Former Employee - Production Tech III

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good facility and friendly people

    Cons

    Promoted people from within to fill management positions with no training or experience. Managed poorly and played favorites.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Good opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Easy working environment and good colleague relationship

    Cons

    Slow pace and length product development time

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK place to work but secretive in some areas.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    One of the better "high tech" companies in the area.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a "need to know" attitude about other product's design or manufacturing features. As an employee this seemed a bit strange, particularly when designing in a similar area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees that have significant industry experience and act on it. The continued success of your business depends upon it. Although now gone, I'm still a stock holder.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    MKSI is OK if you'd sacrifice compensation and advancement for good experience.

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    Current Employee - "Engineer" in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - "Engineer" in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn all about the various facets of the business. MKS has a relatively flat organizational structure. This encourages interaction and communication between the various functional departments. It is a welcome alternative to mega companies and their job specializations.

    Job security is very high with MKS. This is a good and bad thing for the company. However, it's good for employees because it is a partial result of a lack of expectations. MKS wants to keep employees in their niche within the company without moving them on. This means that once an employee gains mastery over their current responsibilities, they are secure until they want to move on.

    A somewhat flexible office environment is also nice. Though to be honest, it's not much better than any typical engineering company.

    Cons

    It is no secret amongst employees that MKS pays on the low end of the scale. Employees typically begin their tenure in the ~25th percentile. This might seem fine except that MKS doesn't give raises based solely on performance. Therefore, if (and that's definitely a big "if") raises are available, everyone will likely get a nominal cost-of-living raise and that's about it. The employee then will never actually approach an average or above average base salary.

    Low employee expectations is also a negative. Though it breeds job security, it doesn't help a person retain satisfaction with their job. MKS does not expect growth, but rather competence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flexibility is no substitute for compensation and advancement opportunities to growth oriented individuals. I'm not saying every employee needs to move upward through management, but they can be given more opportunities for responsibility without threatening the management structure.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at MKS Instruments part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Secured and stable job. Not too much pressure.

    Cons

    Limited personal development and employee fringe benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    IT department - System administrator (IL)

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Lod (Israel)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Lod (Israel)

    I have been working at MKS Instruments part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    First of all the people there are wonderful, pleasant place to work.
    Once in a year they arranged a party to all employees or a trip - it was really nice.

    Cons

    I didn't see there lot of career opportunities (at IT department)
    The benefits are not high

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay and benefits, but no growth opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are nice, people are ok, the managers aren't too demanding, stable job that you can keep forever if you want it.

    Cons

    No opportunity for personal growth or advancement. People have been in their current jobs for many many years and expressed desire for movement within the company is frowned upon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is great. I enjoy the pay and benefits, but I would love more opportunity for growth and advancement within the company.

    Approves of CEO

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