MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
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  1. Great people, good assignments

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Engineer Intern

    I worked at MKS Instruments as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was an intern, so I can only describe so much. I worked in one of their smaller branches, but the team was great. As far as work-life balance goes, it seems a lot of times, the employees got out at a reasonable time, but a handful felt pressed to stay much longer than they really would have liked. It seems they are not super strict about time-off, and the company makes pretty decent strides at maintaining a good value system and employee care.

    Cons

    Not too much, since I really enjoyed working here. It was probably the smaller office, but they were pretty stingy about basic office and technological equipment. It also seems they are pretty understaffed and fairly overworked because of lack of proper materials at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not know too much about it because they seem to stay pretty distant from the people they manage. Though it seems the people in upper management are very good at their job and exemplify management to the truest extent of the word.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Assembler 3

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    A good company to work for.

    Cons

    Have noting bad to say about MKS.

  3. Great Technology company, questionable sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Top tier in technology development and manufacturing

    Cons

    Global sales could not sell sophisticated products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Travel and see your global operations monthly not bi-yearly

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  5. Solid Company but Risk Averse

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

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent technology, strong market position, solid people, good work environment, company certainly matured in the 10+ years I was there

    Cons

    Growth strategy particularly beyond semiconductor vague and not well understood by employees; though company has some very strong, loyal employees, employees lack empowerment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a more concise, cohesive strategy then deploy it down into the organization and once deployed, give people the tools and increased degrees of freedom but at same time, hold them accountable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Administration,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administration in Boston, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have experience administration with MKS over 3 years.

    Cons

    Work with MKS beside the administration I have learn and got a lot of experience by my supervisor have teach me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes I would like to advice to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. It was a good place to work overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at MKS Instruments as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and open to questions

    Cons

    Team seem to have intra-company conflicts with its branches on different cities. Lots of blame game.
    Not a very challenging job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Y'all doing a great job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Watch me grow!

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Face paced environment that make a day just fly on by.

    Cons

    Top heavy with all sorts of managers that like to spend the day in meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Stable technology company with no debt and educated, mostly high achieving staff

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    MKS sells mostly to the semiconductor manufacturing equipment segment, so they are heavily involved in technology. However, very little of it is software-based; most of it (today) is hardware. Workforce is highly educated, mostly honest and high achievement pros, and management has done a good job in minimizing layoffs when the industry nosedives. Excellent salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Infrastructure in facilities and IT is way behind the market leaders, and training for anything doesn't exist (and is never approved in budgets). Company is also very centrally managed - VPs have to approve every expense over $10K, and there are a lot of those in a $1B company. Very little socializing between employees, so if you expect lots of after-work social events, this isn't a company where you would want to work. Last, promotions don't exist until you have been with the company a minimum of 10 years - very few opportunities for career development in any department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of your cash hoard to upgrade buildings and the IT infrastructure, and then train all employees on using it properly. You might be surprised at how much your employees' productivity improves when they have software and hardware that is efficient and up to date.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company, but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Andover, MA

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

    Pros

    They higher great people and are easy to work for not a lot of stress in manufacturing.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible for this day and age, also they send our jobs other countries, thus why I am laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep our jobs here!!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Solid company but slow to move

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Methuen, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Methuen, MA

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very solid technologies
    Strong engineering teams
    Strong community
    Excellent customer relationships

    Cons

    Some stovepipes are very evident
    Very little communication outside of one's own division
    Inter-department sabotage was not unknown
    A distinctive bias toward education over achievement when looking to promote internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote cross communication between your engineering teams. This could surely create products that will add more value than the sum of its parts.
    Understand that promotions should be based on merit, not just education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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