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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.

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  1. need some improvement on product development

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    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
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  2. 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.

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