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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

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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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  1. Great company

    Former Employee - General Manager in Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Hsinchu (Taiwan)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay system and good benefits

    Cons

    No focus on Asia with more key personnel in Asia

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Asia by enlarging the team in Asia


  2. 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Secured and stable job. Not too much pressure.

    Cons

    Limited personal development and employee fringe benefits.

    Advice to Management

    People focus


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