M+W U.S.

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M+W U.S. Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
29 Reviews
3.3
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  1.  

    Construction Project Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Project Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Construction Project Engineer in Malta, NY

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    High pace environment, coordinate and learn about all disciplines, decent pay and benefits, people from all over the country work here

    Cons

    Ability/path to advancement not clear. Project Management decisions extremely top heavy. Cost before quality on some projects. Hard time saying 'no' to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training, a clear path, a program, get more involved in the advancement of young professionals. On-boarding new employees has absolutely 0 structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Better Than Being Unemployed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at M+W U.S. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    (1) Employees are given a lot of autonomy.
    (2) Benefits include relocation reimbursement (e.g. $4000), health insurance (medical, dental, vision), 401k (employer matches a max of 1.5% of salary), and profit-sharing bonus.
    (3) The company will pay for job-related trainings as long as you give your manager enough advance notice.

    Cons

    (1) The vast majority of work (~80%) is from two major U.S. semiconductor manufacturers so the types of projects are limited.
    (2) Corporate professional development is limited to only the most elite employees (~1%). There are no development programs for anyone else.
    (3) New-hire training consists of dozens of PowerPoint slides with vague descriptions.
    (4) There is no real mentoring system and your boss will likely be unavailable due to travel or workload.
    (5) Learning consists almost entirely of asking peers questions and of trial-and-error.
    (6) Your accomplishments will probably not be recognized but your errors or omissions will probably be criticized in public.
    (7) The work not very technical; you’ll spend more time routing piping than doing actual engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (1) Take responsibility for your mistakes rather than blaming them on subordinates
    (2) Take time to actually listen to your employees.
    (3) Focus more on communicating face to face rather than by email.

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

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at M+W U.S.

    Pros

    They offer a decent salary with good benefits, and there are good opportunities to grow professionally and learn new skill sets if you're a self starter. Co-workers are typically friendly and willing to share their experience.

    Cons

    The work load can vary greatly, depending on where you are located and who your customer is for the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really, they did well with some difficult situations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at M+W U.S.

    Pros

    Always training and improving your skillset weather it be safety or work related

    Cons

    Job security isn't a given, but it was a nice place to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Had to close high tech offices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bim Manager
    Former Employee - Bim Manager

    I worked at M+W U.S. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Had many professionals capable to move office and company to the future and beyond. Able to work remotely too if needed. Direct deposit and free beverages.

    Cons

    Bosses never travel to remote office. When RFPs were written the client required portions would be removed from proposals with the excuse we don't do it that way. We of course would not win those projects. Thus offices closed... when our offices were close our management blamed the clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read RFPs propose what is in the RFP then you can win. This may require a change in middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Malta, NY

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Potential to do things your own way

    Cons

    Lack of direction at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to be in, but can burnt out if not careful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They care about their people. Very intelligent and hard working. Great benefits. Vat wealth of knowledge to learn from.

    Cons

    Limited market, manly semiconductor. Work is inconsistent at times. Lack of collaboration between departments. Older employees refuses to learn and invest in new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business development needs to get a clue and keep work coming in. Hard to move up in management because people don't move on. Listen more to your employees about technology and progress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Traveling the world to build semiconductor fabs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at M+W U.S. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mentoring, personal growth, travel, leadership opportunities, open door policy, continuous education. Involved with advanced technologies (that chip in your laptop? we designed the fab!). Lots of freedom as long as you do your jobs. Flexibilty. EOE. Achievements recognized by peers. Coordination with offices worldwide.

    Cons

    limited vacation days (15 days, some of them to be taken during end of year holiday period). Long days on some projects. Sometimes brutal schedules and deadlines. No paid sick days. Salary is not adjusted to cost of living of where you live and work, i.e. you get the same salary regardless of your location. This can mean the difference between renting a house in NY State or a 1 bedroom in Oakland, and not in the nicer neighborhoods. No holiday allowance, limited end of year bonus, no profit sharing. Not for people who are not into extended travel, may be challenging to work/family balance. As mentioned in other reviews, project management is sub-par, although some of the managers are the best the industry has to offer. Poor hardware/network infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at M+W U.S. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very experience company in Automation support, good compensation benefits and salary. Good communication with peers. Highly experienced personnel with several years of experience in several software and hardware for automated systems.

    Cons

    Improvement in performance reviews, follow with personnel needs while assigned to different projects, or supporting multiple projects. Needs more support in getting employees feel part of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead, manage and mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, but has it's drawbacks.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at M+W U.S. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company pays very well and has a good benefits program. The upper management is putting a significant emphasis on "The Collaborative Way".

    Cons

    Typical for this industry, if there are no projects, expect to get laid off fast. Although the previously mentioned emphasis on "The Collaborative Way", mid and lower management are treating it like it's a waste of time. As such, the rest of the employees are treating it as a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my Cons: Typical for this industry, if there are no projects, expect to get laid off fast. Although the previously mentioned emphasis on "The Collaborative Way", mid and lower management are treating it like it's a waste of time. As such, the rest of the employees are treating it as a joke.

    Consider treating your employees like people as described in The Collaborative Way - in other words, for the individuals that are lined up for a lay off, provide them the decency of a couple of weeks notice so that they have the opportunity to get medical done that they have put off for works sake, polish up their resumes, etc. After all, if you feel that they are such a threat to IP and other factors that you have to give them notice and immediately escort them off the property, then why are they working for you in the first place?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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