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MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
31 Reviews
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MKS Instruments President, CEO, and Director Leo Berlinghieri
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    >15 years experience - company has consistantly went down hill for the employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Eng Tech in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Eng Tech in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for the job performed. Benefits are comparable to most companies in the area/field. Work versus life schedule is good.

    Cons

    Does - DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE EMPLOYEE - cant emphasis this enough. Cheap, inablility to create and maintain the simpleest of processes, year after year. MKS idea of a "Bonus" is a ice cream cup. ( actual a true statement ) Employee moral is VERY VERY low and most are dissatisfied by the top reaping gains year after year and not recognizing the individuals. Everyday is a complaint fest. Consistant shut downs (no pay), example last shut down company gave a bonus of three vacation days and in the same email gave a shut down of 5 bussiness days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management - Overall they just don't understand the employee. All for profit, all corporate. do not expect to be rewarded for consistant excellence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about the stock price.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products 401k health plan

    Cons

    Pay, shut downs, no new products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in tools to improve the customer experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Company in general is alright. Group leaders are fairly decent. No time clocks, employees keep
    their own time, then verified by supervisor.

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    Cons

    Group leaders that I had ,did not have any knowledge of machinery that I had to operate. Company hires non experience people to do a skilled trade, without any knowledge of math,blueprint reading. Also not understanding the English language or speaking it. finally not having any knowledge of any measuring instruments that is required to perform the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your management needs to look at the people you have that have group leader positions. You will find many of them are not qualified to do what is required. Hire people that are qualified to do skill work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Relies on lack of market competition to stay afloat with poor management, lack of resources and an aging workforce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    - Provides extremely stable employment
    - Knowledgeable and competent R&D team
    - Profitable even in tough business conditions
    - Great benefits, especially insurance and vacation time policy
    - Most of the people are very friendly
    - Good middle management

    Cons

    - Senior management does not define company strategy and simply either lacks a vision or if has one, does not communicate to lower level employees
    - Upper management never tours facilities, despite the fact that 3 of the biggest facilities are within a 15 minute drive of the headquarters.
    - Extremely poor communication between departments
    - Very poor annual compensations, even for the best employees
    - Many employees are underpaid and are no longer driven, yet remain with the company, thus leading to general lack of innovation
    - While has plenty of good managers, lacks good leaders
    - Very few young people
    - Extremely understaffed, especially in Manufacturing
    - Long work hours to make up for lack of employees
    - Heavy reliance on outsourcing of manufacturing to Mexico to save very little money at the expense of people's jobs in the US.
    - Does not invest in developing people whatsoever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Go and visit the places where the work happens instead of sitting in offices and conference rooms all day.
    - Hire more employees, especially young ones and invest in developing them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, new CEO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time

    Pros

    MKS is a well managed, successful company that has a strategy to weather the ups and downs of the semiconductor market. For instance, using furloughs more than layoffs.

    Cons

    The company roadmap for future development is not widely known. The new CEO is making changes benevolent treatment of employees may change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let everyone know enough of your plans so everyone has a vision of the direction of the company. Don't worry about the short profitability of the company so much. You seem to have lost the long term view that has made MKS successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable company but very risk averse; beware career stagnation and business stovepipes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    + Stable company - almost a job for life (though in same role...)
    + Low pressure, low key
    + Good work/life balance
    + Some nice and smart people to work with. Generally good people overall.
    + Management and even senior management can be personally thoughtful while still goal-driven, which is a pleasant surprise at a large company.
    + Generally good benefits

    Cons

    - Only really focused on semiconductor industry
    - Very risk averse; it's easier to say no than try something out
    - Corporate goals are not communicated nor translated to divisional goals
    - Company will spend little money to upgrade infrastructure, IT, or tools. It is very disappointing to use outdated or inadequate tools and technologies in 2013, and to have worn-out fixtures in tired buildings.
    - Little/no cross-business unit or cross-functional initiatives or contact. Meeting anyone outside your business unit is very rare, let alone developing professional and personal relationships among peers, especially those outside the Boston area.
    - Little career direction or training.
    - Extremely tight with any spending - "penny wise and pound foolish" and it reflects in disheartened employees (see also lack of job tools/training corporate culture and employee recognition)
    - Individual fiefdoms are allowed to the detriment of new ideas and opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. The company needs a revolutionary vision and execution to avoid being too complacent. Please seek out new ideas and new blood, and support these people beyond just words. Weed out the chaff.
    2. Please communicate your vision with the employees and provide opportunities for corporate-wide or cross-divisional teams and initiatives. We are working in stovepipes and have little knowledge of what one group or the other is doing and where corporate is going.
    3. Please look to providing your employees with adequate training and updated technology - or even access to data - to do our jobs.
    4. Finally, please spend some time and effort on creating a corporate culture. It is disappointing to come in to work and leave without knowing what we are striving towards and are a part of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Maybe a good company, but depending on the small group you work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Methuen, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Methuen, MA

    I have been working at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, numerous products which cover a wide range of technologies and engineering disciplines. So there are always things to learn if you want to.

    Cons

    Some managers and supervisors can be rude, arrogant and nasty, but somehow they manage to stay in their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you take care of your employees, they will take care of you. Happy employees are more productive and motivated. If you find your group has a low moral, check your management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    need some improvement on product development

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Work somewhat repetitive.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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