MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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  1. It was good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not too much pressure, very good company and very good friendly staff, I love holidays there it worth working there, lots of overtime sometimes

    Cons

    The break time could have been longer, need more young people there,too many old people

  2. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Got to learn lots of things, was not restricted to area of expertise. Really exciting technology like instrumentation

    Cons

    Had to figure out lots by yourself which is what you will see in the real world. Did not learn much from mentor.

  3. WAY Too Much of an "Old Boy's Club"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate/Quality Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate/Quality Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It helped my and my Dearly BeLoved and Offspring to pay the bills for Near 1.5 Years (a ways back)

    Cons

    Are you "Old School", with the company for many-many years?!?! In like flint, you are! Are you a young female, un-attached? The old bachelor in the group will stoop over backwards to give you tech help! Are you MALE and needing some tech help, God(s) forbid?!?!? That old bachelor geezer is going to make God-awful FUN of you, to the boss, no less! "What does it take, around here, to get some willing TECH help, ya wanna say? A sex change operation?" Do NOT say that, I implore of you! Just go and look for a better job, that's the best... Been there, done that... Successfully, THANKS, Heavens Above...

    Advice to Management

    Rein in the "Old Boy's Club". Strive for a better office-politics environment.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good company, but up and down market

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Andover, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, interesting work. Good benefits and culture. Worked on great projects and gain much practical experience.

    Cons

    Market is cyclical and company right sizes accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Identify contributors earlier before they leave.

  6. A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, good work facilities, nice quiet work environment for software engineers. The benefits are good, including starting with 3 weeks of vacation, in addition to 10 holidays a year. The salaries are good as well.
    I also like that they prefer to hire permanent employees rather than contractors, so there's not much retraining of new people we have to do.

    Cons

    Work facilities could be made a little nicer.

  7. Helpful (1)

    It was a great opportunity for me to really make a difference

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal RF Design Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Principal RF Design Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best work life balance I have ever had.
    Management were real people not corporate types.

    Cons

    Sad that business conditions were such that layoffs were needed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and you will continue to succeed.
    thanks for everything.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Tech company run as a blue collar factory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is well managed financially and is in the semiconductor industry where high tech learning opportunities are available.

    Cons

    Management treats tech employees like line workers in a factory. The CEO I believe was a high school dropout and likes to hire lieutenants who just tow the party line rather than grow the business into something more than just a components business.

  9. 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

  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  11. Great people, good assignments

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Intern - Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Engineer Intern

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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