MKS Instruments

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Updated Jul 11, 2014

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3.1 26 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

MKS Instruments President, CEO, and Director Leo Berlinghieri

Leo Berlinghieri

(9 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It's all about the stock price.

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood products 401k health plan

    ConsPay, shut downs, no new products

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in tools to improve the customer experience

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Management (Former Employee) Taunton, MA

    ProsMange tough economic conditions well with alternative cost cutting measures.

    Stable work environment

    Descent Benefits

    ConsLimited 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 Senior ManagementLook 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great Technology company, questionable sales

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTop tier in technology development and manufacturing

    ConsGlobal sales could not sell sophisticated products

    Advice to Senior ManagementTravel and see your global operations monthly not bi-yearly

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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 Senior Management- 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, new CEO

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Wilmington, MA

    ProsMKS 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience

    General Manager (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    ProsLots of opportunities for new hires

    ConsConservative investments limit future growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid Company but Risk Averse

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent technology, strong market position, solid people, good work environment, company certainly matured in the 10+ years I was there

    ConsGrowth strategy particularly beyond semiconductor vague and not well understood by employees; though company has some very strong, loyal employees, employees lack empowerment

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a more concise, cohesive strategy then deploy it down into the organization and once deployed, give people the tools and increased degrees of freedom but at same time, hold them accountable

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Administration,

    Administration (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsI have experience administration with MKS over 3 years.

    ConsWork with MKS beside the administration I have learn and got a lot of experience by my supervisor have teach me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYes I would like to advice to management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Outstanding company and colleges.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, colleagues and benefits.

    ConsNone that I can think of today.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont change a thing.

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    It was a good place to work overall

    Applications Engineer (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsEveryone is very friendly and open to questions

    ConsTeam seem to have intra-company conflicts with its branches on different cities. Lots of blame game.
    Not a very challenging job

    Advice to Senior ManagementY'all doing a great job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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