MKS Instruments

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MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
28 Reviews
3.2
28 Reviews
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MKS Instruments President, CEO, and Director Leo Berlinghieri
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  1.  

    Work somewhat repetitive.

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    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
  2.  

    Assembler 3

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    A good company to work for.

    Cons

    Have noting bad to say about MKS.

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    It's all about the stock price.

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    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 for 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
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Management in Taunton, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time for 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
  6.  

    Great Technology company, questionable sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MKS Instruments

    Pros

    Top tier in technology development and manufacturing

    Cons

    Global sales could not sell sophisticated products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Travel and see your global operations monthly not bi-yearly

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Good company, new CEO

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    • 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
  9.  

    Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for new hires

    Cons

    Conservative investments limit future growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid Company but Risk Averse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Administration,

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    Former Employee - Administration  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administration in Boston, MA

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have experience administration with MKS over 3 years.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes I would like to advice to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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