Waters

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Waters Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
72 Reviews
3.7
72 Reviews
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Waters Chairman, President, and CEO Douglas A. Berthiaume
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great technology, market leader, nice work/life balance, nice co-workers (in 4 reviews)

  • Overall a good company to work for (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • aging population, especially upper management (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA

    I have been working at Waters

    Pros

    Long Career, Loyalty, very good work-life balance, excellent employee benefits

    Cons

    Conservative corporate culture, need better training programs, can feel stagnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should invest in developing existing talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I am still here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Milford, MA

    I have been working at Waters

    Pros

    Independence
    Flexible hours: Just keep your clients happy and your manager will be happy
    Company Vehicle
    stability: Majority of employees who has been here has felt that this is the company they would like to retire with
    learning curve: Waters does offer many classes to enhance the knowledge in your field

    Cons

    Salary is lower than competitors
    Overworked and under paid
    Need better time management to ensure engineer gets full benefit of training
    better bonus structure
    Unfortunately, no longer.. paid lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more one on one time management with individual engineer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pay for performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Milford, MA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities created for those that work for them.
    If you are a high performer, you will be taken care of.
    Movement possible from one division to another

    Cons

    Moved to a HRA /HSA healthcare offering that increases out of pocket costs.
    CEO retiring within next year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Some divisions better than others

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Operations in Milford, MA

    I worked at Waters

    Pros

    Great benefits for upper management; bonus structure is very lucrative and stock options are wonderful. There are some great employees

    Cons

    HR runs the business; far too much influence and not enough support. Managers and directors must abide by their rules when it comes to compensation for employees. If you have an outstanding employee you can only give so much where as if you have a sub par employee you MUST give them some compensation even if performance is poor. Unfair and non-motivational for employees.
    Senior staff is nearing retirement and no clear plans on who will take on the lead rolls; especially since the CEO makes most of the decisions himself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some good folks who work there; allow them to be heard and not just HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    fse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Waters full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    travel, and getting to know many people in many areas also training is a plus first class company all the was i would recommend this company 100 percent

    Cons

    benefits are not very goos they are over priced and have high deductibles some also charge a fee per month to oversee the benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hands on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    comfortable work environment

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

    I have been working at Waters

    Pros

    great colleagues with significant tenure, excellent work/life balance, on-site cafeteria and fitness centers

    Cons

    employees who stay long term tend to be paid well under market

  8.  

    Good company overall

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Waters

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Great technology.

    Cons

    A bit old fashioned in terms of organization, product development and management strategy

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long time employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA

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

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful people. Worked here for 25+ years & have moved up during that time. Raises and benefits were good, but that has changed within the last 7 years.

    Cons

    Executive management only interested in max profits. Average increase for top workers over last few years 1.5%. Health insurance provider changed to bottom of the barrel. Empire-building attitude amongst middle management. Offices changed to low wall; no privacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of mahoganey row and pay attention to your employees. It's not always about the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stability is a double edged sword

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA

    I have been working at Waters full-time

    Pros

    This company has an obscene amount of experience in house. The average tenure is somewhere 20+ years, which means that if you're looking to learn from those around you it's a great experience. Generally your coworkers are fun people and you can find people who share similar interests, particularly if you like to stay active (biking, running, soccer, softball, etc), Finally, the salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    The company culture, from what I've heard, has shifted over the past decade or so, resulting in a company far more focused on the stock price and unwilling to take risks or innovate. The engineering talent is there, however it's rare that I see people pushing projects outside their comfort zone. Additionally, due to the long average tenure, promotions to any type of management position are a hopeless goal for anyone who is new(ish) to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Waters cannot remain a competitive leader in the marketplace without pushing the limits and releasing novel systems / technologies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Milford, MA

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

    Pros

    - Commute
    - Flexibility
    - Growth if you chase it
    - Upper Management

    Cons

    - Behind the times with BT Infrastructure
    - Stuck on Lotus Notes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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