Waters Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
61 Reviews
3.6
61 Reviews
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Waters Chairman, President, and CEO Douglas A. Berthiaume
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32 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Solid Company

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

    I have been working at Waters as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good culture, good people

    Cons

    Sometimes not a lot of work available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great benefits

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are very competitive, the people are for the most part easy to work with and respectful. Compensation seems to be competitive as well. Great work-life balance. Free coffee, bright atmosphere.

    Cons

    Low cubicle walls and small workspace makes for somewhat distracting environment. Most employees have been working here for more than 10 years, so moving up may take longer than at other companies (at least until the large over-60 population starts to retire).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about service awards and bonus when your people are doing a great job. While this is a great company to work for, if the right offer comes along, you may lose talent to competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waters Corp

    • 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

    Great place to work with family like atmosphere. Very challenging positions if you are interested.

    Cons

    Very hard to change anything, and most recently very difficult to get anything done. Increasing silos and empires are creating real issues with progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems the environment is one of uncertainty and a lack of solid direction and action. As a longer term employee, I've never seen such instability and lack of effectiveness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company culture but poor career growth potential

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

    I have been working at Waters full-time

    Pros

    Good people work at Waters and it is very common to find employees who have worked in Milford for 15+ years. Leadership has been stable and accessible.

    Cons

    No career growth - you get pigeon holed into a role. Also no appetite for risk. Very conservative company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many people idling

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

    I worked at Waters full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay is fair but you will make more if you are a technical expert and have an advanced degree. Most managers are very flexible and the company is very family-friendly. Career training is strongly encouraged.

    Cons

    Too many people at Waters are just putting in their time trying to get to retirement. The majority of the employees put in 7-8 hours and head home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold more people accountable for meeting deadlines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Collaborative Environment

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

    I have been working at Waters full-time

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work for

    Cons

    Very pressure driven at times, but in between projects things can be very slow and boring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay overall.

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable business model. Great products.

    Cons

    Slow to change. Difficult to 'push the envelope' and innovate internal processes. Budget is always an issue and hinders company progress. No flexible work schedules which is disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change, don't fight against it.

    Invest in your people - not everything is about company profit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Inside Sales

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good pay
    Friendly co-works
    Professional atmosphere
    Lots of room for career advancement, or even career changes within company
    Excellent management

    Cons

    Conservative company, it isnt for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is excellent! Always friendly and willing to help/answer questions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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