Waters Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Waters Chairman, President, and CEO Douglas A. Berthiaume
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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. Not a lot of opportunity here for new ideas

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Milford, MA

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

    Pros

    Good people, mostly trying to get quality work done. Good cafe where you will often see many of upper management. two gyms to get a workout in mid day.

    Cons

    Too much middle management spending their hours trying to eek another drop of blood out of stone. Too many people and processes geared towards managing people, not enough people working on products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut loose 30-40% of middle management, hire more people to work on products. Learn how to run a software development organization - it is not the same as hardware.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Very Smart and Friendly Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Waters makes strategic and carefully calculated moves in order to retain its workforce = no layoffs = job security. Each individual or contributor at least what I've seen is treated with respect and is encouraged to develop and grow within the company. Many people retire from Waters, people who have been here a long time and that's a great sign!! Also, plenty of corporate discounts (some free)offered by Waters on movie tickets, several amusement parks, museums, the aquarium!!! In addition, I have seen others receive and been a recipient myself of "outstanding achievement awards" which just adds to the incentive to work hard and smart and you will be recognized.

    Cons

    Because of fiscal conservativeness the yearly increase isn't always optimal especially when the cost of living and medical benefit costs go up, but Waters does its best to offer great benefits at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the innovations coming and continue your support of your employees both past and present.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Satisfactory experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Development Engineer in Milford, MA
    Current Contractor - Development Engineer in Milford, MA

    I have been working at Waters as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Too many people trying to manage and not working

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Great place to work - if you don't want to advance your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Job security, travel, and on-site fitness centers.

    Cons

    Below average salary, zero work/life balance, corporate IT infrastructure is aging, HRA/HSA health insurance is costly, no training, keeps employees around who don't do any work, and resist to any change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your IT infrastructure and people and allow managers to get rid of subpar employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great if you fit in with the company culture

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    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

    * It is a great place to work if you just want to come in, do a reasonably good job for the day, be nice to your coworkers, and go home. Almost everyone is very friendly and nice. Also good if you want to find a place to work until you retire as Waters values long-term employees.
    * Good work/life balance. I usually work 40-50 hour weeks except when in crunch time. Many people choose to work 8:30-5 Monday-Friday. Weekend work is rare.
    * Hardware products are very successful -- market leads generating a lot of revenue and the company is doing well overall.
    * Ergonomic work areas, such as desks that raise and lower so you can sit or stand as you work.
    * Two gyms for employee use
    * Fabulous company cafeteria. The president and CEO eat in it every day and that says something about both the cafe and the company values.

    Cons

    * It is a hard place to work if you are passionate about what you do and really want to succeed. Politics are rewarded instead of passion and individual excellence, which are tacitly discouraged.
    * Management is incompetent on an *unimaginable* level. The software division is very poorly run and each time they get rid of a manager for failure they replace him/her with someone just as bad. Same bad decisions are made over and over; they are just incapable of learning from their mistakes. It can be discouraging though many of us still try hard.
    * Way too much process related nonsense around development activities. I spend up to 50% of my time paper pushing rather than writing code. There's talk of trying to go Agile to mitigate some of this, but with the management team we have right now there's a good chance that effort will only make things worse.
    * New office layout has 4 foot cube walls so it's really open space with no privacy, though at least people have learned to be quiet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize your mistakes and fix them. Appoint competent people to manage your software efforts. Scrap projects that are obviously never going to succeed. Take back your successful, revenue generating legacy products into your core development, shine them back up and make some profits. Reduce the ridiculous amount of process required to develop software. Reward productivity and passion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    OK if you don't mind being "stuck"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    I worked at Waters

    Pros

    Innovative products and lots of flexibility for field based employees. There is growth potential if you know the correct people within the organization.

    Cons

    Senior management does not seem to value contributions from those who report in through them. Some management has absolutely no backbone and they play the political pawn as opposed to voicing their concerns and standing up for their teams and business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your individual contributors and middle management team. Change the perception that push-back on something will result in retaliation. Ask questions from people as opposed to accusing them of things......

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

    Great Place to work

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    • 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
  9. I am still here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Some divisions better than others

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    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Pay for performance

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    • 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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