Waters Reviews

Updated April 24, 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. Great Company - Getting bigger

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company -Family oriented and very nice people. The pay is fair because they know you do not have to commute to Boston. The leader in LC and a leader in MS. Great company especially for Scientists.

    Cons

    The culture has begun to chance recently. It used to be individual contributors were considered as important as the management roles. Recent moves have focused on the upper 10% of management making the separation between middle management and director level even larger then before which has minimized the growth potential of managers. Recent changes in the working environment has even made the difference more profound.

    Advice to Management

    Still a really great company. We are growing into a bigger company but there is still room for people other then the upper 10%. Don't forget them. If we don'r change this mind frame then middle management will not feel they can more up and become part of the important 10%.

  2. Helpful (1)

    principle scientist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waters full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning place. Stable and good company culture.

    Cons

    Hard to change or be reactive to market changing.

    Waters Response

    Apr 9, 2015Recruitment Analyst

    Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves as being able to capitalize on opportunity while remaining a solid and stable place to work. We very much appreciate you sharing your views as this ... More

  3. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work for field employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Chemistry Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Chemistry Specialist in Dallas, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good pay, good field management

    Cons

    ow commisions and bonuses in relation to your territory number. made $38K for a $6million territory. Upper management not in touch with customers or employees anymore. Losing the culture that made them great.

    Advice to Management

    if it isnt broken stop trying to fix it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great team atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Milford, MA

    I have been working at Waters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Future looks great for Opportunity

    Cons

    Nothing at moment solid outlook on future

    Advice to Management

    Keep up great work

    Waters Response

    Apr 9, 2015Recruitment Analyst

    Thank you for your feedback. Happy to hear that you share our vision for a bright future ahead filled with fantastic opportunities! We very much appreciate your feedback and are excited as to what ... More

  6. Great company. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Milford, MA

    I have been working at Waters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership. Stable environment. Great products and technology.

    Cons

    No major issues. Great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course

    Waters Response

    Apr 9, 2015Recruitment Analyst

    Thank you for your feedback. Happy to hear you have found your experience at Waters to be a good one! We very much appreciate your feedback as it gives us insight on what is working and what could ... More

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a lot of opportunity here for new ideas

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    The red tape is over bearing and out of control.

    Current Employee - Developer in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Developer in Milford, MA

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

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

    Pros

    The people are nice. The developers are competent in their job, care about their work, and try to make good products.

    Cons

    Developers are *buried* in red tape, process, and procedures. The several layers of management is too much. I have so much more I would like to say but I can't risk being identified by the content.

    Advice to Management

    Let us do our job!!
    Stop putting road blocks in front of us, burying us in paperwork, process, red tape, and procedures.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Very Smart and Friendly Company

    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

    Waters Response

    Apr 3, 2015Recruitment Analyst

    Thank you for your feedback. Happy to hear you are making good use of our corporate discounts as we strive to get the best offerings possible! We very much appreciate your sharing your views as this ... More

  10. Helpful (1)

    After the first six months, I did not enjoy my time at this job.

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Highly qualified engineers and chemists, profitable company, established in its market segment, company wants to maintain its leadership in the field of chromatography and related laboratory testing.

    Cons

    This list is long if one wanted to be specific. Opportunity for career growth is extremely limited. Procedures are set. Some people are able to grow in an inflexible environment, but I am not one of them.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs new leadership! Senior management announced a change at the top, then did nothing to make it happen. As a result, the whole company, from top to bottom, went on hold. That's not a good situation, especially for an organization that runs with a top-down management style. Fresh senior managers should encourage more bottom-up leadership, to encourage initiative.

  11. Satisfactory experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Too many people trying to manage and not working

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