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MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated April 18, 2018
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MKS Instruments President and CEO Gerald G. Colella
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  • Upper management never tours facilities, despite the fact that 3 of the biggest facilities are within a 15 minute drive of the headquarters (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer to work for..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Full time engineer for many years. Great people with many talents. Great benefits.

    Cons

    ...sometimes you are expect to work long hours.


  2. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and work environment make it easy to accommodate a busy life. Generally people are very nice and intelligent.

    Cons

    Silo groups makes it difficult to gain support on certain projects. Company vision is only about maximizing shareholder value.

    Advice to Management

    Put employees first. Or at least second. Currently it is shareholders, customers, employees. That should be reviewed.

  3. "Good place to work, good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with very talented and hardworking developers there.
    Good medical benefits.
    We had a robust development process that added to the quality of our code.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good and interesting product, some of the folks in non-managerial roles are great to work with.

    Cons

    Fair portion of management, executive and on down, has no clue about managing professionals and employees. There is a revolving door of employees, and people are laid off on a whim. Some of the laid off employees have many years of experience that obviously means nothing. The short term vision, wall street appeasement is all the rage and some basics, like strategy, employee engagement are totally lost. For example: management stopped taking employees surveys because they did not like what employees were saying. To top it off, there is small portion of management in quality that is plain mental.

    Advice to Management

    No point doing that, management already knows everything. /s


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Somewhat salary base. Free parking place.

    Cons

    First they start smiling then back stabbings. Revolving doors. No recognition and be prepared to depart if you can not take the criticize from you boss who is trying to justify his position in a front of upper management.

    Advice to Management

    None. Fish stinks from the head.


  6. "Ok place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers. Impossible to sum up such a complex situation in a few sentences.

    Cons

    No career opportunities. Zero. None. No advancement is possible. I have not seen anyone ever move to higher responsibilities.


  7. "Working at MKS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is good
    Employees are allowed to function with autonomy
    Access to industry experts and technology leaders thought the company

    Cons

    Resource and staff limited, reinvestment into organization is not strong
    Organization broken into silos, roles and responsibilities poorly defined
    Pay increases, options, vacation awarded based on seniority

    Advice to Management

    The vision of Profitable and Sustainable Growth looks good from the outside but has not been effectively driven to meaningful goals at lower levels in the organization.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not getting anywhere"

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    Current Employee - Assembly II in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Assembly II in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability was the only reason why I stayed and great full package benefits.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow or get promoted! Yearly raises were cheap and boost medical insurance every year after a raise.. Breaks even again.. So it's like you're not getting a raise. Co workers really suck! Alot of gossip and nosy people. Management, group leaders, and supervisors all kiss butt one another and they do favoritism, so be prepared for retaliation when you go against them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoritism.. It is not fair and stop making up your own rules as we go instead of flowing HR policies.


  9. "Very supportive culture in a quite lean environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive, provide training, decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Not overly progressive, people work here a long time, not a lot of new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Push some of the decision making down to the director/manager level. Too much authority/responsibility at the high levels of leadership.


  10. "Plenty of opportunity to excel and demonstrate your ability, but can be demanding and stressful."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good employee base and nice people
    Growing and competitive
    Opportunity to found your strengths
    Great continuing education program
    Very family supportive

    Cons

    Demanding at times
    Often wear multiple hats but can be viewed as a positive
    Long hours expected
    Project management of operational activity could be improved

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication to all levels if the business


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