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MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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MKS Instruments President and CEO Gerald G. Colella
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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Big Little Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MKS Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced and exciting work with cutting edge supplier and customer relationships. A true look behind the curtain for most high tech fields.

    Cons

    Cash heavy company continues to decrease benefits and more inclined to bring in outside talent than promote from within. Receive regular notifications of Corporate level promotions with difficulty in acquiring tools with absurdly low purchasing power for local managers.

    Advice to Management

    Return to impact based merit increases and/or bonus plans. Hard working innovative individuals are thrown the same accounting based merit increase as others who might just be putting in their time.

  3. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MKS Instruments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced professionals, Flexible hours, Learnt alot

    Cons

    I was so busy throughout my experience that I didn't feel any cons


  4. "Stable company; limited advancement opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MKS Instruments (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable company; good salary & benefits; very smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities; highly political.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work. Engineering solutions for the ozone generator industry. Branching out into diverse fields. Education benefits are great and time off is generous.

    Cons

    Unhelpful management who don't know what they were doing. Had subordinates do their work for them while they "oversaw" the department's. Focus on metrics, not content led to bad decisions being made.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your job. Stop grooming yourself for promotion and get some real work done. Listen to your colleagues and subordinates- especially when they know more about the product line than you do.


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got to learn lots of things, was not restricted to area of expertise. Really exciting technology like instrumentation

    Cons

    Had to figure out lots by yourself which is what you will see in the real world. Did not learn much from mentor.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but up and down market"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MKS Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, interesting work. Good benefits and culture. Worked on great projects and gain much practical experience.

    Cons

    Market is cyclical and company right sizes accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Identify contributors earlier before they leave.

  8. "Work somewhat repetitive."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MKS Instruments as an intern

    Pros

    Exposure to interesting technologies, co workers are friendly.

    Cons

    Work can become dull, lots of downtime, company shutdowns.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Decentralize The Leadership Team and provide more upward mobility to talented employees outside of MA"

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    Former Employee - Management in Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Management in Taunton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mange tough economic conditions well with alternative cost cutting measures.

    Stable work environment

    Descent Benefits

    Cons

    Limited growth for internal employees due to aging work force

    Senior management appears to have a good old boys club that's very clickish and live in a vacuum

    Command and Control Leadership Team

    Poor Communication to lower level employees in regards to company vision and roadmap

    Sales Team has very little direction and motivation

    Advice to Management

    Look more at a bottom up approach and get lower level employees more involved in the descision making process

    There is plenty of talent outside of Andover, use it!

    Provide middle management more freedom to operate their P&L


  10. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for new hires

    Cons

    Conservative investments limit future growth

    Advice to Management

    None


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