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MKS Instruments Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy working environment and good colleague relationship

    Cons

    Slow pace and length product development time


  7. "OK place to work but secretive in some areas."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the better "high tech" companies in the area.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a "need to know" attitude about other product's design or manufacturing features. As an employee this seemed a bit strange, particularly when designing in a similar area.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees that have significant industry experience and act on it. The continued success of your business depends upon it. Although now gone, I'm still a stock holder.

  8. "MKSI is OK if you'd sacrifice compensation and advancement for good experience."

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    Current Employee - "Engineer" in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - "Engineer" in Boulder, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn all about the various facets of the business. MKS has a relatively flat organizational structure. This encourages interaction and communication between the various functional departments. It is a welcome alternative to mega companies and their job specializations.

    Job security is very high with MKS. This is a good and bad thing for the company. However, it's good for employees because it is a partial result of a lack of expectations. MKS wants to keep employees in their niche within the company without moving them on. This means that once an employee gains mastery over their current responsibilities, they are secure until they want to move on.

    A somewhat flexible office environment is also nice. Though to be honest, it's not much better than any typical engineering company.

    Cons

    It is no secret amongst employees that MKS pays on the low end of the scale. Employees typically begin their tenure in the ~25th percentile. This might seem fine except that MKS doesn't give raises based solely on performance. Therefore, if (and that's definitely a big "if") raises are available, everyone will likely get a nominal cost-of-living raise and that's about it. The employee then will never actually approach an average or above average base salary.

    Low employee expectations is also a negative. Though it breeds job security, it doesn't help a person retain satisfaction with their job. MKS does not expect growth, but rather competence.

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility is no substitute for compensation and advancement opportunities to growth oriented individuals. I'm not saying every employee needs to move upward through management, but they can be given more opportunities for responsibility without threatening the management structure.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. 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.


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