Waters Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2020

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Waters President & CEO Christopher O'Connell  (no image)
Christopher O'Connell
147 Ratings
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  • "Small obvious improvements to standard processes can be very difficult to bring about due to the improvement the need for buy-in from upper management(in 11 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is hard to maintain(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Crazy times, amazing place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, Support structure, Team Oriented Environment,

    Cons

    Primary focus is Science, Opportunity to promote solid Operational Foundation

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  2. "Great people & work environment, but stuck in the past."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Test Engineer II in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Waters full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment for the most part. If you are a high performer, you will be recognized, and allowed to work on projects that most interest you. Good culture and general positive attitude.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre even with high performance. Very corporate structure (upward mobility is based on years experience and "politics"). Systems & processes are very outdated and there is a resistance to change with an aging workforce. Lack of "new-age" benefits like unlimited PTO, flexible hours, and working from home.

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  3. "Great company to work for!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Golden, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They care about their employees. They care about their customer. They offer healthcare, 401k, and stock options.

    Cons

    There is nothing that has jumped out at me so far. If it does, I can update this review.

  4. "Be part of an evolution!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Human Resources Management in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Waters is commitment to its Customers and Employees in measurable and action oriented ways. There is a lot of opportunity to innovate and champion change.

    Cons

    Staying focused and being patient are critical. Waters is on the cusp of significant advancements both in terms of its products and operating infrastructure but it can be frustrating as this evolution increases momentum.

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  5. "Great Place to Work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great balance of Work and Life

    Cons

    Pay tends to be a little low.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "Once great company has totaly lost its way...."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Waters full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fair Salary with good benefits

    Cons

    Anti older worker bias, regular layoffs over the past several years

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  7. "So far so good"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Account Manager 

    I have been working at Waters full-time

    Pros

    Historically robust products and services at a premium price point

    Cons

    Quality, Quality, Quality, Limited Innovation

  8. "Going to work there is fun."

    5.0
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Milford, MA

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

    Pros

    Good, highly educated workforce. Always at the forefront of technology.

    Cons

    Lately, has become very bureaucratic.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Dark Waters Ahead"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Waters full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    No expense spared for internal manufacturing. Top of the line equipment. Low pressure to perform. Formal education is not a barrier for higher level roles.

    Cons

    Waters is doing it's best to narrate a future MBA student cautionary tale case-study in CEO transition failures. It developed a toxic culture over the recent years pitting internal groups against each other, with a CEO who seems to enjoy the title and the benefits, but is no Doug Berthiaume replacement. Add in a hobbled R&D group that can't seem to keep good talent for long, you get a company facing some serious and otherwise avoidable headwinds.

  10. "Easy job"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waters full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, light work load, stable company

    Cons

    Old work culture, systems are out dated, hard to get promoted

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