Hutchinson Technology

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Hutchinson Technology Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
36 Reviews
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Hutchinson Technology President, CEO, and Director Wayne M. Fortun
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  1.  

    Was a great company

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

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    Flexible, Family, last few years the benefits started to go down hill

    Cons

    Benefits went down hill along with stock options and bonus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good people to work with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice company to work for

    Cons

    Stability is the biggest concern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Stressfull

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

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent. work is challenging and always changing. you will get to travel to Thailand a lot.

    Cons

    the town of Hutchinson is small. job security isn't great. they are known for lay-offs. as an engineer you are less likely to be laid off but not completely safe. outsourcing to oversees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Was good .... back in the 90's

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good training and safety record. They have some very high tech processes and machinery as well as great people to work with.

    Cons

    When the original founder stepped away from the day-to-day operation of the company they got caught up in the "Ayn Rand" philosophy and the company has gone downhill from then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making good decisions based on data, not knee jerk reactions!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I think I now know how the people on the Titanic felt.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Hutchinson, MN

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    The engineers that you work with are some of the brightest people I know. The engineering challenges are cutting edge.

    Cons

    Company is imploding since many of the disk drive manufacturers have consolidated and taken business elsewhere or in-house. Solid state drives are already competitive on an IO basis and when their prices drop, they will decimate this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can no longer pretend this is an industry that will rebound or that the medical device division will ever materialize as a serious player after going nowhere for over a decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Unstable

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    Sound systems, good work life balance

    Cons

    Unstable. Regular layoffs, arrogant management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell while you can

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    close to home. Gain experience from this job to move into a different position in the future. Pays the bills

    Cons

    Job is not secure. Never know when you will be let go. The industry is not stable and there are always ups and downs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees and let them know what is happening when it happens. Employee moral will decline if management is not up front.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    HTI has a good product, but needs a serious upgrade in executive management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    HTI is located in a great community full of nice people and plenty of options for recreation. Employeed at HTI are generally very easy to work with and very approachable. The work environment is easy going - no managers breathing down your neck or putting unnecessary pressure on you. Recognition is given when appropriate, although some may feel that more worthwhile recognition is often warranted (I.E. stock shares or something with monetary value rather than a "good job" once in a while). Time off is almost always allowed, even on short notice, except in very critical situations (day before a deadline, etc.). Benefits were good, although I heard 401k match has been discontinued for financial reasons.

    Cons

    Management structure is very highly inefficient. There are way more managers than necessary, often with conflicting or overlapping job descriptions, which can result in confusion and wasted time/energy. Communication between sales groups and engineering groups could be better. This is likely common for many companies, but it seems that sales people may be explaining technical details of a product that should be explained by an engineer, and vice versa.
    The company likes to boast that it is the "technical leader" in the industry, but 95% of the time, it is a person with a sales/business background deciding on the technical direction for a new product, feature, or other technology. In other words, the company seems unwilling to spend money in order to gain technical superiority.
    When any sort of financial crisis is occurring with the company, the standard knee jerk reaction seems to be layoffs. My employment ended due to 40% of the company being laid off, and now (3 months later) there is news that 20-30% of the remaining employees will be laid off.
    The company has paid the price (literally) by pursuing an executive pet project far longer than appropriate, which is very likely to have impacted the company's financial success over the past 5 years. $10M each quarter or so has been blown on a Biomedical venture that has had basically no returns, and often has resulted in an overall net loss at the end of a fiscal quarter. This likely turned some investors away, who saw that the company continuously posted a net loss, rather than the net gains that it would have posted without the $10M expense each quarter. It also had a very serious impact as it forced the company to adjust its assets because of consecutive losses posted for a certain period of time.
    Many times, the people who make decisions that impact the customer do not have to answer to the customer. As someone who communicated daily with the customer, I was often in a position to explain bad news to the customer without a good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more decision making power to people in technical positions and find more effective ways to invest money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Was a great company to work for.......moral and frustrations abounded through massive layoff. Lack accountability.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good culture. Strong on team environment.

    Cons

    Tendency for men to be rewarded more than women (ie. higher level jobs, pay, etc.). Several higher level management play the back stabbing game to try to gain advantage. No repercussions for being over budget, not meeting plans, etc.....always blamed on the volatility of the market. Lack of accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the cash drain and losses. There is no way you would handle your own checkbook the way you do with the companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Work, Good People, Poor Managment, and Little Incentive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    The work is new and challenging. The people are great. I have great relationships with all my co-workers. The time off policy is very flexable and competitive.

    Cons

    Job security is the biggest con. HTI is known for their layoffs. The benefits have been degrading. Business practices are leading to more and more reasons to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees and staff correctly. Layoffs hurt moral and reduce efficiency. Employees need an incentive to stay and work through the uncertainty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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