Hutchinson Technology

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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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2.7 33 reviews

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Hutchinson Technology President, CEO, and Director Wayne M. Fortun

Wayne M. Fortun

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26% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    When business was good, things were good. When business went bad, things got bad.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere aren't any pros due to the lack of profitability and the subsequent negativity that produces.

    ConsThe company is not profitable, and isn't improving. Opportunities are also going away with the Assembly off shoring to Thailand.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very technical questions were asked.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Hutchinson, MN

    ProsFriendly work environment and flexible time off policy.

    Consbig layoff always going on. sad to see people let go.

    Advice to Senior Managementgood job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challanging Environment

    Technician (Current Employee) Eau Claire, WI

    ProsGreat challanges in a good environment, interesting array of technology and processes, great co-worker team-work

    ConsLittle opportunity for advancement, stagnant / declining pay and benefits over the last 5+ years

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee moral can have a direct impact on Quality. Find a way to get people motivated and excited for the future of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Another vicitim of the Recession, bad management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Eau Claire, WI

    ProsGreat salary, benefits, personal improvement classes offered when I worked there.

    ConsMany layoffs, hiring of temp workers that were unprofessional/ used foul language on occasion when I worked there.

    Private cafeteria closed and hot water machine was removed. Had to walk to cafeteria area to get coffee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump or sell the bio division and concentrate on gaining market share.

    The factory in Thailand never should have been built on a flood prone area, would have been better to keep the assembly jobs in the U.S so they could purchase the hard drives we helped make...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work twenty years ago, OK place to work now.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Hutchinson, MN

    ProsOverall this is a fairly decent place to work. The pay is excellent for skilled positions and the benefits are average.

    ConsThe biggest issue now is the loss of market share and inability to reverse that trend in the near future, if at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep back and compare your company's current status compared to ten to fifteen years ago and take the necessary actions to turn this thing around. Make honest business decisions based on only business, not personal relationships.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working as an Engineer with HTI.

    Process Development Engineer (Current Employee) Hutchinson, MN

    ProsBreadth of skills and knowledge that you gain working at HTI is second to none. After, at least a year or two of working there, you will have gained experience in engineering tools and techniques that could be beneficial in future employment positions, should you seek to move to another company.
    The employees are all friendly and helpful and, for the most part, work together very well, keeping the focus on the common goal of making good produc t and minimizing scrap.

    ConsThe downside is the current financial position of the company, which has led to multiple layoffs and corporate restructuring, leaving behind a wave of overworked employees with little incentive or motivation to stay with the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe leadership is probably doing the best that they can, given the current financial position of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hutchinson Technologies

    Engineer (Former Employee) Hutchinson, MN

    ProsHTI excels in employee training, leadership growth, and encouraging employee empowerment. Teamwork among employees is second to none. If the business environment were better, HTI could be one of the best places to work.

    ConsThe town of Hutchinson is fairly remote and the housing market is very dependent on the activities of HTI. Because of the lack of diversification, HTI experiences many ups and downs, leading to frequent hiring and layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify fast. Find creative ways to avoid hiring for the business upticks and layoff during the downturns. The past layoffs were lose-lose. HTI paid out severances and for outservices, employees had to find jobs while unemployed and without benefits. With some creativity, employees could have been given the opportunity to find work while employed and HTI could have avoided severance and maintained a more positive work envirment. A win-win.

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    There was once a great company called Hutchinson Technology in Minnesota.

    Senior Process Development Engineer (Current Employee) Hutchinson, MN

    ProsThe opportunity to learn and explore new technology
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    ConsWhatever you learn will be very useful elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange or perish. Sorry, the later is happening now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    HTI --- good people to work with, but questionable long term health

    Senior Process Engineer (Current Employee) Hutchinson, MN

    ProsSmall company where individuals can make a significant difference. People treat their peers with respect and kindness. A stronger than typical family atmosphere than most places. The technology challenges at the company are interesting and unique. Work life balance is good -- not many examples of where being on call is very demanding. The management can laugh at themselves with the employees -- they feel more human than other places I have experienced. There is not a significant wall between the engineer and the supervisor/manager levels.

    ConsSmall town company with many 20+ year veterans running the company. Very little new ideas from the top. Bureaucratic systems are in place where they are not needed. Exempt employees are treating somewhat similarly to non-exempt employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a product diversification plan and communicate it to everyone. Grant stock options or similar to all employees to encourage personal ownership in the company to make it successful.

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    Up's and down's at HTI

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery good pay, OK benefits. Great knowledge base with great people doing their best.

    ConsVery volatile market, with market share shrinking every year. Many ups and downs, many layoffs, at least once a year. Company hasn't made a profit in several years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the customers and the employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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