Hutchinson Technology

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Hutchinson Technology Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
33 Reviews

2.7
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Hutchinson Technology President, CEO, and Director Wayne M. Fortun
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  1.  

    When business was good, things were good. When business went bad, things got bad.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very technical questions were asked.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

    Pros

    Friendly work environment and flexible time off policy.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Challanging Environment

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Technician in Eau Claire, WI

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Another vicitim of the Recession, bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    Dump 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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step 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.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Working as an Engineer with HTI.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer  in  Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

    Pros

    Breadth 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The leadership is probably doing the best that they can, given the current financial position of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Hutchinson Technologies

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

    Pros

    HTI 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Diversify 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.

  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Development Engineer  in  Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Process Development Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn and explore new technology
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    Cons

    Whatever you learn will be very useful elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change or perish. Sorry, the later is happening now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer  in  Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Hutchinson, MN

    Pros

    Small 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.

    Cons

    Small 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 ManagementAdvice

    Develop 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Up's and down's at HTI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the customers and the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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