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TTM Technologies Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
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TTM Technologies President, CEO, and Director Kent Alder
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  1.  

    Good Money Bad Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Stafford Springs, CT
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Stafford Springs, CT

    I have been working at TTM Technologies as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome job for the schoolyear, 12 hour shifts on the weekends kind of puts a damper on them but you don't have to work that much. for the money it's unbeatable. Before you can work on the weekends you have to train. I stretched my training into working all summer close to 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    As far as the work goes it's very unfulfilling; you just work as part of an assembly line pretty much NO TRAINING PROGRAM. They'll send you down to the plating department with no one as your specific mentor in charge. It takes a couple of weeks of being their before you are familiar with the guys/ feel like your actually helping/wanted their.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit treating interns/engineers so well when you treat the other employees like dirt

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you like hard work and overtime and can handle some stress, TTM is for you...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TTM Stafford Employee in Stafford, CT
    Former Employee - TTM Stafford Employee in Stafford, CT

    I worked at TTM Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was decent - not outstanding but a little higher than other places in the area, but the number of hours required may not add up to make it worthwhile (see below).
    most "production" employees are good, hard-working people who take pride in their work which is sometimes menial and in some cases hazardous to their long-term health.
    Benefits, including 401K were a little better than average.
    There is opportunity to learn about many aspects of manufacturing if you pay attention to the "right" people.
    TTM-CT has been treated as a flagship in the TTM organization. It also has some long-term government contracts secured so stability is fairly good.
    Sometimes you'll be able to work from home or have a Friday off (usually with short notice though)
    Safe work environment despite potential hazards

    Cons

    Salaried employees are expected to work lots of overtime with no real compensation for the "extra" effort. Plan on a 50 hour week minimum and factor that into your overall pay. Generally its worth it if you don't mind putting in the time.

    Much of middle and upper management is related in some way or part of the same social circle. They spend a lot of time outside of work with each other and inevitably end up working or at least talking and thinking about work all the time. This mentality trickles down into even the production people and makes for an interesting culture. If you are a hard worker but only put in your 50 hours you'll do OK, but will never really get ahead. Make yourself available 24x7 and you may be able to advance. This is not unique to TTM, but it carries more weight here than other places I've worked.

    In the last couple of years, long term employees have been treated negatively. Some of them have been shoved into positions they don't want, and in some cases have been demoted or not given raises. I'm not sure if this is an attempt at shaking people up and trying to challenge them or get them out the door. Either way, it has made some already stressed out people even more unhappy. Not everyone wants a challenge or to learn new things - they are still productive employees and do their jobs to the best of their abilities. Recognize that and reward them - don't punish them.

    There are a lot of petty rules to follow and more added every quarter. Give the people a little freedom back and they will be happier and more productive. For the most part these people are responsible adults - treat them like it. Reprimand / punish the few that take it too far.

    Some of the management, even TOP management, makes fun of other employees behind their backs - ALL the time. You are leaders so start acting like it. Get off the power trips and realize that some of the people you are demeaning are also helping to keep the place going.

    Management and sales like to complain about their customers behind their backs too. These people may not know everything there is to know about circuit boards, that's why they hired you. Stop biting the hands that feed and have a little genuine respect for the customer - don't just give them lip service.

    The last two items translate into a culture of rampant arrogance that exists at all levels of TTM Stafford. You are not better or smarter than your customers/co-workers/subordinates/boss. You make some pretty amazing product but that does not give you the right to be arrogant about it. Some companies do business with you because they have to, not because they want to and many employees work there because they have to, not because they want to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respectful toward customers and employees

    Ease up on some of the petty rules

    Give the long time employees meaningful raises if they are doing good jobs - don't make them jump through hoops for a yearly "bonus" in lieu of a raise.

    Keep up to good track record of investing back into the building and capital equipment

    Maintain the low-cost HSA plan and good 401k match/investment options

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great opportunity for entry level chemical and mechanical engineers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, CT

    I have been working at TTM Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    exposure to all aspects of the manufacturing process, every other Friday you may be able to work part of the day or from home, merchandise for safety performance

    Cons

    pay, work schedule (weekends are a must if production requires it)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    strike a balance between production and other aspects of the business (quality, safety, work/life balance)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stepping Stone Job - Not a place for a career until changes are made

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Stafford Springs, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Stafford Springs, CT

    I have been working at TTM Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    For salaried employees, the work/life balance is decent. You're expected to put in overtime with everyone else, but if you have doctor's appointments and whatnot, they're pretty lenient on not hitting your PTO and just letting you go and then come back.
    The benefits are also really good - Blue Cross/Blue Shield!!

    Cons

    - Sales were overbooked for the amount of personnel available
    - Employees are not treated with respect; lots of infighting, harsh words and raised voices over menial occurrences
    - Lateral mobility is available, not much for moving up though
    - Work is not challenging, even when more responsibility was taken on; it's more of the same paperwork etc not anything with a learning curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax a little bit. Everyone is struggling to make a profit, even your employees. Incentives like Christmas parties etc mean nothing when the day to day atmosphere is so stressful. Treat your employees with respect and hire more people instead of overbooking - there is a serious need for streamlining in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    HR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at TTM Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Nice environment and amazing management team.

    Cons

    Disconnect in between the sites and upper management.

  7.  

    Work was easy but boring, not real competitive wages, a little room for advancement, employees get treated like dirt....

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    Former Employee - Operator, COT in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Operator, COT in Chippewa Falls, WI

    I worked at TTM Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, some room to advance (though don't expect advancing into carpetland, just on the floor advancement), fairly well organized, co-workers were for the most part friendly.

    Cons

    Work could get a little boring, depending on the job. Wages could be better, and raises are almost not worth your time. Most importantly, employees are treated like garbage. They could care less how long you have been there or how good a worker you are. Any opportunity to flex their superior supervisory muscles and they jump at the chance with threats. "Everybody is replaceable" was specifically said at on meeting. I don't know about you, but I refuse to work for somebody who feels that way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating employees with respect. Be a little more flexible once in a while for those who are on mandatory overtime, especially the mandatory weekends. I mostly enjoyed my job, but I was tired of being pushed around and treated like a nobody. A bit more respect and a small wage increase and this is otherwise a 5 star company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Benefits, Clean Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at TTM Technologies

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Nice and clean office environment.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth. Lots of favorisum

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    not too much experience at TTM

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at TTM Technologies

    Pros

    it was closed to my house. it was a relax working environment. everyone was friendly, and easy to work with

    Cons

    supervisors and managers were not good enough to lead workers. Some departments was so easy to let employees work overtime with no product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More strictly on overtime hours, make sure no people allow to show up for overtime if they had no approved

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company, but opportunities in the US are continuing to evaporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TTM Technologies

    Pros

    Great technology
    Good products
    Excellent, dedicated work force
    Financially strong and should continue to be so in the near future

    Cons

    Continue to close factories in the United States
    TTM is much more interested in expanding China operations, which is leaving the US employees in limbo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make final decisions on whether to keep operating in the US or just give up and close the remaining facilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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