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Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014
70 Reviews

3.1
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UTI CEO Kimberly J. McWaters
Kimberly J. McWaters
41 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • People at MMI are treated well and promotions ate based on merit and hard work (in 5 reviews)

  • If you value working on teams and collaborating with others, it's a great place to be (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Management has no clue about the real world of dealing with 17 and 18 year old young men (in 3 reviews)

  • Work/life balance does not exist (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Client Services

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    Current Employee - Client Services
    Current Employee - Client Services

    Pros

    Great employees to work with

    Cons

    Poor Management and business structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    don't get comfortable with this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    everything starts out great - the people you work with are nice, friendly and hard working - upper management SAYS they want to hear input from the employees - SAYS they want to be on the list of best places to work - SAYS the benefits are top notch - SAYS the president and upper management know what they are doing. if you LOVE office politics, don't mind a regimented 'pecking order' where those one level above can (and do) abuse those on the rung below them; and can quickly figure out who the 'untouchables' are and become their friend, you will have a LONG run with this company - if not, then not. this company values the words 'yes boss' - 'you are SO right' - and 'i love it here, i'd rather be here than home eating cheesecake' far more than honesty and truthfulness.

    Cons

    about 8 months after you start you see the first 'rif' (reduction in force) and you say, bummer! in another year there is another rif, and some of the friends you've made are in it. before each rif they have you do one of the 'how are we doing' questionnaires that are anonymous (sure they are) so you can tell upper management how you love your job. this cycle continues until you are a couple months from having your 401k vest and then - yep, you guessed it - YOU are in a rif. i was middle management and in that position there is a lot of pressure - upper management has no concept of what the 'worker bees' do and the 'worker bees' NEED direction - unless you have or get an MBA or higher degree you can NOT get promoted - ironic since Ms McWaters only has a bachelors! office culture is similar to the armed forces - don't question orders - do exactly what you are told - and when it backfires, accept the criticism and blame. the leadership reminds me of a ship - one without a rudder, steering wheel or anyone in charge - and no way to shut down the engines. don't take my word for this - look at the stock price since they went public - it accurately reflects their 'shoot in the dark' leadership style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find some way for everyone above director level to spend a week as an 'undercover boss' - LEARN from the experience - get off your golden thrones for a week and work in the trenches - where you have to come to work before 10 am and don't get to be late for and then sleep through meetings all day. stop telling your employees to BE happy and do SOMETHING to help them be happy - and no, i'm not talking about a once or twice a year 3 hour 'lunch' paid for by the company. come down from your perches high above the lowly throngs of employees you walk over every day and learn some of their names - maybe you'll be less likely to 'rif' them if you actually recognize them when they are not grovelling at your feet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not Good at all.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor  in  Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Norwood, MA

    Pros

    Good pay, good environment for students, good labs.

    Cons

    The work atmosphere is intimidating once you learn that no one has your back, in fact you are just another target of the "In Crowd". You may know more about your subject than any one else in the building, but you must conform to their set ways of instruction, demonstrations and teaching. You become a robot teacher, at the mercy of the administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take off the handcuffs from the instructors and allow some freedom to add to the courses from experience. Back off from the stifling "political correctness" in the classroom and become real people in the classroom. Plus your product is less tha readily accepted in the field. Employers are less than happy with your graduates. I would not hire one fresh out of your school!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lots of hidden messages behind any direction received . It isn't what you know, but who you know.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you have bad leaders, it reflects throughout the Campus. Numerous people have left the Company looking for a healthy work environment .

    Cons

    Home Office completely out touch with what truly happens at this location. Wake up!! Total abuse of power by Leaders. When you have bad leadership the entire Campus pays the price!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up!!

  6.  

    Not the ideal place to work at

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Long Beach, CA

    Pros

    Friendly, some of the people are kind and humble

    Cons

    not good team structure. They have no guidance as far as career path.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stress and Negativity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some hardworking and honest employees, before the RIF in 2011 there were decent bonuses around Christmas time.

    Cons

    Not a single employee enjoys their job and you can feel the negative energy every day. Leadership demands criteria from their employees that they would never meet themselves. Leadership is always looking for excuses to fire people since the company is doing so poorly. They expect all employees to put work before family and other life roles with extended hours and increased job responsibilities. Everyone is sick a lot due to the stress and negativity. The students are completely disrespectful and treat the staff like they're their enemies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and fully understand what your employees' job responsibilities are since most don't have a clue. Hire more staff so your current employees don't all quit to work elsewhere with much better work/life balances.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Watch out

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Collision Instructor  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Collision Instructor in Houston, TX

    Pros

    welcome change from repair shop life

    Cons

    If you like being bullied by management, then, this is the place for you! There is a very cocky school director who likes to have a small circle around him, Do not speak your mind, you will be laid off by fabricated lies in your record. Advancement is not possible as an instructor, they will hire outside people instead of promoting within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    UTI Smoke and Mirrors

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    Former Employee - Instructor  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX

    Pros

    I love to teach!!!! Helping others to learn a trade is very rewarding( those that choose to learn)

    Cons

    Management displays constant unprofessional behavior towards instructors. I was employed for a number of years, because I believed in the training courses they used. Then it all changed when they changed the curriculum to make more money. They kept raising the tuition, and doing less as far as hands on training.
    The students evaluated each instructor after each class, and, when the kids were upset about the training
    the took it out on the instructor! Then, we would be called in for a conference about the bad job we did!!!!
    They also began to use less and less disipline to correct bad behavior( 18 to 24 year olds) Some were a joy to teach, but with no consequences for their actions, some did not care.Made for some very long days.
    The CEO makes upwards of half a million salary, plus benefits, but the employees have to fight to get maybe 4 percent each year, and that is based on STUDENT EVALUATIONS
    The icing on the cake was when they started to hire people with no automotive experience( this is an auto tech training school) to be managers and deciders of curriculum and training! Glad to be not there!!!!!!
    None of your teaching skills can be used in any other public school, so you have to start over if you go to another school, not what you are told at UTI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They will not use it, since they know it all!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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