Hypertherm – Why Work For Us?


Hypertherm's mission is to provide customers with the best industrial cutting solutions in the industry. It's a mission we've been committed to since 1968 when Hypertherm founder Richard Couch and colleague Bob Dean discovered a way to create a narrower plasma arc, capable of cutting metal with a speed and accuracy never before seen. Nearly 50 years later, Mr. Couch's founding principles of customer focused innovation remain strong. More than 10 percent of our Associates work in engineering, leading to many cutting innovations. Innovations like oxygen injected cutting, HyDefinition® plasma cutting, Coaxial-assistTM jet, and LongLife® technologies, just to name a few. It's why Hypertherm's plasma, laser, and waterjet systems consistently outperform the competition in cut quality, productivity, and operating costs. And why our customers can cut with confidence.

Nearly 50 Years of Innovation

Nearly 50 years and 100+ patents later, innovations to improve cut quality, extend service life, enhance productivity, and lower operating costs are still the norm at Hypertherm. In fact, the company dedicates more resources to plasma research, development, and testing than any other manufacturer in the world. That research and development has led to a number of industry firsts in the last few years alone. Technologies like the advent of a 15 degree plasma torch, for easier gouging and cutting in hard to reach areas; the first fiber laser system specifically optimized for cutting; waterjet systems with our advanced intensifier technology; and a collection of integrated cutting solutions which enable the cutting of bolt-ready holes, an increase in the number of parts cut per hour, and longer consumable life.

Commitment to Excellence

In short, experience, innovation, and a relentless commitment to excellence, ensure Hypertherm’s cutting systems remain a cut above anything else on the market today. They ensure people who use them can cut with confidence.


Associate empowerment, a unique corporate culture, and our great headquarters’ location make Hypertherm a great career move. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Hypertherm was voted the #1 Best Place to Work in New Hampshire in 2008 by BusinessNH magazine.

Teamwork and empowerment
Hypertherm believes in empowering our Associates. But this empowerment is just the beginning. Our team-based, flat organizational structure means everyone is an equal here. Hypertherm supports our Associates and listens to every voice. Read what our Associates have to say about working at Hypertherm.

Hypertherm’s unique corporate culture has created an experienced, well-trained and highly motivated group of Associates. Our Associates continue to strive for greater business achievement and higher rewards. They set the company apart by virtually any measure of operating efficiency and against any recognized standard. Hypertherm Associates are more productive, effective and competent than their peers at other companies. They are proven leaders who share in the success of the company through the Hypertherm stock ownership program and profit sharing, which, in good years, can contribute significantly to an associate's income.

Hypertherm is a global business with operations in many countries including China, The Netherlands, Brazil, Germany, Singapore and Australia! Our corporate headquarters is located in the beautiful town of Hanover, New Hampshire; home to Dartmouth College, and one of America's Best Small Townsaccording to Money magazine.

The community surrounding Hypertherm is referred to as the Upper Valley. It encompasses the Connecticut River and includes communities in both New Hampshire and Vermont. Nestled among rolling foothills and many lakes and rivers, the Upper Valley is a wonderful place to live and work.

“For me the Upper Valley is a fantastic place to live, because I believe we have the best of all worlds. The Upper Valley has all the benefits of a city with the advantages a rural area has to offer, too. The town of Lebanon has a great choice of tax free shopping. Dartmouth College, in Hanover, draws great musical and theatrical performers from all over the world. Strangers say hello and your car will still be there if you forget to lock it. Within a short drive you can reach great hiking and skiing. What more could you ask for? I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else!”

Barney Matthews, Engineering Services

The communities and villages of the Upper Valley are just what you'd expect of Northern New England. They are quaint and historic, with plenty of independent shops and an unhurried pace. The people here are exceedingly friendly with old fashioned values. Neighbors care and look out for one another here.

There are a multitude of recreational and leisure activities available in the Upper Valley, in addition to renowned schools. All are within a half hour of Hanover.

Picturesque villages
The area is filled with lovely villages – like Quechee (pronounced kwee-chee), home of the Quechee Gorge. The Ottauquechee River cascades over a spectacular waterfall alongside Main Street, which meanders past beautifully unique storefronts and restaurants. The Annual Quechee Balloon Festival is an event you don't want to miss. Every Father’s Day weekend, Quechee becomes a balloon mecca with brilliantly-colored hot-air balloons taking over the village green. The site of nearly two dozen of these balloons taking off at dawn and dusk is pretty spectacular.

Woodstock, Vermont is another quaint village. Words like romantic, magical and historic are often used to describe it. Clear blue skies, babbling brooks, fields of flowers and pastoral farms envelop and delight as you enjoy the unhurried pace of life. First settled in 1768, Woodstock retains the elegant charm and rugged character of American antiquity with a covered bridge in the middle of town and stately homes surrounding the village green. It is easy to see why Woodstock is often called "the prettiest small town in America."

Arts & entertainment
There are several wonderful theaters featuring a variety of live performances. There is the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts located in Hanover on the campus of Dartmouth College; the Lebanon Opera House, an active, year-round, fully renovated performing arts facility; the Briggs Opera House and the Claremont Opera House.

Unique shopping
Great shopping abounds. Hanover caters to both the young and old, with fine stores such as Rare Essentials, Campions, Gap, and JuliAna. Beautiful glasswork, pottery, and hand loomed rugs are available at Simon Pearce and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen retail gallery, to name a few.

Great food
There is no shortage of great food in the area. Whether you want to eat in a quaint New England Inn, a down-home diner, or a to-die-for bakery, the Upper Valley has it. If you'd rather do the cooking yourself: no problem! You can shop at one of the many Farmers' Markets that feature fresh produce and more, or visit the King Arthur Flour Baker's Store. The Baker's Store is the destination for bakers looking for both new and classic baking products and resources. The store features an extensive selection of hard-to-find ingredients, tools, appliances, gadgets, professional bakeware and signature mixes. The store also offers freshly baked bread and pastries. And then there’s the Hanover Food Co-operative, a real treasure for those who live here. The Co-op, as locals simply call it, has such a wide variety of fresh food, organic products, and gourmet offerings, it rivals anything found in the big city.

Respected schools
Besides Dartmouth College, the Upper Valley is home to several respected private schools. The Waldorf School in Quechee, VT and Montessori School in Norwich VT are here, as is the Kimball Union Academy (prep school) in Meriden, NH. The Upper Valley is also home to the award winning Dresden School District, the only interstate school district in the nation. The Dresden School District serves both Hanover, New Hampshire and the village of Norwich, Vermont.

Great outdoors
Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the great outdoors: this is Northern New England after all. From skiing and ice skating in the winter, swimming in the summer, and hiking and biking in the spring and fall, you can do it all here. The Upper Valley boasts several great ski resorts within a short drive, as well as great swimming spots such as Quechee’s Lake Pinneo, the Connecticut River, and Storr’s Pond. There are also many spectacular hikes leading to breathtaking views of the Valley and great country roads for biking and running. If you’d rather take things a little more slowly, you can do that as well, by either taking a nice walk through a village, enjoying the historic architecture at Dartmouth College, or taking in an outdoor parade or performance.

Hypertherm Reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH

    I have been working at Hypertherm full-time (More than 5 years)

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    Associate owned with a family feel The company focuses a lot on the culture and trying to make this a better place to work Training and development is good - sponsored degree program Good benefits - profit share, stock, health, community service time Strong focus on wellness with onsite physician and nurse They are really trying hard to be a great place to work, if you are motivated and want to be part of a great organization that cares about their employees I would say Hypertherm is it. No layoffs


    Senior leaders are sometimes not as connected to the associates as they should be. Some areas they lack resources so work life balance can be tough at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the associates voices Keep salaries and benefits competitive

Hypertherm Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Hypertherm (Lebanon, NH) in May 2015.


    The interview process was: 1. Call from the recruiter to discuss my current role, and what I was looking for in a new role. She described the benefits of working at the company (45 minutes) 2. An interview with the potential manager. (90 minutes) 3. A second interview the same manager, the marketing manager, and then a manager parallel to the potential manager (individually, 3 hours)

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    • The theme among all interviewers was how I would handle working in groups and how I would deal with other potentially not agreeing with or liking my contributions.   Answer Question

Hypertherm Awards & Accolades

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Best Company to Work For in New Hampshire , Business NH Magazine, 2013
World’s Most Ethical Companies (Machine Tools & Accessories) , Ethisphere Institute, 2015
Best Company To Work For (3rd Large) , Business NH Magazine, 2015
Innovations in Employee Ownership , National Center for Employee Ownership, 2014
Best Medium Companies to Work for in America , Great Place to Work Institute, 2008
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Additional Info

Website www.hypertherm.com
Headquarters Hanover, NH
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1968
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

At Hypertherm, our sole focus is cutting. Every Associate—from our engineers to our manufacturing and service teams—is completely focused on providing our customers with the best cutting solutions in the industry. It’s a mission stretching back nearly 50 years to our first industrial cutting patent. Today, our patent wall continues to expand as we innovate tirelessly to ... More

Mission: To provide Customers with the world’s leading industrial cutting solutions, to promote the well-being and development of our Associates, and to enrich our communities and environment.

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