Hutchinson Technology Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    close to home. Gain experience from this job to move into a different position in the future. Pays the bills

    Cons

    Job is not secure. Never know when you will be let go. The industry is not stable and there are always ups and downs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees and let them know what is happening when it happens. Employee moral will decline if management is not up front.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Hutchinson Technologies

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

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology

    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.

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    HTI has a good product, but needs a serious upgrade in executive management.

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

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    HTI is located in a great community full of nice people and plenty of options for recreation. Employeed at HTI are generally very easy to work with and very approachable. The work environment is easy going - no managers breathing down your neck or putting unnecessary pressure on you. Recognition is given when appropriate, although some may feel that more worthwhile recognition is often warranted (I.E. stock shares or something with monetary value rather than a "good job" once in a while). Time off is almost always allowed, even on short notice, except in very critical situations (day before a deadline, etc.). Benefits were good, although I heard 401k match has been discontinued for financial reasons.

    Cons

    Management structure is very highly inefficient. There are way more managers than necessary, often with conflicting or overlapping job descriptions, which can result in confusion and wasted time/energy. Communication between sales groups and engineering groups could be better. This is likely common for many companies, but it seems that sales people may be explaining technical details of a product that should be explained by an engineer, and vice versa.
    The company likes to boast that it is the "technical leader" in the industry, but 95% of the time, it is a person with a sales/business background deciding on the technical direction for a new product, feature, or other technology. In other words, the company seems unwilling to spend money in order to gain technical superiority.
    When any sort of financial crisis is occurring with the company, the standard knee jerk reaction seems to be layoffs. My employment ended due to 40% of the company being laid off, and now (3 months later) there is news that 20-30% of the remaining employees will be laid off.
    The company has paid the price (literally) by pursuing an executive pet project far longer than appropriate, which is very likely to have impacted the company's financial success over the past 5 years. $10M each quarter or so has been blown on a Biomedical venture that has had basically no returns, and often has resulted in an overall net loss at the end of a fiscal quarter. This likely turned some investors away, who saw that the company continuously posted a net loss, rather than the net gains that it would have posted without the $10M expense each quarter. It also had a very serious impact as it forced the company to adjust its assets because of consecutive losses posted for a certain period of time.
    Many times, the people who make decisions that impact the customer do not have to answer to the customer. As someone who communicated daily with the customer, I was often in a position to explain bad news to the customer without a good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more decision making power to people in technical positions and find more effective ways to invest money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

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

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

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

    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
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    Up's and down's at HTI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    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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    Was a great company to work for.......moral and frustrations abounded through massive layoff. Lack accountability.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fairly good culture. Strong on team environment.

    Cons

    Tendency for men to be rewarded more than women (ie. higher level jobs, pay, etc.). Several higher level management play the back stabbing game to try to gain advantage. No repercussions for being over budget, not meeting plans, etc.....always blamed on the volatility of the market. Lack of accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the cash drain and losses. There is no way you would handle your own checkbook the way you do with the companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place to work, but does not have much life left for it's US manufacturing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    Fellow Employees. Time Off policy. High tech manufacturing. Somewhat flexible work schedule. Located in a good, easy to live in city.

    Cons

    Upper management is not accountable for quarter over quarter losses. Sever cuts in benefits in the last 4 years. Opening plans oversees may limit future advancement in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO must be accountable and show ownership for the financial loses.
    I think opening an oversees plant is the right move for the company, but don't forget about all the talent you have in the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Up and Down but overall pretty good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    Great technology. Demanding but good learning environment.

    Cons

    Market volitility. Not a diverse product offerring.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Work, Good People, Poor Managment, and Little Incentive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology

    Pros

    The work is new and challenging. The people are great. I have great relationships with all my co-workers. The time off policy is very flexable and competitive.

    Cons

    Job security is the biggest con. HTI is known for their layoffs. The benefits have been degrading. Business practices are leading to more and more reasons to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees and staff correctly. Layoffs hurt moral and reduce efficiency. Employees need an incentive to stay and work through the uncertainty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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