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TTM Technologies Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
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TTM Technologies President, CEO, and Director Kent Alder
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  1.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Great opportunity for entry level chemical and mechanical engineers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    TTM works hard to meet the needs of the customer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chippewa Falls, WI

    I have been working at TTM Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The production group will be going back to eight hour shifts so that they will be able to enjoy a better balance between work and home.

    Cons

    Communication between departments can be broken at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to talk with the people who do the job, they are the insight of the processes that they perform.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great college job and good for the area

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator, COT in Chippewa Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Operator, COT in Chippewa Falls, WI

    I have been working at TTM Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Lots of opportunity for your career. Training is good and communication is a focus.

    Cons

    The non day shifts can be challenging if you're not a night person. Lower chances of moving into a day position from a night position due to infrequent turnover or growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not very good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TTM Technologies (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you love long hours and low pay.

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay. And it is factory work and you always wonder if you will have a job in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    No room for advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufactoring in Stafford, CT
    Current Employee - Manufactoring in Stafford, CT

    I have been working at TTM Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people on the floor are hardworking and dedicated to their jobs

    Cons

    Management uses threats to push their employees to meet their weekly goals. Making days off and weekends mandatory at the last minute . And unless you are a favorite of the present management you won't advance, most of the higher ups are related or married.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your loyal longtime employees what they are worth and stop using threats to get people to work. Some of us actually care about our jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a very fulfilling experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Stafford, CT
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Stafford, CT

    I worked at TTM Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a good working inviroment

    Cons

    The training could have been better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you know the truth about Your employees capabilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Controller in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Controller in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at TTM Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent team. Great culture. Most people enjoy the atmosphere. Benefits are nice and include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    Not much career growth. They need to develop a program which includes coaching and mentoring of identified talent who could come up the ranks. This program would motivate talented personnel to strive for more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for advancement where possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Management bias to production numbers ,no quality.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TTM Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of over time with no logical reason.

    Cons

    Deal with old machinery and without support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your mangers know their basics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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

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