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Hutchinson Technology Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Rick Penn
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Pros
  • Informal work environment (blue jeans) (in 9 reviews)

  • Great work environment and great people, clean facilities, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • way too many lay offs you never know if you will have a job within a month (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management is not accountable for quarter over quarter losses (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Really not a bad place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -The people and the time off policies are two of the best reasons to work here. You simply can't find so many good people in one place any where else.
    -Relaxed work environment and relaxed work schedule in certain departments
    -For a chemical processing facility, it's ridiculously clean.
    -Challenging work, when busy.
    -Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    -Waiting for FTC to approve this merger so we can start doing real work again.

    Advice to Management

    It's been a tough road, but hopefully it will all be over soon. I believe Penn made things much better after he took over. You really tried hard to turn things around. And in many ways you succeeded, but the HDD market is waning and getting a solid footing in new markets is harder than most lay people think.


  2. "Downhill"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Development Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Process Development Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work and nice teamwork mostly. Better capabilities in lab compared to previous compny.

    Cons

    Location is in the middle if nowhere. Upper management is incompetent which led to company sale at deep discount to a competitor.

    Advice to Management

    New management seems unwilling to listen. Have reputation of not caring about employees.


  3. "Dissapointment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and good hours until they make you change them every few months...
    Many great co-workers!
    Very clean and provide many small detail amenities
    Tons of overtime if you want it and are in the right department...

    Cons

    0 opportunity to move up in the company unless you are "in" with someone or have worked there for 20+ years...
    Management could care less about their employees!!!
    way too many lay offs you never know if you will have a job within a month!!

    Advice to Management

    CLEAN HOUSE big time!!!!!
    Stop hiding behind your desks all day long
    Work with your team and learn what is going on, use the golden rule treat others like you would like to be treated!
    Stop putting people in positions they do not deserve, it is just bad judgment and it looks bad for EVERYONE!


  4. "Tool and Die Maker"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TOOLMAKER in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - TOOLMAKER in Eau Claire, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    you can have an unstable job

    Cons

    Have none

    Lays off to often

    Advice to Management

    Work on culture and values


  5. "Fun at first, but heart-wrenching end to employment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entry level experience was good. Many facets of engineering were practiced.

    Cons

    in latter years, employee moral was awful due to company downsizing / layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Buy out by TDK may be the best thing that has happened to HTI.


  6. "Tooling Buyer/planner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tooling Buyer in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Tooling Buyer in Hutchinson, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great teamwork, always changes, which keeps you on top of incoming work. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Only con I have is waiting for the acquisition to take place.


  7. "Experience as an Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing laid back people to work with, very supportive and friendly. Immediate managers are also there to help. Very nice salary as an intern.

    Cons

    Did get bought out, conditions may have changed under new ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, you are good.


  8. "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Bunch of associates and great work environment to have a rewarding career , Upper management are informative and understanding in all aspects of your preformance.

    Cons

    long hours and hard work with large demands on personal and professional life some overnight travel and dealing with claims and adjusters with your clients playing the middle man

    Advice to Management

    Support staff better and increase income and benefits to create an environment conducive to the American dream and fulfillment of employees


  9. "Rollercoaster employment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journeyman Tool and Die Maker in Marysville, WA
    Former Employee - Journeyman Tool and Die Maker in Marysville, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was good when it first started out.

    Cons

    Poor management, run into ground, hung onto a medical device that never took off just kept losing money.


  10. "Future doesn't look good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Informal work environment (blue jeans).

    Cons

    Just bought out by TDK which will keep it in the disk drive business until the end.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify into other technologies.


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