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Hutchinson Technology Reviews

Updated October 27, 2016
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  1. "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and clean environment

    Cons

    Unpredictable workload. Some management not qualified.


  2. "Great teamwork, casual atmosphere, serious intentions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great teamwork. Casual work atmosphere, but great work ethic. World class quality and engineering. Great tools for engineering, problem solving and root-cause analysis. Relatively low bureaucracy. Small enough that you know and interact with the executives.

    Cons

    Leadership had a vision at one time, good business acumen, and strategy. However success and arrogance got the best of them. Arrogance that cost them their largest customer, tens of millions of cash burned on a diversification effort that had signs of failure long before the leadership accepted the failure. Now has run out of cash and chosen to be acquired by Japanese based TDK ... may be good, may be bad, certainly brings uncertainty.


  3. "Circling the drain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for low experience. Free parking and weak coffee. Good coworkers who will leave you for a different firm.

    Cons

    They never make sales projections, they have a list of debt, they lost their Thailand facility to flooding and have too much floor space for what they need

    Advice to Management

    Get your financial situation in order, and do a much better job mentoring new employees. Make stronger coffee, it only helps productive.


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  5. "HTI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a high technology company with extremely nice facilities and latest state of the art manufacturing equipment

    Cons

    business conditions vary widely due to economic conditions and customer orders. These frequent swings result in plant and employee turmoil. Moved a lot of their manufacturing capacity out of the United States

    Advice to Management

    Plant work environment is generally above average, although the stress induced by market and business fluctuations makes it hard on the employees. Fears of layoff and downsizing impact moral.


  6. "Interesting work, unstable company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High tech products and processes

    Cons

    Company struggles in difficult industry


  7. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Technician in Eau Claire, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide array of processes and technologies keep things interesting. Also great employees and working relationships. Has been a challenging but enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    Cyclical and seasonal product demand - Seeing a shift with world demand as more people move to mobile computing and cloud based storage.


  8. "Overall Positive but have survived where others havent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some room for movement, Best time-off package around

    Cons

    Layoffs occur way too often


  9. "Very technical questions were asked."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment and flexible time off policy.

    Cons

    big layoff always going on. sad to see people let go.

    Advice to Management

    good job.


  10. "Challanging Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Technician in Eau Claire, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great challanges in a good environment, interesting array of technology and processes, great co-worker team-work

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement, stagnant / declining pay and benefits over the last 5+ years

    Advice to Management

    Employee moral can have a direct impact on Quality. Find a way to get people motivated and excited for the future of the company.


  11. "Another vicitim of the Recession, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eau Claire, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, personal improvement classes offered when I worked there.

    Cons

    Many layoffs, hiring of temp workers that were unprofessional/ used foul language on occasion when I worked there.

    Private cafeteria closed and hot water machine was removed. Had to walk to cafeteria area to get coffee.

    Advice to Management

    Dump or sell the bio division and concentrate on gaining market share.

    The factory in Thailand never should have been built on a flood prone area, would have been better to keep the assembly jobs in the U.S so they could purchase the hard drives we helped make...



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