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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)

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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. "Tooling Buyer/planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  3. "Experience as an Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


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  5. "Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  6. "Rollercoaster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Specialist in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Process Specialist in Eau Claire, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is very reasonable.
    EMTO (employee managed time off) is very good and incredibly flexible.
    Most of the people who work there are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Over-time today...Laid-off tomorrow...repeat x infinity
    Wages haven't kept pace, and lots of benefits were cut during the economic down turn.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication where possible.


  7. "Good Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TOOLMAKER in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - TOOLMAKER in Hutchinson, MN

    I worked at Hutchinson Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable people. Outstanding training and personal development opportunities, very reasonable pay for a company that will completely train you to do the job you are paid to do in a fast paced highly technical environment.

    Cons

    Most employee's want to work to their potential. Unfortunately, many just want to ride the gravy train. More than average chronic complainers, feel entitled simply due to longevity or based on what the perception of what management unfairly receives. Too many individuals pretending to be caring leaders, when they are really looking to advance their career.

    Advice to Management

    Do not manage, lead!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed worked environment but still focused on results. Good pay and benefits. Excellent place to work while it was growing, unfortunately it has been shrinking for the last 8-10 years.

    Cons

    Several critical decisions caused the company to contract. I think these could have been avoided by better decision making. At times management seems arrogant which is what got them into trouble with key customers

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer, continue to diversify


  9. "nice place to live and work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly and cozy working environment

    Cons

    the industry is hit by replacing technology


  10. "Used to be a great place to work..."

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

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

    Pros

    HTI was a great company -- spent 19 years there. In the later years, it got a little depressing with constant threats of layoffs. But speaking from just a company point of view: competive pay (with the cities), always treated with respect and integrity (as a woman engineer), challenging projects, great benefits. Always opportunities to move around within the company, training was supported and encouraged.

    Cons

    Not sure the medical division was the right avenue for company growth.

    Advice to Management

    .


  11. "An under-diversified company that moves at the whim of the tech industry."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Hutchinson, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    While working at HTI I had a great relationship with my manager and supervisor. Overall I really enjoyed my experience. This being my first job the company was helpful in bringing me up to speed and supporting me through my first few difficult projects.

    Cons

    Technology tends to be a boom and bust market; HTI is no exception to this, in down times there is very little job security in the company and this can make everything very stressful. The company has invested a lot of money in 2 ventures recently and has been disappointed in the payback on those investments. Both product timeliness were too aggressive and the company has struggled to capitalize on their investment during this rough economic time.

    Advice to Management

    Many of the life time employees had seen this type of business cycle before, this one felt worse because it coincided with the recession in the general economy but as in the past this recent bust cycle for the company seems to have hit bottom. I believe HTI is here to stay though a greater diversification in product line is needed in order to stabilize the employment cycles that the company sees.



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