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Hutchinson Technology Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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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. "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. "Really not a bad place to work."

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    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.

  3. "Tooling Buyer/planner"

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    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.


  4. "Experience as an Intern"

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    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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "My co-op experience"

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

    Pros

    nice people, very helpful environment and fast paced

    Cons

    technology is lacking in day to day use

  8. "Rollercoaster employment"

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    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.


  9. "Hutchinson Technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun, easy going, flexible time off

    Cons

    in the process of being acquired


  10. "Future doesn't look good"

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    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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