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Hypertherm Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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  1. "Think long and hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler
    Current Employee - Assembler
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hypertherm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You see all the awards and articles on Hypertherm. But, the truth is this was a company that used to be "a great place to work" as many of their awards say they are. As one of the larger employers in the state that is only a 45 year old company, with many employees working 20 plus years in this organization, one would think this would be a place you would want to retire at. There are truly some great people in this organization. Many of the lifer's are banking on their stock options to be able to retire. Some are stuck there and do not want to change. The profit sharing and stock options are good, provided you negotiated a decent salary coming in, as they try to sell the total compensation package to you, rather than focusing on your base salary. But, your profit sharing is a percentage of your base salary so you want to do well negotiating coming in.

    Cons

    This company needs to understand how their reputation has been getting worse, especially since the Couch's cashed out. Hypertherm builds a decent plasma cutter, but upper management doesn't care about the associates any longer. Over the many years I was there I saw a lot of people quit or get fired that had not been there long. It's all about sales and profit now. You are not valued unless you are an engineer it seems. They have a zero lay off policy but they fire people without too much concern. Also, they have the good old boy network in many different departments so not many people are held accountable.

    Having a 100% associate owned company is great when you can use that as a loop hole to pay zero federal taxes. But, when you have a board of directors that are making decisions about acquisitions and the future of the business does 100% associate ownership really mean anything to an associate? It doesn't make you anymore important or anymore valuable. You might be able to have a cleaner work station with your suggestions...This place is very political and the higher you move up the worse it is. It takes a committee to make any decisions. When things goes wrong the fingers start pointing all over, there is a horrible lack of accountability.

    The bottom line is that this company has a very difficult culture to work in and who you know or suck up to you will get you much further than knowing your stuff and getting the job done. I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone unless you were desperate for benefits or starting out your career. Everything moves so slow and if you do not drink the cool aid you will be left out of the clicks.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get your multiple business teams on the same page and hold the proper people accountant-able instead of having witch hunts.


  2. "Lacks Leadership - Needs to follow their stated measures in company handbook."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hypertherm full-time

    Pros

    ESOP, Profit Sharing and Community Participation.

    Cons

    The company is currently worried about their image to the outside world. They badger and force associates to give and make positive statements. Associates live under the fear of being spied and informed upon. Leadership sends mixed signals and will not back up supervision when push comes to shove. Associates are forced to fill out surveys and attend countless hours of training while trying to maintain a balance of family, home life and work.

    Advice to Management

    Get out and walk the floor, listen to the associates. Time to remove some of the Leaders in the so called "T" - It has become too political and needs to focus on realistic goals and structure. Associate feel as they are being "Bullied" in in filling out surveys and that the so called "Blind" surveys are not as private as ones are being told. The Counch Family had the right formula in the beginning. Remember that Supervisors are associates as well.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hypertherm... Not what they want you to believe it to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hypertherm full-time

    Pros

    For the upper valley NH/VT they are one of the leading employers.
    As a leader in their industry, the business is stable, margins are great, brand is strong and cash is available to reinvest in the technology. As an engineer, having Hypertherm on your resume wont hurt. One of the nice opportunities is that they provide 2 paid days a years to go out and volunteer in the community.

    Cons

    As one of the leading employers in the upper valley, they have a captive audience and leverage that position strongly with a "where else would they go... what else would they do" approach to the employee relations.
    The family that started the business means well but have all but removed themselves from the daily activities and spend their time on philanthropic endeavors.
    As an engineer, having Hypertherm on your resume wont hurt, but you will have to pay the price of limited opportunity and voice in what you do as the management team has a monarchy type approach in defining the direction. If you do not agree with management, by all means keep you mouth closed as even though they claim to be open to all opinions, the management team is absolutely unequivocally not. Upward growth opportunities are non existent unless of course you are a Dartmouth graduate, so like the job you take because you will be in it for the duration. The daily politics, backstabbing and drama across all departments gets to be painful and draining in quick order. Do not look to HR for help in any of this, as they are not only the weakest human resources department any of us have ever experienced, they also simply do not care, as regularly demonstrated by the blind eye to the level of misconduct by many to include numerous ongoing examples of inappropriate relationships between coworkers at all levels in all departments. Examples of this behavior and relationships have been ongoing for years all the way up to the senior management team level. Compensation is positioned as competitive (footnote; "competitive for the upper valley" of NH and VT where landscaping and snow plowing are alternatives), although check your numbers carefully as most positions are at the low end of most pay scales (but where else are they going to go, what else are they going to do?) even with the ESOP plan that will take at least another 20 years to play out and even after you leave they will hold on to your money for 5 years before pay out.

    Advice to Management

    A few of the management team mean well and may have their hands tied, others have been milking the company for years as untalented uninspiring dead weight taking a paycheck while adding little to no value. Others simply should be set free to experience the real business world outside of their upper valley bubble where they act like gods in ancient times. But then why would anyone change the business model when the company is doing so well?


  4. "Boring and unorganized work experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hypertherm full-time

    Pros

    reasonable Work and life balance

    Cons

    Not organized works and culture

    Advice to Management

    Better leadership


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sad I couldn't retire"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It had a family, caring cu;ture

    Cons

    Good until the Owners stop running the Company

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of what Operations management is doing to the Company


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Silos in operation...."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, NH

    Pros

    Decent salary.
    Decent management attitude toward work/life balance.
    Nice area.

    Cons

    Departments/sections are segregated in attitude and cooperation. Non-departmental managers try to dictate to associates in other departments.
    Work proceeds in silos, and attempts to get necessary information can be seen as intrusive.
    Quite a bit of "territorialness" in managers, as in most US corporations, unfortunately.
    Engineers haughty toward non-engineers doing technical work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop concentrating on community happiness, and work toward improving associate happiness. Make promotion opportunities more transparent, in terms of not having to be politically connected to someone, or in general a suck-up.


  7. "Wellness Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Wellness Program Manager in Lebanon, NH
    Former Employee - Wellness Program Manager in Lebanon, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESOP, Profit-sharing and stock are great benefits for associates.

    Cons

    Management and leadership don't have a good relationship with the associates. They are "all business" and don't seem to realize the impact this message has to the associates.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more engaged with the associates. There is a definite disconnect and the management team doesn't seem to realize it.

  8. "hypertherm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a green friendly company to work for. very interested in the employee welfare. Strong commitment to enviormental issues.

    Cons

    Company spent too much time prying into the personal business of employees. backstabbing environment. this is all I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    stay out of employees personal life. look at the on the big picture, be open to new ideas. Undestand people have different personalities


  9. "Not a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Community oriented
    Career mobility if you play your cards right; very political

    Cons

    Weak pay and very high expectations

    Advice to Management

    Promotions dont seem to be based on competency and talent but on who you know.


  10. "Overwhelming"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    associate development and well being
    giving back to society through community service, staying green and efficient
    makes great products

    Cons

    Lots of reports, planning and meeting so leaving little time to actually "work"
    Trying to be efficient so lots of work loaded on every individual which can get stressful

    Advice to Management

    Had great products and service support for the customers that really helps the company lead the market in plasma cutting.


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