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Hypertherm Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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  1. "Good Environment and Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hypertherm full-time

    Pros

    Work environment is very nice and management also very good.
    Enjoyed in work tenure.

    Cons

    Salary hike and Benefits is not to much attractive.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to restructure Benefits.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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?

  3. "Hypertherm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Lebanon, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with a one-of-a-kind culture.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything bad.


  4. "Manufacturing Process Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Hypertherm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great profit sharing and stock option! No lay-off policy. Associates respect each other. You will have all the resources needed to get your job done.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growing opportunities.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  6. "Overall a great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Hanover, NH
    Current Employee - Finance in Hanover, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ownership culture, shared rewards include profit sharing and HSOP, strong management team, on-site medical office, on-site fitness, focus on wellness (physical, mental, financial), heavily involved in the community (32 hours paid community service time), culture of continuous improvement, educational support, generous paid time off, focus on team based solutions, lean and green. I have a great leader too; he has a direct impact on my engagement and I work hard for him and for the company.

    Cons

    Your experience and satisfaction can depend heavily on your area, team, and leader. Some areas have better work/life balance than others. I wish there were more opportunities to telecommute so that I could move out of the area but stay with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Aim higher- strengthen leaders to inspire! Inspired Associates will get us where we want to go; don't accept lack of engagement and don't settle for simply engaged- aspire to inspire!! Keep up the good communication- Evan's humor during company meeting makes him relatable and credible; people want to follow him. Continue to seek excellence and be good leaders, but spend some time with other teams. How cool would it be to have members of management spend a couple of hours shadowing in teams outside of their focus so that they can appreciate what it takes to do what we do?


  7. "Great Associate Owned Organisation"

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

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

    Pros

    Associate owned, focused on R&D, targets mid range of industry pay grades, great training opportunities, walks the walk when it comes to social responsibility and environmental issues

    Cons

    Not interested in changing organizational culture to meet global differences. Very slow to make decisions.

  8. "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator III in Lebanon, NH
    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator III in Lebanon, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are better than most. Profit sharing is a definite plus. Laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Politics, backstabbing and the boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Focus a little more on the associates on the floor and less in the offices.


  9. "Think long and hard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  10. "Hypertherm Employee Owned"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, No lay off policy, good benefits, free fitness classes w/ onsite gym, paid community service opportunities, pay is decent, year end profit sharing

    Cons

    Pay could be better for some positions they use the profit sharing and benefits as total rewards instead of separating the two and addressing it.

    Advice to Management

    None - they do an excellent job and in weak areas they recognize it and try to improve


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