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MTS Systems Reviews

Updated December 1, 2017
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Pros
  • They had a structured intern program that let us learn more about the company as well as great people to mentor you along the way (in 7 reviews)

  • Great products and great people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management too focused on growth (in 12 reviews)

  • Constant change in people and priorities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MTS Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co workers the people that have been there a while and know what's its like to work together..

    Cons

    Honest communication from the top management all the way down to the Direct Supervisors. No recognition for people on the production floor,

    Advice to Management

    Clean house get rid of the CEO and most of the yes people managers .Start over with honest communication, treating everyone equally instead of half of the company not having to be accountable for there breaks lunch breaks or when they arrive and leave for the day. When hiring from the outside maybe make sure the people know what their job will be from the very beginning instead of sugar coating what a great place MTS is to work and then dumping most of the managers work on them its a domino effect starting from the top .The chain of command is not really working there is a lot that's gets added or miss-communicated on the way down. MTS values mean nothing if they are not practiced and not preached.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "mechanical designer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MTS Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Time off, relaxed start/end time, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    MTS is focused on short term gains with ramping up production end of each quarter, forced OT (with no work to do) and unrealistic goals so the general employees don't receive a bonus/profit sharing but upper management still gets 5 figure bonuses. There is little room to move within the company your better off changing companies for a promotion. The upper management turns over ever 2-3 years with drastic changes to the company with layoffs of random employees from 30 years of experience to ones that had less then a year. There is a general lack of moral with in MTS and most internal department groups have little to no faith in the management, lots of seasoned workers who are just fed up with the constant change.

    Advice to Management

    MTS systems use to have a very good reputation within the twin cities, i feel it has been damaged in the last 10 years due to the poor management and how the employees have been treated. It might be turned around in the next couple years with the help of a 2 new presidents but i wouldn't be surprised if they ended up being acquired for the short term gain.

  3. "Don't apply for a job here - not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MTS Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many of the co-workers are very nice. Unfortunately, they leave within three years because it is so unpleasant to work here.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work in a job that matters to nobody unless you have shareholder influence. Be prepared to work for someone who knows less than you do about your job and has no understanding of the business. Although MTS claims to have a "speak up" culture, don't speak up about anything, ever. You'll pay for it.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the worst people and hang on to the best. Not the other way around.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganized Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay salary, time off, insurance, benefits.

    Cons

    Micro management, yes men/women in upper management, managing the business from spreadsheets rather than the real-time system, customization of said real-time system to the extent it longer functions as designed.

    Advice to Management

    Use SAP as designed


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Machinist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    I have never seen a company that makes as many absolutely terrible business decisions in my life. In the 3 years since were were purchased they ran us into the ground and shuffled more than 4 different managers over our facility.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Set you up for Failure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at MTS Systems full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were OK. Flexible work schedule was nice.

    Cons

    Management sets you up for failure and then finds ways to get rid of you. Talk out of both sides of mouth.

    Advice to Management

    Get the facts straight before you agree to avenues to get rid of employees for no reason. It is a lawsuit waiting to happen.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Company needs to refocus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are average. Lots of experienced co workers who are very knowledgeable. People really step up and try to help each other, despite managements attempt to silo every group from each other.

    Cons

    Management gets in the way. Too many processes that slow down the ability to deliver to the customer. Management is clueless as to how things really get done and just end up being an obstacle to work around.

  8. "I work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MTS Systems full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good benefits, bonus

    Cons

    tight budgets will slow decisions


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Really..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard to think of any.... health coverage is average, wages are average, 401k match is average, cafeteria is okay, work is interesting.

    Cons

    Well, lets start with they let good, highly talented managers walk right out the door and then turn around and offer a higher position to a terrible manager that recently turned in notice. What are you people thinking?! The dead weight around here that should be trimmed somehow they manage to get promoted and everyone is left shaking their head in complete disbelief. They've stopped paying bonuses into our 401k plans, they have leaders that are clueless with no schooling background trying to lead the way but they can't even read the map. These clowns would have a hard time running a profitable popcorn stand at your local county fair. Stay away and if your stuck here for now like I am look for opportunities to free yourself of this life draining place they call MTS.

    Advice to Management

    Do us all a favor and quit. Find another company to go ruin. Learn that people work harder for a company that shows appreciation for there employees then one that constantly beats them down. Stop making people work OT when there's NO work to do. An upper manager once made the comment that we're all just monkeys with wrenches but I've never seen this person do one thing good for this company and it's truly sad.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "MTS Systems is stuck in the PAST!"

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    Former Employee - Assembler/Test Technician in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Assembler/Test Technician in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MTS Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only Pro is the location.

    Cons

    When you work here it's like walking on egg shells. You do one little thing, they are on you like a hawk. There is a toxic environment here. Most in upper management have no tack. The management doesn't care how they speak to you, most of it is in a toxic way. They force overtime. Even if you are sick, you get a bad mark on you even with a doctor's note. You only get 6 bad marks in a year then you get let go. There is a HIGH turnover rate in Cary due to the crazy rules and no trust in their employees with all these crazy rules. The company will NOT invest in new technology or tools.

    Advice to Management

    Have management take a management course so they know how to interact properly with their staff. Listen to the employees about how to improve the process, they have some good ideas that you just toss away and keep making the same mistakes over and over again. They also act like they are FAR SUPERIOR to the regular employees.


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