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Minnetronix Reviews

Updated September 30, 2016
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  1. "Employee Review"

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

    Pros

    Even at an entry leve, there is a high PTO accrual rate at Minnetronix. They are flexible on hours for the engineering department. The health benefits are good. There is a variety of project exposure.

    Cons

    Management decisions are questionable. Due to their business model, they tend to get into multiple situations were unplanned activities and scope changes happen frequently. However, there is seldom push back from Minnetronix to hold to schedules and budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a finger on the pulse of the projects and scope changes. When fires do occur, push back at the customer with reasonable justifications as to why something will take longer.


  2. "Engineering employee experience at Minnetronix"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Minnetronix (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The hours, salary and benefits are good - flexible hours and casual dress policy are a plus. If you want a wide variety of experience in the medical device industry this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Minnetronix provides contract design, development and manufacturing services to other medical device companies. Some customers are great to work with, others are not. You need a thick skin, confidence in your own abilities and good customer service skills to survive and be promoted beyond an entry level position.

    Advice to Management

    Work on promoting and rewarding the skills of employees that have been with the company for more than 5 years. Often good and dependable employees are overlooked in favor of the next whiz kid. All too often the whiz kids leave for the next big thing, but your dependable employees are still there.


  3. "Good Intentions - Poor Followthrough"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Minnetronix full-time

    Pros

    Fast design cycles lead to lots of opportunities for technical knowledge growth and expansion. Nearly all positions are customer facing, so you'll have lots of opportunities to communicate directly with the customers.

    Cons

    The company almost always seems to be struggling with managing project scope and budget, with one or two projects hitting critical points in development while "in the red" budget wise each year. This can be challenging to work with as an engineer, as you'll have to manage your time carefully to keep projects within budget and timeline.

    Advice to Management

    Be more strict with customers when it comes to project scope and expectations.


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  5. "QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Minnetronix as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As far as people go, they deserve 5 stars. Great people to work with. I really enjoyed working with everyone there. They have a large number of opportunities (Hardware, Mechanical, and Software development and verification). A wide range of products so it doesn't get boring.

    Cons

    Company does contracts for other companies. This is very interesting but it is organized terrible. Input and output requirements aren't ever defined completely. If a failure happens and the equipment was being used in a 'crazy' way. The failure gets pushed back on Minnetronix because they, for some strange reason, allowed inputs and outputs to remain undefined. It make doing designs interesting not easy. Equipment and tools needed to do the job are purchased and owned by the company the contract is being done for. So, they have nothing and don't seem interested in investing in some general items for themselves. Minnetronix employees are not very experienced which is really shown in their hardware and software architectures. Project designs are pieced together by contractors which is good for contractors but makes for some really bad designs to work with. Their CAPAs may not get real answers but they will get an insane number of contractors thrown at them and their processes are so bad that the resolution to the CAPA may be a larger problem then the original issue. Inexperience? They are good people but it seems the are often in over their heads. I like them but they were sucking the life out of me.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You are a small company with big company issues. I know you say it isn't true but I was there for as long as I could stomach it. I'm telling you it is the same behavior only worse because you may not realize it. Knowing what an acronym stands for isn't the same as 'your company follows the process'. If you actually figured out what skill sets you needed to do a contract and then hired people with those skill sets, you may be able to earn more profits and buy an actual piece of test equipment. Of coarse that would probably mean that a 2nd year mechanical engineering student wouldn't be doing communication packet and bit error rate testing but that is probably a good thing. There are such a large number of things that need to be addressed. Everyone there is great but but change costs time and money. You really need to put an effort together to do it or you will continue to have issues holding on to talent. Wake up.


  6. "Human Resource Generalist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resource Generalist Contractor
    Former Employee - Human Resource Generalist Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, and majority of the people were very friendly. The business model is work hard play hard in which they do. Excellent employee benefits! I would have to say this is one of the top three places that I have worked.

    Cons

    Sometimes some job functions were completely disconnected with others.


  7. "Project stability is key"

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    Former Employee - Continuation Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Continuation Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and culture. People generally interested in doing a good job.

    Cons

    They tend to hire and let go contractors by the project work they get or loose.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the employees are doing CMA and not being truthful about contractors.


  8. "Assembler"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Assembler in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - Assembler in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Minnetronix as a contractor

    Pros

    Great corporate structure, lots of free events for employees. Good facility with gym and basketball court. Small company feel. Good for corporate, bad for production.

    Cons

    Very poor work environment. Uncomfortable and not social. Full time employees are only paid once a month. Contract employees have to definite date as to when they are hired and can be let go whenever a large project is complete. Production workers are mostly looked down on. No flexibility with schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not treated with respect. While working in production, the company would give tours to customer and people will observe you work like lab rats. Raise structure also poor.


  9. "Generally good challenges and environment - but may be changing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Minnetronix full-time

    Pros

    Good variety of work, new projects start about every 9 months or so. CEO tries to make the company environment fun with almost weekly internal activities and a half dozen external activities throughout the year. People are by and large all skilled in their disciplines and helpful.

    Cons

    Company growth has driven the need for more middle management and a fair amount of it from the outside and its changing the culture in a negative way. Senior management tends to delegate this and other decisions more than it should.

    Advice to Management

    See to it that management hires know the culture you're trying to maintain and hold them to it. Delegate, but also sample inspect.


  10. "Well rounded and great internship experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Minnetronix as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are great to work with, they are always willing to help.
    Environment is relaxed, allows for flexibility

    Cons

    Hard to get others attention despite it being a small company.
    Immediate supervisors had a lot on their plates so it was hard to get feedback as an intern.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing but keep the same small company feel.