HNI

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HNI Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
31 Reviews
3.7
31 Reviews
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HNI Chairman, President, and CEO Stan Askren
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people - tyrannical CEO

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    Former Employee - Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management

    I worked at HNI full-time

    Pros

    People are excellent / managers are good with a great work ethic / the business units; Allsteel, Hon, etc. are solid businesses. Rapid Continuous Improvement culture is

    Cons

    The biggest obstacle to progress is the CEO, Askren. An individual who shows no respect to people, bullies them and acts condescending. He rules by fear and position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to stand up to tyranny. HNI will be better when the CEO is retired, and people are again truly valued.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hours are fine but company doesn't value seasoned members

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    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    New members get decent pay, a lot of overtime during the busy season. Seasonal workers get paid very generously.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites making promotions a pain to get. No Supervisors want to follow the training process so members are rushed in to performinng the job. Have never seen upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ignore seasoned members. Don't play favorites and care about your members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    HNI

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    Former Employee - Manager in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Manager in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at HNI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, easy to move to different business units

    Cons

    Located in muscatine, long commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, listen to the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Programmer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at HNI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly workplace, ample opportunity to improve skills and grow beyond initial skills. Great training for entry level employee.

    Cons

    Culture is dated, not a lot of younger employees, but they are actively working on this. Also, many employees live out of town meaning fewer locals to make friends with. Depending on the team, extremely complex and old systems to support. Very confusing for entry level employees. Especially when on call.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work... now a good place to work... heading the wrong way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn manufacturing and good visibility to management - run like a smaller company

    Cons

    Latest senior management additions a different breed - Too many thinkers at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within - Remove Leadership not adhering to company's long standing principles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company if you're looking for a steep learning curve in a very short time period

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Exposure to a lot of different manufacturing processes - wood, laminate, steel, fiberglass, plastic etc
    2. Get trained on structured design and development processes with good standard operating procedures (The documents and spreadsheets are there to follow, even if implementation is not always executed as per the prescribed process).
    3. Large engineering groups to fall back on.
    4. Big company, not too shabby resources for employees to really take charge and self-learn on things like lean manufacturing, Design for Manufacturability, Product Management etc.
    5. Different brands, different price points. Can switch between different HNI OpCo's for quick exposure.

    Cons

    1. Too much hierarchy.
    2. Meet a lot of people who treat their positions as jobs, not careers.
    3. Lot of incompetent people hired to top positions.
    4. Company gives more relevance to communication skills and not level of education etc (For instance, they will consider an internal candidate who has a Bachelor's in General Studies for an Engineering or Product Management position, over a candidate who has a Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering, more diversified experience for the same positions).
    5. Very low starting salaries. Profit sharing is a joke.

    Advice to freshers: Get a job here, work your behind off, learn all you can and leave. Do not plan on staying more than 2-3 yrs or you WILL get pigeonholed in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on better ways to retain your engineering talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many great people work here, but the company works people to death.

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of room for growth, beautiful office buildings, work can be interesting, good relationships with coworkers, ability to work with fellow professionals, can get exposure to international business and other sophisticated experiences.

    Cons

    The company is located in Muscatine, IA, where there is not much to do. The company does not respect a work-life balance and asks for a lot of hours out of its employees. The company is very short-term profit motivated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of communication from executives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    The health benefits were very generous for families, not single young adults. After qualifying (2 years) for Cash Profit Sharing the company makes a generous match into members 401(k) accounts.

    Cons

    If you are starting your career with the company, do not expect guidance from management of what is expected of you, they assume you already know. There is a lack of support and communication between executives and mid-management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the basics on how HNI became successful. Give members in the company greater guidance along with transparency to how well the company truly is doing.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler
    Former Employee - Assembler

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    Good learning environment. Lean Kaizen

    Cons

    Hot environment, sometimes long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Approves of CEO

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