HNI
3.0 of 5 21 reviews
www.hnicorp.com Muscatine, IA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 6, 2014

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62% Approve of the CEO

HNI Chairman, President, and CEO Stan Askren

Stan Askren

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very solid and reputable company to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHNI is a great place to work. There have been many opportunities for me to move up within the company and management is very good.

    ConsPay could be better and location in Muscatine, Iowa is somewhat limiting , but overall a very good place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    HNI offers great opportunities for career advancement if you show demonstrated ability.

    Finance Development Program (Current Employee)
    Muscatine, IA

    Pros-Excellent training opportunities
    -High exposure to upper management
    -A variety of different job positions available at many different operating companies

    Cons-Below average compensation
    -High employee turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore competitive compesation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Muscatine, IA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within - Remove Leadership not adhering to company's long standing principles

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Product Engineer (Current Employee)
    Muscatine, IA

    Pros1. 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.

    Cons1. 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 Senior ManagementWork on better ways to retain your engineering talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Accountant (Current Employee)
    Muscatine, IA

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A tough job to love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOne of the only games in town.

    ConsCulture is a bit strange. Supervisors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a good place to work. However, the company is going in a totally different direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Muscatine, IA

    ProsI've been here a long time and I know the business.

    ConsThe legacy system is being replaced with a third-party, packaged software. Not sure where my place in the new environment will be. Communication is lacking in the direction of the department. People have started leaving the department in droves. During the recession, the department had a wage freeze. Now that business is picking up, we would like be compensated for our service during the recession. Raises seem to be worse than before the recession. We are asked to take on more responsibility with no compensation or additional title. People are getting fed up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. Treat them with respect and compensate them for their dedication on making the company profitable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It started out great, but has deteriorated immensely.

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Muscatine, IA

    ProsI've been here for 14 years and it's close to home

    ConsThey are out sourcing their software development. I'm a software developer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employees more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    WAKE UP HNI, Your workers made you who you are, respect them!

    Distribution Support (Current Employee)
    Muscatine, IA

    ProsIt is a very large stable company. They have health beifits, profitsharing. And there are still a lot of great people who work there.

    ConsCurrently poorly managed, with respect to human recources. They just don't care much, if any, about the people that work for them. HON used to be more about being a good place to work, and employees were treated as, what they called "Members" Now the term "Members" is more like a slap in the face. Because being a member of somthing would indicate that you were part of somthing that you felt you belong to, and possible might have an influence in helping the cause of the company. Now people are treated as if it was their fault the company might be experiencing financial difficulty because of the economy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost people understand that the economy is bad, and that we need to cut corners and raise productivity, but that is no excuse to treat people with no respect. Let us help. Acknowlege the fact that that "you" the management don't have all the answers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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