HNI Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Member not an Employee!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Continuous Change, Much Opportunity for Career Growth

    Cons

    Segmented Business Between Operating Companies

  2. Helpful (1)

    I loved it there

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Pros

    Good money nice customers there

    Cons

    No time off hard managers

  3. Helpful (1)

    Very solid and reputable company to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to grow as a business professional. Many opportunities to advance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. Allow you many different opportunities to build your skills. Great training through development programs.

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive for experienced members.

  6. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Development Program in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Finance Development Program in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    More competitive compesation

  7. Helpful (1)

    Hours are fine but company doesn't value seasoned members

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Work on better ways to retain your engineering talent.

  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Muscatine, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  11. not enough hours

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Pros

    easy job when work is available but first shift gets the pick of workload

    Cons

    not enough hours. seasonal business

    Advice to Management

    balance workload between shifts

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