Hormel
3.5 of 5 61 reviews
www.hormelfoods.com Austin, MN 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 16, 2014

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Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger

Jeffrey M. Ettinger

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A great learning experience that provided ample base knowledge for future growth

IT Intern (Former Employee)
Austin, MN

I worked at Hormel as an intern for less than a year

Pros-Very involved upper management with many opportunities for advancement.
-Interesting project based work

Cons-None that come to mind

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

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One of the better food companies to work for .....

Production Supervisor (Current Employee)
Wichita, KS

I have been working at Hormel full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBetter pay than Seaboard, Smith-field, Farmland, Swift (JBS), or Tyson.
Much less stress than average packing house jobs ...

ConsUnless you have a frat brother, uncle, or god-parent as a VP, or are a minority, you will find promotions VERY slow ...and unless you really understand being on your feet 8 to 10 hours a day working in cold cold environments six to seven days a week ..you might be in for a shock ..

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the patronage out of the internal job bid system, and make it a level playing field, stop hiding choice jobs for favorite employees.
Quit trying to bring in young college kids who are completely over whelmed by working 10 plus hours days 6 and 7 days a week, and poach more employees from other companies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great learning experience to test your ability to think on your feet and how well you can be a manager on your own.

Production Supervisor (Current Employee)
Austin, MN

I have been working at Hormel as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood pay. Mostly good people to learn from. Give you lots of responsibility and tasks to complete. What you do is value added for the company in most cases. Learn a lot about yourself as a manager and how well you will do in this type of field.

ConsI don't have anything to write.

Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have anything to write.

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

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Good Job for what it is, but a strong company

Territory Manager (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Hormel

ProsPay was good
Company car
Lots of Perks ie cell phone, home cable paid for, and good benefits
good training and continuing training
Great people-management is nice and your co-workers are good (some people suck but that's everywhere you go)
You get to travel

ConsThe future growth in the sales program is a bit limited. If I were to have stayed with Hormel in sales I would still be doing what I was doing when I first started. There is no difference between an entry sales position and a senior sales position except for the pay and territory size. If you have aspirations of moving into corporate be prepared to live in Austin (no not texas, which would be cool), Minnesota and go to Torgies everyday and live next to your boss. There should be the plant in Austin with corporate in Minneapolis where there is a good living situation away from the job.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think management was great however there should be more employee involvment and more understanding of women and minorities. Hormel is somewhat whitebread, and wheat tastes good too ;-) Overall I liked my experience with hormel and I would recommend that someone start off their career with them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Positive

Data Center (Current Employee)
Austin, MN

I have been working at Hormel

Prosbenefits, nice people to work for

Conscan be forced to take a shift that is less than pleasurable until seniority is established

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing a good job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company

Category Manager (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Hormel

ProsGreat company. Good Pay. Ample ability to move up if you are willing to relocate. Great industry reputation amongst peers.

ConsRelocation is a necessity. Headquarters are not based in a major city but in Austin Minnesota. Very conservative and risk averse company.

Advice to Senior ManagementMove some of the corporate jobs such as marketing to Minneapolis. This will help keep and attract a more talented work force.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An extremely stable company the offers excellent retirement benifits

Associate Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee)
Beloit, WI

I have been working at Hormel

ProsThe long term benefits are the best that I have encountered. They offer, for salaried employees, a base pay, year end bonus, profit sharing (rolled over into your 401k), 401k, stock options, pension plan. They also have pretty good medical, vision, dental, .... benefits as well. Multiple opportunities to give back to the community and there are multiple occurrences for employee engagement.

ConsVery long hours when working in the plant. As an engineer, I spent 11-12 hours a day at work which makes my personal life non-existent M-F. There is a general lack of feedback from your manager as to if you are progressing properly especially if you come straight out of school or if this is a career change.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time with those individuals that are starting fresh with the company. If the individual is coming in as entry-level, they need feedback

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good opportunities and pay if you don't mind working long hours.

Production Supervisor (Current Employee)
Austin, MN

I have been working at Hormel

ProsAt Hormel, there is a great opportunity to implement your own ideas. Management expects you to promote positive change. Training is important at Hormel. The company provides a week long new employee orientation seminar and another week long meat science class after a year into the job. The pay at Hormel exceeds similar jobs elsewhere and the benifits are above average.

ConsThe number of hours you are expected to work far exceed other companies. Hormel management has a problem with equating the number of hours worked to how well you are doing. Many people will kill time at work for the sake of appearance.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management should work to eliminate the notion that the number of hours worked equates to how well you do your job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good

Packaging Crew (Former Employee)
General Trias (Philippines)

I worked at Hormel as a contractor for less than a year

Proscoz its big company and big opportunity to work there

Consthe down side is having -4 degree inside the production very cold

Advice to Senior Managementchange the agency who hold the employment

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

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Great company for recent college grads

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hormel

ProsGreat training programs with a lot of opportunities to advance within your career

ConsLong hours and up to 7 days a week. Lacks work life balance

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