Hormel
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www.hormelfoods.com Austin, MN 5000+ Employees

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Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger

Jeffrey M. Ettinger

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits. Safety and Quality are important. CEO is fantastic, great views for the company.

    ConsWork ALL THE TIME!. No work life balance, narrow minded coworkers, conservative company. Most manufacturing companies are in remote areas or small towns with limited access to extra curricular activities. Corporate office is in small town and you live next to your boss. Not a company that keeps or attracts top talent. Upper management does not align themselves with future growth of employees. Unless you golf with your BOSS - good luck on getting a promotion or stellar annual review. My superior struggled at talking to me daily - as if it was a hassle. Promote diversity yet have NONE. Behind the ball on business excellence and lean manufacturing. Back to top talent.... can't keep top talent when working conditions are work, work, work and the longer you stay at work (even if you are not working yet talking or playing on the computer) the better an employee you are. So, if you stay at work for 12-14 hours you are seen as an excellent employee. I tell you what.... if I'm at work for 12 hours managing a 8 hour shift I'm a POOR manager. I'm there 9-10 hours and I'm called part timer! I'm about business excellence and doing it right the first time. I don't need to work beyond those hours to get my work done. Work environment is cold and wet and you stand on concrete for your 10-12 hour day at least 6 days a week. No flexibility. Limited community involvement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKenexa survey results are not coming fast enough! Devote your time to work balance and retaining top talent. Move corporate offices out of Austin MN and work toward TRUE training and continuous improvement. Have your upper managers at the plants truly follow a development plan for your younger managers. We are being neglected because too many of the wrong people have been promoted. You are not retaining TOP TALENT! Your competitors are taking your good people because the wrong people are getting the promotions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    decent opportunity with no room for growth

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Austin, MN

    Prosthey have great training program to develop you for a recent college grad
    the pay is decent. really isn't as great as some people put it considering amount of hours you work

    Consyou will work for a lot of incompetent managers which can be very very stressful
    long hours and no work life balance
    small city with barely anything to do for young professionals
    barely any room for growth with no diversity what so ever

    Advice to Senior Managementdevelop a better way for work life balance
    evaluate your managers. most are just talkers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big corporation operating in a tiny town - a condition which sprouts big egos

    Corporate Office Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, MN

    ProsGood pay and benefits for salaried employees, but you will work so many hours you won't get to enjoy your money.

    ConsBig pressure to work super-long hours, butt-kissing is the best route to take for promotions. Old-boy network alive and well here. If you're not at work by 6AM every day, you're a slacker!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and realize that work might not be THE most important thing in everyone's life. Staff positions enough so one person doesn't have to do the work that 2 or 3 should be doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales jobs are good but production is brutal

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee)
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    ProsThey pay well & there's good job secturity. The sales field is really good to work for, you get a company car its interesting work. They also have really good benefits.

    ConsIn the production side the hours are brutal, I quit because I was forced to work 7 days a week, 10+ hour days. Cold wet manufacturing environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimple, work life balance. Get some!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good position to accept if you want to do real engineering without a promotion

    Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsHormel has great pay and benefits. They are accommodating to days needed off. They will try their best to make the company feel more close knit than most major companies do.

    ConsThe position of maint. engineer is not an engineering position as they make it out to be, it is a glorified supervisor. Maintenance is often singled out for any issues resulting in lost manufacturing time even though equipment performance is not the issue. Advancement is not as quick as they make it out to be, they tell you that after a year there will be advancement available to the engineering division but that is not true.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet new people know what to really expect for their future within the company. Everybody comes in looking to advance to something more challenging based on what they were told in the interview process but become discouraged when they realize that advancement cannot be expected within the first 2-3 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start a career, but not sustainable

    Category Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsHormel has an excellent entry level training program. Their pay, benefits and opportunitties for growth are excellent for a single kids right out of college. The entry level training managers are wonderful and truly care about their new employees

    ConsEvery job is a "pass through" job and senior leadership believes every employee should have a desire and a drive to be the next VP. You are expected to move every 2-3 years and grudges are held if you say "no". Work/Life balance is something that is talked about a lot, but it stops there, it's only lip service! Face time is valued over productivity and senior management has a huge lack of trust and respect for their employees. Additionally, there is a HUGE disconnect between senior management and the characteristics/values of the X and Y generations. Instead of trying to adapt to the changing work force, they are trying to change us- this is not going to work! Hence the reason the turnover rate among these generations is very high at Hormel
     After about 4 to 5 years, the salary is no longer competitive with peer companies and begins to fall below average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop talking about becoming a best in class sales organization and start doing it! You can put lipstick on a pig all day long, but it's still a pig! Source ideas from the top CPG companies, it's okay if ideas didn't originate at Hormel! Start realizing that the "old days" are gone, employees no longer live to work and identify their success in life with the title on their business card. Generations, today, identify themselves with who they are outside of work. Realize this and adapt to it. If you don't, you're going to continue to lose the managers of tomorrow and then you'll really be up stream without a paddle.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not worth it

    Category Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsNice starting salary
    All sales and analysts positions come with a company car
    Nice team, many SALES people have been working there for years

    ConsUnequal treatment of analysts
    No opportunity for growth within the company, just laid off people, not much movement within the company
    Dont really have a handle on what to do with analyts after the associate level, no promotions to senior analysts

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more competent leadership. Work to get the analysts under you to the next level. Be honest with your team as far as advancement opportunities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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