Hormel Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger
Jeffrey M. Ettinger
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  • Good benefits and bonus structure for salaried employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Great company with great beneifts (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a problem (in 12 reviews)

  • Corporate office is in a small, rural town in the Midwest (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Good management starter job, but SOLELY that

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hormel full-time

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

    Pros

    Gained management experience, pay was industry average, learned a great deal in a short period of time. Mature company as well.

    Cons

    Quite simply, no work life balance. Had to work 6-7 days a week (65-75 hours) and was salaried. Very behind the times on lean manufacturing and efficiency. I am not against old-fashioned labor but there are numerous ways that productivity could have been improved and upper management simply was not interested.

    Advice to Management

    Your Midwest, 'GI generation' working week style is archaic in todays age. There are great, young, intelligent, and entreprenuerial leaders in this generation. This generation's young leaders do NOT plan on staying with a company for 20-30 years and expect to receive a gold watch and pension. After I left for a new position, I learned that the next 3 managers for my 1 position all left within a period of 18 months. Your company's respect for human capital is greatly lacking Mr. Ettinger (CEO).


  2. Tiring

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

    I have been working at Hormel

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, hard working employees. Easy assess to food products. I honestly have nothing else that is a pro for the company

    Cons

    Work and life balance horrible, redundant and no change, same politics. Long hours and continue weekend surprises. Seniority base on position goes out the window

    Advice to Management

    Understand the people, know more than management does


  3. Helpful (1)

    If you can survive the total submission to company long enough, the growth potential is outstanding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Osceola, IA
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Osceola, IA

    I worked at Hormel full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    This company holds itself to exceedingly high standards, quality and safety are not just empty words but a way of life here, and corporate vision for this company looks to drive continued success

    Cons

    Zero work life balance until you progress far enough, diversity initiatives just getting underway at the time I left

    Advice to Management

    This huge multi-national company was making great strides in diversity initiatives at the corporate level, but that didn't make it to the outlying plants in time to save my 10 year career investment


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good Starter job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Stockton, CA

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Compensation is above average after a few years

    Cons

    No work/life balance; benefits are touted as "great" when they are mediocre; starting pay is subpar, but interviewer will tell you it is above market; time-off is determined by seniority; promotions are determined by seniority not abilities; change doesn't happen as the culture is "we've done it this way for as far back as I can remember", it takes an injury for safety changes to occur; the Continuous Improvement/Six Sigma/DMAIC projects are pointless and only done because they are a company requirement; no personal growth or career growth--if senior management fears change is near, they will go out of their way to stop or avoid it; senior management preaches accountability, but does not practice it; weaker supervisors are covered up by stronger ones. Hormel is the company of a thousand and one chances,so there is no risk of being terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do continuous improvement projects because they are a company requirement--quantity is not better than quality. Senior managers need serious help in people skills. Practice what you preach, don't say it because a corporate person says you have to.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work 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 Management

    Kenexa 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    decent opportunity with no room for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN

    I worked at Hormel full-time

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

    Pros

    they 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

    Cons

    you 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 Management

    develop a better way for work life balance evaluate your managers. most are just talkers


  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Office Employee in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Corporate Office Employee in Austin, MN

    I worked at Hormel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Big 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 Management

    Wake 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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Sales jobs are good but production is brutal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN

    I worked at Hormel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    In 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 Management

    Simple, work life balance. Get some!


  10. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer

    I have been working at Hormel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hormel 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Let 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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to start a career, but not sustainable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Analyst
    Current Employee - Category Analyst

    I have been working at Hormel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hormel 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

    Cons

    Every 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 Management

    Stop 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.



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