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Updated May 15, 2014

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3.5 65 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger

Jeffrey M. Ettinger

(54 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and bonus structure for salaried employees(in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits for salaried employees, but you will work so many hours you won't get to enjoy your money(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is tough prior to reaching a certain career level for production(in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours with little concern for work, life balance(in 7 reviews)

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    Senior Customer Executive (Current Employee) Bethlehem, PA

    ProsGreat company with great beneifts.

    ConsUnable to control location you work in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more flexible on work location.

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

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    Excellent benefits, average pay, minimal work, "good ol' boy" atmosphere.

    Maintenance, Non-Specific (Current Employee)

    ProsI work at a local level, a sort of bast(ard) child between Hormel and one of it's wholly owed subsidiaries. I am paid by the subsidiary but have all the benefits of being a Hormel employee (insurance, pension, profit sharing, 401K.) That being said, I'm given a lot of freedom to pursue my own personal goals at work. If you want to learn a skill, industry, or improve yourself, you are given the resources and space to do so. Hormel is not a golden goose, but if you're reasonable about your expectations (you're not going to change the world, you're not going to revolutionize an industry, you're just going to show up, do your job), you stay positive, and you use your time wisely, you will do well with this company. Let's face it, every job is a contract; you agree to perform at a certain level for a price. Hormel is more than reasonable in this sense.

    ConsHormel is based on the "Good ol' boy system." By that I mean if you stick with the company and are loyal and tow the line, you will succeed. It's not uncommon to see someone "high up" retiring with 30 years on the job nor is it uncommon to see someone with no real skills advancing to a position of power. The Peter Principle is in full swing here. That being said, if you're not a true blue believer, too bad. Find somewhere else and do it quick because if you turn in your two weeks, consider them walking papers.

    Hormel is a very progressive company that stresses socially progressive themes over profits. One could argue that socially progressive themes encourage profits, but that would be more propaganda. They have a committee for every minority group; black, Asian, Latino, woman, LGBT. This does nothing for their company except waste the time of supervisors and encourage the hiring of those who are completely inept but qualify based on political factors. I'm not talking politics in terms of Republican or Democrat, but politics in the same sense of their "Good Ol' Boy" system. There was an article in their newsletter written by an openly gay man that's main message was that he was proud that Hormel was proud of his sexual orientation. I don't care what you do in your free time. It's your business. Hormel is different. They will congratulate and more importantly hire/promote someone based on their ethnicity or sexuality or sexual preference so long as that person is not white, male or straight. That's not to say that a gay, black woman is more likely to receive a promotion (so far as I know) but it is to say that they make a point of advertising that they are more than accepting of such individuals (in their minds, I personally feel that bringing sexuality and race into the workplace as a factor is discriminatory regardless of who is hired as a result.)

    That being said, Hormel is a wildly successful company. This is despite their progressive agenda. My experience has taught me that success has it's roots at the lowest levels. The mechanics are who truly keep Hormel successful. It's not uncommon to see a 30 year old piece of industrial equipment at work and relied upon daily in a Hormel subsidiary. Maintenance is directly responsible for this, despite being charged for countless downtime, often because of poor planning or operation error. At the end of the day management (which is 100% true Hormel) makes all the decisions and production is at the helm. It's as if production owns the car, doesn't take the time to take it to the shop and then blames the mechanic for down time. All the machines are well beyond their expected life but management always blames maintenance for breakdowns. A perfect analogy is you drive a car with 300k miles on it and never have changed the oil or done a brake job but charge your mechanic every time it breaks. In the real world he'd kick your worthless butt to the curb and let you have what you deserve. At Hormel you'll get a badge of honor for being an idiot and neglecting your equipment to work an extra day. Production has all the say.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf I could change anything about Hormel I would re-evaluate ownership/accountability and I would improve communication. Union people have little to no knowledge of what is going on at a plant level despite being the people that are most closely connected to the day to day. The maintenance supervisors are on such a schedule that encourages them to not care about the plant as a whole. They are constantly being shuffled around the plant; shifts and departments. Combine that with the lack of control (since production has the final say) and the 4 on 4 off schedule that requires them to supervise a different group of guys (whom are on an even more messed up schedule) every cycle and you have a recipe for disaster. If Hormel were smart they'd thank the low men/women for keeping the business alive despite the poor decisions that are made on a daily basis

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I was allowed to work for a short period.

    Machine Operator (Former Employee) Tucker, GA

    ProsAdapting to new social environment; I was given the opportunity to be cross-trained despite the short time I was employed.

    ConsI was disappointed that I was not given a chance to become a member of the company due to downsizing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNA

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    Great Experience

    Production Supervisor (Current Employee)

    ProsGood opportunities for college grads.

    ConsYou work a lot of weekends.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was okay while it lasted.

    Associate Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) Beloit, WI

    ProsPension, Profit, Sharing, Bonus if you can get vested. If you fit into culture you'll be fine.

    ConsLocations, Capital Project Frugality, Culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know your employees strengths and weaknesses and put them in a position to be successful. Develop and recruit more compassionate leaders. Run morale cripplers out of the company.

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

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    Hormel

    Genera Worker (Current Employee) Austin, MN

    ProsJob security, pretty good benefits

    ConsHard to move up if one starts in the union

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire your bad employees so you have room for good ones. Easier said than done, I know.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work. Best if you're right out of college

    Production Supervisor (Current Employee) Dubuque, IA

    ProsGood pay. Good benefits. If you're right out of college you can have a great career. They do a great job of providing training. They're very concerned about safety. Very financially conservative and stable company. They have a lot of long time employees.

    ConsIt's a hard place to fit in if you're midcareer and you have ideas outside of the way they do it. Not a lot of forward movement if you're in the smaller plants. There seems to be a lot of young people far in their career that have big egos.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of learning to recognize the people who work hard want to move forward and provide them with opportunities for advancement. And get over yourself. It's just food.

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    Great Company! A bit small minded

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThe managment at Hormel truly care about the success of their employees. There is great opportunity to grow within the organization making promotions common and expected. Coming out of college the salary is competitive. Overall enjoyable place to work.

    ConsRelocation is a necessity. Vacation is very limited (10 days for the first 3 years). The company is the opposite of progressive which can be very frustrating for young talent and even our customers. The corporate offices are in Austin MN, this embodies the small town feel of the company and is probably the foundation of many issues within the company culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of people are leaving the company, simple changes could be made to prevent this .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid company with great opportunity to improve internal processes and people management.

    Category Analyst (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsFantastic portfolio of products and commitment to excellent products. The can do attitude of the employees is truly exceptional and exciting to be a part of.

    ConsUnwillingness to adopt more current people management practices in regard to time off, work-life balance, and telecommuting. Salaries do not seem to be as competitive either.

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    Fun and creative

    Researcher (Current Employee) Austin, MN

    ProsThey encourage personal growth and you have the opportunity to be creative. The lab managers are wonderful and easy to get along with.

    ConsI cannot understand accents well and so workign with people who speak other languages as their primary language made it difficult for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, they are all doing a wonderful job with what they have been doing so far. Thank you for the experience!

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