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Hormel Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
74 Reviews
3.6
74 Reviews
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Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger
Jeffrey M. Ettinger
61 Ratings

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 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    FOOD Service Rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Hormel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people who care about your success.

    Cons

    Lots & LOTS OF TRAINING !!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LIGHTEN UP ON THE TRAINING ! Let experience doing things play a bigger part than the constant stressful time consuming training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    One way to learn a lot in a short amount of time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    As long as you take care of your area you will have some independence and freedom. The pay is ok and the training is about one week per year.

    Cons

    The work load keeps going up at an alarming rate. To many levels of management and to much of a disconnect from the top down. So much that even middle management can not tell the boss how things really work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, little room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hormel as an intern

    Pros

    great culture and training. Jeff Ettinger is an amazing CEO and truly cares about the future of the company. great HR

    Cons

    Constant shift in co-workers. unstable work environment. only get a promotion when the rest of the company is getting a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have a better idea of where the job can take you and timing for that. Very little direction when direction was needed. Felt direct management was out of reach.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Experience

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

    I have been working at Hormel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Effort to promote ERGs, open door policy,

    Cons

    Location of the plants are in small rural areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Customer Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Executive in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Executive in Bethlehem, PA

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

    Pros

    Great company with great beneifts.

    Cons

    Unable to control location you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible on work location.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance, Non-Specific
    Current Employee - Maintenance, Non-Specific

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Hormel 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I was allowed to work for a short period.

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Tucker, GA

    I worked at Hormel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for college grads.

    Cons

    You work a lot of weekends.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was okay while it lasted.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Maintenance Engineer in Beloit, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Maintenance Engineer in Beloit, WI

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Locations, Capital Project Frugality, Culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hormel

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Genera Worker in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Genera Worker in Austin, MN

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Job security, pretty good benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move up if one starts in the union

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your bad employees so you have room for good ones. Easier said than done, I know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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