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Updated Jul 10, 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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    Good company that takes care of its people

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsGood starting pay, and after 6 months you move out of the entry level career level and earn about a 15% pay increase.
    Good benefits
    Promote Internally

    ConsHard to move up without seniority, they say that it's based on merit but generally give promotions to those with seniority, and only pass over people that have caused problems.
    Harder for males to get promotions due to the company wanting to have more women in operational roles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward hard work with promotions not seniority.

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

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    An old school company that is slowly evolving

    Administrative/Inside Sales (Current Employee) Austin, MN

    ProsThe company is here to stay. They have a solid core, and keep growing and innovating. The pay is good enough to keep you around, in most cases. There are many opportunities if you are willing to make the commitment.

    ConsAlthough there have been efforts to improve work life balance by adding vacation, sick days, and accommodating some flexible work situations, the Hormel culture still doesn't permit anything less than 10+ hour days.
    Working conditions in the plant are grueling, confrontational, uncomfortable, and generally unpleasant for management and union employees alike. Corporate working conditions are better.
    The biggest con is that the corporate office and flagship plant are in Austin MN. It is a small town with very few options for shopping, art, food, and entertainment. There is a lot of effort going into improving the town, but there is only so much that can be accomplished, and it will take time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHormel is on the right track, keep doing what you're doing! Keep working on the work-life balance issues, but not too quickly. There is a huge opportunity to leverage sales across all brands and divisions, but the communication isn't there yet.

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

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    Great place to work if you don't mind moving.

    Territory Manager AA (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat Training, great management. Very smart company, always innovating. Attainable goals.

    ConsCorporate office location. If you don't say yes to a promotion, you may not get another shot. Typical HR nazi's.

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

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    Hormel was the first place I worked after college. It was a great start to my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company has solid financials and will be in business forever. They are very loyal to their employees.

    ConsIf working in the processing plants, you must be able to enjoy the "environment" and working conditions. Let's just say meat processing isn't for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe aware that many people today don't plan, or enjoy, uprooting their families to relocate to another location just to move up in the company.

     

    Overall pleasurable experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosvalues, products, opportunity for growth

    Constechnology, location of corporate office

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    A solid place to start

    Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) Rochelle, IL

    ProsExcellent benefits with a very conservative company. Lots of responsibility right out of college.

    ConsFor a technical person the attitude is still that of an old meat cutting plant.

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

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    Administrative/Inside Sales (Former Employee) Bethlehem, PA

    Prosgreat sales job postion for entry level

    Consnone yet because i have to see if i got any offers

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    Good company to work for, but starting off can be long hours.

    Production Supervisor (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great compensation for this position; especially compared to industry-wide.
    -Good benefits also.
    -Wide variety of products and brands to work with.

    Cons-Production supervisors can usually work 12 hrs or more on a regular basis
    -Work/life balance is tough prior to reaching a certain career level for production.

    Advice to Senior Management-Act on the feedback that you receive from across the company. Clearly some people are meant to be leaders and deserve the positions they are in, whereas others are horrible leaders/unethical individuals but are in their position simply because of years with the company.

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

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    Well established company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and bonus structure for salaried employees

    ConsLong hours with little concern for work, life balance. Turnover of supervisory staff in some locations increases weekly overtime requirements.

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

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    Great company, great employer, glad to be part of this team. Endless opportunities from a promote from within company.

    Accountant (Current Employee) Austin, MN

    ProsWork is challenging. People are excellent. Opportunities for career growth is second to none. Talent is recognized and awarded. All around great company to work for.

    ConsCompany is highly conservative, and runs lean. Puts a lot of stress and pressure on middle management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to make policies work-life-balance-friendly to retain young talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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