Hormel Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
71 Reviews
3.7
71 Reviews
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Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger
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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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28 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Great, stable company. A great place to start a career. Promotions come quick!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Executive
    Current Employee - Customer Executive

    I have been working at Hormel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to executives and responsibility at a young age. Stable company without a lot of turnover so you never feel scared to lose your job when the economy dips.

    Cons

    Old school, traditional culture with a few outdated systems and processes. Corporate office is in a small, rural town in the Midwest. Lots of relocation required for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Inside Scoop

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Hormel full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful Pay. This company has great benefits for it's employees. While there are high expectations for work performance, one feels accomplished at the end of the day for all the hard work he/she put in.

    Cons

    Sales Assistant can't advance in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to get experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hormel

    Pros

    training, responsibility at a young range, career growth

    Cons

    pay, flexability, lack of modern thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more competitve in pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company that takes care of its people

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

    I worked at Hormel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

    Hard 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard work with promotions not seniority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An old school company that is slowly evolving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales  in  Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales in Austin, MN

    I have been working at Hormel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Although 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hormel 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager AA  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager AA in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hormel

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

  9.  

    Overall pleasurable experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hormel

    Pros

    values, products, opportunity for growth

    Cons

    technology, location of corporate office

  10.  

    A solid place to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer  in  Rochelle, IL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Rochelle, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales  in  Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Hormel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great sales job postion for entry level

    Cons

    none yet because i have to see if i got any offers

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