Hormel Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 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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13 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    Great company, if you start early and show that you can produce promotions come quickly.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a problem.

  2.  

    Good employer, better than most but needs to progress technically.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hormel

    Pros

    Good benefits and job security. Friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunity In my position as sales assistant in an area sales office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hourly assistants still feel like 2nd class citizens. Our opinions are undervalued, as is our contribution to the team. Keep up the good work of being a great global corporation environmentally.

  3.  

    Great Company, for coming out of college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager  in  Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary
    Cares about employees
    Sales Force Gets Company Cars
    Uncapped Bonus Structure
    A lot of advancement opportunities
    Best Training Program
    Hardworking upper management
    Solid Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Lean Company so you do a lot of unnecessary work that you do not feel compensated for
    Not a lot of position in upper management
    Merit based raises are terrible, the money is in being promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is solid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I enjoyed my position as a sales representative for Hormel. They take care of their people and the training is excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Great sales training, you work for a known company in the industry, great bonus structure, they hire great people.

    Cons

    Food industry is very competitve and margins are slim. Working in this industry will not make you millions at this level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great, growing company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Hormel part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Access to Upper Level Management
    Great People
    Conservative Culture
    Hands on Experience
    Great Benefits
    Competitive Salary
    Many Opportunities available
    Promote from within culture
    They really care about their employees

    Cons

    Technology is Out of date
    Corporate Location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology needs to update

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company that is poised for growth

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

    I have been working at Hormel

    Pros

    - Fair treatment
    - Upward mobility once you prove your work ethic
    - Lean with access to upper management

    Cons

    - Headquartered in rural Minnesota

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company for mfg experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good work experience in many different departments

    Cons

    Lot of weekends worked, longer hours some days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There doing the best they can with what they know

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Foodservice Division is Good

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

    I worked at Hormel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Continues to inovate with successful new product launches.
    Great training when you come onboard.
    Logistics, product quality, and policies are consistent.
    Great Area Managers that are knowledgable and resourceful.
    Marketing provides great materials to help you sell.

    Cons

    Being asked to do more with less more and more.
    Must be ready to move. As soon as you don't you lose all support.
    Mid-management can be vindictive and withold promotions if you aren't willing to pick up and move to anywhere they want to send you.
    Mid management is out of touch with what is realistic and they apply standards nationwide with no regard for regional differences.
    They continue to rely, measure, and evaluate on quantity instead of quality of work activity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop ignoring the work life balance feedback given on surveys.
    Reduce the wait period to get a title change when given new responsibilities. It makes no sense. Twice the work with small increase after a 2+ year waiting period?
    Become much more progressive when it comes to using technology. It can increase efficiencies, reduce office time. Re-evaluate the changing industry. Does the current alignment and structure still make sense considering the changes?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start, stay, and finish a career.

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

    I have been working at Hormel

    Pros

    Great people, great products, great responsibility. Hormel provides opportunities to people who want to work to be successful. Then, you are rewarded for the success you achieve. Upper management are easy to talk with and approachable. They are also great leaders in a very difficult industry.

    Cons

    Working conditions can be challenging where you are dealing with the temperature of a food processing plant. However, anything easy in life typically does not provide the rewards, career growth, and opportunities that Hormel does for its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management has always invested time and resources into their employees which has made the company successful. Please continue to produce, at a low cost, value added products to the consumer allowing you to retain your competitive advantage and giving you the opportunity to provide people a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    great benefits and pay. they care about their people and well being. also one of the few companies that still offers a great pension plan.

    Cons

    poor work life balance, but it is what you make of it. other than that pretty great organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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