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Updated Mar 28, 2014

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3.0 21 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

HNI Chairman, President, and CEO Stan Askren

Stan Askren

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company if you're looking for a steep learning curve in a very short time period

    Senior Product Engineer (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA

    Pros1. Exposure to a lot of different manufacturing processes - wood, laminate, steel, fiberglass, plastic etc
    2. Get trained on structured design and development processes with good standard operating procedures (The documents and spreadsheets are there to follow, even if implementation is not always executed as per the prescribed process).
    3. Large engineering groups to fall back on.
    4. Big company, not too shabby resources for employees to really take charge and self-learn on things like lean manufacturing, Design for Manufacturability, Product Management etc.
    5. Different brands, different price points. Can switch between different HNI OpCo's for quick exposure.

    Cons1. Too much hierarchy.
    2. Meet a lot of people who treat their positions as jobs, not careers.
    3. Lot of incompetent people hired to top positions.
    4. Company gives more relevance to communication skills and not level of education etc (For instance, they will consider an internal candidate who has a Bachelor's in General Studies for an Engineering or Product Management position, over a candidate who has a Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering, more diversified experience for the same positions).
    5. Very low starting salaries. Profit sharing is a joke.

    Advice to freshers: Get a job here, work your behind off, learn all you can and leave. Do not plan on staying more than 2-3 yrs or you WILL get pigeonholed in your career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on better ways to retain your engineering talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Many great people work here, but the company works people to death.

    Accountant (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA

    ProsGood benefits, lots of room for growth, beautiful office buildings, work can be interesting, good relationships with coworkers, ability to work with fellow professionals, can get exposure to international business and other sophisticated experiences.

    ConsThe company is located in Muscatine, IA, where there is not much to do. The company does not respect a work-life balance and asks for a lot of hours out of its employees. The company is very short-term profit motivated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Assembler (Former Employee)

    ProsGood learning environment. Lean Kaizen

    ConsHot environment, sometimes long hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    Lack of communication from executives

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Muscatine, IA

    ProsThe health benefits were very generous for families, not single young adults. After qualifying (2 years) for Cash Profit Sharing the company makes a generous match into members 401(k) accounts.

    ConsIf you are starting your career with the company, do not expect guidance from management of what is expected of you, they assume you already know. There is a lack of support and communication between executives and mid-management and staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to the basics on how HNI became successful. Give members in the company greater guidance along with transparency to how well the company truly is doing.

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    A tough job to love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOne of the only games in town.

    ConsCulture is a bit strange. Supervisors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a good place to work. However, the company is going in a totally different direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA

    ProsI've been here a long time and I know the business.

    ConsThe legacy system is being replaced with a third-party, packaged software. Not sure where my place in the new environment will be. Communication is lacking in the direction of the department. People have started leaving the department in droves. During the recession, the department had a wage freeze. Now that business is picking up, we would like be compensated for our service during the recession. Raises seem to be worse than before the recession. We are asked to take on more responsibility with no compensation or additional title. People are getting fed up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. Treat them with respect and compensate them for their dedication on making the company profitable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company to work for

    ConsLots of constant changes happening

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    Lost its way

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company still is financially sound and still has a large market presence.

    ConsToo many acquisitions that fail. The company doesn't seem to know what to do with them except shut down facilities. High risk for you if HNI acquires your company. Two classes of employees; those in Muscatine who will keep their jobs if at all possible. If you're not in Muscatine, you are the first to go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need an actionable vision, not just general platitudes. Overhead costs are killing you; too many VP's and empires inside the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It started out great, but has deteriorated immensely.

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA

    ProsI've been here for 14 years and it's close to home

    ConsThey are out sourcing their software development. I'm a software developer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employees more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Orleans, IN

    ProsGood Company, Good Vision and mission

    ConsToo focussed on Lean without worrying about customer requirements

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop business model to meet customer requirements

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