HNI Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Good company

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Hickory, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company working to modernize furniture manufacturing, treats employees well,

    Cons

    Still holdouts to the old ways of furniture manufacturing, corporation very large, too much SG&A expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the dead weight in upper management that is not adding value to the products.


  2. Look it as a spring board for better opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Difficult to get fired even if you are incompetent.

    Cons

    You will be mired down in endless meetings where a decision is never made only to have the CIO blindly throw money at companies that almost guarantee failure through their inability to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Stop throwing all the money at outside contractors who don't have a vested interest in the corporation. Their only interest is extracting more money. It's like despair.com says, "If you're not a part of the solution, there is good money to be made in prolonging the problem."


  3. Low pay

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    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HNI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Shift is ok.

    Cons

    Pay is low, management poor, co-workers are cry babies, HR is a joke. Building is hot and dirty.

    Advice to Management

    Expand pay range to hourlys. Wide range between hourly pay and group lead pay


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  5. Dont Join

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HNI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is none I can think of.

    Cons

    At the moment everything is broken in the company. If you join as consultant or IT employee, you will see what I mean. It is full of old fashioned manager. Company has no leadership. There is no leadership in the company, I feel sorry for investors

    Advice to Management

    Understand the problem before issue orders for fixing it.


  6. Staff accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was good as well as the benefits.

    Cons

    Unorganized and very picky. Stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees suggestions


  7. Helpful (2)

    Conservative company that lacks momentum and focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HNI is member-owned, so the benefits are pretty good and the profit-sharing system is cool (ultimately though, my once-a-year profit share just pays for a grocery run). The company is extremely solid and has paid dividends to its shareholders every year since the 1950's. It weathered the 2008 crash well and will continue to be profitable for the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    HNI is a holding company for about a dozen subsidiaries ("operating companies"). This gives HNI strong leveraging power, but disastrous focus. The company seems pulled in a million different directions, and on top of that, it's an ultra-conservative company that is highly, highly risk-averse. So it's afraid to go in any one of the million directions it's pulled in, and the result is stagnation. The company frequently finds itself playing "catch up" with competitors, and experiences a high turnover rate as employees grow frustrated and leave. Also, the company doesn't compensate very well. While the CEO enjoys $4-5M/year salary, many of the company's employees struggle to make ends meet. On top of that, they are expected to prioritize work, always, and a healthy work-life balance is pretty much nonexistent at this organization. HNI is headquartered in rural Iowa, so perhaps this makes sense, but a dramatic shift will be needed before the company can expect to attract the incoming workforce (i.e. millennials).

    Advice to Management

    HNI needs to formally split its office furniture and hearth products branches into two separate companies, with Stan Askren (CEO) taking the lead over the hearth products company and someone else - someone newer, fresher, and more in-tune with the times - heading up the office furniture company. This individual should focus on consolidating, if not the opcos themselves, overall brand direction and purpose. In addition, this individual should eliminate "old boy" compensation structures and strive to attract and retain top talent by instituting a more progressive culture and business approach.


  8. Stuck in the past tech wise

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    Former Employee - E-business Web Developer in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - E-business Web Developer in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HNI (More than a year)

    Pros

    They might be making trendy furniture for the up and coming offices and established ones, but this company is rooted in the past. Crap pay for expectation of 45+ hrs minimum. If you can stick it out - promotions will qualify you for higher pay, but even then you'll be stuck in Muscatine working alongside a company with a fake culture. The facade is strong but once you see through it - you'll see the wizard behind the curtain and will be extremely disappointed.

    Cons

    Lack of knowledgeable management in tech area. If you're going into be a web developer or similar. You will be towards the top when it comes to tech knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Get training in technology.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Culture seems to be changing for the better

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    Current Employee - Production Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've always enjoyed working here but it seems like the safety and overall culture is improving year over year. There is a feeling that the people are most important now, rather than the product. We now get 8 days notice for Saturday work and management seems interested in our feedback.

    Cons

    Planning and forecast management needs some work. I see leadership trying to explain why we are working 9 hr days and saturdays after just having a cut friday, and you can tell that they are frustrated too

    Advice to Management

    Better forecasting models


  10. human resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at HNI full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow and develop

    Cons

    HR leadership micromanages the facilities


  11. Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Group Lead in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Group Lead in Muscatine, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at HNI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work , good opportunites

    Cons

    nothing too negative to say



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