HNI

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HNI Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
31 Reviews
3.7
31 Reviews
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HNI Chairman, President, and CEO Stan Askren
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  1.  

    WAKE UP HNI, Your workers made you who you are, respect them!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distribution Support in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Distribution Support in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI

    Pros

    It is a very large stable company. They have health beifits, profitsharing. And there are still a lot of great people who work there.

    Cons

    Currently poorly managed, with respect to human recources. They just don't care much, if any, about the people that work for them. HON used to be more about being a good place to work, and employees were treated as, what they called "Members" Now the term "Members" is more like a slap in the face. Because being a member of somthing would indicate that you were part of somthing that you felt you belong to, and possible might have an influence in helping the cause of the company. Now people are treated as if it was their fault the company might be experiencing financial difficulty because of the economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most people understand that the economy is bad, and that we need to cut corners and raise productivity, but that is no excuse to treat people with no respect. Let us help. Acknowlege the fact that that "you" the management don't have all the answers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Favors new members a lot more than tenured members

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are new then its an ok place to work. Any time they implement pay increases generally it only affects the new members.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work, HR is never around and hardly willing to help members when they are here. Hires anyone that is breathing. Make more per hour working fast food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more growth from within, increase pay and be more willing to help members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A tough job to love

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

    I have been working at HNI

    Pros

    One of the only games in town.

    Cons

    Culture is a bit strange. Supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Treat them with respect and compensate them for their dedication on making the company profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Lots of constant changes happening

  7.  

    Lost its way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNI (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It started out great, but has deteriorated immensely.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Muscatine, IA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    Good Company, Good Vision and mission

    Cons

    Too focussed on Lean without worrying about customer requirements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop business model to meet customer requirements

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people - tyrannical CEO

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management

    I worked at HNI full-time

    Pros

    People are excellent / managers are good with a great work ethic / the business units; Allsteel, Hon, etc. are solid businesses. Rapid Continuous Improvement culture is

    Cons

    The biggest obstacle to progress is the CEO, Askren. An individual who shows no respect to people, bullies them and acts condescending. He rules by fear and position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to stand up to tyranny. HNI will be better when the CEO is retired, and people are again truly valued.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hours are fine but company doesn't value seasoned members

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    New members get decent pay, a lot of overtime during the busy season. Seasonal workers get paid very generously.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites making promotions a pain to get. No Supervisors want to follow the training process so members are rushed in to performinng the job. Have never seen upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ignore seasoned members. Don't play favorites and care about your members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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