HNI Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. WAKE UP HNI, Your workers made you who you are, respect them!

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

    I have been working at HNI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    work horse

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    All the overtime you can handle.

    Cons

    You need to work your life away to be able to make ends meet. The pay is terrible relative to the work they expect from you. The CEO makes over 5 million a year, while the "members" can't afford to feed their families a decent meal. Hours are inconsistent, you have no idea what time your shift will end from day to day.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a decent wage for a decent days work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    IT

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, profit sharing when company is making money. HNI is good for the local community and the community in China working for Lamex. Small town living the commute is non stressful and the overall city life is safe and affordable.

    Cons

    Too many contractors, top heavy with Directors, Managers, and Supervisors. Its the buddy system who you know and are friends with determines if you move up and you could spend years doing the same thing with nowhere to move forward or even move laterally. Benefits are below average for a mid to large corporation. HR-MCR is non existent for it's employees as they are just trying to move up the ladder to higher management, definitely their own agenda. Very LARGE turnover in the last 3 years. CIO is only interested in the contracting to save money, and the Oracle transition and not with day to day operations and the employees who keep IT and the business running. I would not recommend working in IT at HNI

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in day to day operations and not your own agenda, basically seen as a dog & pony show by the people who really keep the operation running.

    HNI Response

    Apr 23, 2015 – Member & Community Relations

    First, I want to thank you for taking the time to give us some very honest feedback. I'm sorry that your experience at HNI hasn't matched our intention of being a great place to work for our ... More


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN

    I worked at HNI

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Company, Good Vision and mission

    Cons

    Too focussed on Lean without worrying about customer requirements

    Advice to Management

    Develop business model to meet customer requirements


  6. It started out great, but has deteriorated immensely.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Care about your employees more.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. A tough job to love

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

    I have been working at HNI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the only games in town.

    Cons

    Culture is a bit strange. Supervisors.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Favors new members a lot more than tenured members

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Hard company to work for

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

    I have been working at HNI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, centralized manufacturing facilities in Iowa

    Cons

    Managers and partners are out for #1. No respect for fellow members and their abilities. People are always out to make others look bad.

    Advice to Management

    show some consideration to your members. Don't be a "power-over" leader. Morale is low for a reason.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Manager

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

    I have been working at HNI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong company drive, performance driven. Good RCI process that focuses on change. Good financial performance. Strong supply chain tactics which blend manufacturing practices to the transportation of products to customers. Strong customer focus.

    Cons

    Outdated management practices focused on tactical thinking. Very little strategic focus from leadership, even during strategic meetings. No significant change management approach other than RCI. Senior leaders have been in the company to long that they are blinded to best practices at other companies more advanced. Leaders are also resistant to new approaches.

    Advice to Management

    1.) Listen to the new people that are coming into the company. 2.) Train, support and encourage the current managers and directors to open up to new approaches. 3.) Build a culture of innovation around product development. Think outside of files and office furniture



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