HNI Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Manager

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    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    Outdated management practices focused on tactical thinking.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

  2. Awesome culture and great careers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HNI has an awesome culture. Members are encouraged to provide honest feedback and make a real impact. The sky's the limit as far as career growth goes - HNI is very willing to take reasonable career advancement risks on members who prove they can think like owners and add value. There are many career opportunities due to the number of operating companies that roll up under HNI. The comp is competitive and the benefit package (especially healthcare and retirement benefits) are very generous.

    Cons

    Sometimes, because HNI is so decentralized (many operating companies), it can be challenging to get traction on new initiatives. A healthy appetite for change is there throughout the corporation, it just can be difficult to get quick consensus on the approach to organizing and deploying change throughout the decentralized organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the emphasis on good culture and business growth going!

    HNI Response

    Apr 23, 2015Member & Community Relations

    Thanks for the great review! Happy to hear how much you love working here :-)

  3. IT

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    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, 2015Member & 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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  5. Engineering summer internship

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    Former Intern - Industrial Engineer in Muscatine, IA
    Former Intern - Industrial Engineer in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at HNI as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, fast moving company. Lot's of improvement to make in manufacturing & operations so can lead to good IE experience. Real work, real experience.

    Cons

    Over saturated with Interns- either have nothing to do or too much, complete dependent on what department you get placed in. Not the cleanest manufacturing facilities.

    HNI Response

    Apr 21, 2015Member & Community Relations

    Thanks for the thoughtful feedback on your internship with HNI. You're absolutely right - our culture and people are what make working here such a great experience. We pride ourselves on offering ... More

  6. not enough hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Pros

    easy job when work is available but first shift gets the pick of workload

    Cons

    not enough hours. seasonal business

    Advice to Management

    balance workload between shifts

    HNI Response

    Apr 23, 2015Member & Community Relations

    Thanks for submitting your feedback! We are working on improving our process around balancing work hours amongst shifts and hope you will feel it's improving soon.

  7. Hard company to work for

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Member not an Employee!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Continuous Change, Much Opportunity for Career Growth

    Cons

    Segmented Business Between Operating Companies

    HNI Response

    Apr 21, 2015Member & Community Relations

    We're glad your experience at HNI has been so positive! Thanks for the great review.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Great people - tyrannical CEO

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    Former Employee - Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management

    I worked at HNI full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great place to grow as a business professional. Many opportunities to advance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. Allow you many different opportunities to build your skills. Great training through development programs.

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive for experienced members.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Favors new members a lot more than tenured members

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    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.

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