HNI Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Awesome culture and great careers

    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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, 2015 – Member & Community Relations

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


  3. Helpful (3)

    Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time

    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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  5. Helpful (1)

    IT

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    work horse

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Member not an Employee!

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

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

    Pros

    Continuous Change, Much Opportunity for Career Growth

    Cons

    Segmented Business Between Operating Companies

    HNI Response

    Apr 21, 2015 – Member & Community Relations

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


  8. 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
    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Great people - tyrannical CEO

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 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 (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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 (1)

    I loved it there

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good money nice customers there

    Cons

    No time off hard managers



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