HNI Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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HNI Chairman, President, and CEO Stan Askren
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  1.  

    HNI offers great opportunities for career advancement if you show demonstrated ability.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Development Program in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Finance Development Program in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Excellent training opportunities
    -High exposure to upper management
    -A variety of different job positions available at many different operating companies

    Cons

    -Below average compensation
    -High employee turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More competitive compesation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company if you're looking for a steep learning curve in a very short time period

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Exposure to a lot of different manufacturing processes - wood, laminate, steel, fiberglass, plastic etc
    2. Get trained on structured design and development processes with good standard operating procedures (The documents and spreadsheets are there to follow, even if implementation is not always executed as per the prescribed process).
    3. Large engineering groups to fall back on.
    4. Big company, not too shabby resources for employees to really take charge and self-learn on things like lean manufacturing, Design for Manufacturability, Product Management etc.
    5. Different brands, different price points. Can switch between different HNI OpCo's for quick exposure.

    Cons

    1. Too much hierarchy.
    2. Meet a lot of people who treat their positions as jobs, not careers.
    3. Lot of incompetent people hired to top positions.
    4. Company gives more relevance to communication skills and not level of education etc (For instance, they will consider an internal candidate who has a Bachelor's in General Studies for an Engineering or Product Management position, over a candidate who has a Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering, more diversified experience for the same positions).
    5. Very low starting salaries. Profit sharing is a joke.

    Advice to freshers: Get a job here, work your behind off, learn all you can and leave. Do not plan on staying more than 2-3 yrs or you WILL get pigeonholed in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on better ways to retain your engineering talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many great people work here, but the company works people to death.

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

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of room for growth, beautiful office buildings, work can be interesting, good relationships with coworkers, ability to work with fellow professionals, can get exposure to international business and other sophisticated experiences.

    Cons

    The company is located in Muscatine, IA, where there is not much to do. The company does not respect a work-life balance and asks for a lot of hours out of its employees. The company is very short-term profit motivated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It started out great, but has deteriorated immensely.

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    • 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
  6.  

    Lack of communication from executives

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    The health benefits were very generous for families, not single young adults. After qualifying (2 years) for Cash Profit Sharing the company makes a generous match into members 401(k) accounts.

    Cons

    If you are starting your career with the company, do not expect guidance from management of what is expected of you, they assume you already know. There is a lack of support and communication between executives and mid-management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the basics on how HNI became successful. Give members in the company greater guidance along with transparency to how well the company truly is doing.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved my job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Center Technical Specialist in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Data Center Technical Specialist in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    While working in the IT Department I had great gratification that I was able to help other people with their everyday problems. The production personal and office personal were great to work with.

    Cons

    Very stressful at times but that was all part of the job. I believe some people were probably paid more then they were worth, based on job performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no complaints what so ever about my boss or supervisor. They were both great to work with and very good at listening and giving tips/advice on the job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    good company direction and management
    the laid back managers work on the floor for personal assistance

    Cons

    Fast paced, stressful at times
    I got trained in many areas over a short period of time, then had high expectations
    monotonous work over time
    long days, early hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest training the employees slower, until mastery of a certain area, then continue to broaden as time goes on

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Experiences

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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.  

    Good environment to be nurtured, but not the most stable in terms of being recession proof.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Salisbury, NC
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Salisbury, NC

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    Mid-size company made working there feel like working with close friends and family, allowing us to develop very good relationships with colleagues and peers.

    Cons

    Furniture industry is very volatile in the fact that it will be the first to feel the the downsides of a bad economy, and the first thing management will do is to arbitrarily cut head-count from all departments, regardless if you have been a good performer or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a salary cut from $250,000 to $75000 before you start letting lower level people go.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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