Hormel Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger
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Pros
  • Good benefits and bonus structure for salaried employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Great company with great beneifts (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a problem (in 12 reviews)

  • Corporate office is in a small, rural town in the Midwest (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start, stay, and finish a career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great products, great responsibility. Hormel provides opportunities to people who want to work to be successful. Then, you are rewarded for the success you achieve. Upper management are easy to talk with and approachable. They are also great leaders in a very difficult industry.

    Cons

    Working conditions can be challenging where you are dealing with the temperature of a food processing plant. However, anything easy in life typically does not provide the rewards, career growth, and opportunities that Hormel does for its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management has always invested time and resources into their employees which has made the company successful. Please continue to produce, at a low cost, value added products to the consumer allowing you to retain your competitive advantage and giving you the opportunity to provide people a great place to work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Foodservice Division is Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hormel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Continues to inovate with successful new product launches. Great training when you come onboard. Logistics, product quality, and policies are consistent. Great Area Managers that are knowledgable and resourceful. Marketing provides great materials to help you sell.

    Cons

    Being asked to do more with less more and more. Must be ready to move. As soon as you don't you lose all support. Mid-management can be vindictive and withold promotions if you aren't willing to pick up and move to anywhere they want to send you. Mid management is out of touch with what is realistic and they apply standards nationwide with no regard for regional differences. They continue to rely, measure, and evaluate on quantity instead of quality of work activity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the work life balance feedback given on surveys. Reduce the wait period to get a title change when given new responsibilities. It makes no sense. Twice the work with small increase after a 2+ year waiting period? Become much more progressive when it comes to using technology. It can increase efficiencies, reduce office time. Re-evaluate the changing industry. Does the current alignment and structure still make sense considering the changes?


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Company for mfg experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hormel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work experience in many different departments

    Cons

    Lot of weekends worked, longer hours some days

    Advice to Management

    There doing the best they can with what they know


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  5. Great company that is poised for growth

    • 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

    - Fair treatment - Upward mobility once you prove your work ethic - Lean with access to upper management

    Cons

    - Headquartered in rural Minnesota


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great, growing company to work for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hormel part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Access to Upper Level Management Great People Conservative Culture Hands on Experience Great Benefits Competitive Salary Many Opportunities available Promote from within culture They really care about their employees

    Cons

    Technology is Out of date Corporate Location

    Advice to Management

    Technology needs to update


  7. Helpful (1)

    I enjoyed my position as a sales representative for Hormel. They take care of their people and the training is excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great sales training, you work for a known company in the industry, great bonus structure, they hire great people.

    Cons

    Food industry is very competitve and margins are slim. Working in this industry will not make you millions at this level.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company, for coming out of college

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Salary Cares about employees Sales Force Gets Company Cars Uncapped Bonus Structure A lot of advancement opportunities Best Training Program Hardworking upper management Solid Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Lean Company so you do a lot of unnecessary work that you do not feel compensated for Not a lot of position in upper management Merit based raises are terrible, the money is in being promoted

    Advice to Management

    Management is solid


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good employer, better than most but needs to progress technically.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and job security. Friendly people and work environment.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunity In my position as sales assistant in an area sales office.

    Advice to Management

    Hourly assistants still feel like 2nd class citizens. Our opinions are undervalued, as is our contribution to the team. Keep up the good work of being a great global corporation environmentally.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    Great company, if you start early and show that you can produce promotions come quickly.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a problem.


  11. Great Company!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience at a very young age

    Cons

    Relocation is a must to grow with company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more males who stick around.



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