Hormel Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Great Company!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Hormel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  2. Lack of Family time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    free ham on christmas eve

    Cons

    no family time
    16+ hours a day at work
    more responsibility than a plant manager
    extreme language barriers with employees and only 1 translator to share
    most supervisors out of college sleeping with employees.

    Advice to Management

    More family time and pay more - one of the lowest salary jobs around for the hours worked and amount of responsibility.

  3. Excellent Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Hormel

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

    Pros

    happy people employed here. great job

    Cons

    NO PAID SICK DAYS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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  5. FOOD Service Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Food Service Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Hormel full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice people who care about your success.

    Cons

    Lots & LOTS OF TRAINING !!!

    Advice to Management

    LIGHTEN UP ON THE TRAINING ! Let experience doing things play a bigger part than the constant stressful time consuming training.

  6. Helpful (1)

    One way to learn a lot in a short amount of time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    As long as you take care of your area you will have some independence and freedom. The pay is ok and the training is about one week per year.

    Cons

    The work load keeps going up at an alarming rate. To many levels of management and to much of a disconnect from the top down. So much that even middle management can not tell the boss how things really work.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, little room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Hormel as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great culture and training. Jeff Ettinger is an amazing CEO and truly cares about the future of the company. great HR

    Cons

    Constant shift in co-workers. unstable work environment. only get a promotion when the rest of the company is getting a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to have a better idea of where the job can take you and timing for that. Very little direction when direction was needed. Felt direct management was out of reach.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great, stable company. A great place to start a career. Promotions come quick!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to executives and responsibility at a young age. Stable company without a lot of turnover so you never feel scared to lose your job when the economy dips.

    Cons

    Old school, traditional culture with a few outdated systems and processes. Corporate office is in a small, rural town in the Midwest. Lots of relocation required for advancement

  9. Inside Scoop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Hormel full-time

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

    Pros

    Wonderful Pay. This company has great benefits for it's employees. While there are high expectations for work performance, one feels accomplished at the end of the day for all the hard work he/she put in.

    Cons

    Sales Assistant can't advance in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great

  10. Helpful (3)

    Good Starter job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Stockton, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is above average after a few years

    Cons

    No work/life balance; benefits are touted as "great" when they are mediocre; starting pay is subpar, but interviewer will tell you it is above market; time-off is determined by seniority; promotions are determined by seniority not abilities; change doesn't happen as the culture is "we've done it this way for as far back as I can remember", it takes an injury for safety changes to occur; the Continuous Improvement/Six Sigma/DMAIC projects are pointless and only done because they are a company requirement; no personal growth or career growth--if senior management fears change is near, they will go out of their way to stop or avoid it; senior management preaches accountability, but does not practice it; weaker supervisors are covered up by stronger ones. Hormel is the company of a thousand and one chances,so there is no risk of being terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do continuous improvement projects because they are a company requirement--quantity is not better than quality.
    Senior managers need serious help in people skills.
    Practice what you preach, don't say it because a corporate person says you have to.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Positive Experience

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

    I have been working at Hormel as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Effort to promote ERGs, open door policy,

    Cons

    Location of the plants are in small rural areas

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