Hormel Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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  1. Good company in a industry that, although is competitive, has stable demand.

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow your career. If you show the aptitude and desire, can move between various fields within the company.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters as well as a number of other locations are in small towns. This can be challenging, but in some situations it's manageable.


  2. Work-Life Balance

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

    Pros

    The pay is great. The benefits are great. A lot of the people you work with are great. I've never been disappointed by the "overarching" corporate face of Hormel.

    Cons

    It will take a lot of your life. Long shifts, weekend, etc. It will take quite a few years to move onto 1st shift, to get a promotion, or to move into a different work silo.


  3. 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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  5. Helpful (2)

    Lack of Family time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  6. FOOD Service Rep

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

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Executive
    Current Employee - Customer Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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

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

    I have been working at Hormel full-time

    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 (4)

    Good Starter job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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)

    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.



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