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Hormel Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
69 Reviews

3.8
69 Reviews
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Hormel Chairman, President, and CEO Jeffrey M. Ettinger
Jeffrey M. Ettinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and bonus structure for salaried employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits for salaried employees, but you will work so many hours you won't get to enjoy your money (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is tough prior to reaching a certain career level for production (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours with little concern for work, life balance (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for, but starting off can be long hours.

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

    Pros

    -Great compensation for this position; especially compared to industry-wide.
    -Good benefits also.
    -Wide variety of products and brands to work with.

    Cons

    -Production supervisors can usually work 12 hrs or more on a regular basis
    -Work/life balance is tough prior to reaching a certain career level for production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Act on the feedback that you receive from across the company. Clearly some people are meant to be leaders and deserve the positions they are in, whereas others are horrible leaders/unethical individuals but are in their position simply because of years with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company that is poised for growth

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - Headquartered in rural Minnesota

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I was allowed to work for a short period.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Tucker, GA

    Pros

    Adapting to new social environment; I was given the opportunity to be cross-trained despite the short time I was employed.

    Cons

    I was disappointed that I was not given a chance to become a member of the company due to downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for experience if you fit their mold

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

    Pros

    Great for big responsibility and experience. Hormel has very smart people who make fast decisions.

    Cons

    Hormel is a very white male dominated company. If you fit that mold, you will do well. Also, if you play golf, another big plus!

    Hormel is slow to accept diversity and promote inclusion. They are making better strides from the very top down, however, not everyone is on board and middle management slow to understand that diversity makes the company better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be inclusive because you actually believe in it. Not for HR reasons. Thanks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Well established company

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and bonus structure for salaried employees

    Cons

    Long hours with little concern for work, life balance. Turnover of supervisory staff in some locations increases weekly overtime requirements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, great employer, glad to be part of this team. Endless opportunities from a promote from within company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Accountant in Austin, MN

    Pros

    Work is challenging. People are excellent. Opportunities for career growth is second to none. Talent is recognized and awarded. All around great company to work for.

    Cons

    Company is highly conservative, and runs lean. Puts a lot of stress and pressure on middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make policies work-life-balance-friendly to retain young talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Safety and Quality are important. CEO is fantastic, great views for the company.

    Cons

    Work ALL THE TIME!. No work life balance, narrow minded coworkers, conservative company. Most manufacturing companies are in remote areas or small towns with limited access to extra curricular activities. Corporate office is in small town and you live next to your boss. Not a company that keeps or attracts top talent. Upper management does not align themselves with future growth of employees. Unless you golf with your BOSS - good luck on getting a promotion or stellar annual review. My superior struggled at talking to me daily - as if it was a hassle. Promote diversity yet have NONE. Behind the ball on business excellence and lean manufacturing. Back to top talent.... can't keep top talent when working conditions are work, work, work and the longer you stay at work (even if you are not working yet talking or playing on the computer) the better an employee you are. So, if you stay at work for 12-14 hours you are seen as an excellent employee. I tell you what.... if I'm at work for 12 hours managing a 8 hour shift I'm a POOR manager. I'm there 9-10 hours and I'm called part timer! I'm about business excellence and doing it right the first time. I don't need to work beyond those hours to get my work done. Work environment is cold and wet and you stand on concrete for your 10-12 hour day at least 6 days a week. No flexibility. Limited community involvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kenexa survey results are not coming fast enough! Devote your time to work balance and retaining top talent. Move corporate offices out of Austin MN and work toward TRUE training and continuous improvement. Have your upper managers at the plants truly follow a development plan for your younger managers. We are being neglected because too many of the wrong people have been promoted. You are not retaining TOP TALENT! Your competitors are taking your good people because the wrong people are getting the promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty happy with experience

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

    Pros

    Great Salary, challenging, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Corporate office is located in Austin, MN and there are very few jobs for peoples spouses who do not work at Hormel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company for mfg experience

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

    Pros

    Good work experience in many different departments

    Cons

    Lot of weekends worked, longer hours some days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There doing the best they can with what they know

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great learning experience that provided ample base knowledge for future growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Intern  in  Austin, MN
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Austin, MN

    Pros

    -Very involved upper management with many opportunities for advancement.
    -Interesting project based work

    Cons

    -None that come to mind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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