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Hormel Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
74 Reviews
3.6
74 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 12 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Production Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hormel Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Hormel Supervisor in Austin, MN

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

    Pros

    Keep showing up and you have a job for life that pays better than a "greeter" at Walmart.

    Cons

    Fancy yourself a shooting star? Motivated by career advancement? Love state-of-the-art equipment? At Hormel your annual review is rated as follows: 2B;3- (your a day one employee or you just don't have a clue). 3 (way to go your a C student). 3+ (you must be a genius private pile), 4,5 ratings aren't available unless your the CEO's kid. Top performing level 12 supervisors with a 3+ rating might earn $500 more in the form of a bonus than a 3- rated, foaming at the mouth, brain dead supervisor. You'll watch failed upper management get demoted into lead supervisor positions so they can reach retirement. Count on extremely long nights with junk equipment and forget about day shift work for a very, very long time... In summary falling star, career stagnation, broken down train-wreck equipment is what you need to want for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your supervisors a good hourly wage. Take even $60,000 / (52 weeks x 70hrs per) = $16.48/hr before taxes..... These guys/girls are generally getting paid a dollar or two an hour more than the union of complainers and crybabies that work for them. The future leaders of your company supposedly come from these ranks... Those are some cheap ranks.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall pleasurable experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hormel

    Pros

    values, products, opportunity for growth

    Cons

    technology, location of corporate office

  3.  

    A solid place to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Rochelle, IL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Rochelle, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with a very conservative company. Lots of responsibility right out of college.

    Cons

    For a technical person the attitude is still that of an old meat cutting plant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative/Inside Sales in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Hormel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great sales job postion for entry level

    Cons

    none yet because i have to see if i got any offers

  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor

    I have been working at Hormel full-time

    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
  7.  

    Great company that is poised for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hormel

    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
  8.  

    I was allowed to work for a short period.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Tucker, GA

    I worked at Hormel full-time (less than an year)

    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
  9.  

    Great for experience if you fit their mold

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    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
  10.  

    Well established company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  11.  

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

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

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

    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

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