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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
61 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty happy with experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hormel

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company for mfg experience

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI

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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for college grads.

    Cons

    You work a lot of weekends.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Austin, MN

    I worked at Hormel as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Foodservice Division is Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Austin, MN

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was okay while it lasted.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Maintenance Engineer in Beloit, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Maintenance Engineer in Beloit, WI

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

    Pros

    Pension, Profit, Sharing, Bonus if you can get vested. If you fit into culture you'll be fine.

    Cons

    Locations, Capital Project Frugality, Culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees strengths and weaknesses and put them in a position to be successful. Develop and recruit more compassionate leaders. Run morale cripplers out of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the better food companies to work for .....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Better pay than Seaboard, Smith-field, Farmland, Swift (JBS), or Tyson.
    Much less stress than average packing house jobs ...

    Cons

    Unless you have a frat brother, uncle, or god-parent as a VP, or are a minority, you will find promotions VERY slow ...and unless you really understand being on your feet 8 to 10 hours a day working in cold cold environments six to seven days a week ..you might be in for a shock ..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the patronage out of the internal job bid system, and make it a level playing field, stop hiding choice jobs for favorite employees.
    Quit trying to bring in young college kids who are completely over whelmed by working 10 plus hours days 6 and 7 days a week, and poach more employees from other companies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hormel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Genera Worker in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Genera Worker in Austin, MN

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

    Pros

    Job security, pretty good benefits

    Cons

    Hard to move up if one starts in the union

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your bad employees so you have room for good ones. Easier said than done, I know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience to test your ability to think on your feet and how well you can be a manager on your own.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Mostly good people to learn from. Give you lots of responsibility and tasks to complete. What you do is value added for the company in most cases. Learn a lot about yourself as a manager and how well you will do in this type of field.

    Cons

    I don't have anything to write.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have anything to write.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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