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"Great place to start a career, but not sustainable"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Category Analyst
Current Employee - Category Analyst
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Hormel has an excellent entry level training program. Their pay, benefits and opportunitties for growth are excellent for a single kids right out of college. The entry level training managers are wonderful and truly care about their new employees

Cons

Every job is a "pass through" job and senior leadership believes every employee should have a desire and a drive to be the next VP. You are expected to move every 2-3 years and grudges are held if you say "no". Work/Life balance is something that is talked about a lot, but it stops there, it's only lip service! Face time is valued over productivity and senior management has a huge lack of trust and respect for their employees. Additionally, there is a HUGE disconnect between senior management and the characteristics/values of the X and Y generations. Instead of trying to adapt to the changing work force, they are trying to change us- this is not going to work! Hence the reason the turnover rate among these generations is very high at Hormel
 After about 4 to 5 years, the salary is no longer competitive with peer companies and begins to fall below average.

Advice to Management

Stop talking about becoming a best in class sales organization and start doing it! You can put lipstick on a pig all day long, but it's still a pig! Source ideas from the top CPG companies, it's okay if ideas didn't originate at Hormel! Start realizing that the "old days" are gone, employees no longer live to work and identify their success in life with the title on their business card. Generations, today, identify themselves with who they are outside of work. Realize this and adapt to it. If you don't, you're going to continue to lose the managers of tomorrow and then you'll really be up stream without a paddle.

Other Employee Reviews for Hormel

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture feels like a family business just bigger, pay above average and good benefits too."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Management
    Current Employee - Sales Management
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training
    Good pay
    Lots of opportunity for career growth
    High integrity
    CEO who cares

    Cons

    Long long hours
    Some senior execs are not in youth with changes in society
    Few women at high levels, minorities are rare.
    Most new hires are from limited schools with not much diversity

    Advice to Management

    Search for employees more than 100 miles from Austin once in a while
    Get more sincer and empathetic people in HR
    Take more risks in business.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great history, but senior leadership not poised to sustain growth or reputation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company
    Conservative financials with virtually no debt
    Good customer relationships
    Strong execution mentality
    Familiar brands
    Good people overall
    Good responsibility record

    Cons

    HR has hamstrung the organization and lacks the talent to position the company for a changing business environment
    Senior leadership team is a mixed bag of accidental appointments. Many would not have the qualifications to apply for their job in a peer company.
    Talks about innovation but does not deliver.
    Company says it respects the individual, then promotes bullies.
    Underperforming employees are allowed to stay in positions for years or are repeatedly transferred to other departments with the same results.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk. Even those of us with shorter tenure see the inconsistency between words and action.
    Leadership seems to have consensus for everything, which means nothing move forward.
    Seniority with the company just means people carry favorites and grudges with them for years.
    What worked in the past is not going to work in the future. Fear that the "glory days" for the company will be in the rear view mirror with this senior level executive leadership.

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