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HNI Reviews

Updated August 24, 2017
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HNI Chairman, President, and CEO Stan Askren
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Pros
  • Great people to work with and they provide the resources to be successful (in 8 reviews)

  • As a new graduate engineer it's a great place to learn (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • On top of that, they are expected to prioritize work, always, and a healthy work-life balance is pretty much nonexistent at this organization (in 5 reviews)

  • All of the operating companies are in locations that I would consider very rural (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "CNC Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and nice co-workers.

    Cons

    You will have no social life. Work 6 days a week and ten hour days.

    Advice to Management

    None..


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Manager/Director/Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HNI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people at HNI. Talented, hard working, and customer-focused, but not empowered to contribute at a high level.

    Cons

    A toxic culture, which starts at the top. People are berated and humiliated publicly which leads to top management surrounding themselves with "yes men." They congratulate themselves on being dynamic and aggressive, and strong leaders because everyone is aligned; the reality is there is a lot of CYA going on and no one wants to be exposed to a beat down from the top. Management surrounds themselves with "like minded" people that are willing to play the game. Meanwhile the talent drain is evident with top management collecting their checks and retiring early and other talent either leaving on their own, or asked to leave. A classic example of the emperor having no clothes! Some stay because the people are good and it's easier to collect the paycheck and go through the grind vs. the alternative.

    The company delivers ok results because Stan is extremely smart with incredible bandwith and can drive the company; the cost is that the organization could be great instead of just OK if people were engaged and empowered. This model isn't sustainable for the long-term as there isn't a strong, collaborative leaderhship team as much as individuals who have successfully maneuvered the culture vs. delivered results.

    There is talk of "servant leadership" and transparency. In reality, Stan is the customer, not the external customers. It's a short-term, outdated management/leadership perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk. Truly allow constructive conflict focused on organizational success vs. saying what Stan and upper management wants to hear. Stop beating people up and then wondering why there isn't more collaboration and open communication. Focus on the success of the organization and its customers rather than individual success or success of individual operating companies at the expense of "members" and/or the corporation.

  3. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HNI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were solid and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Unless you are in the development program they really aren't interested in training you in the finance department. Working at an operating company you have no freedom to do what you want, it's the HNI way or nothing. There are a bunch of yes people. Executives leave because they can't put there own stamp
    On there own operating
    Company. They only care about profits not there members. Pay isn't great left the company for 40% raise and performance bonuses that could reach a 60% raise. Mostmolerating companies are 1 hour plus from a a city, so locations aren't ideal.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to start a career but then move on."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Product Design Engineer in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Lead Product Design Engineer in Muscatine, IA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, almost family like. Leadership really wants to produce high quality, effective, relevant products. Regular exposure to senior leadership. As a new graduate engineer it's a great place to learn. Plastic/aluminum extrusions, injection molding, die casting, sheet metal (brake presses, stamped, roll formed, punched), laminates, tables, seating (lots of mechanics, machine design principles). Work is fast paced and engaging. Product cycles are 12-24 months so if you don't like your current assignment it won't last long and you'll move onto the next. 401k contribution is nice in that 4.5% guaranteed+deferred profit sharing with no member contribution required; free money! Stock purchase plan at discounted price.

    Cons

    Benefits are archaic; especially vacation time. Just started offering vision plans in the last couple of years. No real maternity/paternity time; maternity leave is vacation/short term disability combination. Pay raises are small but if you're lucky enough to be singled out as a "high potential" employee you can see significant pay raises in short periods. Definitely not an innovative company. CAD/PDM software when I started was 20 years old. Manufacturing operations program most things from drawings by hand; again at least decades behind. This also leads to problems with career advancement; they will take the "safe" bet/status quo/yes man candidate over someone who wants to improve processes and grow capabilities every time. Positions in senior leadership of operating companies shifts constantly. In almost 7 years I've had 6 different supervisors, 3 company presidents, 2 VPs and 2 directors over my functional area alone. This is consistent in all business function areas. Hard to keep a consistent strategic plan in place with so many high level changes over such short periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    Its hard for members to see the value in their work with so many changes in leadership and thus strategic direction. Value your members more by actually working with them to create and execute career development plans. Your mid-level directors/managers only see members as a resource like a printer or brake press. Update your benefits package; especially vacation and paid leaves such as maternity/paternity.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Work conditions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They are a great team always willing to help out.

    Cons

    Unfair work conditions & people don't get paid the same.

    Advice to Management

    They should listen to their employees more & review their salaries.


  6. "They know how to get you in the door..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Emphasis on developing young talent right out of college, multiple locations allow for some opportunities to move around, leader in their market, exposure to upper management

    Cons

    Compensation still lagging larger companies, little emphasis on career development, limited collaboration between operating companies, knee-jerk reactions comprise most business decisions, unclear vision developed by management, siloed work environment, zero work life balance, business processes put in place but rarely followed

    Advice to Management

    Set a clear direction, then follow through with it along with your reports, rather then giving nice speeches then walking out the door not to be heard from until a crisis arises.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Members are great
    Opportunity to try different jobs

    Cons

    Management not so great
    Old boys club

  8. Helpful (2)

    "They don't value their long time members"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary and opportunity to move around the company.

    Cons

    People will step on you on their way to the top; take credit for your work. You can get far if you are willing to suck up and work a ton of over time. It is a "good ol' boys club". Way to many chiefs. New grads get treated better than long time employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "HON"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Utility/Welder in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Utility/Welder in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at HNI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good people to work with. Was a good place to work 10 years ago

    Cons

    Management needs to step it up. Many projects are started and never finished or rushed and end up inadequate. They will hire anyone, half the new employees cant speak English which makes training and communicating difficult. Limited advancement without a degree.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the floor members more, just because we don't have a fancy degree doesn't mean our ideas for improvement are bad. Follow through with RCI events to make sure they actually work and accomplish the goal.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Look it as a spring board for better opportunities."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Difficult to get fired even if you are incompetent.

    Cons

    You will be mired down in endless meetings where a decision is never made only to have the CIO blindly throw money at companies that almost guarantee failure through their inability to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Stop throwing all the money at outside contractors who don't have a vested interest in the corporation. Their only interest is extracting more money. It's like despair.com says, "If you're not a part of the solution, there is good money to be made in prolonging the problem."


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