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HNI Reviews

Updated May 25, 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 7 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 4 reviews)

  • All of the operating companies are in locations that I would consider very rural (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "WAKE UP HNI, Your workers made you who you are, respect them!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distribution Support in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Distribution Support in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very large stable company. They have health beifits, profitsharing. And there are still a lot of great people who work there.

    Cons

    Currently poorly managed, with respect to human recources. They just don't care much, if any, about the people that work for them. HON used to be more about being a good place to work, and employees were treated as, what they called "Members" Now the term "Members" is more like a slap in the face. Because being a member of somthing would indicate that you were part of somthing that you felt you belong to, and possible might have an influence in helping the cause of the company. Now people are treated as if it was their fault the company might be experiencing financial difficulty because of the economy.

    Advice to Management

    Most people understand that the economy is bad, and that we need to cut corners and raise productivity, but that is no excuse to treat people with no respect. Let us help. Acknowlege the fact that that "you" the management don't have all the answers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment to be nurtured, but not the most stable in terms of being recession proof."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Salisbury, NC
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Salisbury, NC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mid-size company made working there feel like working with close friends and family, allowing us to develop very good relationships with colleagues and peers.

    Cons

    Furniture industry is very volatile in the fact that it will be the first to feel the the downsides of a bad economy, and the first thing management will do is to arbitrarily cut head-count from all departments, regardless if you have been a good performer or not.

    Advice to Management

    Take a salary cut from $250,000 to $75000 before you start letting lower level people go.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work for interns. Plenty of opportunity to see entire operations within the company. Fun activities offered throughout the intern experience. Decent pay

    Cons

    Experience might not pull as much weight compared to working with other corporations. Matching projects with desired areas of work are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Include projects that results can be seen. Also screen who interns are paired with, interns should not be doing busy work for mentors.


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  5. "Experiences"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Company, Good Vision and mission

    Cons

    Too focussed on Lean without worrying about customer requirements

    Advice to Management

    Develop business model to meet customer requirements


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worth it"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Factory Worker in Muscatine, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    good company direction and management
    the laid back managers work on the floor for personal assistance

    Cons

    Fast paced, stressful at times
    I got trained in many areas over a short period of time, then had high expectations
    monotonous work over time
    long days, early hours

    Advice to Management

    I suggest training the employees slower, until mastery of a certain area, then continue to broaden as time goes on


  7. Helpful (3)

    "I loved my job."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Center Technical Specialist in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Data Center Technical Specialist in Muscatine, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    While working in the IT Department I had great gratification that I was able to help other people with their everyday problems. The production personal and office personal were great to work with.

    Cons

    Very stressful at times but that was all part of the job. I believe some people were probably paid more then they were worth, based on job performance.

    Advice to Management

    I have no complaints what so ever about my boss or supervisor. They were both great to work with and very good at listening and giving tips/advice on the job.


  8. "Lack of communication from executives"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The health benefits were very generous for families, not single young adults. After qualifying (2 years) for Cash Profit Sharing the company makes a generous match into members 401(k) accounts.

    Cons

    If you are starting your career with the company, do not expect guidance from management of what is expected of you, they assume you already know. There is a lack of support and communication between executives and mid-management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the basics on how HNI became successful. Give members in the company greater guidance along with transparency to how well the company truly is doing.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Very solid and reputable company to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HNI is a great place to work. There have been many opportunities for me to move up within the company and management is very good.

    Cons

    Pay could be better and location in Muscatine, Iowa is somewhat limiting , but overall a very good place to work.


  10. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler
    Former Employee - Assembler
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning environment. Lean Kaizen

    Cons

    Hot environment, sometimes long hours

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (1)

    "It started out great, but has deteriorated immensely."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been here for 14 years and it's close to home

    Cons

    They are out sourcing their software development. I'm a software developer.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees more.


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