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HNI Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a good place to work. However, the company is going in a totally different direction."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 a long time and I know the business.

    Cons

    The legacy system is being replaced with a third-party, packaged software. Not sure where my place in the new environment will be. Communication is lacking in the direction of the department. People have started leaving the department in droves. During the recession, the department had a wage freeze. Now that business is picking up, we would like be compensated for our service during the recession. Raises seem to be worse than before the recession. We are asked to take on more responsibility with no compensation or additional title. People are getting fed up.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Treat them with respect and compensate them for their dedication on making the company profitable.

  3. "A tough job to love"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the only games in town.

    Cons

    Culture is a bit strange. Supervisors.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Favors new members a lot more than tenured members"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are new then its an ok place to work. Any time they implement pay increases generally it only affects the new members.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work, HR is never around and hardly willing to help members when they are here. Hires anyone that is breathing. Make more per hour working fast food.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more growth from within, increase pay and be more willing to help members.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Hard company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, centralized manufacturing facilities in Iowa

    Cons

    Managers and partners are out for #1. No respect for fellow members and their abilities. People are always out to make others look bad.

    Advice to Management

    show some consideration to your members. Don't be a "power-over" leader. Morale is low for a reason.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HNI full-time

    Pros

    Strong company drive, performance driven. Good RCI process that focuses on change. Good financial performance. Strong supply chain tactics which blend manufacturing practices to the transportation of products to customers. Strong customer focus.

    Cons

    Outdated management practices focused on tactical thinking. Very little strategic focus from leadership, even during strategic meetings. No significant change management approach other than RCI. Senior leaders have been in the company to long that they are blinded to best practices at other companies more advanced. Leaders are also resistant to new approaches.

    Advice to Management

    1.) Listen to the new people that are coming into the company.
    2.) Train, support and encourage the current managers and directors to open up to new approaches.
    3.) Build a culture of innovation around product development. Think outside of files and office furniture


  7. Helpful (2)

    "human resources"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at HNI full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow and develop

    Cons

    HR leadership micromanages the facilities

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stuck in the past tech wise"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - E-business Web Developer in Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - E-business Web Developer in Muscatine, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HNI (More than a year)

    Pros

    They might be making trendy furniture for the up and coming offices and established ones, but this company is rooted in the past. Crap pay for expectation of 45+ hrs minimum.

    If you can stick it out - promotions will qualify you for higher pay, but even then you'll be stuck in Muscatine working alongside a company with a fake culture.

    The facade is strong but once you see through it - you'll see the wizard behind the curtain and will be extremely disappointed.

    Cons

    Lack of knowledgeable management in tech area.

    If you're going into be a web developer or similar. You will be towards the top when it comes to tech knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Get training in technology.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Low pay"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HNI (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Shift is ok.

    Cons

    Pay is low, management poor, co-workers are cry babies, HR is a joke. Building is hot and dirty.

    Advice to Management

    Expand pay range to hourlys. Wide range between hourly pay and group lead pay


  10. Helpful (4)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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