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  • No real work-life balance for production team members (in 30 reviews)

  • Long hours at certain parts of the year (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great little place to start working with decent pay

    Cons

    I have too many to name. Stay away!!


  2. "Dead end job"

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    Current Employee - Production Worker in Beloit, WI
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Beloit, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It hurts to say anything good but I must admit that the insurance is ok and priced reasonably for employees.

    Cons

    Where do I start????Upper management hates their employees and there is so much turnover that nothing gets done right.The training for production employees is pathetic as is for entry level management.It is like the blind leading the blind.Morale is in the gutter.They over work their employees and do not listen to their concerns about ANYTHING!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    They can start by being genuine to their employees.I would say they have no empathy for anything but the bottom line.Just close the place and put everyone out of their misery.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not what recruiter promised"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part the people you work with are great, especially the night group, but days were a different story. Lifers most with little or no desire to advance and no desire to help with your initial training. I would say half the day time supervisors are less than five years from retirement and don't really care to help out new hires.

    Cons

    Hours, hired on to work four ten hour shifts, but with one left out detail, you are "expected" to arrive at least "one HOUR" before your shift to "set up" your room. This runs into an hour after work to finish paperwork and all required reports. At the end of the day you are there at best 12 if not 14 hours and get paid for 10. As far as only working 4 days a week forget it most are 5 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    Need to adjust shifts and add more, but I saw hiring was stagnant at best. Be involved and get a better work like balance for your employees. Get rid of the abusive supervisors you allow to harass the hourly team members and get up to date equipment for the production departments.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Culture needs LOTS of work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hormel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly decent salary-- on par with industry standards, upward mobility, stable growth, and diverse, strong portfolio of brands and products.

    Cons

    Culture is not diverse or inclusive. More focused on achieving "results" than nurturing and growing their diverse talent. Micro-managing is rampant. Had I known this company placed a higher value on $ than human beings, I would not have accepted my offer.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be taught to actually manage people. We are not projects to get "ROI" out of. Until you start training and observing your managers, turnover will continue to climb. People don't leave a company, they leave a manager-- but when a company does not reprimand managers that fail to lead, it's a company problem as well.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Zero Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a large and functional company that trains you well. They have a global brand and you might learn a few things.

    Cons

    Their financial success is not trickling down to their factory employees and factory management who work excessively long hours. There is always a promise of good things to come, but they rarely do.

    Advice to Management

    Fix factory management morale and get better equipment. You will find it impossible to hire people out of college with this kind of treatment.


  6. "All eye seeing"

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    Former Employee - General Worker in Beloit, WI
    Former Employee - General Worker in Beloit, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Weekly pay
    Non strenuous work

    Cons

    Terrible training
    Poor communication
    Very weak union
    No sick days
    No regard for employees outside lives
    Sexist environment
    Won't see $20/hr

    Advice to Management

    Get aa decent set of supervisors that can actually communicate and have know how of the production lines.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Vindictive Environment"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Office North in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Corporate Office North in Austin, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall reputation is solid. The majority of people are friendly and helpful. Decent work hours and during summer you are allowed to come and work early so that you can leave early on Friday.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, horrible management (even from those that have been there more than 20 years). Very aloof managers with a micromanagement style. Many people are just walking around chatting - not sure I can see where the ROI is coming from. Quick (and detrimental) decisions are made and acted on without verifying all facts just in order to "favor" others that may have an issue with your potential.

    Advice to Management

    Look into the horrible management practices and tactics that are employed by some of your departments (ones that you wouldn't expect). Just because someone has been there for more than 20 or 30 years, doesn't make them a good manager - they need to get with the times and learn how to relate and make it an environment worth working at!

    I will make sure to no longer purchase Hormel Products (including Muscle Milk, Skippy Peanut Butter, Applegate Organic Meats, Chi-Chi's Salsa, and many other Hormel products) and will influence my friends and contacts to do the same.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, really not any other positives. The worst company I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    Interviewer does not know the culture of the different plants, which creates a dishonest interview process. Poor mid-level leadership. Very much a good old boy system. Promotion of undeserving and poor leaders. Weak/no training system. High stress. Unwillingness to spend money to fix issues. Us vs Them mentality with different departments. Quality Police not quality control. Poor employee development. Favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Could really benefit from a development of a lean culture. Hormel desperately needs consistent and thorough training system that prepares new team leader/supervisors for the job they will be doing instead of the cookie cutter training leadership training that takes place at the headquarters and could take up to two years to get a "new" team leader there.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of Family time"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Osceola, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hormel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    free ham on christmas eve

    Cons

    no family time
    16+ hours a day at work
    more responsibility than a plant manager
    extreme language barriers with employees and only 1 translator to share
    most supervisors out of college sleeping with employees.

    Advice to Management

    More family time and pay more - one of the lowest salary jobs around for the hours worked and amount of responsibility.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Its all about politics in the IT dpt they dont promote within."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is on par with other companies.

    Cons

    The corperate politics are BAD in this company. They fabricate job descriptions for people or have the person picked out before they even list the job posting.
    It is either you have to know someone or get lucky.
    If you are a part time employee you might have to quit and return as an intern before you get full time.

    The worst part is I am not the only one that this has happened to. It is happening to people that have been full time within the company for over 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within before hiriing interns.
    Give your senior employees with over 5 years within the company the job and not employees that have been full time for 1 year or less..


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