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Hormel Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • The company advertises the promote from within mentality and they follow thru with it (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits with plenty of overtime opportunities (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No real work-life balance for production team members (in 27 reviews)

  • Long hours and lots of weekends (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "If You're Ready for a Sweat Shop, Apply Now!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Tucker, GA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Tucker, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The name will read well on your resume. You are able to join the union after being employed there for ninety days. They put you in teams in most cases where your numbers are weighed together. That could prove to be good if you have great team members who are also willing to work hard to meet the numbers put forth by management. They start you off with a certain hourly rate and increase you a few cents per month until your ninety day probationary period is completed. Off-street parking is there for you so no parking troubles necessary. Close to the bus line for 1st shifters. Bus does not run late enough for the other shifts.

    Cons

    It is run like a sweat shop. The management does not seem to care about employees. Some people have been there for months before they receive the pay raise promised during the orientation meeting. The health insurance sucks terribly. They hype it up to be more than it is which is really a big deductible for blue collar workers that's hard to meet, and all sorts of caps of usage attached. The union rep. doesnt seem to understand what's going on with certain aspects of compensation either. It could be a better place with some process improvement too. Like a new Lean manager to help scheduling instead of the consistent start time changes, overtime, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Take into consideration what your employees are saying. Make it more of a family-like atmosphere than adversarial. Take initiative to recognize great employees who don't miss a day, who are on time and who meet their numbers. Be realistic in those numbers too. Train your managers who are on the floor about how to speak to others that are subordinate. Yelling and degrading does not build teams.


  2. "Admin./Inside Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admin/Inside Sales Support in Greentree, PA
    Current Employee - Admin/Inside Sales Support in Greentree, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Working with this manager is awful.

    Cons

    This company is prejudice. This is not a good company to work for. Fortune 500 but treats hourly people with no respect.

    Advice to Management

    The HR dept . is useless and will not take your complaints seriously.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great for experience if you fit their mold"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for big responsibility and experience. Hormel has very smart people who make fast decisions.

    Cons

    Hormel is a very white male dominated company. If you fit that mold, you will do well. Also, if you play golf, another big plus!

    Hormel is slow to accept diversity and promote inclusion. They are making better strides from the very top down, however, not everyone is on board and middle management slow to understand that diversity makes the company better.

    Advice to Management

    Be inclusive because you actually believe in it. Not for HR reasons. Thanks.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Production Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hormel Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Hormel Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Keep showing up and you have a job for life that pays better than a "greeter" at Walmart.

    Cons

    Fancy yourself a shooting star? Motivated by career advancement? Love state-of-the-art equipment? At Hormel your annual review is rated as follows: 2B;3- (your a day one employee or you just don't have a clue). 3 (way to go your a C student). 3+ (you must be a genius private pile), 4,5 ratings aren't available unless your the CEO's kid. Top performing level 12 supervisors with a 3+ rating might earn $500 more in the form of a bonus than a 3- rated, foaming at the mouth, brain dead supervisor. You'll watch failed upper management get demoted into lead supervisor positions so they can reach retirement. Count on extremely long nights with junk equipment and forget about day shift work for a very, very long time... In summary falling star, career stagnation, broken down train-wreck equipment is what you need to want for success.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your supervisors a good hourly wage. Take even $60,000 / (52 weeks x 70hrs per) = $16.48/hr before taxes..... These guys/girls are generally getting paid a dollar or two an hour more than the union of complainers and crybabies that work for them. The future leaders of your company supposedly come from these ranks... Those are some cheap ranks.....


  6. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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..


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of Family time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Production Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (1)

    "Vindictive Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "All eye seeing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Zero Work/Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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