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Hormel Reviews

Updated October 7, 2017
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Pros
  • They like to promote from within, so there career advancement opportunities, (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits with plenty of overtime opportunities (in 18 reviews)

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

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

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  1. "Not a good place to work if you are young and passionate !"

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    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Austin, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay ! People are nice and friendly ! Good work-life balance ! Job security and stability ! No stress and work is easy !

    Cons

    I worked at Hormel only for 3 months. The week I started there I started to look for another job ! The company is so conservative, isolated and traditional ! People are old ! The average age of your co-workers is 50-60 ! Very established company...no one encourages or likes changes. The job is routine and very boring. Absolutely no room to learn and grow.
    The headquarter of the company is located in Austin, MN... literally at the middle of nowhere. I got so depressed after the first month...there is no diversity in the company which I'm sure it's because of the location and culture of the company. So if you are young and want to learn something and move up within a company and passionate about learning and care about your professional development, then don't get a job there ! Don't get fooled by good pay ! You will be miserable there !

    Advice to Management

    Promote diversity and open to changes


  2. "My experience with hormel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Co workers were nice and great pay

    Cons

    Works most every weekend and they put you on jobs that are not even what u were hired for ..and I mean all the time

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to who u hire for supervisors

  3. "Applications Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hormel full-time

    Pros

    People - feels more like a family than a job.

    Cons

    Do more with less. Department staff size is small compared to other Fortune 500 companies.


  4. "Good Company. Good People."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy access to executives. Big company with small town feel. Very nice people to work with and very positive environment. Most managers are very good bosses who care about their employees and offer them great support and coaching. Amazing company to start out with. Great opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. New leadership is slowly moving company away from a people company which values customer relationships to more of a data company. I believe that there needs to be a balance. The company might end up hurting itself in the long run. Too many people retiring and too many young/inexperienced employees are being placed in positions which they are not qualified for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking good care of your employees and they will continue to take good care of you. Do not promote someone who is not qualified simply because you have a hole to fill. Don't forget about your employees with tenure. The employees who have worked hard for you for years. It often seems as if new hires or employees with 2 years or less receive preferential treatment.


  5. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - General Worker in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - General Worker in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Yearly bonuses for all employees. Thanksgiving bonus and Christmas bonus. Amazing food available in the main cafeteria. Monthly rewards for departments who are accident free.

    Cons

    Jobs can get boring. A lot of repetitive work. Some jobs require you to stay later if your following shift person calls in sick.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions that benefit the employee and the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Good Culture, Just Not Everywhere In The Organization"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Training, if you are entry level. Good sales internship programs. Competitive salary and benefits, On-Trend products that are meeting consumer needs. Good upper level management team and CEO.

    Cons

    Executive VP's and above are working hard to change the "good ole' boy" , C1 culture but it is still going on in certain areas of the country. Some sales offices probably could be shut down to save money. More strategic sales planning is needed, well in advance of customer lead time deal requirements. New Item rollouts are disorganized and sales is not given much advance notice of new item introductions. Lots of finger pointing when things go bad, in the field and at HQ. Brand Managers need to take more ownership of mistakes made in forecasting and new item launch failures.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on the culture! It is headed in the right direction. Take the next step and if needed, don't keeping managers in their roles if they refuse to adapt to the culture and live it everyday. Just because they have been with the company a long time does not mean that they need to stay in their current role. Get out and work in the field, find out what is really going on and how changes could be made to keep employees happy and balanced.


  7. "Discrimination"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beloit, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beloit, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Weekly pay check and pension

    Cons

    New hires get treated poorly and discrimination goes on. No training goes on either

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with there employees

  8. "Quality company"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Long term employees
    Good values

    Cons

    There are no cons in my opinion


  9. "Nice benefits"

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    Former Employee - General in Beloit, WI
    Former Employee - General in Beloit, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours days lunch area supervisor

    Cons

    People that work there act like they run the place

    Advice to Management

    Great cool understanding outgoing respectful


  10. "To make a career you need to committ to relocation."

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You could get a boss that cares about your days off. If you ask for a day they will go out of their way to give it to you.

    Cons

    You could work 40 weekends per year. They care about their equal opportunity employment and will go out of their way to take a less qualified candidate.

    Advice to Management

    You should pay by the job being done and not the position. The same position title can require more hours and harder work than another job with the same title. Promote the best candidate for the job. Many people who are looking to make Hormel a career are being passed over because of unknown reasons. Nobody can tell someone why they did not get an interview or what they need to do to get the job next time. Perception is a two way street in this company.


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