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Hormel Reviews

Updated May 21, 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 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No real work-life balance for production team members (in 28 reviews)

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

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  1. "Dead end job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Long Hours but a Good Life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Fremont, NE
    Current Employee - Manager in Fremont, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The people and relationships are second to none.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and the company has moved toward cost savings and earnings focus that makes resources challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Opportunity abounds, but be prepared to sacrifice to get there.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Beloit, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Comp days benefits stable growth

    Cons

    Mine as well get a divorce all you do is work

    Advice to Management

    Hire more managers


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  5. "Goal oriented company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits with plenty of overtime opportunities.

    Cons

    Too much work not enough employees


  6. "Video Editor/Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Video Storyteller in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Video Storyteller in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowledgeable, talented and hardworking teams, creative and forward thinking corporate culture, focus on innovation, happy employees/coworkers, many people working 20+ years. Flexible work options and they invest in their people!

    Cons

    It can take a long time to get paid. i.e. 60+ days.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your payment systems for freelancers.


  7. "Excellent Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, strong leadership development program, great people to work with, challenging environment, excellent retirement package including pension, profit sharing, 401k with Roth option, and stock purchase plan, promote from within culture, tenured leadership team, long history of success and integrity.

    Cons

    Long hours are common, get to work early, expected to perform quickly, location can be a con for some, however not for me.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive improvement with policies and work-life balance. Need to find new ways to attract and keep a changing workforce.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Production Supervisor, flagship plant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Austin, MN

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

    Pros

    Great place to start right out of college. Immediately get frontline management experience that will allow you to build many new skills and help you strengthen other skills. You will learn many new computer systems that will make you very marketable. The flagship plant has a lot of young talent and a great atmosphere within the management team. Vacation time is great. I had many days off in my time there from vacation and built up time. Very fast paced and always on the go. No down time and never boring, always things to be doing and new processes to be learning. You get to have the responsibility of running an area by yourself and being held accountable for it. Lot of pride in your work.

    Cons

    Managers are expected to work 10.5 hours a day and you will, most days are longer than that, but it has gotten a lot better and they are working to meet the needs of work-life balance. There is some wasted talent and not enough internal movement between areas. A lot of times people are kept in one area for too long. There is also a large problem with gossip and rumors that tend to hurt peoples' careers, true or not.

    Advice to Management

    -Move managers on nights to different areas, 6-9 months is long enough before switching them to learn new process and meet some new people.
    -Go away from the policy of supervisors needing to prove themselves on day shift before allowing them to take jobs outside of operations. There are some talented young people who are not great at supervision who would do great things in a role at corporate. They are expected to do exceptionally well in operations but they struggle because their career skills are not in operations. Those people often have skills that would allow them to be rock stars in roles outside of operations but instead they are kept in management roles and struggle which makes them stay in management even longer.
    -Look at creating a shadow program to help get operations supervisors with an interest in another area some exposure to those other areas.


  9. "Hormel Foods is a good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very strong financially, good products, good people. Great CEO and COO. They seem to pay pretty well, they offer good benefits and resources.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted if you don't fit a certain profile. It seems like they only want people straight out of college that they can move around the country.

    Advice to Management

    Please learn more about your employees and the experience they have to offer. Some areas are very narrow minded on whom they are willing to advance. Typically 'inside the box' people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Well seasoned mechanic who wasn't allowed to show case his talents because of the Union rules"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Tucker, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits co- workers are descent.Safety is #1 and this Company has one of the best lock out tag out program I've been around pretty much zero tolerance and that's a good thing

    Cons

    The union environment is ruining a great Company. Worst management team I ever worked for. Union employees very disrespectful to management and management just lets it happen. Seems like management just there to collect a pay check

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn how to properly manage their employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company, Culture, and Future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This Company has a great culture that is always trying to improve. Hormel has invested a lot into D&I and is committed to expanding the current demographics. Hormel's grow from within culture means it's harder to come in from the outside at high levels but once you're in the door you'll have a career that you can grow in for many years to come!

    Cons

    If you're in operations you will have to be willing to working in small rural Midwestern towns as that is where the majority of the plants are located, including corporate.


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