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Hormel Reviews

Updated May 21, 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. "Production Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Austin, MN
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Austin, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hormel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the jobs are really easy and if you want overtime you can usually find somewhere to work it. If you don't want overtime you can post your job and someone else can sign up to work it instead.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the management. Their only concern is advancement and getting to corporate. They are willing to stab each other in the back and throw their employees under the bus. This just makes for an environment where employees have no interest is working hard for their boss. Advancement from within is almost nonexistent. They won't promote to management unless you have a four year college degree in something (it doesn't matter what) or are retired from the military. There is no reward for working there for years and knowing the company and the jobs well.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time thinking about what is going on right now and less time worrying about where you're going to end up and what you have to do to get there.


  2. "Plant Closure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in New Berlin, WI
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in New Berlin, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Atmosphere and good safety record.

    Cons

    Mexican Accent Plant is shutting down April 22, 2016

    Advice to Management

    Bring in Mexican Accent employees as Hormel employees


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Work long, work harder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Osceola, IA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Osceola, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great starting job right out of college.

    Cons

    Worker harder not smarter.
    Don't care about any other experience you may have.
    Have to be with the right crowd to promote.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire someone with experience, stop treating them as if they were right out of college and utilize the tools that you hired.


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  5. "Culture"

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

    Pros

    Promote quickly and take care of their people.

    Cons

    May need to relocate for some promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less millennials and or new grads that don't know what work ethic really is, stick with hiring experienced people as this is a work hard play hard culture where you reward the dedicated and unfortunately most of today's grads are far from that.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Old Company Trying to Catch Up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Executive in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Executive in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Best in class CPG training program for new hires right out of college
    - Majority of promotions within sales division are made internally, a lot of opportunity for someone to climb quickly
    - The people. Couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with, for the most part everyone cares about their coworkers and are there to help when they can

    Cons

    - Low end of the market when it comes to pay, but tries to make up for that with benefits like company car, cell phone allowance, etc.
    - A lot of "unwritten rules" you have to follow (i.e. Verbalized start time vs actual start time)
    - Home offices in territories without a district office feel like you're on an island and it is difficult to get the help you need when you need it
    - work life balance (60+ hour work weeks are the norm)

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to change the culture. You can tell by looking at upper management that Hormel started as a traditional meat packing company (very white, male dominated). Seeing where they were to where they are now, they've made big strides but still have a long way to go. If you look at the young people they're bringing in its a good diverse mix that will help propel the company to the best in class CPG status they are looking to become. So managers continue to push the new culture and listen to he fresh new perspectives that your new employees bring to the table.


  7. "It was an ok experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineering Intern in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineering Intern in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    They offer many opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Management is a little bit uptight.


  8. "Great Company"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, great starting salaries, job security and definite growth. They love to hire from within.

    Cons

    There is a lot of expectations that you will spend a good portion of time working


  9. "Great Company with strong potential for growth"

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

    I worked at Hormel (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hormel is great at providing training. Both the quality and frequency of training at Hormel helps them to stand out as the best in class. I recently read an article in "Selling Power" magazine that has shown Hormel to be one of the top 10 companies to work for. The pay there is in the top quarter of their peer group, so pay is pretty solid. My own experience showed a long career with pay increases that exceeded my peers at other companies. Recently Hormel has had some significant changes in the senior management group, and those changes helped increase the number of women in leadership roles, added people with more progressive ideas and set them up for a great long term win. Another employee posted a diversity review where Hormel got a "perfect score" for diversity in the work place. This was from an LBGT rating group. Financial performance has been excellent too with stock value growth exceeding 30% each of the past three years. I highly recommend Hormel as a place to work.

    Cons

    RISK: as in the wave of retirements that are on the horizon. This could be good or bad. With a CEO that has a 95% ++ rating from employees the new CEO has a high standard to measure against. The strong promote from within environment should help manage a smooth change over time, but only time will tell.

    Advice to Management

    Recent changes in executive roles have proven very effective. Don't take your foot of the gas when it comes to changes and acquisitions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "HR/Benefits Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company offers alot of good benefits.

    Cons

    Slow promotional schedule the people dont have a strong promotional chance.

    Advice to Management

    Long work hours


  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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