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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. "Not bad so far"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Overtime available
    Most people are nice
    Supervisors are usually easy to get along with
    Decent starting pay

    Cons

    No training
    Gets boring on weekends
    Not very organized
    Lots of ppe required
    No drinks or eating outside of break room


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Production Supervisor"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Affordable Benefits
    Yearly Bonus
    Yearly Stock bonus

    Cons

    No work life balance
    6 days a week is the norm
    No effort put into a culture at work


  3. "quality control auditor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Rochelle, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Rochelle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I do like execute multiples types job, better environment

    Cons

    nothing wrong to say

    Advice to Management

    i am studying Administration management


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  5. "Production Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Process Engineer in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Business Process Engineer in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good insurance and company stock purchase options.

    Cons

    No flexibility, long daily work hours, several work weekends. One objective.... Get product out the door. Often at times when better planning and process should have been set into play.

    Advice to Management

    Management positions need to have better flexibility.


  6. "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.


  7. "Administrate Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Austin, MN
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Austin, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility. Summer hours, nice to get out a little early on Friday's. Care about the employee. Competitive benefits package. Promote from within.

    Cons

    At times hard to be promoted. You must have a four year degree to get into a salaried position.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow your employees some flexibility with their time. It helps to not feel trapped in their current positions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Vindictive Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  9. "Best Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SE Regional Sales Administrator in Gastonia, NC
    Former Employee - SE Regional Sales Administrator in Gastonia, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hormel (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, policies, benefits great place to work

    Cons

    Not any that I can think of


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Production Supervisor"

    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
    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.


  11. "good place to work for the non-advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Parts Room/IT III/Logistics in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Parts Room/IT III/Logistics in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, decent benefits, great attitude towards people in general, fast paced,

    Cons

    not willing to work with open ended schedules. if you need to be there at 2 pm you better be there. attendance is their big no no. whatever you do don't enroll in school cause they will force you to either lose your job or drop your school. I was told to drop out of school because I was having attendance issues. instead of working with me and figure out why I was having issues with attendance they just told me to drop out and stop going to school. not an option for any student on a LOAN. I mean seriously.

    Advice to Management

    if someone has the means to further their education you should support them. Even if it means moving a senior employee to another shift so the student can still go to school and work. the student will likely bring more to your table in the future than you would ever expect.


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