Hormel Foods Employee Reviews

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Good pay and good benefits.
Packaging and Shipping Specialist (Former Employee) –  Fort Dodge, IA and Ottumwa IASeptember 8, 2019
I was employed at Hormel for 14 years. They paid the best and had the best benefits which included profit sharing. I worked there in the 70s and 80s. Hard work but good pay and benefits.
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terrible management
Quality Control Auditor (Current Employee) –  Tucker, GAAugust 30, 2019
The job itself is not bad but the management is very terrible they don't like people to speak up and my job is to speak up as a quality control auditor if they don't like you they will harass and blackballed you till you leave or they build a case to fire you. Hard to have a life outside of work.
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Only apply if you love working 7 days a week
Maintenance Electrician (Current Employee) –  Tucker, GAAugust 28, 2019
I would only recommend this place to people who want to work 7 days a week. I was told during the interview that there was only a little bit of overtime. After I was employed, my first week was 6 days. Then after that it was 7 days a week for the next two months. Absolutely no work/life balance. They have far too much work for current staffing. Very high turnover rate.
Pros
Insurance was really affordable
Cons
6/7 days every week
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No work-life balance, absolutely no diversity
Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAAugust 15, 2019
I had no social life while I worked for hormel, quotas were impossible to meet to actually make bonus, it is a white-mans conservative company and always will be
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5.0
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Great place to work
Hormel Foods Maintenance (Former Employee) –  Fremont, NEAugust 15, 2019
Great place to work but the upper management needs to change from plant manger to personal that’s my opinion . Overall it’s a great place to work and raise a family
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5.0
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Easy work, long hours
General Laborer (Current Employee) –  Algona, IAJuly 28, 2019
Work was easy if you expected long hours. If you work hard and earn your seniority getting the time off isn't as hard as some make it seem. Being reasonable with request knowing it's a company that has demands gets you further. HR and management are easy to communicate with. Supervisors are only as good as the floor is running. Bad day stressed supervisors.
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4.0
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Productive fast paced environment
Order Selector/Picker (Former Employee) –  Stockton, CAJuly 21, 2019
ill come into work and just get started. Coworkers were nice always helpful when i needed help. Good management they cared about their workers. Overall a good place to work.
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2.0
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Long hours with long weeks
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) –  Rochelle, ILJune 26, 2019
Job is steady and secure, corporate structure but be prepared for Long work hours/ Long work weeks/ Little pay/very little time for family or social life.
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Excellent employer, great place to work
Quality Control Auditor (Former Employee) –  Rochelle, ILJune 19, 2019
Busy place, working hard and has a lot of overtime, people are friendly and respectful. Great experience for me. Several departments and fast pace production lines.
Pros
very good pay rate, overtime, sharing profits
Cons
Commonly 48 hrs week
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4.0
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Fast paced and engaging
Maintenance Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Austin, MNJune 19, 2019
I enjoyed working there for the experience and knowledge i gained for the machinery in the plant. There was however, some toxic people there, you'll find people like that anywhere you go.
Pros
Pay and benefits were very good
Cons
Being a mechanic meant working alot of weekends
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stressful, "married to the job",not family friendly and underappreciated by the local plant management.
Quality Control Auditor (Former Employee) –  Beloit, WIApril 19, 2019
Hormel Foods it's a good brand.
I worked at the plant in Beloit ,WI for almost 4 years.
employees must undergo a grueling 90 day probation period,during this time , people will have to work up to 15 hrs daily(thank god the union don't allow more than 15 hrs straight)
the environment it's noisy, hot,micro-managed by several "supervisors",
the working atmosphere it's that of a sweat shop
management and employees are against each other because there is a union at this plant.
there is a "point system" in place(9)
this company gets kick-backs from the federal government by allowing employment to fellons, refugees, veterans , elderly, lgbt and other minorities.
I couldn't believe that in one year period they hire more than 120 people but less than 8% stay in, the turnover of employees is gross.
they try to fire people by any means at this plant. don't get hurt and get FMLA, because YOU WILL BE GONE !
Pros
great benefits, unlimited overtime
Cons
only one wk vacation on 1st year, 2 wks after 2 yrs, 3 wks after 7 years...smelly.noisy, indoors 100% and all of the above stated
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3.0
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Great pay, stressful, cliques
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Fremont, NEApril 14, 2019
If you are young with a degree, you get promoted whether you perform or not. If you're not young with a degree, you get ignored and you just fill a space. In the Fall/Winter, they work you to death. They couldn't care less about the Holidays and family time. If you're a floor person, you can forget about the Holidays. If you're higher up, you get it all.
Good salary. Great insurance. You're going to earn it if you're Production Supervisor on down. Previous experience means nothing to them. If you're not "Hormel bred" and in their clique, you're nothing and you'll get nothing.
Pros
Salary, insurance
Cons
Hours, respect, cliques
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3.0
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a fast paced, but can be fun working environment
Factory Worker (Former Employee) –  Osceola, IAApril 9, 2019
some departments are more fast paced than others. you make friends and can make the work day fun.
some management needs improvement as far as working with the team, rather than just barking orders
Pros
pay and benefits
Cons
short breaks and some supervisors
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4.0
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good
Truck Driver (Former Employee) –  Melrose, MNApril 4, 2019
i enjoyed working for JEnni'O foods which was taken over by Hormel foods.it was good pay and benifits. hormel built a new plant in merose minnesota. good company
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3.0
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Productive
Production Specialist (Current Employee) –  Beloit, WIMarch 30, 2019
Good place to work if u don’t have family
Long hours and work week till March then after March I may have weekends off but I’m just going to work till I can’t as long as I’m paid
Pros
Great pay
Cons
15 hours and 6 day work week
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Hormel Foods
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Austin, MNMarch 18, 2019
Hormel Foods is an excellent company. I would recommend the company to anyone. The company culture is second to none and everyone treats each other with respect.
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Long hour's / Weekend work
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Hormel is NOT one of the best companies to work for...Forbes Magazine is wrong!
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Austin, MNMarch 15, 2019
Pay and benefits were ok, was the only thing that kept me there for as long as I did. Bad managers at the plant, my direct supervisor was especially incompetent. He couldn't make a decision to save his life and felt very threatened if you knew more than he did or contradicted him in any way. As far as advancement goes, good luck. You have to either know someone, blow someone, or just be an out right sycophant in order to advance....good old boy mentality is alive and well at Hormel Foods. Hormel always brags about how good the work/life balance is, but in actuality it is not good at all....work 60+ hours a week, 35+ weekends out of the year, and get harassed when you try to take some time off.
Pros
Pay & Benefits
Cons
Long work hours, bad managers, good old boy mentality/who you know or who you blow when it comes to advancement, doesn't practice what they preach, work-life balance sucks
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Worker (Former Employee) –  Austin, MNMarch 10, 2019
You have no life out of work. Management calls and harass you when you call in due to no travel advised in the winter. It pays the bills, but that’s it.
Pros
Pays the bills
Cons
Everything
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Salaried Accountant
Internal Auditor (Current Employee) –  Austin, MNFebruary 25, 2019
Accounting is still struggling to move away from the old school ways of Hormel in the sense that work/life balance and work flexibility is still a struggle.

Just updated the vacation policy: January 2019. Start out with 3 weeks of vacation (15 days) and 3 floating holidays.

The compensation and benefits at Hormel are wonderful. Paternity leave is 2 weeks. Maternity is 14 weeks.

As is any corporate office, there are a lot of politics and learning how to 'play the game' to advance in the company.

Workout facility on site at the Corporate office is super nice!
Pros
Workout facility, Hour Long lunch, Compensation
Cons
Lack of work flexibility, politics
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4.0
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Great place w/ advancement opportunities
Manager (Former Employee) –  Austin, MNFebruary 19, 2019
A great place to work. Leadership challenges you to improve every single day. Work/life balance can get out of balance. Great people and atmosphere.
Pros
incentives, people, culture
Cons
work/life balance
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