HNI Reviews

Updated 25 April, 2015
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  1. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong company drive, performance driven. Good RCI process that focuses on change. Good financial performance. Strong supply chain tactics which blend manufacturing practices to the transportation of products to customers. Strong customer focus.

    Cons

    Outdated management practices focused on tactical thinking. Very little strategic focus from leadership, even during strategic meetings. No significant change management approach other than RCI. Senior leaders have been in the company to long that they are blinded to best practices at other companies more advanced. Leaders are also resistant to new approaches.

    Advice to Management

    1.) Listen to the new people that are coming into the company.
    2.) Train, support and encourage the current managers and directors to open up to new approaches.
    3.) Build a culture of innovation around product development. Think outside of files and office furniture

  2. not enough hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Pros

    easy job when work is available but first shift gets the pick of workload

    Cons

    not enough hours. seasonal business

    Advice to Management

    balance workload between shifts

    HNI Response

    Apr 23, 2015Member & Community Relations

    Thanks for submitting your feedback! We are working on improving our process around balancing work hours amongst shifts and hope you will feel it's improving soon.

  3. Hard company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, centralized manufacturing facilities in Iowa

    Cons

    Managers and partners are out for #1. No respect for fellow members and their abilities. People are always out to make others look bad.

    Advice to Management

    show some consideration to your members. Don't be a "power-over" leader. Morale is low for a reason.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Favors new members a lot more than tenured members

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Training Facilitator in Muscatine, IA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are new then its an ok place to work. Any time they implement pay increases generally it only affects the new members.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work, HR is never around and hardly willing to help members when they are here. Hires anyone that is breathing. Make more per hour working fast food.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more growth from within, increase pay and be more willing to help members.

  6. A tough job to love

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the only games in town.

    Cons

    Culture is a bit strange. Supervisors.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a good place to work. However, the company is going in a totally different direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been here a long time and I know the business.

    Cons

    The legacy system is being replaced with a third-party, packaged software. Not sure where my place in the new environment will be. Communication is lacking in the direction of the department. People have started leaving the department in droves. During the recession, the department had a wage freeze. Now that business is picking up, we would like be compensated for our service during the recession. Raises seem to be worse than before the recession. We are asked to take on more responsibility with no compensation or additional title. People are getting fed up.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Treat them with respect and compensate them for their dedication on making the company profitable.

  8. Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNI

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Lots of constant changes happening

  9. Lost its way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNI (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company still is financially sound and still has a large market presence.

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions that fail. The company doesn't seem to know what to do with them except shut down facilities. High risk for you if HNI acquires your company. Two classes of employees; those in Muscatine who will keep their jobs if at all possible. If you're not in Muscatine, you are the first to go.

    Advice to Management

    You need an actionable vision, not just general platitudes. Overhead costs are killing you; too many VP's and empires inside the company.

  10. It started out great, but has deteriorated immensely.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Muscatine, IA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been here for 14 years and it's close to home

    Cons

    They are out sourcing their software development. I'm a software developer.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees more.

  11. Experiences

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orleans, IN (US)

    I worked at HNI

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Company, Good Vision and mission

    Cons

    Too focussed on Lean without worrying about customer requirements

    Advice to Management

    Develop business model to meet customer requirements

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