HNI Reviews

Updated 16 October, 2014
Updated 16 October, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Intern Experience

    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Muscatine, IA (US)

    I worked at HNI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Give you lots of work and responsibility as an intern.
    The culture of the company is great.
    The leadership is helpful and the lunch n learns from MCR (HR) is good.
    Lots of things for interns to do.

    Cons

    Location. But close to Iowa City and Quad cities so it is not that bad.
    Sometimes miscommunication in management so as an intern I had nothing to do.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Muscatine, IA (US)

    I worked at HNI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    HNI allows interns access to top management through lunch n learn events, Great place to get experience.

    Cons

    Muscatine is not the greatest place to live/work. The location is probably the worst thing about the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hours are fine but company doesn't value seasoned members

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    New members get decent pay, a lot of overtime during the busy season. Seasonal workers get paid very generously.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites making promotions a pain to get. No Supervisors want to follow the training process so members are rushed in to performinng the job. Have never seen upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ignore seasoned members. Don't play favorites and care about your members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    HNI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Muscatine, IA (US)

    I worked at HNI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, easy to move to different business units

    Cons

    Located in muscatine, long commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, listen to the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Really good company for member development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muscatine, IA (US)

    I worked at HNI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people from the top down. Member culture is tied together with company profit sharing and overall good company benefits. Split and Focus business units are keenly focused on their target customers and marketplace, product development, and organizational structures are aligned to perform well. Company is a force in the mid market.

    Cons

    Split and focus business structure is highly challenged to move up market to larger, national and global customers. Faced with internal politics, compensation, and organizational structure issues to bring together all companies to pursue larger accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop members and offer growth and development opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A tough job to love

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

    I have been working at HNI

    Pros

    One of the only games in town.

    Cons

    Culture is a bit strange. Supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Programmer Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Muscatine, IA (US)

    I worked at HNI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly workplace, ample opportunity to improve skills and grow beyond initial skills. Great training for entry level employee.

    Cons

    Culture is dated, not a lot of younger employees, but they are actively working on this. Also, many employees live out of town meaning fewer locals to make friends with. Depending on the team, extremely complex and old systems to support. Very confusing for entry level employees. Especially when on call.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty Good Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineering Intern in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineering Intern in Muscatine, IA (US)

    I worked at HNI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, great pay, White Collar People are amazing, Blue Collar is pretty decent as well. NO UNIONs!!!

    Cons

    It's in Muscatine, Iowa. Sometimes you have to work from 4am - 5pm if you have to see both 1st and 2nd shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work... now a good place to work... heading the wrong way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Muscatine, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Muscatine, IA (US)

    I have been working at HNI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn manufacturing and good visibility to management - run like a smaller company

    Cons

    Latest senior management additions a different breed - Too many thinkers at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within - Remove Leadership not adhering to company's long standing principles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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