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Great company if you're looking for a steep learning curve in a very short time period

Senior Product Engineer (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

Pros1. Exposure to a lot of different manufacturing processes - wood, laminate, steel, fiberglass, plastic etc
2. Get trained on structured design and development processes with good standard operating procedures (The documents and spreadsheets are there to follow, even if implementation is not always executed as per the prescribed process).
3. Large engineering groups to fall back on.
4. Big company, not too shabby resources for employees to really take charge and self-learn on things like lean manufacturing, Design for Manufacturability, Product Management etc.
5. Different brands, different price points. Can switch between different HNI OpCo's for quick exposure.

Cons1. Too much hierarchy.
2. Meet a lot of people who treat their positions as jobs, not careers.
3. Lot of incompetent people hired to top positions.
4. Company gives more relevance to communication skills and not level of education etc (For instance, they will consider an internal candidate who has a Bachelor's in General Studies for an Engineering or Product Management position, over a candidate who has a Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering, more diversified experience for the same positions).
5. Very low starting salaries. Profit sharing is a joke.

Advice to freshers: Get a job here, work your behind off, learn all you can and leave. Do not plan on staying more than 2-3 yrs or you WILL get pigeonholed in your career.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on better ways to retain your engineering talent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Many great people work here, but the company works people to death.

    Accountant (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

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


    Pros: Good benefits, lots of room for growth, beautiful office buildings, work can be interesting, good relationships with… Cons: The company is located in Muscatine, IA, where there is not much to do. The company does not respect a… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Lost its way

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at HNI for more than 8 years


    Pros: The company still is financially sound and still has a… 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… Advice to Senior Management: You need an actionable vision, not just general platitudes. Overhead… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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