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Updated Mar 28, 2014

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3.0 21 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

HNI Chairman, President, and CEO Stan Askren

Stan Askren

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Really good company for member development

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsSplit 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 Senior ManagementContinue to develop members and offer growth and development opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A tough job to love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOne of the only games in town.

    ConsCulture is a bit strange. Supervisors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Computer Programmer (Former Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

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

    ConsCulture 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty Good Experience

    Industrial Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

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

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

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

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

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within - Remove Leadership not adhering to company's long standing principles

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    HNI offers great opportunities for career advancement if you show demonstrated ability.

    Finance Development Program (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

    Pros-Excellent training opportunities
    -High exposure to upper management
    -A variety of different job positions available at many different operating companies

    Cons-Below average compensation
    -High employee turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore competitive compesation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company to work for

    ConsLots of constant changes happening

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

    Accountant (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA (US)

    ProsGood benefits, lots of room for growth, beautiful office buildings, work can be interesting, good relationships with coworkers, ability to work with fellow professionals, can get exposure to international business and other sophisticated experiences.

    ConsThe company is located in Muscatine, IA, where there is not much to do. The company does not respect a work-life balance and asks for a lot of hours out of its employees. The company is very short-term profit motivated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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