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

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

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

Pros

1. 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.

Cons

1. 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 ManagementAdvice

Work on better ways to retain your engineering talent.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lost its way

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

    I worked at HNI (more than 8 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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