Hormel Foods

10,087 3.5 Austin, Minnesota

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Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three straight years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://csr.hormelfoods.com/.

military culture

The HMVET employee resource group takes the lead on training on military culture and structure, etc. They work very closely with our recruiting team on providing resources to utilize during the recruitment process in terms of military education such as a military rank structure spreadsheet, MOS guide for Army jobs and suggested fits in Hormel Foods operations roles, and the best-practice of having prior service employees participate in military recruiting events.

From a military culture standpoint:
- Our SPAM Museum has 20% of the space dedicated to our history of support for the military by our company (all new hires received a tour of this museum during their first week of employment).
- We have helmet stickers available for our plant professionals to wear to self-identify as a veteran.
- We hold an annual company ceremony on Veterans Day.
- We hold an annual military-themed essay contest for local 6th grade classrooms.
- This link also provides more information: https://www.hormelfoods.com/careers/military-recruitment/history-u-s-military/

military spouse recruitment and hiring

We work with other local community organizations to share resumes of trailing spouses in the community when they are relocating due to accepting a position with Hormel Foods. This helps with placement whether it be at Hormel Foods or another organization.

military caregiver policy

Yes under FMLA policy, caregivers are provided leave to take care of injured or ill service members or veterans.

retention support

We offer a retention support program for all military connected employees regardless of the sub groups people may belong to,We offer retention support programming designed specifically for currently service Guard and Reserve employees,We offer retention support programming designed specifically for military spouse employees

orientation training and onboarding

  • New Employee Orientation
  • New Employee Training
  • On-boarding program
  • Mentorship program

military connected assistance

There are many ways we are focused on retention of our military connected employees. These include: mentorship programs within our employee resource groups, policies that cover military leave to ease the financial burden on the employee and their family, the ability to get involved with the HMVET employee resource group (including the philanthropic efforts and outreach opportunities within local communities).

civilian credential support

We offer tuition assistance or other financial support toward the preparation, attainment, and/or maintaining of an academic or professional certificate, degree, or another civilian credential,We offer apprenticeships, internships, or other formalized, structured training program/s to assist with the attainment of a civilian credentialWe offer a tuition assistance program for both graduate and undergraduate level courses. Though we accept military experience in lieu of a civilian credential in many instances, there are many opportunities to growth within the company. Depending on the focus area of the individual, they may also be offered opportunities to work toward a professional certification with the assistance of the company (for example, a professional engineering license, certified public accountant certification, etc.).

senior leadership

Jeff Baker, group vice president of deli, Hormel Foods

Transitioning out of the military and looking for a job? The Military Times Job Board has listings from companies looking to hire vets.