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It is important that our people feel both valued and challenged. We have a strong tradition of promoting from within, and we provide the training and annual performance feedback employees need to succeed and advance.

We conduct annual performance reviews and career discussions that focus on work-life balance, career development, training needs and opportunities. To support our tradition of fostering long-term employment by promoting from within, employees receive formal training throughout their careers at Hormel Foods.


Training is an integral part of developing and growing the skills that foster long-term careers and high employee satisfaction at Hormel Foods. Training is based on applicability to employees’ daily activities; therefore, the number of training hours per employee varies across the company. Some of our training programs include:

  • Accountability,
  • Accounting,
  • Benefits,
  • Communication skills,
  • Computer skills,
  • Diversity and inclusion,
  • Executive leadership,
  • Food safety,
  • Interpersonal skills,
  • Management/leadership,
  • Negotiation,
  • Operations,
  • Reliability/maintenance,
  • Sales,
  • Six Sigma, and
  • Workplace safety.
We provided approximately 38 hours of training per team member in 2021.

Our career development efforts facilitate and encourage career enhancement and advancement. We also offer educational assistance to reimburse eligible employees for undergraduate, graduate and preparatory courses.