Herman Miller
4.2 of 5 60 reviews
www.hermanmiller.com Zeeland, MI 5000+ Employees

Herman Miller Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
Herman Miller – Zeeland – “Embody Office Chair”

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4.2 60 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

Herman Miller President, CEO, and Director Brian C. Walker

Brian C. Walker

(49 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lots of interesting people to meet, and pretty stable job if you play your politics right.

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the friendliest senior executive staff you'll ever meet, and most of them will meet and chat with you cordially. You will do well if you like to wine and dine, act sophisticated and genuinely enjoy spending time with management and coworkers after hours. Don't expect to put your head down and do your job and expect to keep it.

    Cons1. Company is 100 years old, so naturally people working here are around 40-70 years old. Upwards mobility is tough because people literally work here until the day they die. The average employee has worked over 25 years at this company, that is a serious line to wait through.
    2. They have designed some iconic pieces of furniture, but the technology is not perceived as very complex. There will always be a market for it's classic high end furniture, but the company will struggle to maintain any momentum in its contract furniture business as it fights commoditization thought marketing alone rather than tangible product advancements.
    3. Half the job is also maneuvering, carefully choosing who to talk good/bad about, and play politics well - which is a very old school model comparatively to this day and age and not fun. If you don't plan to play hard, don't even bother applying here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management wants to hire young, but field management doesn't know how to communicate to millennials.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for but not very diverse unfortunately

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSalary, processes, people, culture, benefits

    ConsRecruitment too slow, not diverse enough, not enough women in command

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more international candidates in order to gain a global view on current business practices

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent company with good quality products

    Manufacturing Associate (Current Employee)
    Zeeland, MI

    ProsDecent pay and benefits, but both could be better. Clean work environment and friendly employees make it a pleasant place to work.

    ConsFavortism, and selective promotion or work assignments are normal and more often than not, shown or given to the younger employees with much less time with the company. Women and minorities seem to fare better when it comes to advancements. Perhaps this is to meet some sort of quota or to be better positioned for some award or future sales contract. Bottom line is, seniority counts for very little if anything at all. Come to work, do as you're told, go home. If you have an opinion or idea on how to do something better then thats fine, but you are already where we want/need you type of attitude. Work team leaders often, openly favor others without challenge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook seriously at your long term employees and ask yourself, if perhaps they have already earned the right to more consideration and advancement opportunities. After all, it is those same employees that dedicated many years to Herman Miller and helped make it what it is today. A machine.

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

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    A pretty great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful Workspace - furniture, amenities, cafeteria
    Good Work/Life Balance - for those who work in the office anyway
    Focus on Quality - truly, all employees have a passion to produce the best product

    ConsDownward Communication - much of it feels like non-executives are lucky to be given information, as if management is doing a favor by communicating outside of their offices
    Mysterious Selection - as in lots of companies, how promotions or eliminations are decided seems to be a mystery

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work in keeping the company going through this economic downturn, Keep communication coming in a more authentic, honest way and before the press gets it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The tail wags the dog.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat products, strong design history.
    Excellent external brand reputation.
    Good people for the most part
    A lot of support for field personnel

    ConsYou think Washington DC is political...you ain't seen nothing yet! Distribution and dealers are the tail that wags the dog.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood top line dealer sales can hide a multitude of sins...

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    Just not the right industry for me

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery reputable company. People are treated with respect, and dignity. The present times that we are looking at leads to a great sense of teamwork and pride in the job well done. When the economy turns around We as a company will be in great financial shape and still have that sense of pride and determination to satisfy our customers with whatever it takes.
    Its always nice being employed by the 800 lb gorilla in the room. People recognize Herman Miller and give the company the respect it deserves. Also just by being a Herman Miller Rep you can attract business.

    ConsMore overtime than you know what to do with, management doesn't like to give credit where credit is due.
    If you have an idea that achieves a particular goal, management treats you like its part of the job and most of the time a thank you is not even considered. Career advancement is an actual problem because Middle Management gets good people in the positions that they want them in and you kinda get "stuck".
    Communications are on a once a month basis With Middle management , and once a quarter with someone in a Senior management position. These comunications relate to little more than Management speak for "we are in good shape".

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell done....i have no hard feelings it just wasnt the job for me.

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