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Awesome products and fun people, just need to navigate the politics

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Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Milwaukee, WI
Current Employee - Program Manager in Milwaukee, WI

I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Really cool products!
Good group of people to work with
Premium Healthcare
On-site fitness centers, staffed with trainers
Opportunities to interact with customers firsthand at rallies and sponsored events
Lots of new technology and processes
Solid compensation and perks
Good sense of direction for the company with defined mission and stretch goals

Cons

Very much a relationship based company
Non-confrontational, people would rather go to a manager then address a concern or issue firsthand
Lack of accountability with cross-functional teams
Poor HR department, not engaged with nor understand what employee development means
The worst change management and change leadership ever experienced
Organizational structure does not meet the needs of the business
Ambiguity around core business hours, expect to respond to emails and phone calls 7 days a week

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is a difference between Change Management and Change Leadership, and a proper way to implement both
Hold people accountable and empower others to do the same
It's only motorcycles, not curing world hunger

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Harley-Davidson

  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Leadership by Fear and Inauthenticity.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Good fitness centers (although little time to use them), free parking.
    - Great brand (it's what keep people there and management being able to tell staff "you should be lucky to work here.")
    - Good benefits (although they decline a little each year)
    - Casual work environment and dress code.

    Cons

    - Leadership "talks" about values, caring about people, and doing what's right for the customer, but - Big corporate profits and big egos. From marketing to engineering and certainly down to the manufacturing and supplier level. Little respect or care for the individual.

    - Lots and lots of corporate politics, and you better smile through 24/7 work days.

    - Lack of accountability within cross-functional teams.

    - Poor HR department, not engaged with nor understand what employee development means. When Operational and Development Teams tried to address in the past, C-level leadership didn't want to hear it, and Director-level just bows down and tosses their staff under the bus in order to stay ahead.

    - Horrible change management and change leadership. If something goes wrong, they just fire those closest to it. People DO NOT matter.

    - Organizational structure does not meet the needs of the business - understaffed and angry teams.

    - General culture is still old-school. If you're not a white male, you best stay in the shadows and learn that "we want to hear your voice" really means "tell leadership what they want to hear." The past three years of "anonymous employee surveys" where Director-level and above bonus compensation requires improved employee satisfaction, has accounted in a suspicious number of people being let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - This isn't Detroit.
    - People should matter more than your egos or bonus plans.
    - Take time to walk your talk and hold yourselves accountable.
    - Learn how to effectively communicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Pt1  in  York, PA
    Current Employee - Pt1 in York, PA

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    people are great ,they take pride in building the the worlds most salt out motorecycle.

    Cons

    there are some management issues shop not balanced , flow of work issues . there are also issues with some of the flex workers not working up to what is needed of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rebalance work flow, have a better insight to flex workers performance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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