Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Pros
  • There is a lot of great people working there management is the problem really (in 16 reviews)

  • Great brand with a great history (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • There is very little work/life balance depending on your position (in 9 reviews)

  • It is a shame that they stopped listening to the floor personnel and concentrated more on making money for upper management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Line worker

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    Current Contractor - Surge Casual in York, PA
    Current Contractor - Surge Casual in York, PA

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Willing to teach and offer an opportunity to come back after contract on the line

    Cons

    It is a long shot to come back on but it is all up to you and your performance

    Advice to Management

    Work to groom people and create a sense of commitment to those surge employees

  2. Helpful (2)

    This is a big company like any other, but the grass still isn't greener elsewhere.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of perks, especially if you like motorcycles. The pay is very good, and working for this company presents many great opportunities that you would not have working other places.

    Cons

    All large publicly traded companies have to abide by this generic set of rules throughout the organization (think HR department). The interesting thing about H-D however, is the fact that many of these corporate ideals conflict with the brand's own identity. One example- If a beautiful model posed for a harley-davidson calendar, you likely can't hang said calendar at your desk because it's "offensive". BUT IT'S A HARLEY-DAVIDSON CALENDAR!!

  3. Helpful (1)

    seasonal production worker

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Production in Tomahawk, WI
    Current Employee - Seasonal Production in Tomahawk, WI

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Paid weekly. Clean conditions. The work is not very hard. No heavy lifting is allowed.

    Cons

    For a company that is over 100 years old you would think that they would be very organized but they are not. They are actually over managed. Because of this there can be a lot of wasted time. There can also be a lot of lost production because people don't get the correct training or the supervisor is to busy with paperwork to see that standards are met. This is particularly a problem in there paint dept. Buffers will reject parts that have small dust particles that they are supposed to polish out. These parts get sent back to the paint dept. for reprocessing wasting a lot of time and material. They try to make all the jobs there so that "anyone" can do them. This is good. However, some of the work takes skill that has to be learned through experience. Things are not always put part "A with B" and send it on. Not being full time and moved around some people never catch on.

    Advice to Management

    Your losing a lot of time and money by not producing at a steady rate year round with a full time work force. I KNOW, YOUR GOING TO TELL ME THAT I DON'T SEE THE BIG PICTURE. YOU NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME IN THE REAL WORLD OF PRODUCTION. YOUR CHARTS AND GRAPHS WON'T TELL YOU THE WHOLE STORY NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU STARE AT THEM.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unsatisfactory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - CI Co-op in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Intern - CI Co-op in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Harley-Davidson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good company with a good reputation, and the opportunities are plentiful and most of the people are genuine.

    Cons

    Pay is comparably low for my position, people weren't quite as friendly as other companies I've worked for. Culture was just off. Almost all of the employees are old white men, and I completely didn't fit in. The only black workers were the contracted security guards. There were no blacks, hispanics, or asians on my whole floor, and the only Indians were brought over from India, not hired by H-D.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity training, inclusion training, and hiring more diverse people. You can't have a division trying to sell motorcycles specifically to black and mexican men and not hire any black or mexican men, ditto for women.

  6. Helpful (1)

    12 years vehicle development engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Not very good at providing direction. Good for self directed work

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more

  7. paint

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay for the area.

    Cons

    Corporate greed. No raise for 7 years and paying more and more year after year for less than normal benefits. No sick days. Mandated overtime. Casual workers work for $10 or more an hour with NO benefits. Does NOT value their employees!

    Advice to Management

    Your greed will be the demise of this once great company if you do not respect and value the employees who were the backbone of this company and no longer have pride. trust or respect for this company.

  8. Supply Chain Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand of motorcycle, reputable brand

    Cons

    The culture is very slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make suggestions to leadership to change and improve processes

  9. Helpful (1)

    Work long hours for little pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Meet very interesting people from all walks of life. Work for a brand that has world wide recognition and support.

    Cons

    Each dealership is individually owned and sets the standards of operation. If they do not follow the business plan set up by HDMC, it can make working there very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff for their individual talents.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot, everyone is nice and treats everyone with respect. Relaxed dress code and a somewhat good culture

    Cons

    Generally poor leadership. Old systems and methods, lots of non-value added meetings. Not willing to spend money to fix problems, put all pressure on engineers but don't give them the tools to fix things. Often understaffed leading to extremely long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Update your document control methods, so there is not so much time spent updating paper work.

  11. Manufacturing Engineering Coop

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working at Harley-Davidson is fun and the environment is very relaxed. The co-workers are also relaxing to be around and usually willing to help a new comer with any issues or problems. They also have good volunteering opportunities and help the community.

    Cons

    At the time, the factory was undergoing a lot of management changes so the management and hire ups were extremely uptight. Also, making major changes within the factory can be difficult as some may be reluctant. However, nothing that they aren't already working on changing.

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