Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Harley-Davidson President & CEO Matthew S. Levatich
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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. Helpful (1)

    H-D Casual

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Technician in Milwaukee, WI

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and Its Harley Davidson!

    Cons

    High expectations for getting to much work done.
    They care only about how many motors getting out the door. There saying is quality over quantity but more like quantity over quality.
    I have been a hd casual for 3 years now and still not fully hired on. They only hire people who kiss butt and not the ones who work there butts off.
    No opportunity to advance.
    Some managers are racist.

    They don't care about anyone's personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers and promote team leaders who have years of experience and great people skills. Hire on casuals by seniority and work ethics, Start noticing your workers and have a personal work relationship with your work group. Stop expecting too much from workers who have already been there more then 2 years and have learned jobs quickly. There some team leaders who just sit all day doing nothing reading books. There are some managers who don't have people skills and are very rude. Is this who you want to hire? If it continues this way Harley Davidson will just be some company that used to be High but is slowly going down.


  2. Helpful (1)

    motorcycles

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Best part of working for Harley-Davidson is designing cool motorcycles. Time lines are aggressive but the results are cool. Look at line up!

    Cons

    With aggressive time lines comes a lot of over site. Managers tend to focus on hitting a date and not on the work that needs to be completed.


  3. Passionate and Relaxed Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've never worked anywhere else that has people with greater passion for the sport and the brand. Great culture.

    Cons

    Smaller company with big company challenges. Some resource constraints, which translate into high workloads and a demanding environment.

    Advice to Management

    Aid in the effective deployment of resources to manage the most critical work. Foster the passion and culture for continued success.


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  5. Great Maintenance Practices

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Pros

    The company uses the best practices in maintenance I have ever seen

    Cons

    Less bureaucracy would not hurt


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company overall, but not for those who are not overachievers or can't do work/life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people/culture; many long-time employees; great benefits; relaxed working environment

    Cons

    flat organization; little room for growth/promotions unless you stay a long time; not a place for creatives; high expectations driven by high work loads and small workforce

    Advice to Management

    To not promote people to management purely based on acheivement


  7. Helpful (1)

    Team Leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Show up to work and you will always have a job.

    Cons

    Company does seasonal work. If you need to work 12 months every year this job isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    Moral is low.Quality suffers for this reason. Employ someone just for that purpose. to make improvements.


  8. Looks can be decieving

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Allen, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Allen, TX

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great name, great legacy, People are friendly or so it seems.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get anything done, lots of redundant jobs and people are in roles because they have intellectual capital that they refuse to share with anyone and management refuses to step up and challenge them. PMO is immature and PMO management is very unrealistic on expectations and provides little to no training/support, yet expect full delivery and capability of all projects within all portfolios.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better support to Project Management role. Start looking at the war lords of intellectual capital as liabilities rather than assets and get real PMO assets in the PMO rather than individuals who have limited context and limited ability to provide the support people need to get the job done.


  9. Helpful (1)

    long term H-D employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Heritage brand with loyal customers

    Cons

    Working at company is not what it used to be

    Advice to Management

    Support your long term employees


  10. Manufacturing Engineer II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and 401K match are good

    Cons

    Not honest in interview. Too much red tape to improve processes

    Advice to Management

    Treat your salaried employees as well as the union employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Harley-Davidson (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loyalty to the brand is amazing. Company has structure in place to push through the major initiatives.

    Cons

    Way too into the we do it this way because we always have mentality. Management not always held to proper standards.



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