Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Harley-Davidson President & CEO Matthew S. Levatich
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. Wonderful Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

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

    Pros

    People, Culture, Work-Life Balance, Pride of working at H-D.

    Cons

    While the work life balance is present, there will be some long days.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture and belief system that you instill in employees alive. There's a reason your Forbes Top 10 best place to work


  2. Marketing Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Antonio, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay and a laid back work environment-- a good place to work if you're just wanting a day to day.

    Cons

    Poor upper management -- complacency, stagnation and lack of motivation. Also a lot of office 'politics' and not a workplace where change or ideas (other than upper management's) are accepted or welcomed.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Product Development Review

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

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

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

    Pros

    Great product to work on. Great / passionate customer base. Lots of opportunities to test evaluate motorcycles. Very nice facilities and amenities.

    Cons

    Very top heavy organization. Not very strategic. Very reactive to the market. Never starts a project with a complete team. Is always borrowing from one project to complete another.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with yourselves. Truly assess the content of an engineering project. Put a complete team together from the beginning. Do not sign-up for more projects that you can honestly support.


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  5. gOOD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Surge season is stressful and long hours


  6. Helpful (3)

    Work work work work work. 45 - 60 hour work weeks are typical. No such thing as a 40 hour work week.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Test Technician in Wauwatosa, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Test Technician in Wauwatosa, WI

    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

    Vacation/PAY, 20% discount on new products. Union employees are the happiest there. Work with new technology and they build a good product.

    Cons

    Salaried technicians tend to struggle with time working with union employees. Poor planning,R&D tends to put out a lot of fires at the last minute. Review process is a pain and tends to take up a lot of personal time. Upper management forces lower management to jump through hoops and take on upper managers jobs. It's either do the work or quit. Most people that work on the lower level are miserable and hate their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job and plan ahead. You have a lot of talented people, let them do their job that they applied for and stop forcing them to do the work that you're supposed to be doing. And get the union policies out of R&D it belongs in a factory not working with salary people that are trying to get a job done in a timely manner


  7. Engineering manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting product. Good bonus plan. Have the opportunity to run major projects and really make an impact. Can take pride in seeing your project out on the streets. Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very beauracratic. Annual review process is very cumbersome and time consuming and doesn't really seem to deal with what you really did throughout the year.

    Advice to Management

    Need to move faster. Seems like a big team is needed for every decision.


  8. HOSTILE WORKFORCE

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Tech I Casual Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Production Tech I Casual Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

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

    Pros

    The labor is not hard at all thanks to a growing number of robots

    Cons

    The union is worthless, long time employees are bitter and they should be, it's wrong to ask a long time employee to train me at the job they're doing for half the day

    Advice to Management

    Wise up take this power train operation to China and lose your loyal customer base. I don't think your methods fit the American worker.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Team Leader

    Current Employee - Team Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, pay and vacation

    Cons

    Constant cutbacks. Management does not hold anyone accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the employee


  10. Helpful (4)

    H-D Casual

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    • 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    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.



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