Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Harley-Davidson President & CEO Keith Wandell
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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. Manufacturing Engineering Coop

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Company trying to grow and improve with a reluctant culture.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are great and alway supportive. Benefits are excellent including owning a motorcycle.

    Cons

    Leadership can be one sided and not understanding of all situations. Mix of leadership styles resulting in some areas of great team work and other areas with a lack of motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the people you have within the company and allow their idea's and concepts to grow and flourish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Harley-Davidson is a great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Pros

    You can learn a lot and the people you work with are great. There are great opportunities if you work hard and take them.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons to working here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Harley-Davidson.... its an Iconic brand know the world over

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    Current Employee - Senior EA in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior EA in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    There is a passion around the product that runs deep

    Cons

    There are those in the company that strive to do whats right for the customer. There are those in the company who just want to server Wall Street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let wall street ruin it all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Lack of career pathing

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Wonderful products in a globally iconic brand. Extremely capable coworkers and a customer base that think enough of the brand to have it tattooed to their bodies. The processes in product development and manufacturing over the last few years have seen a tremendous growth and are something to be extremely proud of.

    Cons

    There are entire areas of the company where there is no career path to be had. The engagement scores for the company are among the lowest that the Gallup company have ever come across. The advice from the top down was that engagement is the responsibility of the employee, which in itself is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what there is in this company that makes a person want to work for it. A lot of energy and expense has gone to developing "leadership" within the company, which is fine, but reminders of that while nothing is being done to help develop career options drives a further wedge between the upper management - who are extremely engaged - and the rank and file, who are incredibly disengaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Great experience, Harley has it figured out.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Pros

    The culture, work/life balance and people are all great. Harley lives up to what they preach, fulfilling dreams of personal freedom.

    Cons

    Not the highest salary or benefits around, they really bank on intrinsic value of the Harley name.

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Overall, not bad

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    Current Employee - Sales and Finance in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Sales and Finance in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Pros

    Fun work environment, good access to training

    Cons

    Ton of office politics, very unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Do your research and pay the industry standard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Workplace not too organized

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Pros

    Can wear jeans, no formal clothing required
    Great people (few)

    Cons

    Not organized leadership
    Pay not that great

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    High turn around, no stability, poor ownership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flint, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flint, MI

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good customer base. Very loyal customers.

    Cons

    Very poor ownership. Owner wants only "Yes man" working for him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the high turn around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Used to be a good place to work but it became a nightmare.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson

    Pros

    Good wages, good immediate supervisors but they have no power to effect positive change yet are held accountable for senior leadership's poor management decisions, great hardworking coworkers, air conditioned plant

    Cons

    HR and Medical department staffed by evil people, senior leadership is clueless about day to day operations, employees are not viewed as human beings, draconian attendance policy and shop rules, climate of fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect would go a long way. Try it sometime. Seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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