Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Harley-Davidson President & CEO Matthew S. Levatich
Matthew S. Levatich
15 Ratings

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. retail sales representative

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun work environment, fast paced, great work team.

    Cons

    no room for advancement, small holiday bonus.

    Advice to Management

    better communication, fulfill commitments.


  2. Good Comany

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture with super history.

    Cons

    Overly process driven with too much overhead.


  3. Finance Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good deals on Harley stuff

    Cons

    100 percent commission. IF your dealership doesn't sell a lot of bikes you won't make any money.

    Advice to Management

    Pay qualified people like myself who earn you a ton of money.


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  5. Loved it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate group of bikers. Dedicated to making better bikes.

    Cons

    Communication between plants could need some help.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Corporate leadership

    Former Employee - Corporate Leader Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Corporate Leader Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being a part of the brand - the brand is based on a history that is remarkable, but many of the leaders charged with holding the brand in their hands today are simply not worthy of it.

    Cons

    It's an "about about me" culture and lot's of "I"s and employees willing to sell out fellow employees to get to the top of the leader ranks. No such thing as work/life balance, you are the property of H-D, it's just not a place for people with integrity. If you interview be sure to ask what % of employees have less than 5 years with the Company? Good people are fleeing or being walked out the door for speaking up about the cultural deficits.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about adopting a servant model of leadership. I believe the current top leader has it in him, but he needs to get serious about eliminating the loud and divisive leaders in place that are silencing and slicing the employees that selflessly and tirelessly respect and protect the brand.


  7. Think before you jump

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people, great fitness place, above average beni's fair pay. A great place for a starting engineer. Good discount on bikes and accessories. If your in the right spot can be a lot of fun.

    Cons

    work load expectations are not realistic. Good process in place that is usually not followed . Fast track work is always required. Asking for help is encouraged and punished . Not a good place for experienced engineers that have Not been taugh the Harley way.

    Advice to Management

    appropriately time and size projects . Be realistic with workload


  8. Key Holder

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Great Team, Monthly Bonuses, Scheduling Is Compatible To School Schedule.

    Cons

    No Advancement Opportunity, Minimum Pay


  9. American Icon

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Iconic brand that is recognized worldwide for being a cool product and promoting a open road lifestyle. Safety and quality have been built up over the past few decades to an extremely high level from both the product and process used to manufacture them. System driven company. Pride in workmanship is still high.

    Cons

    Changes made are EVOLUTIONARY instead of Revolutionary due to their aversion to risk. System thinking is driving repeating of same lessons learned over the years. Pride in workmanship is dwindling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep things simple and avoid automating processes that are not controlled or even understood. Honor the past by understanding why things did not work so as technology evolves it can drive smart product enhancements.


  10. Wonderful Opportunity

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Extreme lack of leadership from upper-management

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (health, dental, vision and 401K), great people except upper management.

    Cons

    Terrible upper-management. Really terrible. Very disrespectful to employees. Use intimidation to belittle them which makes going to work some days physically painful. Favorites are employees who don't question anything. You are seen as a threat if you ask too many questions. Favorites are treated just as badly if not worse (even though they don't realize it) because they get taken advantage of and get the brunt of the workload. Serious control issues, no vision and questionable ethics.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like you want to be treated. If the owners are looking for disgruntled employees and stagnant sales they should definitely keep doing what they are doing.



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