Haworth

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Haworth Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
76 Reviews
3.1
76 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people that care, but aren't very passionate about furniture (in 6 reviews)

  • Location in West Michigan, beautiful building, decent compensation and benefits, very good work life balance, many nice people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Many old non-integrated systems - checking multiple systems to ensure something is correct is very inefficient (in 3 reviews)

  • Co-existence of manufacturing and catalogue codes requires huge amount of time from dealers to decipher an invoice (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, great people, on the right trajectory.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holland, MI

    I have been working at Haworth full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Inspiring facilities, genuine people - unpretentious, culture of integrity and honesty. Big into sustainability - walks the talk when it comes to company values. Culture is evolving and glad to see that company is very much performance based and holds people accountable. Good development opportunities. Love that it is a family owned business. The Chairman and owner walks around - knows people by name and even knows the names of your kids. Puts policies in place to allow for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ont he right trajectory - keep holding people accountable for results. Those who perform appreciate this!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Haworth family is great, but has little influence over the company.

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

    I have been working at Haworth full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family owned company. Financially stable. Great employees. Great products.

    Cons

    Shift in senior management mindset. Historically, very focused on company values (Customers, Members, Integrity, Continuous Improvement, Results, World). In the last 5 years or so, the Values are given lip service, but not demonstrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose your egos. Live the Values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Full time member for 7 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ludington, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ludington, MI

    I worked at Haworth full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunity for overtime during busy months, co-workers are nice and easy to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    Depending on what department you started in, you were either trained decently or thrown in and expected to make rate pretty quick. There was a training log for new employees and all though it was filled out by team leaders, it was not overseen that it was followed correctly. The biggest problem I saw lied within the high management, not necessarily the plant manager. New rule changes, procedures, and guidelines were changed so frequently; it became difficult to keep everything straight and became frustrating. Nothing was ever consistent. Certain employees in "the circle" would get leniency when it came to time-off while others would not. A lot of work decisions, such as promotions for an example, were based on popularity or who you were friends with. Some people were put in charge of areas they knew nothing about, and tried to change expectations on productivity/procedures, and then wondered why it wasn't working. Employees who worked in the areas were asked for ideas, but when given they were not listened to or viewed as important. Then a new procedure change would be made by someone who had never even worked in the area before, or knew it's day to day operations. It was rare to get compliments or encouragement for good work, however the negative talks came quite frequently. I could go on and on, but to sum things up, it was more or less the equivalent of high school all over again. Low morale overall, talk behind peoples back, tension, and hypocrisy filled this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to the different plants, but instead of just presenting at a team meeting, put safety glasses on, go out into the actual factory, and take the time to go to the different work centers and see what goes on. And talk to the employees, take notes and listen. Even if it takes a couple trips to cover all the areas. It will be worth it, isn't that the core of managing a business in the first place?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is an awesome no, a very awesome place to work Love it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distribution in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Distribution in Holland, MI

    I have been working at Haworth full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wage, benefits, people, values, room for advancement

    Cons

    I have no con's, working here has been a blessing for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep listening to the employees ideas, don't ever take any one for granted. There are employees that do want to do great work and make great money so keep your eyes open for theses ones they will do great things for Haworth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company - Needs to be more agile

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

    I have been working at Haworth full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance and culture are great

    Cons

    Executive Management is not open to ideas/change from mid-level managers. As a result the company is consistently slow to capitalize on emerging trends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your mid-level managers - allow employees to own their work. There's a lot that could be contributed...It could transform the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Can't build a career here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Haworth

    Pros

    Haworth has a beautiful facility and makes high quality products. The culture is very strong and they live by their values.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance in the company since it has a very flat structure. Company is resistant to change, so it is difficult to talk to leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Running In Circles, Going Nowhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Haworth

    Pros

    Across the board, the people are good, friendly, hard workers (it's he Midwest culture).

    Cons

    This is really an old fangled engineering and manufacturing company at the core, trying to convince itself (and the world) that it is a design innovator. It's not. Innovation is a painful, mostly futile exercise at Haworth, as is collaboration. The company culture is rooted in an old school "command and control" management style, with a passion only for sales volume and operational efficiency. The morale at HQ in Holland is low; there is almost a sense of despair from the employees who have to deal everyday with the shifting whims and upside down priorities of management. This all emanates from the executive level - the handful of high-rollers who crash about in their struggle for power, putting on a show for visitors and the public, while failing to agree upon a vision and strategy to elevate the company. Selling millions of dollars of furniture to the government does not an industry leader make! The frenetic pace seems to fool management into thinking it has actually succeeded in being more than a very ordinary enterprise. Don't be taken by the marketing spin; this is a company stuck in neutral, and oddly comfortable with chaos. But, hey...everyone keeps smiling!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    i was a production associate on first shift

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Big Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Big Rapids, MI

    I worked at Haworth part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    it was consistent work. I worked with some very nice people. i learned a lot

    Cons

    not consistent hours. There were constant break downs of equipment that delayed everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you could pay your employees a little bit more. they earn it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Employee Experiences Vary Wildly Based on Manager / Department

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

    I have been working at Haworth full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company values, privately held, many opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Even though they offer many opportunities to develop professionally, it may be a challenge finding a new position. Many employees leave company to continue their professional growth. Work / Life balance can be difficult in the plants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Controlling management. No sense of accountability and urgency until the very last minute then the finger pointing game starts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Holland, MI

    I have been working at Haworth full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits ain't so great but it is something.

    Cons

    Closed minded, a lot of politics and personal emotion gets in the way of work.
    Controlling management would be the biggest.
    Pay is not great either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sadly speaking, I don't think bad managers will be thrown out but we keep losing good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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