Haworth Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Great company that needs more individuals

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

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

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

    Pros

    great company to work for. They revolve around family and respect every member.

    Cons

    little to no movement upwards for at least 4-5 years after being hired in. understaffed in many vital departments.

    Advice to Management

    Develop internal members


  2. Helpful (2)

    I put up with a lot of mental anguish in the 15 years I worked at Haworth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly in Ludington, MI
    Former Employee - Assembly in Ludington, MI

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

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

    Pros

    The only benefit of working there are the insurance benefits. The medical, vision and Flex Spending accounts are life savers.

    Cons

    There are absolutely no opportunities for advancement unless you are romantically involved with your supervisor or the plant manager. Certain people are paid to sit and look up things on the Internet that have nothing to do with Haworth. Some people are also allowed to call their spouses 5-10 times a day for no reason and not answer their work phone when their assistance is needed in their department.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the good workers and give them some encouragement so it feels worthwhile to come into work everyday.


  3. Purchasing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Haworth

    Pros

    company values, team of people

    Cons

    understaffed, lack of training, leadership


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Positive change by design not happening here.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Holland, MI

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

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

    Pros

    Location in West Michigan, beautiful building, decent compensation and benefits, very good work life balance, many nice people.

    Cons

    Too many people who have worked too long at Haworth (in many cases just Haworth) and they don't really know what world class is or looks like. Too many (including supervisors and above) seemingly just holding on for retirement not wanting to "rock" the boat but give lip service to trying to improve things.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Executive leadership needs deep 360's on them - going down multiple levels with follow up interviews using an outside consulting group. You are insulated from the reality of the pain and frustration too many people are experiencing and often caused by you and your inability to hear bad news or create an environment that can accept the truth.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company to learn and can advance if you're willing to relocate

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

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

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

    Pros

    They hire great talent so there's lots of wisdom to learn from. You can advance if you're willing to relocate and are very ambitious.

    Cons

    There are some cliques. The average age if the workforce was 47 and being young meant you didn't know anything.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more diversity including an range of ages.


  7. Good Place to work, bad hours.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator in Big Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator in Big Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Haworth (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, friendly co-workers, good team environment. 401k and lots of other perks avalible

    Cons

    Busy during months when you want time off, feast or starve. Management did not seem like they cared about the lower employees, all about making themselves look good.

    Advice to Management

    Be open with employees, try to get at least two weekends off per month.


  8. Helpful (3)

    So sad to see this once great company seriously struggling. Poor leaders have wreaked havoc.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Holland, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Holland, MI

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

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

    Pros

    Had good intentions. Great building. Nice products. Global.

    Cons

    The high level execs put in place 5-7 years ago are now reaping what they have sowed. Their poor managers (that they can control) are inept as they attempt to build/lead teams with little to no impact. When these execs retire, others will have to pick up the many pieces they have dismantled. No passion. No trust. Average to low average players here. Most of the good people have left and are looking to leave. After all, smart, ambitious people won't stay and report to fools. Is this karma?

    Advice to Management

    Most of you are not very qualified. Many of you should never have been hired. You lack the leadership skills needed and no week long training will change that. The competitors must love this. The slow demise of this once great company can be blamed on poor leaders from the C-suite to mid-level managers. The company had great potential but hired and kept bad leaders who hired and kept more of the same.


  9. Overall Haworth is a very good place to work with great facilities, great people, and a great vision for the future.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful facility is Holland. Good pay / benefits and plenty of promotional opportunities for those that consistently work hard and do whatever is necessary to get the job done. Privately held organization with strong core values, a committed management team, and a strong commitment to the future.

    Cons

    Sometimes the leadership group appears to be very disjointed due to a lack of cohesiveness at the executive level. Too many hidden agendas and silos.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the subject matter experts in the business and do a better job of utilizing their skills in improvement initiatives. The executive team means well but listening skills are not high on their list of core competencies. Too much politics.


  10. Good Company but no job security

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pod Press Operator in Holland, MI
    Former Employee - Pod Press Operator in Holland, MI

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

    Pros

    Very nice coworkers and benefits

    Cons

    easy to get laid off and they usually go with people that have been there a while

    Advice to Management

    Show respect to people that have been there a while


  11. Helpful (3)

    The experience was a mixed one

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

    I have been working at Haworth full-time

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

    Pros

    Training opportunities are immense. Have never had that level of access to In-class as well as on-line training in whatever subject area you wanted to access. This included training outside of your chosen area of vocation.

    Cons

    Old non-integrated systems; An office culture that demonstrably shows a lack of engagement by Corporate members throughout the majority of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    There is a distinct disconnect between what the Executive preaches ( or believes ), and what is truly the state of operations within the company. The Annual engagement results point toward downstream negative results in the years to come



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