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Herman Miller Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
64 Reviews

4.5
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Herman Miller President, CEO, and Director Brian C. Walker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is great (if you can handle it) and the products are amazing (in 14 reviews)

  • they have good benefits, good salaries and great people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Communications are on a once a month basis With Middle management , and once a quarter with someone in a Senior management position (in 3 reviews)

  • If you aren't in Michigan (or close) you can easily be forgotten about (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of interesting people to meet, and pretty stable job if you play your politics right.

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

    Pros

    Some of the friendliest senior executive staff you'll ever meet, and most of them will meet and chat with you cordially. You will do well if you like to wine and dine, act sophisticated and genuinely enjoy spending time with management and coworkers after hours. Don't expect to put your head down and do your job and expect to keep it.

    Cons

    1. Company is 100 years old, so naturally people working here are around 40-70 years old. Upwards mobility is tough because people literally work here until the day they die. The average employee has worked over 25 years at this company, that is a serious line to wait through.
    2. They have designed some iconic pieces of furniture, but the technology is not perceived as very complex. There will always be a market for it's classic high end furniture, but the company will struggle to maintain any momentum in its contract furniture business as it fights commoditization thought marketing alone rather than tangible product advancements.
    3. Half the job is also maneuvering, carefully choosing who to talk good/bad about, and play politics well - which is a very old school model comparatively to this day and age and not fun. If you don't plan to play hard, don't even bother applying here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management wants to hire young, but field management doesn't know how to communicate to millennials.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Design Excellence and Genuine Customer Care

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for and to represent. Strong values around developing people, products and protecting the environment.

    Cons

    Processes and people's roles seem to change often, so sometimes a bit of work to stay caught up, but not unsurmoutable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize success across the organization. Resist the temptation to put too many rules in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I like my job very much

    Current Employee - Sales  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork right now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value customer interaction more than filling out forms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    promotes personal development., competitive compensation, supportive culture.

    Cons

    I do not have any negative comments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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

    Pros

    Very supportive and progressive culture. Great leadership examples and lots of opporutnities to advance your career. Best compnay I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    No real bad points to make here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Work Life Balance, Smart people

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

    Pros

    Collaborative decision making, many opinions are saught and considered during the decision making process. The work life balance is very good.

    Cons

    The company is not good at prioritizing the chart of work...often there is too much on the plate and the employees have a hard time keeping up and feeling like they are succeeding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new growth strategy is engergizing, I feel like the future is going to be bright, however, it is important to focus on a few key strategies and areas for investment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Strong committment to employees.

    Cons

    A lot of changes taking place at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Territory Manager

    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    Pros

    Creative leading edge design products and processes.

    Cons

    There are NO major negatives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great organization, supportive direct management, one of the most iconic companies in the US.

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

    Pros

    - The work life balance is great (if you can handle it) and the products are amazing.
    - There is tons of research and information that you can access to help you present valuable information to potential clients.
    - Incredibly smart and innovative thinkers lead the way in design and new product development.

    Cons

    - Politics, you have to fight corporate to get sales recognized or get much of anything done in the field.
    - There is a major disconnect between Michigan and the field. If you aren't in Michigan (or close) you can easily be forgotten about.
    - The pay is fair (depending on the size of your market) but comissions could be much better considering the margins - especially when you compare to other outside sales positions in other industries.
    - Lack of career development or clear career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop set career goals for employees to encourage development and upward mobility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture fit for me.

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

    Pros

    Culture, development opportunities, and emphasis on increasing diversity.

    Cons

    Headquarters is located in Holland, Michigan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like to see more women in executive leadership roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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