Mission: Inspiring designs to help people do great things.
What does lean manufacturing mean to Herman Miller? 1) Always put the customer first. 2) People are our most important resource. 3) Continuous improvement is a way of life. 4) Focus on the workplace, where small changes lead to big gains.
You know how important the right healthcare plan is to your life, but what happens when feeling right requires more than a flu shot and an annual checkup? Is your employer there for you? At Herman Miller, we’ve designed our benefits programs to extend well beyond physical health, because we know that mental, emotional, and financial health are big pieces of the puzzle and it's important to us that everyone can bring their whole self to work each day.
At Herman Miller, we inspire designs to help people do great things. We are a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, we have relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal.
We’ve collaborated with some of the most outstanding designers in the world, and Herman Miller designs are part of museum collections worldwide. Design is a central part of our business. The results are evident in the products we make and the services we offer. Each is a reflection of a human-centered design process grounded in research and problem-solving. See the results.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 100 countries in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. We serve customers virtually anywhere in the world. Our global headquarters is located in West Michigan – a vibrant, growing community home to beautiful beaches, craft breweries, and ArtPrize (the world’s largest public art competition). To learn more about West Michigan, visit Hello West Michigan.
We operate through several focused businesses, brands, and distribution channels, including Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, Maharam, Geiger, Design Within Reach, and independently-owned dealerships.
At Herman Miller, we solve problems like designers. It’s part of our DNA, and it turns out that the creative approach to problem-solving that we take when making furniture works just as well when it comes to ensuring the health and prosperity of our people, our communities, and our planet.
Our Better World Report is a snapshot of how we live out our values every day. It is the guiding light in our journey to have a positive impact on humanity. Check out a few of the areas we’re focused on listed below. Together, we can harness the power of a global collective, become a force for good, and create a better world. We hope you will join us.
Our community is global and so is our commitment to doing good for the people we serve. Our team members can use up to 16 hours of paid time for community service, but volunteerism runs deep in our company, and many people volunteer much more.
Inclusiveness and Diversity
To design the better world we want, we need everyone’s help. We believe being inclusive is both right and good. It’s right because we value the whole person and all they have to offer. It’s good because to find innovative solutions in a complex world, we need a diversity of perspectives. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of our Inclusiveness Resource Teams (IRTs), which are voluntary employee-led teams with common characteristics and shared experiences such as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, generation, disability, or veteran status. Today, we have 12 IRTs with over 500 members around the world working on initiatives that benefit the business and the broader Herman Miller community.
Health and Well-Being
People are at the center of all we do. Their physical, emotional, and financial health and well-being is the lens through which we design everything from our benefits program to our facilities. Our culture of wellness provides opportunities for team members to manage their well-being and healthfully integrate work and life, including college coaching, on-site nutrition classes, a mental health champion network, and much more.
Earthright is our 10-year sustainability strategy that keeps us on the path of continuous improvement. Protecting the environment has been a core value since our founder D.J. De Pree first articulated it in 1953 when he said: “We will be a good steward of the environment.” We believe every generation’s obligation is to manage the Earth’s resources responsibly so they will be there for the next generation. We focus our efforts in three main areas:
The Things That Matter are our corporate values and express how we aspire to work together.
Serving humanity shapes every aspect of our work to create a better world — from our employee’s wellbeing to sustainability, continuous improvement, community service, problem-solving design, and more. Purpose is the unifying thread that binds our increasingly diverse global community together today — and it’s why we’ll exist tomorrow.
We don’t just come to work to do a job. To reach our full potential, we must be inspired by the purpose of our work and the ability to contribute to something larger. Leaders at Herman Miller work for the people who work for them. We believe there is a time for each of us to lead, and at Herman Miller, leadership is a way of being.
Each of us must strive to understand both the letter and the spirit of the law. When the two contradict each other — and at times they may — leaders act on their conviction in more deeply held beliefs. Policies can be changed, principles should not.
There’s always a better way to do something, and we’re committed to finding it. We value design highly because it’s the best way we know of improving our world in beautiful and useful ways.
We define real performance as that something extra — a relentless drive for excellence and an unbreakable spirit to win each and every day. Herman Miller is our company, and we think and act like its owners — responsible for our actions, and accountable for the results.
Meaningful connections help us remain open to new ideas and contributions, no matter their origin. The more diverse our teams, the more inclusive and transparent we are, and the more points of view we consider, the greater our ability is to serve our customers and create a better world.
Personal growth, corporate growth — any kind of meaningful growth requires purposeful change. We may not always take the best path — but that too is an opportunity for learning. Real growth is never easy, but by cultivating a culture of continual change and improvement, we make it part of everyday life.
At Herman Miller, we respect each other as we are and focus on who we will become. Our culture represents the collective attitudes, aspirations, ideas, and experiences of the people who work here.
Life at Herman Miller
Take an inside look at Herman Miller through the unique stories of the people who know us best.
Study after study has shown that people want to feel good about where they work, how they work, and why they work. At Herman Miller, we’ve long been at the forefront of thinking around people, their lives, and work, and the places, tools, and furnishings that enable them. This thought leadership and innovation has allowed Herman Miller’s own workplace to deliver an elevated experience of work for our team members.
Here are just a few of the things we offer to make work more rewarding and life a bit easier:
Spend your summer getting 100% real-world experience and building your career with an internship at Herman Miller. Our Summer Internship Program is a paid, 12-week opportunity that offers challenging work and cultivates your professional skills. Besides the work you’ll do within your field of study, you will participate in a variety of opportunities including one-on-one meetings with mentors, a summer-long project, and learning sessions with members of our Executive Leadership Team.
We offer internships in a variety of fields, including:
Interested in learning more? Visit hermanmiller.com/internships for more information and a list of our current opportunities.
I have been working at Herman Miller full-time (More than 10 years)
- A rich history and design legacy
- Inclusive culture
- An organization that values people at all levels
- An organization that works to make a difference in the world
- Smart and caring leadership team
- The people - This is a great bunch!
- A global company, with multiple brands, that offers opportunities in many functional areas and parts of the world.
As with any organization, there are things to pick at...but these things are insignificant to me compared to all the reasons to work here. I've heard many long-time employees (and there are many 25+ years) say "it isn't what it used to be". I'll tell you after 13 years, it's still pretty darn good!
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Keep it going!
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Herman Miller (Holland, MI) in March 2016.
I spoke with a recruiter a couple of times before she had me come in for an interview with the manager. That interview was one-on-one and fairly informal. There was a follow up call after that.