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Herman Miller Overview

Zeeland, MI
5001 to 10000 employees
1905
Company - Public (MLHR)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Herman Miller is 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 ... Read more

Mission: Inspiring designs to help people do great things.

Company Updates

  • At Herman Miller we strive to create an environment where members of our community feel valued and comfortable to be their whole self at work. This means focusing as a company on not just physical health but emotional, financial, and work well-being. This latest article from Harvard Business Review agrees

    We Need to Talk More About Mental Health at Work

    Executive Summary In the twenty-first century, human capital is the most valuable resource in our economy. And though much has been done (rightly) to promote diversity at work, there's a giant hole when it comes to understanding how temperament and sentiment play into the trajectory of success.

  • For three years we've partnered with Gift of Hope Haiti, sending fabric scraps to the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty to employ Haitians with stable, full-time work. The program's volunteers teach women how to sew and create useful items for sale, such as duffel bags, totes, and more out of the fabric and allows families the opportunity to rise above poverty. We're happy to share that our third truck load, sponsored by Herman Miller Cares, arrived in Haiti with 33,000 pounds of fabric!

    Gift of Hope Haiti

    Our container was finally released from customs this afternoon!! Rejoice with us!! Tomorrow begins a new year of creativity with gorgeous fabrics...

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Herman Miller – Why Work For Us?


 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.


Locations

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


Brands

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. 

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 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.  


Community

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

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:  

  • Resource Smart – We use processes that eliminate waste from our facilities, borrow the water we need and manage it well, reduce energy intensity, and use renewable forms of energy.
  • Eco-Inspired Design – We design products that contain materials with safe chemistry, use recycled or bio-based materials, can be part of a closed-loop recycling system, and minimize total life cycle impacts.
  • Community Driven – We strengthen communities by increasing employee engagement and connecting employees with our grassroots history of environmental advocacy, and by asking our supply chain to adopt our Earthright strategy.
Values - Things That Matter

 The Things That Matter are our corporate values and express how we aspire to work together. 


Purpose

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. 


Leadership

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. 


Beliefs

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.


Design

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. 


Performance

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.  


Connections

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. 


Growth

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.

 

Benefits

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:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Employee Product Purchase Program (offers discounts and payment options on a variety of products)
  • On-site Health Clinics and Fitness Centers (varies by site)
2019 Summer Internships

 Spend your summer getting 100% real-world work 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,  learning sessions with senior leaders, and much more.

We offer internships in a variety of fields including:

  • Engineering
  • Sales
  • IT
  • Supply Management
  • Marketing/Product Management
  • And many more

Interested in learning more? Visit hermanmiller.com/internships for more information and a list of our current opportunities 

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    Pros

    Herman Miller has an inclusive company culture. Everyone is welcomed and given the chance to be innovative with their different ideas. If you want to make a change you can express your opinion to management and they will give you the support you need to succeed.

    Cons

    The company as a whole is very political but that seems to be the norm for West Michigan companies. The coffee in the break room isn't the greatest , but you can always count on the tea. It's hard for me to come up with any cons for this company. Over, this this an awesome West Michigan based company.

    Advice to Management

    Bringing more women into upper management would be nice to see. As a women, I do feel fully sported by my work team leader.

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Herman Miller photo of: The coffee bar at our Design Yard is a popular place to work, collaborate, and meet.
Herman Miller photo of: Each of our team members received 16 paid volunteer hours to give back to their community.
Herman Miller photo of: We’re all challenged to design solutions and make decisions that improve our community, our business, and our world.
Herman Miller photo of: Our Summer Internship Program offers 100% real-world experience to degree-seeking students.
Herman Miller photo of: Our Summer Internship Program offers 100% real-world experience to degree-seeking students.
Herman Miller photo of: Our Manufacturing Teams share a passion for quality and hold safety as a number one priority.
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Herman Miller Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Herman Miller (Holland, MI) in March 2016.

    Interview

    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.

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Herman Miller Awards & Accolades

  • Best and Brightest in Wellness, Best & Brightest, 2018
  • 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers, IndustryWeek, 2018
  • Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Working Mother, 2017
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2017
  • Rising Star Award, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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