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Herman Miller Overview

Zeeland, MI
5001 to 10000 employees
1905
Company - Public (MLHR)
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.

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Herman Miller – Why Work For Us?


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At Herman Miller, we inspire designs to help people do great things. We are a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, solutions for healthcare environments, and related technologies and services – all of which work to build a better world around you.

We’ve collaborated with some of the most outstanding designers across the globe, and Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums 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 Zeeland, Michigan. 


Brands

We operate through several focused businesses, brands, and distribution channels, including Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, Maharam, Geiger International, Design Within Reach, and independently-owned dealerships. 



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Inclusiveness and Diversity

Inclusiveness and Diversity is much more than a social program at Herman Miller. We strive for an environment in which a richly diverse and global workforce thrives. An inclusive environment allows us and our suppliers to be more innovative and to create products that best meet the needs of our customers around the world.

We have 12 Inclusiveness Resource Teams (IRTs). These employee-led teams organize our grassroots efforts, developing and implementing initiatives that help us meet our business objectives and grow as individuals. They are integral to creating a workplace where everyone feels included and valued, and have contributed to our receiving a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for nine years in a row.


Environmental Advocacy

Environmental advocacy at Herman Miller began with corporate values first put into words by the founder of our company, D.J. De Pree. In 1953, D.J. said that Herman Miller “will be a good corporate neighbor by being a good steward of the environment.” We have been working toward that goal ever since. Our 10-year Earthright Strategy is helping us along way with its three guiding principles: positively transparent, products as living things, and becoming greener together.


Health and Well-Being

We believe the health and well-being of our employees is integral to our aspiration to create a better world and is consistent with the way we value the potential of each person. Our expertise and leadership in ergonomics puts us in a position to create healthful and thriving workplaces for ourselves, as well as our customers. Health management, fitness classes, and bike reimbursement programs help ensure we are healthier, eating better, and more active than ever.


Safety

We hold ourselves to the highest safety standards and to an understanding that all injuries are preventable. We are always striving to improve through commitments to:

  • Living, working, and being safe
  • Being resource smart
  • Being eco-inspired
  • Being community driven


Community Service

We take community service seriously. Our team members seek out volunteer opportunities in the community, and as a company, we've volunteered over 90,000 hours in the past four years.


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You can make a salary. Or you can make a difference. Or you can work at Herman Miller and make both. Speak up, solve problems, lead others, and be an owner. All while giving back to the community and caring for a better world.

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.



Benefits

Helping fulfill our employees’ needs is very important to us. We offer a range of benefits from healthcare and 401(k) to an employee stock purchase plan. Our benefits are extended to all domestic partners.

We also offer some unique benefits:

  • $100 rebate on a bike purchase
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Employee product purchase programs

For a full list of benefits, click here.


Herman Miller’s global headquarters is located in West Michigan. West Michigan is a vibrant, growing community and home to beautiful beaches, craft breweries, and Art Prize (the world’s largest public art competition). A low cost of living, full four seasons, and quickly growing industries are just a few of the things that make the area a great place to work and live. To learn more about West Michigan, visit Hello West Michigan.

Outside of Michigan, we have locations in Atlanta, Georgia; Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and Hildebran, North Carolina. We are 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. Learn more about where you can find us here.

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Safety, Quality, Reliability

Safety is our number one priority at Herman Miller. We focus on safety in everything we do and believe that all injuries are preventable. Our team members work in clean, bright, and safe environments that help us toward our goal of zero injuries per year.

We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations every day. The quality of our products is what sets us apart in the marketplace, and reliability means we deliver our products defect-free, on-time, and complete.


HMPS

The Herman Miller Performance System (HMPS) is our system of continuous improvement that focuses on understanding and meeting our customers’ needs through the engagement and development of our employees. By taking a systematic, problem-solving approach, we remove struggles and create efficiencies throughout our business.


Development

You can make your career in Operations at Herman Miller – with 89 percent of our internal leadership and development program participants having been placed into promotional roles. And 43 percent of our current team members have been with us for over 20 years!

If you would like to grow your career beyond Operations, you can use our tuition reimbursement and internal internship programs to further your learning and explore other areas at Herman Miller.


Engagement and Benefits

When you join Herman Miller, you’re joining our community. Whether you attend our annual company picnic, join one of our many Inclusiveness Resource Teams, or volunteer with causes you are passionate about, you will have the opportunity to get involved with the things that matter to you.

You can also take advantage of our on-site health clinics, fitness facilities, and many of our other great benefits to make sure that you and those you care about remain healthy.

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    Pros

    Very creative and empowering environment -- I have a lot of independence and am encouraged to try new things and take risks.

    Cons

    With any big company, getting things done through corporate can take a very long time, involving too many people and too many steps. The inefficiency can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Our industry is changing and consequently, we have to shift with it -- better communication from our executive leadership would be nice.

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Herman Miller Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Herman Miller (Zeeland, MI) in June 2016.

    Interview

    I had 3 interviews with some feedback in between. I completed one phone interview and two on site interviews. I was from out of town, but still within a reasonable distance, and they were very accommodating to my schedule. The two in-person interviews were both with a group of people. The first interview (onsite) was a two on one. The second interview (onsite) was divided into two different interview. The first was a one on one meeting and the second was a two on one. The questions asked were very situational and open ended. They really wanted you to provide examples from your previous work experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you tell me about a time when you had to problem solve an issue at work?   Answer Question
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Herman Miller Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 WorldatWork Seal of Distinction, WorldatWork, 2017
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2016
  • 2016 Healthiest 100 Companies, Healthiest 100, 2016
  • 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies, Best and Brightest, 2016
  • 2016 Bronze Level Veteran Friendly Employer, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, 2016
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