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"Great company and history, needs serious management overhaul"

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Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milwaukee, WI
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Milwaukee, WI
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The third generation of the Davidson family is involved in the day to day operations of the company. They are wonderful people and so inspiring. The history is rich and riding is fun. Employees staff most of the events and have the opportunity to interact with customers. It is a great experience to work an event like Daytona Bike Week or Sturgis.

Cons

The middle and upper levels of management are primarily home grown. Many have not worked for another company and came to H-D out of college. The culture is very out of date and could best be described as "good old boy". Even though one of the top 5 focus areas has been Leadership development, there has been very little impact. There is very little room for advancement unless you have a person “in” with someone at a higher level in the company.

Advice to Management

Start evaluating managers on their performance as a manager and clean house. Find a way to get honest feedback from direct reports and peers. The engagement survey is not working as a vehicle to rate managers. Bring the GIS department into the 21st century and upgrade the technology infrastructure so people can do their jobs. Stop building home grown solutions and start relying on industry standard solutions that are available.

Other Employee Reviews for Harley-Davidson

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Former IT employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual environment, lots of work on new and different things. Good people to work with. The company is working to upgrade to new tools and procedures.

    Cons

    The company is outsourcing IT jobs to and off shore company based in India during a period of "restructuring" of the IT department. Effective at the end of the year they outsourced the support personal. People who handled the day to day functions and support of those functions. People wonder if all of IT may eventually be outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what employees really do on a day to day basis and not just what there title is before thinking they are not needed.


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    "An Employer Who has Lost Heart"

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    Current Employee - Hourly in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Hourly in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They still have a good base pay and their benefits are OK. They still have a product that many people want. They still seem to want to keep the product as American made as possible.

    Cons

    In the 15+ years I have worked there I have taken $1.50 cut in benefits for very $1 raise in base pay. The benefits used to be great, but now, at best are OK, but declining. Senior management went from caring about employees to caring about themselves and the stock market. Morale is absolutely horrible from the lowest hourly to the middle management and salaried. Concern of quality of product is stll OK, but is lower than in the past. The place is just plain mismanaged in every aspect.

    Advice to Management

    The Company used to be run by bikers who cared about people and product and now by accountants who care about dollars. Instead of investing in every little popular "team building program" that comes down the road, try treating your employees better and develop some loyalty and job satisfaction. That will improve your efficiency.

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