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Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Harley-Davidson President & CEO Matthew S. Levatich
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  • work/life balance can be unbalanced in certain parts of the organization, our flat structure can limit 'mini' promotions (in 22 reviews)

  • Some business units run with very lean staff which can make for long hours etc (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Reductions have taken their toll"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ERP Design Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - ERP Design Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly passionate employees, great culture, pride in working for an American icon, competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    Having survived 3 rounds of layoffs over the last 5 years has not been fun. Hoping the company delivers on its promise of delivering exciting new products over the next couple of years.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Business Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Legendary motorcycles, dedicated employees, terrific and strong brand. A reverse cult. Customer base is terrific and you get the opportunity to engage directly with the end customers. Dealers are very committed business people that run retailers that provide motorcycles, service, parts and accessories, and clothing to their customers - and they are very passionate about this.

    Cons

    The company has a unique culture that needs to evolve, and soon!. Leadership is not world class and their behavior has reputation among staffers as immature, unprofessional, lacking values and ethics. A sad commentary on this great company. It takes a long time for company to introduce advancements probably due to elongated decision making process, dependence on those who talk loudest, little innovation, and silos. Poor performers and leaders seem to be rewarded. If you are under 40, and a high performer, your career may be prioritized (for now). Primarily a male dominated environment, with cultural bias in opportunities and pay — diversity and inclusion not prioritized. Opportunities for advancement lacking - the same executives seem to be rotated around the company for the best opportunities and these are the ones best connected to the executive leadership team, but not necessarily the most talented employees or the best leaders. Seems to have a preoccupation on overassessing their workforce through a series of talent management processes, testing, people days etc. - employees are highly and inappropriately "diagnosed" for professional capabilities by unqualified and ineffective leadership teams and this can have a long-lasting impact on the careers of their hard working and dedicated employees as their are few impactful employee development plans in progress where employees feel that they are being groomed for success.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize a diversity of voices at the Senior Leadership Level and Director level to reduce cultural bias. Streamline decision making processes. Democratize development and try harder to "love" employees vs. psychoanalyze them. Practice zero tolerance policies for unprofessional behaviors. Prioritize values and ethics, don't just talk about them. The world is watching.


  3. "Quality Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Intern - Internship in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and relaxed environment
    Lots of opportunities to learn
    Hands on work every day
    Work on real jobs not just secretary type work

    Cons

    There is not a whole lot of team engineering in the quality department.
    Communication is poor between departments that need to work together.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to come up with more long term projects for interns. These projects would ideally be team based with the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in school.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "H-D"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and casual dress code.

    Cons

    The company has seemed lost over the last couple of years. Constantly overstating revenue projections, then reducing build schedules and then restructuring at the end of the year. Rinse and repeat.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Culture is disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Development Purchasing Analyst in Wauwatosa, WI
    Former Employee - Development Purchasing Analyst in Wauwatosa, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to travel and great learning experience

    Cons

    The culture is very aggressive. People are not openly helpful. Extremely pushy with suppliers

    Advice to Management

    Too many unrealistic deadlines


  6. Helpful (4)

    "See you in December"

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Contractor - Marketing Project Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility for contractors is great. Customers love the brand and their is some esteem that comes with working for an iconic company. Executives are down to earth and accessible compared to other companies.

    Cons

    They are a scared company. Most everything middle managers do is based on fear. Restructuring has become an annual thing and the layoffs and lack of direction are taking their toll on full-time employees. Human resources seems to be a weakness as leaders are not developed, they are tried and then ditched when they don't work. Full time employees who are laid off are often hired back in different roles by their friends leading to incompetence and laziness in many roles.

    Advice to Management

    Once you've cut ties with someone in a restructure, don't bring them back. Stop restructuring every year. Give the plan a chance to work. When you do restructure, don't do it over the course of six months. Most work stops while people worry about whether or not they'll lose their jobs. Have a plan on how to carry on in place within a month after the restructure. Totally rework the way you evaluate and develop leaders, you don't do it well. Clear house in the marketing department, if you can't understand what they are saying, it's because they don't know either, not because they are smarter than you.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Jeans everyday in the office and great benefits.

    Cons

    Things take too much time to implement. Also, the meaner you are to your employees, the higher up the ladder you get. This is not right. Bullying is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the politics and do not give power to those who do not know how to treat employees.


  8. "Great company to work at"

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    Former Employee - Dealer Marketing Consultant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Dealer Marketing Consultant in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great products that change peoples lives

    Cons

    Luxury market that is losing enthusiasm

    Advice to Management

    Keep the dream alive


  9. Helpful (3)

    "career at Harley-Davidson"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Popular and well recognized company that shines on your CV.

    Cons

    Absolute lack of leadership and care for employees reflects on engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Positions should be based on talent, not on merit.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "We get to work on the next generation of Motorcycles!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, challenging projects, great job satisfaction

    Cons

    Location of headquarters, performance review system

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-organization madness to create a more stable environment - you will get higher productivity when employees stop being afraid of being let go.


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