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Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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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 25 reviews)

  • Holiday season can have long hours (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (11)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was provided plenty of opportunities for growth and development. HD rewards employees who work hard and drive results while demonstrating positive behaviors - meaning you can't just steamroll over people to get results. Good vacation policy including for Milwaukee based salary teams getting a holiday shutdown. I was compensated fairly and received bonuses. I felt that leadership listened and valued my opinion.

    Cons

    The company has a tendency to sign up for too much work and don't always know how to stop work that is not necessary. If you are a high performer there is a feeling or perception that you can not say no to work.


  2. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed working there. My colleagues were professional and capable.

    Cons

    Could be a little political, but no worse than any other company its size.

    Advice to Management

    Remove poor performing managers. This was happening so that's good.

  3. "Good Pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    The pay used to be great. Not so much anymore.

    Cons

    New management doesn't care about employees​

    Advice to Management

    Put the people making the product first.


  4. "Motorclothes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Absutely amazing place to work

    Cons

    Not that highly paid, but higher for retail.


  5. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Opportunity to improve with management

    Advice to Management

    Support teams more


  6. "Senior Cost Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Atmosphere at the PDC

    Cons

    None pretty good place to be

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Great Place to Learn and Grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Harley-Davidson provides employees with a range of work experiences, to help people learn and grow. The brand never ceases to inspire. Co-workers are talented and collaborative. Lots of opportunity to get out and meet both customers and dealers.

    Cons

    Career progression can be slow, with lateral moves with increasing responsibility and workload coming more frequently than formal promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time recognizing, appreciating and celebrating people and their accomplishments.

  8. "Good Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Fair pay relative to market. Good Benefits

    Cons

    Big company. Lots of specialized roles


  9. "Production Tech 1"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Tech I in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Production Tech I in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mostly friendly people, ok pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Supervisors generally don't pay attention to what you say needs to be fixed. The use of "casual" employees is absolutely unacceptable.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using casuals as stop gaps. Show more loyalty to them with a promised future in the company. Finally LISTEN to your assembly workers. They are the ones building the bikes.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome products, great people, terrible work/life"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work.

    In general, very understanding managers.

    Learn a great deal about various areas of engineering quickly.

    Easy own program for buying/trading motorcycles

    6% 401k match

    3 weeks vacation starting

    Cons

    Understaffed.

    Minimum work/life balance.

    Workload not distributed even among the team.

    No form of compensation for frequent long hours worked. (50 is a minimum for this posisition although more is not uncommon)

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to get great work done on time rather than acceptable work done on time.

    Take time to gauge employees workload and get them the help that's needed.

    Program managers need to give input to senior management for resources needed to keep the project healthy. Timing, Labor, Cost, milestones, etc.


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