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Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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Harley-Davidson President & CEO Matthew S. Levatich
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Pros
  • Benefits are good, especially the employee purchase plans (in 21 reviews)

  • Great people and strong teamwork across the staff (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 21 reviews)

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  1. "Financial assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere, wonderful people,. Fun environment

    Cons

    The pay is not good for everything you do, and it's biweekly

    Advice to Management

    Better pay


  2. "It's a unique place to work - strong culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the sense of team, we make the coolest products int he world, you're given the tools to do your job and do it well, our flat structure enables access to our most senior execs

    Cons

    work/life balance can be unbalanced in certain parts of the organization, our flat structure can limit 'mini' promotions

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and trust are key. There is a sense (like many organizations) that the pay gap is extreme.


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

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    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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  5. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Certified Forklift Operator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Certified Forklift Operator in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay great room to learn different skills

    Cons

    To many chIefs not enough indians

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Various positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love motorcycles, this is the best place in the world to work! There are plenty of opportunities if you are passionate about the customers!

    Cons

    The motorcycle market is shrinking and the company has had to downsize two years in a row. The company changes a lot and very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people actually doing the work, not consulting firms who don't actually understand all of the work that the people are doing. The last reduction in workforce appears to have been done in a vacuum.


  7. "Great Brand"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Great people, fun brand, interesting work.

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring and layoffs. Work life balance hard to achieve with less and less people.

    Advice to Management

    Get the org structure right and stick to it.


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    "Great brand ... not so great company performance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Great brand! They do a great job of keeping the brand and their products in the forefront of your thinking by having them visible every where you look. Also the fact that you are there "to fulfill dreams of personal freedom" is an ever present theme.

    Cons

    H-D has had problems meeting investor expectations for the past couple of years which has created an unsettled employment environment with multiple downsizings and reorganizations within the company, sometimes moving people who are retained to positions for which they may not have skills.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that shuffling the organization structure is not the solution to the need for increased sales & profit; address the real issues - the line and cost of products offered.


  9. "Leadership Gap"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and strong teamwork across the staff. Good compensation and benefit structure.

    Cons

    With the exception of Human Resources and Communications, female Leaders are rare, with many of them leaving. This culture is still a 'boys club' and promotions are based on who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Make the tough calls regarding leaders. Too many of the 'chosen few' remain long after their performance has proven they need to go.


  10. "Marketing"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Environment, Passionate Teams, Great Products

    Cons

    Restructuring and Lay Offs changed the mood


  11. "Good Company"

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

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and work life flexibility. Would not change employers for any reason.

    Cons

    Can be too "corporate" at times, but aside from that, it is a great company, and has a strong heritage in Wisconsin.

    Advice to Management

    Strive for a team atmosphere, not so much top down style management. Be more involved.



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