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Harley-Davidson Reviews

Updated September 15, 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 23 reviews)

  • Long hours/days are more frequent than expected (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Great place to work"

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    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 company"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in York, PA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in York, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, good people

    Cons

    Too many politics with the union.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the union the take out the cancers that plaque them.

  3. "Good, not great."

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

    Pros

    Fantastic product and brand. Easy to be passionate about company goals and purpose.

    Cons

    As much as it seems like a cool, unconventional work environment, it's a typical corporate world.


  4. "Great Pay and Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company had excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    The company use to be a family atmosphere. Now it seems they dont care about their employees. There use a waiting list to buy a motor cycle but since the 100th anniversary it was all about making more and more bikes. They flooded the market and the layoffs started.


  5. "Harley Employees"

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

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Very Easy Tasks, Training is descriptive

    Cons

    Rude Customers, Tourists do not understand promos


  6. "GIS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Would like to hire GIS scientists

    Cons

    At $16.00!! Really? That is so wrong. Skill labor is not cheep labor.

    Advice to Management

    There is no way I would work for you or refer any one to work for you as well.


  7. "Games between union and management"

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    Current Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people care about what they produce and try to strive for quality

    Cons

    No job security will try to keep you as a casual as long as they can.

    Advice to Management

    If you really care about your customers you have to care about the workers on the floor. Communication between management and the people needs to improve. Stop the revolving door or your quality will plummet. Harley Davidson is suppose to be the best of the best so act like it. Remember theres no I in team . Harley used to be family owned and cared about its workers if you keep stabbing the people in the back you will get the result you are seeing now. Oh and how long do you think people are going to keep buying the bikes if you are building them in Thailand. And dont say its because of the tariffs if they want they want our supposedly best motorcycle made in the world then lift the tariffs. You are ruining the legendary name.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "From Full of Soul to Soulless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    uhh.....give me a minute i'm sure I can think of one

    Cons

    Leaders that that have misguided strategies that are developed with little input from those that have to execute them, constant flux of org changes and personnel changes has people spending more time on worrying about their jobs instead of doing them

    Advice to Management

    Your strategies are misguided. HD was built on relationships and passionate employees and that was its competitive edge. Relationships build loyalty and sales. re-build relationships with your dealers and core riders before its too late


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Place"

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    Former Employee - Fund Financial Associate in Carson City, NV
    Former Employee - Fund Financial Associate in Carson City, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, Enjoyable work environment

    Cons

    Started to change and turn more about the company, cared less about there employees. Took away our Christmas Parties, only mingle time with other employees. Started firing long time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old system, care about your employees. Take care of your long term employees.


  10. "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harley-Davidson full-time

    Pros

    Great team, and company, best yeas of my life, thanks

    Cons

    I did not see cons to the company, and I would advise everyone to work for the company

    Advice to Management

    thank you for your great job


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