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Herman Miller Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance (abused by many) (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits, family environment, and great development (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management lacks diversity and understanding of real employee issues and needs (in 5 reviews)

  • New hires must be ambitious, and dedicated to succeed (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "A truly great company to work for!"

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

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - A rich history and design legacy
    - Inclusive culture
    - An organization that values people at all levels
    - An organization that works to make a difference in the world
    - Smart and caring leadership team
    - The people - This is a great bunch!
    - A global company, with multiple brands, that offers opportunities in many functional areas and parts of the world.

    Cons

    As with any organization, there are things to pick at...but these things are insignificant to me compared to all the reasons to work here. I've heard many long-time employees (and there are many 25+ years) say "it isn't what it used to be". I'll tell you after 13 years, it's still pretty darn good!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going!


  2. "Alright"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler
    Former Employee - Material Handler
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid Hours, no surprises on your schedule. Decent pay increases and vacation benefits. Good Values. It is a good company to start at for college students who want a decent paying job.

    Cons

    Working yourself up the company is hard unless you have connections. Morale for manufacturing has significantly declined.

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee morale in order to retain employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it once was!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation Time. Close to home.

    Cons

    Benefits keep getting worse or removed. Wages stagnant. No mutual cooperation
    between departments. Working atmosphere is too tense. Unfair annual review system.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great Culture and work life balance
    -Great people to work with
    -you never feel stagnant in a role and are constantly learning new things

    Cons

    -sometimes held to the mercy of the dealership you work with
    - compensation isn't as great as competitors


  5. "great starting career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Holland, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Holland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits great people to work with

    Cons

    work is fast paced and demanding not much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    consider all employees as talented you mind find out there was a diamond all along that someone else found


  6. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible company- most of our customers have worked with us for over 20 years. The philosophy is around design beginning with people and solving some sort of problem. And the company gives employee's two days off every year to volunteer.

    Cons

    Not many cons- it's a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Stay close to the customer!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Solid Company to Work for in West Michigan"

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

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall a great company with a ton of history. It's easy to fall in love with the products, especially if design is an interest of yours. If you're in West Michigan you'll experience beautiful offices and very nice people.

    Cons

    Probably the biggest downside of Herman Miller is it's not a meritocracy. Promotions are won through politics as opposed to ability, which drives away top talent. Although the company preaches a culture of development, oftentimes they don't hire from within.

  8. "Great Company - Great benefits"

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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 Herman Miller full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Highly collaborative
    Great management structure
    Career Development opportunities
    Great corporate mission and statements from CEO and ELT

    Cons

    Large corporation "speak"
    Not as much connection for field sales folks

    Advice to Management

    Improve field sales connections to the greater organization through sales trainings and group meetings when applicable. "Level Up" was a great connection point. Craving more like this.


  9. "Engineer"

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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 Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Freedom, respect, challenging, opportunity, human centered

    Cons

    communication, shifting priorities, no more free cappuccinos

    Advice to Management

    continue to value the employee as the number one asset


  10. Helpful (4)

    "cultural contradictions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people
    The products
    The Design Yard's aesthetics

    Cons

    What the company says and how the company acts frequently contradicts itself.

    They say:
    Speak up.
    Solve problems.
    Lead. Own.

    They mean:
    Speak up. (over the voices of others, don't bother listening)
    Solve problems. (continuously. the same problem. over and over.)
    Lead. (by force)
    Own. (your mistakes, as long as you appologize nothing will happen, including changing our business to make sure it doesn't happen again)

    The company is made up of silos or pockets, both terms are widely used behind closed doors. Some areas are fantastic and people work there for 25+ years. Others have very high turn over.

    Also, like other reviews have stated it is hard to get promoted in the company. Anytime an internal promotion comes up conversations turn into inappropriate gossip overshadowing the experience of the candidate. This has forced many people to leave the company. There are some who successfully make it through the promotion process, these people are discussed with reverance because it's like spotting a unicorn.

    Advice to Management

    There is an epidemic within your company. Comfort.
    I have spent entire days where coworkers didn't do a single work task. They watched the latest basketball game, researched their next house project, played a game, talked about the news with other coworkers etc. but because they were in their seat they were considered productive.

    It is disrespectfull to the hardworkers at Herman Miller and the heritige of the company to allow that culture to survive. Management needs to find a way to add an acceptable level of discomfort into your organization. Discomfort leads to growth, growth leads to success. Shake things up!


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