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Herman Miller Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Herman Miller President, CEO, and Director Brian C. Walker
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  • 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

    "Great Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Very creative and empowering environment -- I have a lot of independence and am encouraged to try new things and take risks.

    Cons

    With any big company, getting things done through corporate can take a very long time, involving too many people and too many steps. The inefficiency can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Our industry is changing and consequently, we have to shift with it -- better communication from our executive leadership would be nice.


  2. "Territory Manager"

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

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Inclusive culture, good benefits, competitive salary, great products, innovative design, great sustainability practices.

    Cons

    Recent shifts in management focus. Becoming more top-down. Ongoing internal change based on shift strategy of the company causing some longer term people to leave voluntarily, others have been let go.


  3. "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Strong benefits and compensation package

    Cons

    Executive leadership is out of touch


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  5. "Good Place To Work For Most"

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

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, steady employment, decent work environment

    Cons

    Slow moving, unclear career progression


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good story ruined by the truth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Pays well compared to market, excellent benefits, good work/life balance (can only speak to office setting), some really smart progressive thinkers being hired in

    Cons

    CEO who still runs the balance sheet and not the org, many decisions made due to short term financials as opposed to long term goals, leadership not aligned nor working together towards corporate objectives, many highly tenured people resistant to change or new hires with proved skillsets, constant change and restructuring

    Advice to Management

    You have become too myopic as a leadership team and make decisions to protect the utopia you have in your bubble as opposed to serving the good of all your employees. You need to lead your business, not just your quarterly financials, and run the business like you are actually in charge as opposed to letting disparate business units do what they want.


  7. Helpful (14)

    "Management has lost their way"

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

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Great employees that work hard for their company and HM produces great products.

    Cons

    The recent restructure has created an executive team that is all men.
    Mid management is a puppet for executives and rarely if ever questions their decisions. They do little to represent the workers to the executives.

    Advice to Management

    It is great to look toward the future but really unfortunate that you dont remember who and what got you where you are today.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Program Manager, Talent Acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager Talent Acquisition in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager Talent Acquisition in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company that allows and promotes employee development, professional networking, and is a tremendous community partner and advocate.

    Cons

    Sr. and Mid-management professionalism, integrity, leadership abilities vary greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the whole employee by truly caring for others and their well-being and not only your personal success. Every good leader knows their success is only as good as the overall success of the team and ensuring their team members are doing value-added work. Coach and mentor your people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "None"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate

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

    Pros

    Pays well, sent 2 kids to college off HM scholarships

    Cons

    Lots of unwanted OT, No Union


  10. "Decent company to start out with."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent pay. Depending on the department the hours can be quite regular. Very good company, will take care of you.

    Cons

    Management can be difficult to deal with and in factory it can be difficult to move up even with a degree. Seniority takes precedence every time no matter how bad the worker is.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Shady Management"

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

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good products, and great workspaces.

    Cons

    Management is more concerned with talking behind people's backs, afraid to empower employees, and lack the ability to truly become a globally connected company. New ideas are constantly seconded guessed or dismissed altogether. As a whole, the mid, senior and executive leadership lack the vision, poise, and experience to inspire their employees to do great things.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders! Stop worrying about your own personal career growth and actually invest in your subordinates. A little empathy towards the lives of your employees will go a long way to the companies success and your own. Embrace new ideas and allow employee growth and movement to internal positions.



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