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Herman Miller Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Herman Miller President, CEO, and Director Brian C. Walker
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance (abused by many) (in 31 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. Helpful (4)

    "Large and slow corporation"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Holland, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Holland, MI
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great design and culture story, amazing and well developed products, perks and benefits

    Cons

    Average to below average salaried pay, excruciatingly slow processes within marketing and brand to the point where sales are affected, siloed departments with poor communication and apathy to do anything outside their job title, little opportunity to develop and move into other positions/promotions even though development is what everyone talks about, management reorganizes themselves every ten minutes, expect to compete with an outside contractor for an internal job and don't expect to get it.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to retain younger talent that wants to work hard because they're leaving for companies where they'll make a difference. Too many are being sucked into the dream that they'll work at HM for 30 years like others have done in the past and just coast without ambition. Get some fresh ideas on ELT, some energy, some excitement, some risk takers! Yes, that means some executives should exit.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Once great, now average at best"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package
    Good brand recogniton for designers & industry
    Great history

    Cons

    Slowly trending downhill
    IT department is undervalued & understaffed
    Leadership seems a "good old boys club"
    No longer an innovation industry leader
    Actual support of diversity is lacking (they don't walk their talk)

    Advice to Management

    - Restore diversity to executive committee - it looks like the 1980s up there now.
    - Put more value in IT.
    - Clean up marketing - most people do not know who does what over there - even those who work in it.
    - Stop hiring people with ego and start hiring people that want to serve a once great company.
    - Stop using "times change" as an excuse. The same principles that made HMI great can make it great again.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Good story ruined by the truth"

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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.


  4. "Design Little Substance"

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    Former Freelancer - Consultant
    Former Freelancer - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Herman Miller (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful furniture, beautiful spaces, and great design icon.

    Cons

    Not inclusive or ethnically diverse; very pretentious and not interested in Midwest values.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "None"

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    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


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great people. Political leadership."

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    Former Employee - Director in Holland, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Holland, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people with very high intellectual horsepower. Wonderful products with an amazingly open and inviting culture. Great work-life balance (abused by many).

    Cons

    The pace of work is agonizingly slow. Not because people aren't working hard or they don't want to move fast, but because everyone in the company's management is allowed to second guess every decision without being involved in the process. This leads to some really nasty politics at the senior and executive levels - gamesmanship and positioning which unfortunately tears up good/smart employees.

    Advice to Management

    Define. Empower. Hold accountable. Stop the executive 'drive-bys' that kill autonomous thinking and destroy employee morale. (Not only does it damage the people but it REALLY slows down your development cycles.) You have an unbelievable organization with amazing people. Let them shine and punish the political leaders that are out for themselves.


  7. "Healthcare Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and excellent design

    Cons

    Too much change constantly and a lot of pressure

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Herman Miller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Dirty environment with almost no break time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more money.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Excitement gone after a few months"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Really great new hire training with detailed information on the history of the company

    Cons

    After being there a few months, the true colors start to come out. Communication between upper management and lower management is poor and respect for "lower" level employees is poor. People choose to stay there for a long time because they feel stuck and don't know where else to go. The values the company started with and what they have come to now are completely different.

    Advice to Management

    Respect those that are actually doing the everyday work in the "lower" positions


  10. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package and 401k match

    Cons

    Low advancement opportunities, good ole boy network in upper management


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