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Herman Miller Reviews

Updated March 7, 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. 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.


  2. "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.


  3. 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


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  6. "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


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "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


  9. "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance and Facilities.

    Cons

    Ineffective Promotion Process and very unable to accommodate younger generations.

    Advice to Management

    Be more readily able to service young talent.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I joined Herman Miller, it was known as the best culture, most innovative and most employee- centric company in our industry and maybe the world. They are still known for beautiful design and environmental responsibility.

    Cons

    In past couple years, the company culture has shifted and morale plummeted. The focus on the living office seems to be outward facing only and doesn't seem to apply to the employees. Leadership doesn't seem to notice the brain drain that is happening due to people not feeling valued the way they used to.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO seems shielded from whats happening with employees. It would be great if Herman Miller took time to reexamine what historically made them a great company and try to resurrect the culture and practices that made them a former Best Place to Work.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Could be amazing. But for now, it's not."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring Lake, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring Lake, MI
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy and freedom to do your best work.

    Cons

    Leadership seems to make fear-based decisions regarding the day to day operations. There is a lack of commitment and the humility that characterized who we used to be. Also, it is very cliquey. If you're not one of the boys, your career is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk. Take a human-centered approach to your people as well as your products.



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