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Herman Miller Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  • Senior Management lacks diversity and understanding of real employee issues and needs (in 5 reviews)

  • Unilateral decision making (left-brained) by executive leadership (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company culture. Awesome benefits."

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. My health insurance premiums are half the cost of my last employer. Lots of physical comforts, its warm in the winter, cool in the summer. Very safe, clean work environment.

    Cons

    Their workforce is close to retirement. They can be a bit tricky to navigate. New hires must be ambitious, and dedicated to succeed. They've got high expectations, personally i think that could be under pros.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure. They are a large, multi national company. I cannot pretend to know any better than professionals they have in charge.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Talk a good talk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They talk a good talk and portray a great image. Any positive reviews from people here are still in their honeymoon period. They tell customers the importance of creating great spaces for employees to work.....yet do not do the same. They only have these "great" places where customers visit.

    Cons

    Once you learn what the truth is on how they actually value people, they hypocrisy becomes unbearable
    Pull back the curtain and it is ugly. Full of mistrust, people losing their jobs because others are threatened by their work and productivity.....while those that do not produce are allowed to stay

    Advice to Management

    Walk the Talk....create a culture that people CAN DO great things at Herman Miller. Get new executive leadership that can be bold, brave and can create a great place to work at HM


  3. "Healthcare Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Herman Miller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not Everything It's Cracked Up to Be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Beautiful designs, some great products and people, employee discount

    Cons

    Blatant ladder climbing and inner circles, extremely limited career opportunities outside the midwest, lack of communication between departments, marketing drives sales strategies instead of supporting them

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your staff more and worry about your own advancement less


  7. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SMB Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - SMB Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, work life balance and environment

    Cons

    not too many cons, could have higher salaries

    Advice to Management

    good management at certain levels.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great intent; poor follow-through"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dedicated people who love what they do. They really want to do great things.

    Cons

    Too many changes in direction. Today's passion is often tomorrow's news.
    Workload and travel expectations are extraordinarily high.
    Falling behind as a thought leader.

    Advice to Management

    Choose a strategy and stick with it until it proves or disproves itself.
    Address work/travel expectations to avoid burnout.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Excitement gone after a few months"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zeeland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Herman Miller full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great design heritage
    Good benefits
    Co-workers strive to help make things better
    HQ and showrooms are well-appointed

    Cons

    Decision by committee
    Lack of pro-active actions
    Leadership no longer listens to middle and lower management levels
    Pay is not commiserate with marketplace

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the annual surveys to compare when we were rated Best Companies to Work For, and how it is now. Employee morale is not great, but could easily be turned around if suggested improvements were acted upon.


  11. "Great company in a crazy industry"

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

    I worked at Herman Miller full-time

    Pros

    Herman Miller is a wonderful manufacturer and cultural icon. Great relationships with work teams, managers, and other employees.

    Cons

    The structure of management lends to confusion about role clarity. Although the company prides itself on an open-door policy, there isn't a lot of listening going on.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that corporate and field positions are both equally important in setting the tone for building brand reputation throughout all markets.



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