Welder/Assembler (Former Employee), York, PA – September 17, 2013
Pros: great money and benefits..proud to have been part of this team.
Cons: being layed off..thats the only "con". i wanted to retire from this company.
This was my favorite job. 10+ years working for a world famous company. Very proud of being a part of the Harley Davidson team. Company "Restructuring" was the reason myself and 100s of others lost our jobs..Replaced by a "casual pool" of lower paid workforce.
Project Manager (Current Employee), Milwaukee, WI – September 13, 2013
Pros: benefits, vacation
Cons: management, politics
Work place at Harley has significantly deteriorated in recent years, especially in marketing. Management is top-heavy and disorganized making the work environment very challenging. Also, very political and promotions based on favoritism, not skills & talent.
Machinist, Assembler (Former Employee), Menomonee Falls, WI – August 16, 2013
Pros: wages & benefits
Cons: workforce reductions
I worked with some of the best people at this job. The salary and benefits were more than generous. The opportunity to learn new skills was always available. The hardest part of the job was the constant repetition of doing the same things every day. Overall, I loved this job and enjoyed going to work every day.
Exciting and fast paced work environment with a great product.
Health and Safety Coordinator (Current Employee), York, PA – August 15, 2013
Pros: great pay, benefits, learning opportunities, clean working environment, great safety support
Cons: long work days and some mandatory work days
I usually hit the ground running with early morning meetings as we are a multi-shift facility and support cross shift teams. Participating in team projects is common as well as delivering training in JSA's and incident investigations. I am frequently called upon to respond to issues that arise as well as assist in root cause investigations. When new – more... equipment is purchased I participate in the review and safety sign offs. Ergonomic assessments and evaluations are also regularly performed. Recommending safe solutions as well as safety products is a daily part of my work. Delivery of safety meetings,messages, and recordable rate information / injury data is typical within a given week. I have learned a lot about motorcycles, manufacturing and a lot about myself in my 14 years with Harley Davidson. My time with Harley Davidson I believe has prepared me well for a career in safety.I have been fortunate to be a contributor during the transformation at H-D. Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Team Concepts and Process Problem Solving are just a few of the many processes and concepts that were implemented. Harley co-workers are a unique and wonderfully special breed; rugged individualism transformed into teams with great passion and determination sums up what I think of my co-workers. The most difficult part of my job was working with wonderful people to problem solve and train casual employees to do their jobs when they knew they were going to be laid off. I believe we all accomplished that with grace and integrity in difficult times. Next to that, all else is very manageable. The most enjoyable part of my job is helping people improve their work and home life and helping them to stay safe each and every day! Striving for safety excellence and zero injuries is my target every day. – less
Marketing and Sales (Former Employee), Milwaukee, WI – June 1, 2013
Pros: great dealers, customers, and some really engaged employees
Cons: politics, uneven mgt
H-D is a resource rich company with some great and not so great leaders. The politics are tough at the mid-management level which takes away from the great parts of the job which include interacting with dealers and customers. Be sure you understand the leadership situation in your area before joining.
Assembly line worker (Former Employee), Kansas City – May 10, 2013
Pros: easy to quit working for
Cons: no benifeits, continual layoffs, social loafing, and low wages
Weakest union I have ever worked for. Seniority based system leaves more than 50 % of the workforce ineffective. Any process started there would take at least three weeks to complete. A great place to just be a number and be treated poorly by others. Hiring dogma is to plant vague hopes of getting a position with insurance. Once you begin working there – more... you quickly learn this plant is a meat grinder going through hopeful new hires. Most likely will not be doing business in Kansas City for too many more years. – less
Manager (Current Employee), Milwaukee, WI – April 7, 2013
Pros: pay; rider ethos.
Cons: pressure to manage up.
The money and benefits are good, especially for management, but the work is very hard. Projects are under-resourced. Global Information Services were recently outsourced to an off-shore firm, resulting in much confusion and lack of clarity.
team associate (Current Employee), haryana – March 26, 2013
Pros: free travelling
I use to build a bike and inspection and moving bikes through SAP etc. I have learnt a lot of knowledge technically as well as theoretically. my co-workers individually has good communication and technical knowledge.that s help to grow up my knowledge. last 1.6 years use to work physically so hard. learning new things everyday.
Collections Rep II (Current Employee), Plano Texas – March 3, 2013
Pros: work at your own pace.
Cons: less bonus
• Handle all accounts with customers to avoid charge off accounts • Made inbound and outbound calls on a daily basis • Complete follow up calls to all customers with accounts past due 120+ days • Successfully assisted customers in arranging payment plans, and exemptions in order to avoid company loss • Successfully trained new hires • Answered and assisted – more... all Spanish calls when on duty • Basic duties of checking credit reports, accurint, and other credit application systems. – less
Supply Chain Analyst (Former Employee), Kansas City, MO – September 22, 2012
Pros: opportunities aplenty
Cons: morale of employees with changes
No day is "typical"...everyday offers different opportunities and different challenges. Teamwork is key as well as the ability to embrace constant change. Management expects flexibility and tolerance but is open to suggestion for improvements. Co-workers are the best in the world...none better ever. Hardest part of job was dealing with uncertainty and – more... the resulting employee morale changes whenever production changes occurred. The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the faces of a wide range of motorcycle enthusiasts as they toured the factory and saw their dreams being assembled. – less