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A carrer in Milwaukee steel? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2007, 18:40
It's no secret that I like motorcycles. I have actually flirted with the idea of looking into post - MBA careers in motorcycle companies.

During the application process, I had the chance to discuss this issue briefly with one of my interviewers (a Kellogg alumn). He said that the one employer whose presentations were attended by the highest amount of students was Harley - Davidson. By the way, for the uninitiated Milwaukee steel = Harley Davidson motorcycle(s).

I personally don't like Harley Davidson's that much. I can't deny their marketing effectiveness and loyal following, but I prefer nimbler (is that a word?) bikes, such as the ones in their Buell division or, mostly any bike that's not a cruiser nor a tourer. However, since I hadn't actually ridden an HD before, I did rent one for a day (a Fat Boy) recently while on a business trip in the US, and rode it for about 250 miles in a day (pictured below). I was positively surprised by its ease of use (despite its weight), relaxed riding position, massive torque and cruising proficiency. On the other hand, I was not that thrilled about its appaling cornering and braking abilities.

But I digress, the question is: is anyone considering targetting the Harley Davidson company as an employer? If so, what positions do MBAs typically get for such a company?

Please share your thoughts.

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2007, 20:20
I think it's known as a place with a strong sense of family among employees. Like any big company they probably have jobs in marketing, product management, finance, logistics and general management. Job opportunities are probably much more appealing than those available from US car companies right now.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2007, 21:41
It is also likely to be heavily skewed towards engineers as well. From my experience of core-engineering companies, many managerial positions are held by people who have grown in the organization - from shop floors, engineering posts and so on.

Also, if you've worked as an engineer, you'll know how popular managers are :twisted:
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2007, 06:04
I actually looked into working with them out of Ugrad. However, all their positions are located in places I am not too excited to live. The moajority of their hiring is for engineers and such. However, Harley is a company that franchises. So there is not many corporate openings for Area Directors, or even General Managers. I would say that this company is not really suited best for an MBA, there are jobs available I am sure, however they are limited. However, they do produce great bikes!
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