Harken Culture

Our Culture

8/26/2016

From the minute people walk into Harken, they know it's a different place.

Where we live

One Harken Way is the address of our 17,500 m² (175,000 ft²) lean Manufacturing facility headquarters in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Located on 26 acres, the building's first floor holds the manufacturing, assembly, shipping, and warehousing operations; the second level is for offices. Outside, a large holding pond surrounded on three sides by plenty of rich grass and marshland is a haven for deer, geese, cranes, egrets, ducks, and muskrats. Watch out for Wildlife signs are posted along our road and a 15 mph speed limit is mandatory. Visitors are welcomed by a smiling receptionist and sometimes a friendly dog or two. Dogs at work have been a tradition at Harken since the company's founding and they take their jobs as official greeters and stress relievers very seriously. Of course, best behavior is always required.

A second lean manufacturing plant is located in Limido Comasco, Italy, with sophisticated machinery, innovative ideas of engineers, and enhanced workflow models opening unlimited possibilities for growth. Supporting our manufacturing facilities are sales and service offices in Australia, France, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

How we roll

As Harken employees, we expect a lot from ourselves. We take enormous pride in designing and building the best rope handling hardware in the world. We make block and winch systems for racing and cruising sailboats of all types and sizes. Industrial applications for our hardware include the commercial marine, architectural, and rescue industries. And the commitment to our customers doesn't end after the sale - it begins! We back our products with the most attentive technical and customer support possible. Help is only a phone call or email away, whether you're cruising the pacific or inspecting a wind turbine. 

What's it like to work here? It's assumed we're more than competent. We're paid to be curious, make suggestions, and are responsible for outstanding execution. We're regularly asked to do things we've never done before. We're expected to take chances and are supported even in spectacular failure.

Harken quality

We're not your normal 9-to-5er's

We're definitely not normal 9-to-5er's. Our employee-run Wellness Committee sees to that! Company events like outdoor cookouts, walking challenges, ping pong, hockey on the pond, and baseball outings are great ways to get to know each other. Our workout room is always busy with yoga classes and massage to keep us healthy and limber. One of our most popular company events is Sail Day. Every September, the entire Harken gang migrates to the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center for a day of fun and sailing (experienced skippers are in charge). It's a great way for us to learn by doing and to see the beautiful stuff we design and build in action!  Other company perks? Beyond the usual medical, dental, and 401K, tuition reimbursement and flex hours in the summer are a couple of big ones!

Although we have grown and diversified, the values first established by Peter and Olaf Harken of working hard, delivering excellence, and having fun every day will never change.

Harken Sail Day

  • United States
  • Australia
  • France
  • Italia
  • New Zealand
  • Polska
  • Sverige
  • UK