At Disher, 99 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 94 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.88. It was published on Mar 25, 2016. 5945 Visitors

What Employees Say

People celebrate special events around here.
People care about each other here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
Management is competent at running the business.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.

What They Do

We asked Disher to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Disher is a fully integrated product development and consulting firm with offices in West Michigan, Southeast Michigan, and Indianapolis. Our team of 130 engineering and business solution experts partner with organizations around the world to discover, design, manufacture and launch high impact products.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Professional Services
US Headquarters: Zeeland, Michigan US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana US Employees: 95
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2000

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Perks and Programs

We asked Disher to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP): After one year of service, every team member is eligible to join the ESOP and become an employee-owner. The ESOP comes at no cost to the employee-owner. Each year, there is a stock holders' meeting during which annual contributions (based on company profitability), updated company valuation and stock price are announced.
  • Employee Directed Profit Pie: Employee-owners at Disher get a say in how the profit pie is allocated within profit sharing through semi-annual bonuses, 401k match, research and development, capital expenditures and retained earnings. We do this because we believe employee-owners should help determine company direction, and this includes deciding where money is allocated and invested.
  • Stewardship and Community Commitment: Our commitment in our mission statement is to 'Make a Positive Difference' in the communities we work, live and serve. We do this by tithing our profits through our First Fruits program, donating our time and abilities during work hours, and partnering with select non-profits to expand their impact. Every team member is allowed up to 40 hours of paid time during work hours to volunteer for stewardship events. Disher will also sponsor team members to go on mission trips up to two weeks - in addition to vacation time - by paying for a significant portion of trip costs. Over the past few years, Disher has made an impact through mission trips in Guatemala, Zambia, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, Tennessee, Michigan and many other places.
  • Personal Charity Checks: Our commitment to 'Make a Positive Difference' in our community expands beyond the stewardship events and tithing our team members participate in. Once a year, team members are given a personal check to distribute to the charity or charities of their choice.
  • Standard Issue Nerf Guns and Monthly Fun Activities: Every new hire is presented with a new Nerf gun so Nerf gun fights are prone to break out in the Disher office. Keep in mind these are not only small Nerf guns but rather could be 4 foot long, semi-automatic machine guns with magazines of Nerf bullets. It's a riot!!! We also have other fun activities every month such as Pinewood Derby contests, Turkey Bowl football, Ping Pong March Madness tournament, Living Healthy Challenge, Disher Dashers competitive running team and many more. We work hard at Disher, but we also believe in playing hard.
  • Flexible Work Schedule: Disher emphasizes completing the task at hand over a rigid schedule. Team members have the flexibility to adapt their schedules according to their personal needs and the needs of the project. There is no punching in or punching out. On any given day some employees work from home, a co-working facility, coffee shop or job share to accommodate their personal needs. And leaving early for a child's soccer game or recital or volunteering to go on a field trip is strongly encouraged. As long as they meet the needs of their customer and co-workers the schedule is up to each team member and their coach.
  • No Vacation Limit: One of our twelve culture characteristics is 'Rejuvenation' because we believe in work-life balance. Evidence of that is Disher does not have a set vacation policy. Team members are encouraged to take time off as needed to stay rejuvenated and excited about work. Disher also offers a paid sabbatical to thank team members for their years of service.
  • Training and Tuition Reimbursement: Our people are our most valuable resource and we want them to have the necessary resources to continue to grow in their careers. All team members have up to 80 hours of paid training per year available to them as well as training/conference fees and travel expenses. In addition, Disher will reimburse $6,600 in tuition expenses per year.
  • Access to Space for Personal Events: Our Zeeland office is located in the beautiful and historic Colonial Clock Building. The common areas are available, free of charge, for all team members to reserve for personal events such as birthdays, weddings, high school open houses and bridal showers.
  • Free Lunch Fridays: Every Friday our chef prepares a delicious and healthy meal for the team. The meal is enjoyed during our weekly team meetings. We use these meetings to celebrate the accomplishments of the team, share open book financials, discuss the state of the business, provide training, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and new babies and cover any other relevant topics for the team.


20% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 100% of an employee's salary70% Company-paid health coverage for employees
70% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 70% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $6,600 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k)
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Pre-tax savings account
Cross Functional Teams


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 24 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 15 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Telecommute option (100% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (100% use it)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    40 hours Paid time off to volunteer $150,000 Philanthropic donations in last year

    Executive Diversity

    Helping in the Community


    Make a Positive Difference

    How to Get Hired

    We asked Disher for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    We are a service organization and we place high value on outward contributions of individuals. We seek candidates with comprehensive involvement at work, in their educational life, and in the community. At Disher, our people go above and beyond what is required in pursuit of excellence. They go the extra mile to provide the best in quality, delivery and cost for our customers.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    For experienced candidates, we want your resume to show us how you have made a positive impact at your current or previous employers and in the community. For students and soon to be graduates, we want to see how you have utilized your time at school to grow while also having a positive impact on others.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    We consistently hire in the following areas:  Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Product Development, Project Engineering, Program Management, Talent Attraction and Industrial Design.

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Visit our website at and click on the "Careers" link located in the top menu.  You can also check out our blog at to read first hand accounts from employees of what life at Disher is like!

    hiring Outlook

    22 Job openings forecast for coming year 7% Job Growth
    38 Average applicants per opening 1,226 Applications received
    15 Positions filled in past year 20% New hires by employee referrals
    6 New positions created Yes Recruits on college campuses
    5 New graduates hired 11% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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