HARMAN
2.7 of 5 111 reviews
www.harman.com Stamford, CT 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 1, 2014
HARMAN – QuerĂ©taro – “Reception”

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2.7 111 reviews

                             

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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal

Dinesh C. Paliwal

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Rude management personnel, Poor installation jobs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Highland, MI

    ProsTo get paid for your hard work.

    ConsRude managers, lack of professional presence and conduct. Careless workers/peers, perform jobs with the least carefulness and professionalism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe kind to others.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great for awhile now dismal

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Northridge, CA

    ProsSome of the major brands are still respected and employees are often greeted as celebrities in some markets. Once a collection of some of the brightest minds in audio and a few are still around. Weather in SoCal is good and there's a Jack-in-the-Box within walking distance.

    ConsContentious work environment. Rare to nonexistent promtion of current employees no matter their contribution despite "focus on acquiring and building talent". Feedback from management rarely matches reality. Incentives are perverse and based on creating unbearable tension between disciplines. Cost cutting has eliminated almost all expertise. Senior management doesn't know the industry, the products or the markets and can't appreciate technical expertise. Empire building and ass covering are the norm. Executive compensation levels make monetary incentives for innovation and contribution from non-executives seem like a pittance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease hurry and sell to someone who knows the business and values people and expertise before your incompetence is discovered and takes the rest of us down too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unprofessional and "Old School"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Northridge, CA

    ProsIf you really want to be in Audio industry this might be an organization that would benefit your resume, however I would recommend looking at alternative companies.

    ConsVery negative work environment. The culture is negative, a standard conversation is confrontational, it's just the norm. Northridge, CA is the center of activity but executive management is in Stamford, CT. Stamford makes quick judgements, applying stereotypes very quickly. They have a limited profile that they respect--aggressive, traditional looking and acting manager.

    Long-time employees are threatened by new ideas and people and act out to undermine the new employees immediately upon arrival.

    Jokes which disparage people are openly told by executive management.

    360 feedback/survey was conducted and they hid the results. Some information was released many months later, some of which they said they would not be doing. Simple things like "casual Friday" was rejected. It should be noted that customers rarely come to the offices.

    Office environment is all gray and no natural light, it is a converted factory. The acoustics are unbearable (interesting given that its an audio company).

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversity training for themselves and their employees (race and gender), this will hopefully lead to respecting, supporting, promoting their differences. Your company and your stock will benefit. If you remain focused on old school management styles and no diversity you will continue to struggle. And if the negativity continues to be the status quo you won't be able to attract or retain talent once the economy turns around.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cash Cow for the cynical CEO and his selected "yes" men!

    Senior Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Bridgend, Wales (UK)

    ProsIn 2009/2010 I would have give Harman 4 or 5 stars.

    The company *was* good to work for before Sidney Harman died - plenty on training and encouragement, quality & performance of the products was paramount.

    Unfortunately this very quickly disappeared once the company's founder passed away, and the current CEO was give free reign.

    ConsUpper management - especially the uppermost management.

    The CEO's knee jerk reaction to a profits warning in late 2012 resulted in the majority of R&D talent of the organisation being stripped away to "save cost" and artificially increase profits.

    European Engineers and technicians with decades of experience were turfed out, with the master-plan of replacing them with inexperienced Chinese engineers

    This will enable a temporary increase in dividends for the shareholders over the next couple of years - this apparent turnaround is, of course, being spun as the genius of the CEO - NOT SO!

    My prediction is that the CEO will be surreptitiously selling off his shares over the next 18 months or so - capitalizing on the artificial inflation of the share price, before the removal of the organizations life blood starts to tell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow some, and stop blindly agreeing with CEO!

    I give the company 2, maybe 3 years before large sections get sold off - no doubt resulting in some sort of personal profit for the upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor support, poor quality and poor everything

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIs an International company, well known company in the entertainment and automotive industry

    ConsThis company did a recent start up abroad, in Mexico, but being part of it was being part of a big problem, there is a huge lack of control within overall process, there is huge scrap, and quality is a really big concern, since they need to re-work a lot of the electronic cards produced there, being in an area related to finance department it is a mess, they always wonder to get materials from suppliers without being formal in the payments and of course at the end the company needs to beg the suppliers to get it. Sometimes you end up putting from your pocket or you end up facing very angry people for not having what they need. Another complicate and messy area is the warehouse, not control at all and they, sometimes end up packing everything back to trailers because there is no control of nothing,

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview who in charge of the whole company in there, tackle quality problems, which means just loses to the company and train and rest the employees, and get a good financial planner, responsible as well there is the need to get a formal purchasing department, everybody does there whatever they want and spend money in wrongful requirements.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you want to sleep comfortably then don't ever go for this company

    Senior Software Engineer I (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsQuality of cheating the people by showing them some good work profile

    ConsIncredibly unfriendly, unprofessional, immature working culture and people. They don't want to respect and don't want to accept as well. If you don't have any other offer and you are in really bad shape then only choose this company. Some experienced examples:
    1. People can say that you are finding mistake within single month of your joining (even though in just one month you wouldn't have understood the complete system behavior). And the funny part is your manager will also agree on this, as ...ha ha ha... screw the requirement spec. his developers are more competent then the Spec.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't recruit people from good organizations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IDC is not a right place for experienced people

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsSmall company, easy to get offer, very well talented bluffing, dictating leads and directors

    ConsMost of the newly joined experinced people are forced to work under less experinced, dump, immature leads.
    Leads and Directors are treat employees like slaves. They dont even know the meaning of respect.
    Management strongly believes bluffing and buttering skills than technical talents and hardwork.
    Promotions, hike, and onsite travel purely based on bluffing and buttering skills to the managers. No proper HR policy. Only some people always get benifits, rest dont even get reply mail from management.
    No proper hierarchy. positions are given in the company based on the date of joining (Great policy), Not based on experience and skills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of the talented people keep moving out, Senior management should recognize them.
    Senior Management should identify such bluffing leads/managers and their politics.
    Senior Management should do open talk with employees to resolve their issues.Otherwise company only left with all dump buttering people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company in decline

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros[automotive division only] Co-workers are friendly and hard working. Patent awards (cash) and the ever-rare spot award (called lightning bolts) that can give out as much as $1,000. Pop is 25 cents for 20oz and you can wear jeans to work 5 days a week.

    Cons[automotive division only] Lots. The company is building up it's outsourcing at a break-neck pace. Chine and India are quickly becoming the place to develop products. In addition, the north america automotive division is crammed into several small office buildings around the Farmington Hills area in Michigan. But for many different reasons, Harman is not willing to invest in this site. So parking is an absolute nightmare as more people work in the building than it was supposed to handle.

    Also, the senior people who are the most creative and talented have been leaving in a short-period of time( 6 months). In that span of time, very few people have been hired to back-fill the positions. However, the caliber of the people that left was very high. Filling these positions will be difficult if not impossible. Benefits are horrible and you can be expected to pay about 25% more for your medical benefits and it is one of the cheapest plans out there. Having a baby? Expect to pay about $1000 for your out-of-pocket expense! Not the usual $50 - $100 that most other company plans would cover.

    Bottom line, this company is on the decline. They are moving there development to low-cost countries as is evident in how little they spend for north american employees. That is why, I believe, all the smart intelligent people are leaving this company to look for a more stable organization. I do not recommend working for this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice for automotive division: Stop worrying about operating costs and combine all employees into one building. It is a major issue to have the workers so fragmented (4 offices in Michigan, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Kentucky, 2 in Germany). There really should be one site in Germany and one site in Michigan. We could actually share knowledge and be much more efficient at delivering products. Buy out the existing leases and invest in one site that would allow future growth for the company.

    Advise for entire company... stop focusing on the short-term and look at long-term goals. Ever project I have ever worked on has focused on current model year and nothing else. Then when the program is done, it's on to the next one. Also, individual teams should hand out rewards (and especially say the words: "Thank You") when team members go above and beyond the call of duty. There are no incentives for working here besides getting your bi-weekly paycheck. Although I will say that some team do reward their teams with free lunches, parties, and small gifts ($20 guft cards). I applaud those teams, however it makes the sting of resentment hurt even worse when other teams are all work. Equality is needed.

    This place used to be a fun place to work. Now it is just a place to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Spiraling downward quickly

    Engineering (Former Employee)

    ProsThey still have a pretty good product and some of the most innovative engineers in the business.
    A good place to gain knowledge from the pros.

    ConsManagement is more concerned with the bottom line than people or an excellent product.
    Management bonuses continue to go up for decisions that create havoc for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no need to give advice because they already have their own agenda

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not worth the effort

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslaid back attitude, good evironment

    Consthey just keep recruiting ppl even when qualified personels are there, assignment of project is haphazard

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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