HARMAN International
2.7 of 5 99 reviews
www.harman.com Stamford, CT 5000+ Employees

HARMAN International Reviews

Updated Oct 28, 2013
HARMAN International – QuerĂ©taro – “Reception”

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2.7 99 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

HARMAN International Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal

Dinesh C. Paliwal

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good People Bad Management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at HARMAN International full-time

ProsHard Working employees
Brand Name
History of high quality products

ConsManagement is worse. No proper planning.They can dump you any time.
Most of the work is outsourced to keep the cost down.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. They are people too.

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

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

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

I worked at HARMAN International full-time for more than 3 years

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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Avoid at all costs - miserable people led by blind CEO

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at HARMAN International full-time for more than a year

ProsYou can get discounted electronics (refurbished sometimes).

ConsCost cutting of US work force for India. They have let go of all the good engineers and scramble when projects the engineers were working on suddenly go into crisis. Poor executive management that needs pinches pennies on individual contributors but fly half way around the world for a "meeting" . Poor company wide organization. Executives lead through fear - if you don't play ball or drink the Kool-aid then don't bother coming to work. CEO makes blind decisions and has blatantly lied in the press twice.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet CEO go asap and clean house.

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

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Farcical

Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Northridge, CA

I have been working at HARMAN International full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThere are still some of the finest technical folks in the world on the payroll. If you're a VP at any other corporation, it'll be easy to get a job here. Just say, "Oh, your problems aren't so hard. All you need to do is...[Insert imaginary silver bullet here]". They'll pay you a lot of money. It's easy to vacation in your office.

ConsNo one in top management knows anything about the audio industry. Company is an ATM and entertainment provider for the CEO and his co-conspirators. Revenue generation by sales at any price and margin management by cost cutting isn't a recipe for success. Age discrimination rampant. Relentless focus on emerging market growth is a disaster waiting to happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake short positions against your own company, if you haven't already.

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

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Poor support, poor quality and poor everything

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at HARMAN International full-time for less than a year

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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"Where Sound Matters," But People Don't

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HARMAN International

ProsMultinational company with a good reputation for quality products

ConsThe focus seems to have shifted from quality to cost saving, as the company had moved more and more of the operations to China, India and Eastern European countries like Hungary. The company does not care at all about its employees, having laird off longtime workers who helped to develop and sell its technologies and products. Executives tend to favor bullies, as many Harman managers and execs manage with bullying, abrasive tactics. Management is focused on getting the most done for the least amount of money, sending jobs overseas, which has affected the quality of the products. For salaried employees, there is no work/life balance, as you are expected to do whatever is necessary to meet deadlines that often change at the last minute based on Corporate's whim. Office politics run wild, and there is no room for advancement for many, especially women and certain minorities. This is not a good place for them.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the employees who make your products possible. It used to matter that your products were made in the U.S. It still should. Overhaul your HR department, and bring in some people who can show some concern for people. Take some sensitivity courses or offer training so all staff know how to deal with each other as men/women and different ethnicities. Stop encouraging bullying and rewarding overly aggressive management styles.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Environment is filled with negativity-AVOID THIS PLACE

Engineering (Former Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I worked at HARMAN International full-time for more than a year

ProsDecent pay, decent benefits, good work experience

ConsPoor management, constant arguing amongst managers and employees, managers will give you good reviews and then tell the opposite to management, VP of this location is the most unprofessional person I have ever met. Constant foul language and hand slamming on tables during meetings

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit letting managers take 3 hour lunches while they only put in 6 hour days, Make managers perform and complete goals just like employees, allow employees to suggest ideas to improve the company

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

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Future growth of the Luxury division in question...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at HARMAN International full-time

ProsProducts look good and have good sound quality.

ConsMoving all US based R&D, engineering and ops overseas. Abandoning US Retail channel and reducing overall quality for cost savings.

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

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Harman has figured out how to draw blood from a stone - everyone is overworked!

Director (Former Employee)
Northridge, CA

I worked at HARMAN International full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFairly competitive pay
Great sounding product
Some people who have been in the industry for a very long time and new Harman in the good old days

ConsIT infrastructure is among the worst I've ever seen
Complete lack of resources
- Leads to a finger pointing, non-cooperative work environment
- Incredibly high amount of office politics
Too much outsourcing to India and China

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in IT infrastructure and top IT talent
Start investing for the future (3-5 years out), and not just for the coming fiscal quarter-end. Being so cheap is hurting Harman's long term prospects for market dominance

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Rude management personnel, Poor installation jobs

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Highland, MI

I worked at HARMAN International as an intern for more than a year

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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