HARMAN Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
133 Reviews
2.9
133 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
92 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • The company offers good hourly wages; good benefits package; and a clean work environment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, Technical trainnigs rea missing (in 9 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance in this company, they expect employees to work minimum 12 hours a day and most of the days it gets exceeds by 12 hours (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Product Dev. Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall good work life balance.
    My organization just went through a management restructure and I think it is for the best.
    Management is decent about flexing time (i.e., I traveled over the weekend, so here's a day or two you can take off without burning a PTO day).
    Feels start-uppy in some ways, but there are still remnants of the automotive industry of a bygone era.
    You will learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Very small organizational budget for training means it's infrequent. I find that shortsighted.

    Lots of growth in recent years (good) but the process infrastructure hasn't caught up (bad)

    Travel for supporting engineering activities seems to be sporadic and it could and should be used more to build better relationships with demanding OEM customers.

    Benefits leave something to be desired. No annual bonus program.

    Lots of people are just there to clock in their 40 hours. If some project or activity is going to extend beyond 5PM, you can count on being the only one there to support it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not much to learn..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, employee discounts..
    Great relocation policy...

    Cons

    Nothing much to learn..
    Not a creative place..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flex time
    Friendly co-workers
    We had some fun activities.

    Cons

    Under valued
    Lack of management
    Overworked and under appreciated for the extra work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on management skills and develop better systems for planning careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Join only if desperately lookin for a change.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discounts for audio products. Dont need to be qualified from a good school for being a manager.

    Cons

    Adhoc management. your qualifications dont matter. An entry level engineer is made a manager. No knowledgeable colleagues left in the company to learn things from. High attrition rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cannot be advised here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun, cool place

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work on projects that directly contributes to the success of the company. Casual environment, nice co-workers. Supervisor flexible with work schedule during school year.

    Cons

    Low pay for interns compared to industry standards.

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novi, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool products, interesting technology. Great opportunities if you are in the H1B visa program from India or China. Flexible work times (you can work any 12 hours of the day you want). Lots of overtime available (unpaid). Lots of free lunches because you will be expected work through your normal lunch.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Worst vacation policy in SE Michigan (you get your 4th week after 15 years of service). Constant fire fighting and new management team has no idea how to bring this under control. People are pretty disappointed in the current direction of the company and the company prospects. A few years ago, in a surprise move to most people, they laid off 50% of the audio group to send those jobs to India and China. Lots of customer dissatisfaction due to OEM yard holds. Management team works so many hours (including lots of weekend meetings) that they don't know how to appreciate your extra efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry, you have a difficult problem to solve. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hardware Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Getting to work on Infotainment systems, which is the most versatile systems in the vehicle.
    2. Challenging work and potential to move if you are ever recognized for your work value. Which can be difficult depending on if you have the right boss (one with a backbone) and if it is the right phase of the moon for Harman.

    Cons

    1. Quality is not controlled and/or communicated properly.
    2. Software and hardware do not work collaboratively.
    3. When there is a problem, people there throw it over to wall to the next person.
    4. New technology/ideas are not really welcome or appreciation
    5. No management appreciation or recognition.
    6. No bonus offered to employees even though the CEO is one of the highest paid
    7. No appreciation for products. The CEO only shows his face when absolutely necessary, even when there is a product/contract rolling out that is well over $1 billion in revenue...come on be a leader!
    8. No employee value, even when you step outside of your job in a daily basis that is still not enough for any type of recognition. At least with the boss I had.
    9. Not staying ahead of the customer and competition, Harman is 2 to 3 steps behind. Just playing catch up when a product is in the quoting phases.
    10. One of the most stressful jobs you will most likely have. Along with pay that is not comparable to other companies in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring and or training needs to happen to get a grip on what is going on.
    CEO expects to draw talented people in thinking management people are the key. Hate to break it to you, but with how things are setup currently you are drawing talent away from you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Review of Harman's Automotive Operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Harman has great brands and latest product technology. A very diverse team of talented people working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where an entrepreneurial attitude is rewarded.

    Cons

    Paid holidays and health benefits seem to lag the industry. Automotive activities in Farmington Hills are spread out amongst multiple buildings limiting potential efficiencies that are required to support our lean resource structure . Harman has experienced significant growth through M&A's which has grown our revenues but fragmented our organizational structure, systems and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be careful that our sales growth does not outpace our resource constraints and manufacturing capacity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, very flexible and relaxed. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Somewhat disorganized organization structure, stretched thin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Soulless Bloodsucking Corporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    I am not stuck here forever

    Cons

    The CEO is a sociopath. He says "stay paranoid" in almost every corporate newsletter her sends out and uses fear tactics to motivate employees. I feel like I live inside of a Dilbert cartoon - it truly is that ridiculous. If you are smart and talented please stay away from this company, they will chew you up and spit you out. Harman will not be around in the long term because they only care about short term growth - everything is smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You already sold your soul to Satan if you are anything above a Director level - Directors are yes men. Either grow a backbone or get another job. Stop this insane corruption.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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