HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated February 7, 2015
Updated February 7, 2015
36 Reviews
2.0
36 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
36 Ratings

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs vision

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool products, smart people in the engineering and marketing levels. Great employee discounts on consumer products. Can be a good place for some career development if you don't stay too long.

    Cons

    No vision in executive leadership. Harman professes to be a technology leader that wants to attract and retain the best, but it's just lip service. Harman is a technology integrator with a stodgy east coast structure: no employee stock purchase plan, no bonus unless you are very high level, paltry stock grants and onerous vesting schedules. Compensation is based on class system, not merit: all the perks depend on you having "VP" in your title. Harman will implode unless the BoD wakes up and gets a CEO that has a vision for something more than making himself and his buddies wealthy while moving everything to India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You ask everyone to "act like an owner" but you give them no reason to. Give them a bonus structure, provide an ESPP, up the stock grants. Get a vision for this company before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Very profitable and good OEM products.

    Cons

    Not able to keep mid level manager and key resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Join only if desperately lookin for a change.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hardware Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great during Sidney Harman era. Now penny pinching cheap.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Well known brands, experience looks good on resume. Interesting, challenging work.
    Pride in working for company.
    Previously had "Disney-like" culture driven by Sidney Harman's personal vision that the employee was the key to the company success.

    Cons

    In application for position, biggest concern of company was relocation expenses. Reinforced in every conversation. Entire hiring decision was based on expected pay out of expenses and not best qualified candidate. Sr. Hiring Manager and Randstad outsource HR recruiter appeared pressured if too much/anything was spent on relocation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stamford headquarters is top heavy with unneeded executives.
     Restructure at top in order to hire more middle, day to day management employees who make direct contributions. Sidney Harman's mantra should be re-adapted and reinforced.
    Respond to employees and candidates when contacting HR managers and representatives.
    Company realized after 5 years that Wipro outsource model was deficient.
    Off to a promising start with new consumer contact center back in USA at Northridge CA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Male dominated

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    successful company constant change and growth

    Cons

    no advancement, no mentoring, young male environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harman International

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Salary is good, but at the expense of all else

    Cons

    no work life balance at all

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Brand reputations being ruined by cost-cutting and cheap labor. Engineers are managers, not engineers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Work hours reasonable.

    Cons

    Worked as an engineer at Harman for over 12 years. Went from designing great products in the 90's and early 2000's to overseeing the design of crap product by employees in low-wage countries. The current management ('08 to present) is doing everything & everything to show short term success & profitability at the expense of competency and quality. It won't be long until the formerly prestigious brands mean nothing to people (frankly the cats already out of the bag as the general consuming public is very informed these days). If you want to work as an underpaid engineer only to manage incompetent engineers overseas this jobs for you.

    Workplace attitude was terrible. Mostly because they laid off hundreds of employees and left a skeleton crew and acted like nothing was happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing is clueless on technology. Engineers should have input on the 5-year product roadmap. As engineers, no matter how much we tried to innovate, no one listened. Research was fruitless. Products were only spec'd in response to product innovation from competitors.

    It's a big company, and profitability rules all, but they need to look long-term. But they're not. The company is too big. It's all about the next 'quarter', and trying to convince investors that they're profitable. Senior management will pay themselves hefty salaries and then move on to their next venture... leaving Harman in the dust.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding but painful

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Brand Services in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Brand Services in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great tradition of high end audio system. Respected by audiophiles worldwide. Employees very dedicated and cohesive, overall.

    Cons

    Poor marketing efforts. They rely on reputation and word of mouth to extend brands. BOSE and Beats out-market Harman with mailings, print ads, web ads and broadcast commercials.
    Senior management determined to outsource all functions to China and India, Many lay offs in the US and Europe. Senior management rewards themselves with large bonuses while their products list numerous defects and the supply chain dynamics deliver damaged packages. Employees nervous about their futures within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring jobs back to USA, especially engineering and manufacturing. Spend on marketing and operations so most products don't sit on shelves without recognition or visible box damage. Apply stricter quality controls in manufacturing to avoid releasing defective products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various Functions in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Various Functions in New York, NY

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great engineering teams so incredible products.

    Cons

    You will find only one, at most 3 people at the leadership level in HQ that are competent. Most should not be at the executive level. Direct quote from someone on the executive team “People that have MBA are just show offs”. What!? And this quote is not “taken out of context”. Is says exactly what you think it says. If you don’t believe me when I say that skills are lacking at the top, just attending one of the open “investor” calls (very embarrassing for Harman).

    The CEO dictates the culture of the company and unfortunately, that is not his strength. He is no doubt a person with strong financial skills, but he is far from being a mature leader. HR leadership at the top level, especially in the US is second rate, actually, let me correct myself, third rate, at best. Turnover rates are of course horrible! They try to hire the best (and from top companies) and guess what?? The best end up leaving (usually within the first year to a year and a half) due to a complete lack of professionalism and expertise at the VP level. People at the top, get promoted purely based on friendships. You better be having personal dinners with the CEO for you to be one of the “favorites”. Funny enough, the CEO is bold enough to mention this in one of his recent articles published in New York Times (way to go communications department). Last, but not least, if you are a woman, stay away! No matter how intelligent and accomplished you are, you will be just an object to look at, nothing more. Do your research, talk to people that worked there (you can always find them on LinkedIn).

    The success of the company is built purely on the passion of the acoustics engineering teams (I am not an engineer but their contribution is what keeps the company going). What goes on at Harman is shameful and there is no-one to stop it. Now, are the products exciting? Yes. Can the job be challenging and interesting? Yes. But be aware, is you are someone from one of the best-in-class organizations and are used to mature leadership, you will not find that here. It just does not exist. This will not change unless the CEO is replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do have some incredible people working for you, let them help you create a 21st century culture in your organization. Your way or the highway is obviously not working. You have great products that people enjoy around the world, stop screwing it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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