HARMAN Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 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.  

    A prestigious and elegant company with a passion for reorganizing frequently

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    International travel, great bunch of people, team spirit.

    Cons

    Just when you think you figured it out, they move the goalposts! (Lots of changes in management and organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick the right team and organization and leave it in place long enough for it to take root.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not much to learn..

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    • 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

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    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesomeness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    The Culture is awesome. Really awesome.

    Cons

    None. The work place is cool calm and collective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people and room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and 401k. Good vacation time and opportunity to buy company products.

    Cons

    Easy to get stuck in the same position forever. Lots of reorganizing every few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and keep talent from leaving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Devil You Know

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    talented, passionate people. great benefits. great products.

    Cons

    it's a big corporation. things move slowly. you have to deal with internal, division, and corporate politics.

    Too many rounds of layoffs after Americans have trained their low cost counterpart in India and China.

    Little to no push for innovation. corporate push to centralize everything is leading to a homogenization of iconic audio brands.

    Continue to push jobs out of the US. CEO has been overheard saying that India is the future center of engineering because American engineers are lazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a center of innovation and creativity.

    maximize the passion of the people who work for you.

    embrace smaller micro production facilities for faster prototyping and development

    get aggressive and acquire talent and technology that will carry the brands into the future

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Harman has a legacy of outstanding audio from famous brands such as JBL and Harman Kardon. It's especially strong in automotive and concert sound.

    Cons

    Cost-cutting may have weakened the quality of the company's products and has definitely led to layoffs and outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have outstanding people working for you. Let them do their best work, and send the work to outside contractors less.

  9.  

    too much management change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good medical, and decent severance package

    Cons

    Management changes direction to frequently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place . Bad boss.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great products and technology. Dedicated people. Global operations - lots of moves; many opportunities. Company focused on great customer experience. For audiophiles the place to be!

    Cons

    Moved production out of US to china and mexico. Ruthless management that cared little about employees. Lot of pressure to meet the numbers. People getting burned out - if you are in company polictis and played well you did good..

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Last 3 years under current senior management were terrible. Current management are financial raiders!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Working relationships with real honest team players.

    Cons

    Leadership out of Stamford is disconnected from the actual workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat experienced talent with respect and promote within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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