HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
140 Reviews

3.0
140 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance (in 12 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 6 reviews)

  • Cost cutting is painful and counter-productive as everything has been outsourced (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesomeness

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people and room for growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Devil You Know

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    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.

  6.  

    too much management change

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good medical, and decent severance package

    Cons

    Management changes direction to frequently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place . Bad boss.

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

    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harman International Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Northridge, CA

    Pros

    The new management team recognizes the challenges ahead and is positioning the company to face them squarely. The work-life balance is highly encouraged and the work environment is a casual one.

    Cons

    The company is not technology driven. It lags behind our competitive companies because of lack of innovation. Marketing is always afraid to make bold decisions due to "risks" and the products put out on the market tend to become a "me too" product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's return to the engineering roots that this company was founded upon. Form strategic relations with partners, cultivate engineering minds and leverage the brand names we have developed to differentiate Harman from the rest of the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, but size is concern to achieve good results.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Good technology firm in the Detroit area. They are located where they need to be around the world to do business with their customers. The global leadership is strong within the business units, but they don't seem to work together at all. The senior management seemed to communicate to their teams enough.

    Cons

    Very big company that is spread around the world. The engineering teams are mostly in Europe, but the Sales and Marketing teams are in the USA. Information is sometimes very difficult to find within the company. There is a cultural difference between the EU and US teams that was a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring the global teams together more ofern

    No opinion of CEO
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    Test

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Technical work. In car Infotainement projects

    Cons

    Work life balance, Technical trainnigs rea missing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance. Should consider all the individuals while taking decisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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