HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
142 Reviews
3.0
142 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 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  

    Future growth of the Luxury division in question...

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

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Products look good and have good sound quality.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    this corporation is devil spawn

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Franklin, KY
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Franklin, KY

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

    Pros

    located in small town so they got great tax breaks off the backs of the residents and a pool of cheap labor

    Cons

    to many to mention but you will not have a life unless you work management. 20 days on 1 day off. no concern for people, families, only profits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees like humans not lab rats

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA

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

    Pros

    Fairly 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

    Cons

    IT 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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rude management personnel, Poor installation jobs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, MI

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    To get paid for your hard work.

    Cons

    Rude managers, lack of professional presence and conduct. Careless workers/peers, perform jobs with the least carefulness and professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind to others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great for awhile now dismal

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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Some of the major brands are still respected and employees are often greeted as celebrities in some markets. Once a collection of some of the brightest minds in audio and a few are still around. Weather in SoCal is good and there's a Jack-in-the-Box within walking distance.

    Cons

    Contentious work environment. Rare to nonexistent promtion of current employees no matter their contribution despite "focus on acquiring and building talent". Feedback from management rarely matches reality. Incentives are perverse and based on creating unbearable tension between disciplines. Cost cutting has eliminated almost all expertise. Senior management doesn't know the industry, the products or the markets and can't appreciate technical expertise. Empire building and ass covering are the norm. Executive compensation levels make monetary incentives for innovation and contribution from non-executives seem like a pittance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hurry and sell to someone who knows the business and values people and expertise before your incompetence is discovered and takes the rest of us down too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional and "Old School"

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

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    If you really want to be in Audio industry this might be an organization that would benefit your resume, however I would recommend looking at alternative companies.

    Cons

    Very negative work environment. The culture is negative, a standard conversation is confrontational, it's just the norm. Northridge, CA is the center of activity but executive management is in Stamford, CT. Stamford makes quick judgements, applying stereotypes very quickly. They have a limited profile that they respect--aggressive, traditional looking and acting manager.

    Long-time employees are threatened by new ideas and people and act out to undermine the new employees immediately upon arrival.

    Jokes which disparage people are openly told by executive management.

    360 feedback/survey was conducted and they hid the results. Some information was released many months later, some of which they said they would not be doing. Simple things like "casual Friday" was rejected. It should be noted that customers rarely come to the offices.

    Office environment is all gray and no natural light, it is a converted factory. The acoustics are unbearable (interesting given that its an audio company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity training for themselves and their employees (race and gender), this will hopefully lead to respecting, supporting, promoting their differences. Your company and your stock will benefit. If you remain focused on old school management styles and no diversity you will continue to struggle. And if the negativity continues to be the status quo you won't be able to attract or retain talent once the economy turns around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    NO Work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at HARMAN as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Did not find any reason

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should hire more resources as per your work /Project requirement, 1 resource can work efficiently only for 9 hours daily , nobody wants to spend his/her whole day in office.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    The are not many good reasons to work here.if you stay in the company for to long there may be chances of growth

    Cons

    No work life balance. Employees are expected to work during weekends. Hike is not as per one's effort or performance. Senior management is really poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees well. Give them good raises. It is not a very good idea to make your employees work every weekend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Avoid at all costs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    This is a review of the automotive group and does not include the professional audio and other divisions.
    If you are in any of the centre of competencies, the quality of work in development and test tends to be very high. They work with world class customers like BMW and Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and provide some good work packages.Technically it can be challenging and rewarding, but hold on, read the cons underneath. Dont just jump and apply there.

    Cons

    This place is nothing but wipro. All service industry minded people who are very cost conscious, but not conscious of anything else, like coding, testing or even common sense. The place is very very politically charged and the senior management is entirely from wipro, including HR and even finance! This makes the culture very toxic and extremely unproductive. These guys are good at making power point presentations and thats about it. No real work gets done at Harman Bangalore automotive division.

    The 10% of the organisation that is non wipro genuinely contributes or tries to contribute, but the majority always side lines them. In fact if you work, someone will find fault with you.

    In fact if you are not ex-wipro, you will find it very very difficult to survive there. Period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please bring in some professionals to run the Bangalore center. All your wipro guys have spoiled the place beyond imagination and it will take you quite some time to improve the culture of the place, if you start now.
    The quality of hires from wipro is extremely pathetic and is severely damaging and toxic to your company. Get rid of these people. They talk a lot, deliver nothing. Of course, they will have very "valid" reasons on why they cannot deliver or why germans have over engineered the products (read: cannot understand what the germans have written).

    If you have the courage and conviction to do, take some proper exit interviews of people who are leaving and you will know the truth. Of course, what you hear will be very disturbing. 90 day notice period is not the way to retain employees! Why dont you do some harder thinking, assuming you are capable of it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Bridgend, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Bridgend, Wales (UK)

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

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Grow 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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