Harmonic
2.8 of 5 36 reviews
www.harmonicinc.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman

Patrick J. Harshman

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    I thought I came to US for work, but found myself back to Bombay square!

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsMy techinical skills were sharpened because the work load was extremely heavy. I got lots of hands on experience by working on difficult projects. However, whether a project had to be that difficult was another issue. Management makes decision, we as an engineers have little to say. Our boss' poor decision often made our project harder than it should be.

    ConsOverall, the group I worked was a very negative working environment. The director paid no respect to American cooperate culture. He also paid no respect to people who were under him. He said we should be grateful to him because he gave us jobs. He was irrational, mean and moody. When he was in a bad mood, he yelled at us, spoke intimidating and demeaning words, and frequently lost his temper. One white American engineer was singled out in a negative way because he dared to complain about this director’s unprofessional behavior. Several female engineers were driven to tears by this director's yelling at them in rage. Sometimes problems were caused by this director's own stupid decisions, poor memory, or lack of understanding about .NET technology. But he still found ways to blame engineers especially those on his black list. A few managers and tech lead under this director were also infected by this kind of behavior pattern.

    Some engineers reported this director’s unethical behavior to the HR but the company did not remove him. He was really good at presenting himself in front of his own boss who turned blind eye at the fact that many engineers (including tech lead) in this group left the company in the middle of critical project during the worst job market.

    In summary, if you are good at verbally abusing, intimidating, blaming other people, go work for Harmonic in the management. You cannot be fired.
    If you are good at dealing with an angry and mean boss who treats you as if you have no feelings, go work for Harmonic as an engineer. Forget about success because you wont' get any. You'll find yourself strive to survive, and your survival depends on how well you respond to a mean boss, not necessarily your technical skills.
    If you are not any of the above two types of people, stay away from Harmonic.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Let engineers evaluate their boss as part of annual performance review for the management.
    2. Get rid of a bad management person before he causes company lawsuits, or before the company loses all talented engineers.
    3. It is a mistake to think this mean director cannot be replaced. Even the Indian engineers especially the young generation dislike him. There are many good Indian managers who can lead the outsourcing program much better than he is ever capable of.
    4. It is wrong to execuse management's unprofessional behavior as being passionate about work. If yelling is the way he frequently uses to drive a project, this person is unfit to be in management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good workplace

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Prospay was reasonable, stable company

    ConsThere is no teamwork and communication. Too much politics at all level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey have to treat employees in a better way and have some appreciation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    In Harmonic works were done by "talker" not by "worker"

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsI had a connection work there, he is a director level manager

    ConsCulture - People only talk other people's job and do not need to finish their own job. After many talks, management believes the work was done by "talker" not by "worker".

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany middle level manager just want to make boss happy to keep their position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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