Harmonic

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Harmonic Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
42 Reviews
2.9
42 Reviews
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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman
Patrick J. Harshman
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  1.  

    Down Hill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice recently built facility and perks.

    Cons

    Upper management has made bad decisions which has lost investors confidence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in house technology instead of acquiring other companies and hoping to increase revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Many years of management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Large company with all associated benefits

    Cons

    Budget constraints. insufficient growth potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on minor budget issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stable company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmonic

    Pros

    Can learn video and audio technologies; very knowledgeable and friendly colleagues; new building with gym and very good cafe.

    Cons

    Struggling in business - projects were cancelled; aggressive management team; bad working environment: employees must find a way themselves to survive and fix tough problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    test engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    flexable hours and a lot of work

    Cons

    Old equipment. Unwillingness to update

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go on the production floor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    SW Eng.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Eng in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Eng in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chances to switch to different tasks.

    Cons

    Career development is not clear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good technology company, that's about it...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good technology and product portfolio. reasonable benefits

    Cons

    Employees are overworked. Not a good balance for work/life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    about company

    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    company is good in technology

    Cons

    environment really stressful to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please guard employees from burn out

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company of "yesterday-world" of Silicon Valley

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Harmonic

    Pros

    - Good benefit compare to similar "public" company in bay area.
    - Gym in office is quite good and useful.

    Cons

    - In one of the all hand meeting when someone asked what steps management is taking to stop experienced and good engineers leaving. CEO's reply was quite long and convoluted, but it could be summarized in short three sentences this way: "It's not bad. We will hire new engineers. Fresh blood is good for company." I think his word described the Harmonic management's attitude towards engineers quite accurately. "Workers bees" are dispensable. Recycling them is not bad. Needless to say that departure of experienced engineers continued since then. There is no value of experience in this company. It's quite evident in the compensation. While senior level management is showering themselves with stocks and pay raises, "worker bees" were getting only breadcrumbs.

    - No new innovative projects or products. Most of the works are packing/repacking/improving existing products and buying smaller companies. Video world changed a lot in last decade. Senior level management is not competent enough to catch up or come with new idea for this changed world. This company looks like a Silicon Valley Company of "yesterday-world". Old technology, old way of doing things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with new idea. Take risk.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good salary and benefits offset by marginal employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Harmonic

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, good facility

    Cons

    Distrust of management, lack of opportunity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    over work & under pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Harmonic

    Pros

    - interesting technology (only for some projects). if you are unlucky enough to work on some legacy stuff, cross this one off.
    - mgmt is messy, so you got to "balance your life with work"

    Cons

    pay; appreciation;
    team-work and everything else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your engineers better

    No opinion of CEO

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