Harmonic Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman
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  1. Very committed company to their vision and strategy; Hopefully it pays off

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harmonic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very engaged leadership and committed to their strategy. Hiring solid executive talent. Improvement in company execution is noticeable. Technology leadership slipped in the past but they seemed to have regained it back.

    Cons

    Industry is still in transition with a lot of competitors vying for the same business and customers holding back before they spend on new projects. Transitioning from an engineering centric company to a sales centric company will take some time. .

    Advice to Management

    Keep going and keep listening to your employees to help get there. Maintain the course as best as you can while making earnings commitments to shareholders


  2. Sr. PM Viewpoints

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmonic

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    supportive management and senior technical personnel

    Cons

    marketing strategies are not well defined and often led to parts of new contracts being underpriced

    Advice to Management

    Monitor maketing and sales efforts and issues more closely


  3. Sales Executive

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology Leaders, Track-record of Limited Success, willing to supersede their success to get to the next level. Sound senior executive leadership. Good company values.

    Cons

    Needs better focus. Diverse portfolio puts resource demand high and move competition for resources slightly beyond the right balance.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the right senior relationships at your suppliers to get beyond mid-level managment to being a stratgic partner that turns $10 million into $100 million and $50 million into $200 million.


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  5. Friendly environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, company events, great HR staff

    Cons

    Like other companies, the chance to excel takes a lot of effort and time

    Advice to Management

    Compensate interns a bit more, provide programs for them


  6. Good company to work for

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

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. People were very friendly and the cafeteria was awesome and inexpensive. Policies for full timers seemed to be great however I was a contractor and wasn't under the same plan. Compensation was great as a contractor and I believe full timers were paid well also. Was a good experience while it lasted.

    Cons

    Would have been nice to have more communication with my boss. I can only assume I did a good job however the project ended early but I got everything and more done I was suppose to.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with contractors and communicate. Don't dangle a carrot of FT employment if you're only going to keep them for a short term project.


  7. stable company, trying to be a big player

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    company has weathered the ups and downs for a long time. People want to change and grow the business. Have brought on some great senior leaders from other companies in recent years.

    Cons

    internal systems outdated, budgets restricted by sr mgmnt trying to keep stock price up. Most new sr. mgmnt is from Cisco, so turning into a Cisco style company with lots of process. lots of silos and no communication in different R&D sites.

    Advice to Management

    go private or be acquired by another big player. spend some money on IT.


  8. Solid company, generally always tries to do the right thing...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is good, collaborative, highly technical, while being reasonable and laid back as well.

    Cons

    Mid-size company, too small and too big at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking at acquisitions with more ROI, and promote for leadership from within. Many people at Harmonic have been stuck in jobs for too many years. People can be shifted around and promoted to build skill sets and improve morale/alleviate boredom.


  9. DSP Firmware Consulting Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - DSP Firmware Engineer
    Former Contractor - DSP Firmware Engineer

    I worked at Harmonic as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Products are audio/video encoding and decoding boxes used in professional broadcast environment. Development facilities for engineers are better than average including a excellent audio/visual lab. Had weekly project status review with hardware engineering group in Israel and firmware group in San Jose.

    Cons

    Project management seemed a unorganized and there was no system engineering group at San Jose office. Product documentation about average, lots of reverse engineering time required to upgrade existing product line to new features. No written interface specifications at either the physical layer or HDLC layer.

    Advice to Management

    Need to add System Engineering group to development detailed systems engineering specifications, system integration, and system testing for both hardware, software, and firmware.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Product Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good salary and benefits. Just introduced flexible time off to give a better work/life balance. New building with excellent working environment.

    Cons

    Struggling to take the next step and grow from current size.Upto recently the managemnet team were not very transparent with goals but that changed mid 2012.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core business - stick to a direction and deliver. Dont get side tracked by short term objectives that defocus from the bigger picture.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A nice stable company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment with decent normal amenities. Fully family friendly with flexibility. Reasonably decent cafeteria for lunch.

    Cons

    Needs better communication inside company. Could use better education and training budget and allocation.



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