Harmonic Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
41 Reviews
2.8
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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman
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  1.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Harmonic full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    stable company, trying to be a big player

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than a year

    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    internal systems outdated, budgets restricted by sr mgmnt trying to keep stock price up.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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    DSP Firmware Consulting Engineer

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    Former Employee - DSP Firmware Engineer
    Former Employee - DSP Firmware Engineer

    I worked at Harmonic as a contractor for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice stable company

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    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 for more than 5 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old technologies, lots of opportunities to make a difference

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Automation Engineer  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior QA Automation Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Harmonic

    Pros

    * Good work/life balance, 40 hours a week really is the baseline
    * Great people, I genuinely like my coworkers and boss.
    * Management very open to new technology ideas. Technology used is very old, updating it is very useful and provides and lots of job satisfaction.

    Cons

    * Technology is old (RCP, FTP, etc)
    * Waterfall development methodology (no agile)
    * Strong competition in the marketplace has lead to tight purse-strings at the moment, though I expect that to abate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift focus when hiring from video experience to newer industry knowledge, there's a lot of good tech out there we're simply not using.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work hard, play hard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Industry-leading products; highly technical competence teammates

    Cons

    Pay is OK, but not attractive enough considering the technical skills requirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the product line especially in mobile market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    challenging work
    good team work
    very smart engineers, experts in audio and video codec technologies
    very good work atmosphere
    smaller teams

    Cons

    not much growth opportunities especially in the embedded systems group
    compensation not great
    would not say that the recognition is great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize, reward and grow the talent pool

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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