HARMAN

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5 people found this helpful  

A company now run by bean counters who forgot Harman's core competency: great sound!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

I have been working at HARMAN

Pros

Harman has a wonderful history, some great brands, and has developed some great audio products in the past. The opportunity to produce great sounding audio products that people hear everywhere in the world is unmatched by working any other audio company in the world.

Cons

In recent years, corporate management in Stanford has become large and bloated, made up of mostly people from outside the audio industry who understand little about audio technology and the audio business. To make the non-corporate underlings more accountable they've put into place hierarchical layers of bureaucracy in all processes. As a result, decisions take forever to be made, often without valuable input from the people who know best. The slow decision process and compensation scheme means product managers are often unwilling to take risk: not exactly an environment to nurture innovation and new technology. Compensation is based on meeting unflexible targets set 1 year in advance (not long-term goals), so managers make decisions to maximize their bonuses, not always what's best for the medium-long-term health of the company and the consumer. A good example is arbitrarily moving factories/engineering to Mexico/China without adequate preparation. In the short-term, it saves money on paper, but at what cost? Time will tell whether the leaders realize what Harman's core competency is (good sounding products) and get behind it, before they destroy it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Develop a medium-long term strategy around Harman's core competency (best-in-class audio and acoustics) and put into place processes, infrastructure and talented people who ensure that Harman continues to make best-in-class products.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A lot of potential, that is most often poorly aligned and coordinated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Ability to focus on priorities you set for yourself. High salary.

    Cons

    Difficult to understand how roles and priorities align to business goals. Lack of forward looking goals, roles, and efforts. Resource management engages in reaction to missed deliverables, or key departures, not proactively. HR treats employees as pests to be managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in developing and challenging people, if you want a profitable future. Don't treat your racehorses as pack animals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun, fast and ever-changing company

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for the right talents and right organizational cultural fit. Learning potential in various areas if also great. Famous products and brands.

    Cons

    Very fast-paced and dynamic environment. Not for the faint-hearted or the laid back. Risk-taking not yet a welcome practice. Innovation could be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster greater product and process innovation. Let people fail some times if they're trying hard and going in the right direction, and if they have the right skills.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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