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Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer

I have been working at HARMAN

Pros

good to work with company, good work, latest technologies.

Cons

Lower management is not that good, they thinks they only know things and other co-workers or colleagues are useless, in fact it's a misunderstanding or theirs which may hurt Harman International India. Not were open cultural.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Just have manager instead of TLs. They should involve everybody instead of relying on some people from the team.

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    After many years of solid growth, new management is trading brand equity for low cost expansion worldwide.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Still has some of the best engineers in the world of audio at the helm and when given the opportunity can deliver stunning expereinces in the home, car, and portable audio marketplace. A company that was driven by a passion for music and the emotional impact that it has on life, was able to overcome many of the roadblocks and deliver for the consumer.

    Cons

    The was a time where this company was looked upon as the leader in the space. Today that has become more of a talking point than a reality as it continues to stuggle to deliver cutting edge consumer products, enter into ultra low cost commercial products, and finding ways to capitalize on auto companies outside of the normal big players. Many of those that built this company are now gone and leadership is focused on markets other than the US. At a time when they could become a top tier supplier at home and regain the respect of consumer and clients, they have ignored the opportunity in the US. With a CEO that ranks as some of the highest paid (a complete 180 from the past) he has failed to leverage stock price back to solid levels, continues to play the role of rockstar CEO while misleading the media sloth, and continues to slash costs leaving departments so thin that the errors of their efforts become magnified in light of what was once a great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it right, stop with the marketing BS and look at the image you are delivering to the marketplace. Reduce the number of errors, defective products, and improve speed to market without the need for software updates, reworks, or delay. Connect the dots and finally deliver solutions that wow the consumer and combine audio, communication, and real innovation. wake up form the dream state you are in, align products with real use cases, real consumer systems, and get back to your roots.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company in decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    [automotive division only] Co-workers are friendly and hard working. Patent awards (cash) and the ever-rare spot award (called lightning bolts) that can give out as much as $1,000. Pop is 25 cents for 20oz and you can wear jeans to work 5 days a week.

    Cons

    [automotive division only] Lots. The company is building up it's outsourcing at a break-neck pace. Chine and India are quickly becoming the place to develop products. In addition, the north america automotive division is crammed into several small office buildings around the Farmington Hills area in Michigan. But for many different reasons, Harman is not willing to invest in this site. So parking is an absolute nightmare as more people work in the building than it was supposed to handle.

    Also, the senior people who are the most creative and talented have been leaving in a short-period of time( 6 months). In that span of time, very few people have been hired to back-fill the positions. However, the caliber of the people that left was very high. Filling these positions will be difficult if not impossible. Benefits are horrible and you can be expected to pay about 25% more for your medical benefits and it is one of the cheapest plans out there. Having a baby? Expect to pay about $1000 for your out-of-pocket expense! Not the usual $50 - $100 that most other company plans would cover.

    Bottom line, this company is on the decline. They are moving there development to low-cost countries as is evident in how little they spend for north american employees. That is why, I believe, all the smart intelligent people are leaving this company to look for a more stable organization. I do not recommend working for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice for automotive division: Stop worrying about operating costs and combine all employees into one building. It is a major issue to have the workers so fragmented (4 offices in Michigan, 1 in Indiana, 1 in Kentucky, 2 in Germany). There really should be one site in Germany and one site in Michigan. We could actually share knowledge and be much more efficient at delivering products. Buy out the existing leases and invest in one site that would allow future growth for the company.

    Advise for entire company... stop focusing on the short-term and look at long-term goals. Ever project I have ever worked on has focused on current model year and nothing else. Then when the program is done, it's on to the next one. Also, individual teams should hand out rewards (and especially say the words: "Thank You") when team members go above and beyond the call of duty. There are no incentives for working here besides getting your bi-weekly paycheck. Although I will say that some team do reward their teams with free lunches, parties, and small gifts ($20 guft cards). I applaud those teams, however it makes the sting of resentment hurt even worse when other teams are all work. Equality is needed.

    This place used to be a fun place to work. Now it is just a place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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