HARMAN

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5 people found this helpful  

One of the most depressing places you can imagine spending your waking life

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Current Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA

I have been working at HARMAN

Pros

- Sometimes interesting projects
- being in Southern California obviously has its perks
- working with talented people in the audio industry

Cons

- Incredibly low employee moral
- Low pay compared to other companies
- hideously drab and uninspiring office building
- lack of management competence
- zero room for growth
- overall sense of worthlessness instilled in employees from management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees; tame down the cost cutting measures; understand what our core competencies are and leverage them; decorate the office a little bit

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be prepared to only see your family on Holidays

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    Former Employee - Analysis and Repair Electronic Technician in Franklin, KY
    Former Employee - Analysis and Repair Electronic Technician in Franklin, KY

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    The company offers good hourly wages; good benefits package; and a clean work environment. The site has a decent cafeteria.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they believe in ten hours a day and seven days a week. I lasted almost six months and then realized I wanted to be a person not just a worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A products quality will always go down when the people working are not given sufficient time off. Less mandatory overtime!

  2. 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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