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Brand reputations being ruined by cost-cutting and cheap labor. Engineers are managers, not engineers.

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Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA
Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA

I worked at HARMAN (more than 10 years)

Pros

Great benefits. Work hours reasonable.

Cons

Worked as an engineer at Harman for over 12 years. Went from designing great products in the 90's and early 2000's to overseeing the design of crap product by employees in low-wage countries. The current management ('08 to present) is doing everything & everything to show short term success & profitability at the expense of competency and quality. It won't be long until the formerly prestigious brands mean nothing to people (frankly the cats already out of the bag as the general consuming public is very informed these days). If you want to work as an underpaid engineer only to manage incompetent engineers overseas this jobs for you.

Workplace attitude was terrible. Mostly because they laid off hundreds of employees and left a skeleton crew and acted like nothing was happening.

Advice to Management

Marketing is clueless on technology. Engineers should have input on the 5-year product roadmap. As engineers, no matter how much we tried to innovate, no one listened. Research was fruitless. Products were only spec'd in response to product innovation from competitors.

It's a big company, and profitability rules all, but they need to look long-term. But they're not. The company is too big. It's all about the next 'quarter', and trying to convince investors that they're profitable. Senior management will pay themselves hefty salaries and then move on to their next venture... leaving Harman in the dust.

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    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Harman has a legacy of outstanding audio from famous brands such as JBL and Harman Kardon. It's especially strong in automotive and concert sound.

    Cons

    Cost-cutting may have weakened the quality of the company's products and has definitely led to layoffs and outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    You have outstanding people working for you. Let them do their best work, and send the work to outside contractors less.

  2. too much management change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good medical, and decent severance package

    Cons

    Management changes direction to frequently

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