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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 for 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 ManagementAdvice

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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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, good medical, and decent severance package

    Cons

    Management changes direction to frequently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    "Where Sound Matters," But People Don't

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Multinational company with a good reputation for quality products

    Cons

    The focus seems to have shifted from quality to cost saving, as the company had moved more and more of the operations to China, India and Eastern European countries like Hungary. The company does not care at all about its employees, having laird off longtime workers who helped to develop and sell its technologies and products. Executives tend to favor bullies, as many Harman managers and execs manage with bullying, abrasive tactics. Management is focused on getting the most done for the least amount of money, sending jobs overseas, which has affected the quality of the products. For salaried employees, there is no work/life balance, as you are expected to do whatever is necessary to meet deadlines that often change at the last minute based on Corporate's whim. Office politics run wild, and there is no room for advancement for many, especially women and certain minorities. This is not a good place for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the employees who make your products possible. It used to matter that your products were made in the U.S. It still should. Overhaul your HR department, and bring in some people who can show some concern for people. Take some sensitivity courses or offer training so all staff know how to deal with each other as men/women and different ethnicities. Stop encouraging bullying and rewarding overly aggressive management styles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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