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Tremendous turmoil since 2-3 years, lots of politics, CYA attitued of managers.

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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

Good brand recognition.
Good work life balance.
Employee discounts / sales.
Company with a rich history and heritage with founders such as Sidney Harman and J. B. Lansing.

Cons

Managers guarding their power and not delegating responsibilities.
No one's willing to take any risks or innovate.
Continous turmoil and org changes (since past 3 years) hinders creativity and innovation.
Nor room for growth. Outside people are generally preferred over promotion of internal candidates.
Communication from HR is more like a school principal trying to discipline young students.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ever since Dinesh has came in as CEO, he has focused just on cost savings, to the extent that Harman will be hurt in terms of innovation and product development capabilities. He needs to understand that Harman is a premium brand and focusing of cost savings is good up to some extent, especially in the short-term profitability. However, there should me more focus on value creation and innovation, which drives the top line in the long run. I don't see Harman releasing innovative, high-quality products, as we come out of the recession. Instead of innovating, Harman will just copy market leaders and use its "premium audio" brand perception to differentiate, which will not work forever.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for HARMAN

  1.  

    Good place to work. Cool products.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule. Competent coworkers. Business wins are going well. Cool products to work on. Good discounts on Harman products.

    Cons

    Poor training of new technology when it is rolled out to new projects. Very focused on growth in low cost countries, instead of US growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort on internal mentoring and training, particularly when new projects with new technologies are being rolled out. Establish mentoring programs for young / inexperienced engineers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management is abysmal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Fun projects and products to work on. Pay is competitive. Freedom to work on a variety of products / projects. Easy to shine as a top performer.

    Cons

    Incompetent employees and managers are everywhere. Management cannot recognize or fix known broken systems or processes. Low performing employees can flourish at Harman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to build a competent and competitive organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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