HARMAN

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5 people found this helpful  

Unprofessional and "Old School"

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

I worked at HARMAN

Pros

If you really want to be in Audio industry this might be an organization that would benefit your resume, however I would recommend looking at alternative companies.

Cons

Very negative work environment. The culture is negative, a standard conversation is confrontational, it's just the norm. Northridge, CA is the center of activity but executive management is in Stamford, CT. Stamford makes quick judgements, applying stereotypes very quickly. They have a limited profile that they respect--aggressive, traditional looking and acting manager.

Long-time employees are threatened by new ideas and people and act out to undermine the new employees immediately upon arrival.

Jokes which disparage people are openly told by executive management.

360 feedback/survey was conducted and they hid the results. Some information was released many months later, some of which they said they would not be doing. Simple things like "casual Friday" was rejected. It should be noted that customers rarely come to the offices.

Office environment is all gray and no natural light, it is a converted factory. The acoustics are unbearable (interesting given that its an audio company).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Diversity training for themselves and their employees (race and gender), this will hopefully lead to respecting, supporting, promoting their differences. Your company and your stock will benefit. If you remain focused on old school management styles and no diversity you will continue to struggle. And if the negativity continues to be the status quo you won't be able to attract or retain talent once the economy turns around.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    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
  2.  

    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
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