Harmonic

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A company of "yesterday-world" of Silicon Valley

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Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

Pros

- Good benefit compare to similar "public" company in bay area.
- Gym in office is quite good and useful.

Cons

- In one of the all hand meeting when someone asked what steps management is taking to stop experienced and good engineers leaving. CEO's reply was quite long and convoluted, but it could be summarized in short three sentences this way: "It's not bad. We will hire new engineers. Fresh blood is good for company." I think his word described the Harmonic management's attitude towards engineers quite accurately. "Workers bees" are dispensable. Recycling them is not bad. Needless to say that departure of experienced engineers continued since then. There is no value of experience in this company. It's quite evident in the compensation. While senior level management is showering themselves with stocks and pay raises, "worker bees" were getting only breadcrumbs.

- No new innovative projects or products. Most of the works are packing/repacking/improving existing products and buying smaller companies. Video world changed a lot in last decade. Senior level management is not competent enough to catch up or come with new idea for this changed world. This company looks like a Silicon Valley Company of "yesterday-world". Old technology, old way of doing things.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Come up with new idea. Take risk.

No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Harmonic

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I should have left sooner.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Since Harmonic designs their own hardware, the are opportunites for all different types of programming. From device drivers to application level and some JAVA/GUI work.

    Cons

    Some of the worst mid-level management I've ever seen. But I now see that the managers I disapproved are gone now.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing company, lots of scope to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Growing company, lots of scope to learn

    Cons

    Management needs to be considerate towards employees.
    schedule management is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    proper scheduling, respect employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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