HARMAN Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
123 Reviews
2.9
123 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
87 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • The company offers good hourly wages; good benefits package; and a clean work environment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, Technical trainnigs rea missing (in 6 reviews)

  • Cost cutting is painful and counter-productive as everything has been outsourced (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Summer Interns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good culture, highly diverse. People do enjoy working together is there is a caring culture. The company is also growing very fast, offering a lot of chances.

    Cons

    Sometimes in a year, job could become pretty tough and we need to work overtime. also there would be long travels frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst  in  Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flex time
    Friendly co-workers
    We had some fun activities.

    Cons

    Under valued
    Lack of management
    Overworked and under appreciated for the extra work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on management skills and develop better systems for planning careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun, cool place

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work on projects that directly contributes to the success of the company. Casual environment, nice co-workers. Supervisor flexible with work schedule during school year.

    Cons

    Low pay for interns compared to industry standards.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesomeness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    The Culture is awesome. Really awesome.

    Cons

    None. The work place is cool calm and collective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novi, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cool products, interesting technology. Great opportunities if you are in the H1B visa program from India or China. Flexible work times (you can work any 12 hours of the day you want). Lots of overtime available (unpaid). Lots of free lunches because you will be expected work through your normal lunch.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Worst vacation policy in SE Michigan (you get your 4th week after 15 years of service). Constant fire fighting and new management team has no idea how to bring this under control. People are pretty disappointed in the current direction of the company and the company prospects. A few years ago, in a surprise move to most people, they laid off 50% of the audio group to send those jobs to India and China. Lots of customer dissatisfaction due to OEM yard holds. Management team works so many hours (including lots of weekend meetings) that they don't know how to appreciate your extra efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry, you have a difficult problem to solve. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hardware Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer  in  Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Getting to work on Infotainment systems, which is the most versatile systems in the vehicle.
    2. Challenging work and potential to move if you are ever recognized for your work value. Which can be difficult depending on if you have the right boss (one with a backbone) and if it is the right phase of the moon for Harman.

    Cons

    1. Quality is not controlled and/or communicated properly.
    2. Software and hardware do not work collaboratively.
    3. When there is a problem, people there throw it over to wall to the next person.
    4. New technology/ideas are not really welcome or appreciation
    5. No management appreciation or recognition.
    6. No bonus offered to employees even though the CEO is one of the highest paid
    7. No appreciation for products. The CEO only shows his face when absolutely necessary, even when there is a product/contract rolling out that is well over $1 billion in revenue...come on be a leader!
    8. No employee value, even when you step outside of your job in a daily basis that is still not enough for any type of recognition. At least with the boss I had.
    9. Not staying ahead of the customer and competition, Harman is 2 to 3 steps behind. Just playing catch up when a product is in the quoting phases.
    10. One of the most stressful jobs you will most likely have. Along with pay that is not comparable to other companies in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring and or training needs to happen to get a grip on what is going on.
    CEO expects to draw talented people in thinking management people are the key. Hate to break it to you, but with how things are setup currently you are drawing talent away from you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Review of Harman's Automotive Operations

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

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Harman has great brands and latest product technology. A very diverse team of talented people working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where an entrepreneurial attitude is rewarded.

    Cons

    Paid holidays and health benefits seem to lag the industry. Automotive activities in Farmington Hills are spread out amongst multiple buildings limiting potential efficiencies that are required to support our lean resource structure . Harman has experienced significant growth through M&A's which has grown our revenues but fragmented our organizational structure, systems and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be careful that our sales growth does not outpace our resource constraints and manufacturing capacity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, very flexible and relaxed. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Somewhat disorganized organization structure, stretched thin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    RUN!

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

    I worked at HARMAN for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are good people at the worker bee level that try their best to keep up.

    Cons

    Dinesh is a basket case and incredibly selfish. The dynamic of the Stamford "Iron Fist" paired with the top leaders of the world wide organization would surprise any of their customers. Forget being innovative, sticking up for the good guy or doing anything the right way. Cheapening products and little salary increases, while Dinesh rolls in the money. They keep expanding buildings and dividing up the teams- collaboration is little. Get ready to have projects dumped on you, doing busy work because upper leadership want you to do things 300x over or slice the data over and over. No traction to move forward, it's always about who is the big guy with the loudest bark. Glass ceiling for women, take a look at how many women are in leadership roles compared to the men. It's disgusting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Was great during Sidney Harman era. Now penny pinching cheap.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Well known brands, experience looks good on resume. Interesting, challenging work.
    Pride in working for company.
    Previously had "Disney-like" culture driven by Sidney Harman's personal vision that the employee was the key to the company success.

    Cons

    In application for position, biggest concern of company was relocation expenses. Reinforced in every conversation. Entire hiring decision was based on expected pay out of expenses and not best qualified candidate. Sr. Hiring Manager and Randstad outsource HR recruiter appeared pressured if too much/anything was spent on relocation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stamford headquarters is top heavy with unneeded executives.
     Restructure at top in order to hire more middle, day to day management employees who make direct contributions. Sidney Harman's mantra should be re-adapted and reinforced.
    Respond to employees and candidates when contacting HR managers and representatives.
    Company realized after 5 years that Wipro outsource model was deficient.
    Off to a promising start with new consumer contact center back in USA at Northridge CA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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