HARMAN Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
133 Reviews
2.9
133 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
92 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance (in 13 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 9 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance in this company, they expect employees to work minimum 12 hours a day and most of the days it gets exceeds by 12 hours (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Product Dev. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall good work life balance.
    My organization just went through a management restructure and I think it is for the best.
    Management is decent about flexing time (i.e., I traveled over the weekend, so here's a day or two you can take off without burning a PTO day).
    Feels start-uppy in some ways, but there are still remnants of the automotive industry of a bygone era.
    You will learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Very small organizational budget for training means it's infrequent. I find that shortsighted.

    Lots of growth in recent years (good) but the process infrastructure hasn't caught up (bad)

    Travel for supporting engineering activities seems to be sporadic and it could and should be used more to build better relationships with demanding OEM customers.

    Benefits leave something to be desired. No annual bonus program.

    Lots of people are just there to clock in their 40 hours. If some project or activity is going to extend beyond 5PM, you can count on being the only one there to support it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not much to learn..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, employee discounts..
    Great relocation policy...

    Cons

    Nothing much to learn..
    Not a creative place..

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

    A prestigious and elegant company with a passion for reorganizing frequently

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    International travel, great bunch of people, team spirit.

    Cons

    Just when you think you figured it out, they move the goalposts! (Lots of changes in management and organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick the right team and organization and leave it in place long enough for it to take root.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects for the most parts.

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with the branding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward exceptional employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Interns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (less than an 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
  7.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (less than an 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
  8.  

    Join only if desperately lookin for a change.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discounts for audio products. Dont need to be qualified from a good school for being a manager.

    Cons

    Adhoc management. your qualifications dont matter. An entry level engineer is made a manager. No knowledgeable colleagues left in the company to learn things from. High attrition rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cannot be advised here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novi, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesomeness

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    • Culture & Values
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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

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