HARMAN Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
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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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  1. Corporate Communications Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun workplace, everyone is extremely approachable including the CEO, innovative and fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Wasn't consistently given projects to work on

  2. Great solid company with steady growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities at multiple US and global locations

    Cons

    Being such a global company it requires meetings with people in all time zones, which can be challenging at times

  3. a big company, can learn a lot from talent engineers

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    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in China, NY
    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in China, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    a great company, have space to promotion

    Cons

    People don't communicate a lot across functions.

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  5. A good company with great people and interesting products

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits package including 401K match. Quality of employees.

    Cons

    Politics get in the way of progress. Short-term results overshadow long-term strategy.

  6. Unsustainable. Organized chaos

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Populated with MOTIVATED people, who want to do a good job. Good pay (until you calculate the hourly rate). No comp time, despite 60+ hour weeks.

    Cons

    Like so many other reviewers, ZERO work-life balance (12+ hours days not uncommon), heavy and continuous workload. Harman is too successful (too many programs and not nearly enough staff to support ) and HR has not kept up with demand. Outsourcing is a problem, since the other employees are 12 hours opposite US schedule. Co-workers are frustrated and burned out.

    Advice to Management

    Staff to succeed. Accelerate the reorganization. Talk to employees before finalizing the (rumored reduced ) work space area in the new building

  7. Learn to speak Mandarin or Hindi.

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    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some Harman divisions still have amazing engineers and products. There is still a connection to an amazing heritage, and the opportunity to work on advanced projects.

    Cons

    More and more of the work is being moved to China and India, and the Harman heritage and tribal knowledge is at risk of being lost forever.

    Advice to Management

    Throw away the Neutron Jack management book and look ahead more than 1 quarter at a time.

  8. If you can function in "organized" chaos, this is the company for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company! Good start for new college graduates.

    Cons

    Lack of processes and continuity.

    Advice to Management

    Develop processes and operate as an operational organization instead of a holding company.

  9. Great international experience, diverse workforce and possible career development opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think the pro would be harman international provide great international initiatives and business strategies. It enables the employee to have open-minded mindset in terms how to implement global strategies in world landscape.

    Cons

    I think the cons would be harman is fast growing in term of business structure and multiple projects, the management can be unorganized and chaotic, also, less attention to employees' belonging towards the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention on optimization of business process and provide a more life-balance expectation.

  10. Great company overall, however when they acquired Yurbuds their finance and operations team was laid off within 9 months

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    Current Employee - Accounting Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Accounting Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting company, awesome consumer electronics manufacture

    Cons

    No talent retention after acquisition

  11. Great learning place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    amazing team , good learning opportunity, good salary.

    Cons

    Very less personal time, Expect weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Give importance to work life balance

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