HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
152 Reviews
3.1
152 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
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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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  1.  

    was nice at start, learn new stuff, but management lost interest and didnt support software department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    salary, experience, people and compensation

    Cons

    Management is bad, very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should care more about the employees, should review their status to know if are happy with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Improving company with plenty opportunity to grow,

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Novi, MI

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

    Pros

    A growing company with a renaissance feel here. It used to be a half deentn company before. But, the management and VPs are hiring people from everywhere to imprve efficiency and morale.

    Lot of learning opportunity and growth here. Coming from a very big company, I see that this is were I want to be..

    Extremely flexible hours, international travel (frequently), suportive managers, not much micromanaging. they are letting us figure things out without too much interference

    Cons

    Some bad managers but that is it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Very profitable and good OEM products.

    Cons

    Not able to keep mid level manager and key resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Great products, interesting work, and great people. Salary is competitive, but don't expect too many other perks. Work-life balance is heavy on the work side.

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement, red tape, and senior management interference. This shows lack of trust and the constant interference ripples through the organization causing undue stress and anxiety. The employees spend more time jumping through hoops than developing products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less criticizing and more coaching. Empower your managers and employees to make decisions. Put more focus on your customer relationships. Recognize that you are not the smartest person in the company and leverage your experts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The company goes well. Automotive Infotainment department is not in a fast growing market.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Stable for the job security. Don't worry about the sales for the products and also do not expect big grows to the sales.

    Cons

    Lower opportunity for promotion. Good work-life balance. Very stable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the current mode of the navigation market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    New to the company so can't say much yet...but seems like an okay company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    -Extremely good discounts on Harman products.
    -Currently seems like a good work life balance place

    Cons

    Very little vacation. No employee stock purchase plan and no profit sharing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful experience with a lot of learning opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Mentor assigned to the project was very helpful and I learned a lot from him.
    No Micro-management, tasks were set once a week and I use to work the whole week to achieve it.
    Wonderful team atmosphere.
    It's Palo Alto!

    Cons

    Salary was not competitive other than that pretty much everything was nice.
    Honestly, no other cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work. Now, not so much...

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    Current Employee - Chief Engineer
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    We [used to] make the world's best audio equipment.
    Lot's of opportunity because people "just disappear" - never a word of thanks for all they've done, etc. They just disappear...

    Cons

    Since Sidney Harman left., the new regime seem to view the company as their personal cookie jar. Reading SEC reports shows the Executive Committee regularly exercises/sells every one of the considerable options they grant themselves.

    In the Infotainment division (where 5/6 of Harman's revenue is generated), Harman is no longer a technology company because that costs too much. Now our focus is on providing software services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    the ability to not be saddled with a quota and be able to take my troubleshooting skill set to another level due to being able to research issues that arise.

    Cons

    Want hire techs permanent. Low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many chiefs not enough Indians

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Product Dev. Engineer

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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 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

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