HARMAN Reviews

Updated March 24, 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. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 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)

    Pros

    Benefits package including 401K match. Quality of employees.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Test engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    you can move within the company and advance if you understand you job.good working environment and management is friendly.work life balance is good. friendly environment

    Cons

    Part of the management is very nasty to deal with and takes their own problems on the employees. In advanced technology, lagging behind competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of biased managers who have little spies among the employees and managers who don't exactly understand how to manage a division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting company, awesome consumer electronics manufacture

    Cons

    No talent retention after acquisition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great learning place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    amazing team , good learning opportunity, good salary.

    Cons

    Very less personal time, Expect weekend work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give importance to work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good company with perfect work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    work life balance, employee friendly policy

    Cons

    management needs to improve and foresee things much well in advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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

    Pros

    Great company! Good start for new college graduates.

    Cons

    Lack of processes and continuity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Needs vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool products, smart people in the engineering and marketing levels. Great employee discounts on consumer products. Can be a good place for some career development if you don't stay too long.

    Cons

    No vision in executive leadership. Harman professes to be a technology leader that wants to attract and retain the best, but it's just lip service. Harman is a technology integrator with a stodgy east coast structure: no employee stock purchase plan, no bonus unless you are very high level, paltry stock grants and onerous vesting schedules. Compensation is based on class system, not merit: all the perks depend on you having "VP" in your title. Harman will implode unless the BoD wakes up and gets a CEO that has a vision for something more than making himself and his buddies wealthy while moving everything to India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You ask everyone to "act like an owner" but you give them no reason to. Give them a bonus structure, provide an ESPP, up the stock grants. Get a vision for this company before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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