HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hardware Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesomeness

    • 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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review of Harman's Automotive Operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    RUN!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at HARMAN (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Soulless Bloodsucking Corporation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    I am not stuck here forever

    Cons

    The CEO is a sociopath. He says "stay paranoid" in almost every corporate newsletter her sends out and uses fear tactics to motivate employees. I feel like I live inside of a Dilbert cartoon - it truly is that ridiculous. If you are smart and talented please stay away from this company, they will chew you up and spit you out. Harman will not be around in the long term because they only care about short term growth - everything is smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You already sold your soul to Satan if you are anything above a Director level - Directors are yes men. Either grow a backbone or get another job. Stop this insane corruption.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Male dominated

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    successful company constant change and growth

    Cons

    no advancement, no mentoring, young male environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Sydney Harman is rolling over in his grave

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

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    - Below C-level management, there are very talented, underutilized, and dedicated people.
    - Exciting innovation coming from Infotainment and Professional divisions.

    Cons

    * Horrible work/life balance. Say goodbye to family and friends. You bust your hump to help the company reach its quarterly earnings, only to have the CEO/Chairman tell you to work harder. Inspirational words from one of the highest and most overpaid CEOs in the world! No appreciation and/or morale boost from upper management.

    * It's all about the company bottom line. Cost cutting is painful and counter-productive as everything has been outsourced. The infrastructure is very thin with limited resources, which makes for a difficult work environment. It won't be long before employees are asked to use both sides of the toilet paper. CEO wants to take everything to China or India, except for the Stamford office, because he'll need to be close to his $8.5M condo in NYC. Harman employees would prefer that the CEO cut his salary instead of cutting jobs.

    * CEO/Chairman is great at cost-cutting, but terrible at motivating and being a great leader to his employees. The company intranet is filled with business articles that revolve around the CEO's self promotion. Despite the cost cutting, the company is very good at spending millions on worthless initiatives, which include obtaining outdated and irrelevant "brand ambassadors" with little or no return/value. The Branding/Marketing teams have no accountability, nor does the Shenzhen Business Unit when it comes to putting out questionable products that don't work on a global scale.

    * Harman is also extremely top-heavy when it comes to the growing number of VPs and Directors. The CEO loves to tell the media that he's all about listening from the bottom up, but he has yet to prove this statement. Stop cutting jobs and get rid of unnecessary titles and senior-level positions in Stamford and elsewhere. There is probably a VP in charge of overseeing corporate trashcans. You can instantly become a VP at Harman if you're a member of the same country club or spa as the CEO. Most of the C-level management in Stamford know nothing about CE, retail, or branding/marketing audio products. This may explain why many of Harman's brands have rotted and/or died. Either way, you are in good hands if you came from money or if your parents paid $200,000+ for your degree(s).

    * Products developed in Shenzhen sound terrible and have QC issues. The company brags about the success of particular products, but doesn't talk about the warehouse(s) filled with junked, non-functional products. The Lifestyle engineering team in Shenzhen refuses to work or collaborate with any other teams inside or outside the division. They believe they know everything about audio, design, and engineering, when in fact, their products are not very good. The company is quick to highlight the Lifestyle Division's success stories with portables, but they are failing miserably in the soundbar, headphone, luxury, and loudspeaker categories. Arrogance is the norm in Shenzhen's product development process which may explain why many of their products come up short.

    * One of the most political corporations out there. Rather than promote collaboration and innovation, the company likes to pit employees against each other. The company also tolerates and encourages negative and demeaning leadership/management styles, especially from the Shenzhen office. As other reviews point out, it's all about bullying and showing you who's in charge. You are nothing if you're not a direct report to the VP/GM of SBU as he encourages and allows his direct reports in that office to manage and lead by fear, power, and intimidation. The team in Shenzhen expect you to bow down to their holiness. It's them versus you and it's a culture you won't find elsewhere. It's the most arrogant office in the corporation. Perhaps they were picked on at school and this is their way of seeking payback or revenge. This type of behavior wouldn't be tolerated or allowed at any other company. This may explain the high employee turnover at that office. This also goes to prove that if you're not cutthroat, you may not survive at Harman.

    * The company wants to imply that it's ahead of the curve and technology like Google and Apple, but at least those companies move their employees around every couple of years and encourage mentoring and career growth. Harman would rather hire inexperienced personnel from outside the company rather than promote within. The company has a very difficult time recognizing potential, experience and talent inside its own walls.

    * It is widely known that Harman is one of the worst companies to work with when it comes to manufacturing. Harman churns and burns suppliers more than any other company in the industry. It's that bully "our way or the highway" mentality that makes people not want to work with Harman. Instead of building solid partnerships, this is the type of culture the CEO/Chairman has created and supported.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read this review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Harman International

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects at the automotive division. Chances to work on different areas of a latest software platform.

    Cons

    Schedules and deadlines are very aggressive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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