HARMAN Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. 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 Management

    Too many chiefs not enough Indians

  2. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  3. Helpful (3)

    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Invest in your workforce.

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  5. Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects for the most parts.

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with the branding.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward exceptional employees.

  6. Helpful (1)

    A prestigious and elegant company with a passion for reorganizing frequently

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Not much to learn..

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    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 a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  8. Helpful (3)

    Join only if desperately lookin for a change.

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Management cannot be advised here.

  9. Summer Interns

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Work on management skills and develop better systems for planning careers.

  11. Fun, cool place

    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN as an intern (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

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