HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
140 Reviews
3.0
140 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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Male dominated

    • 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 (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
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Sydney Harman is rolling over in his grave

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    • 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
  3.  

    Harman International

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stay away - a completely dysfunctional mess and getting worse

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    Current Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Director in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, some great people

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management who have no knowledge of the audio space and who are doing everything they can to devalue the brands. And new management hires are following this pattern.
    Mean and negative management who use bullying tactics and routinely engage in unprofessional behavior.
    Employees are depressed and anxious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the Board: replace the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

    • 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

    Pros

    Very good environment and friendly people

    Cons

    Nothing much on the cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to learn about CE

    • 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

    Harman does a very god job of hiring talent and retaining it.

    Cons

    The current culture is one of cost saving and job cutting at the expense of what Harman did the best; making things that sound great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring outside the CE industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Innovative company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Innovation is a driving strategy, talented people, competitive salary & global footprint

    Cons

    Start-up/entrepreneurial culture sometimes leads to sudden changes in business direction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very pleasant and open minded work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager Intern in Novi, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance. Good pay for an internship. Great Location. Good Learning environment. Most Harman colleagues were friendly and very helpful. Open minded work environment allowing employees to wear comfortable work attire and desired hair style, facial hairstyle etc.

    Cons

    Some of the engineers that I needed information from to complete my delegated tasks felt they were to busy with their personal workload to assist a college intern complete their tasks and learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was a summer intern and wasn't there long enough to comment on this area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Great Team, good management support on the personal front whenever needed , work on current and upcoming technologies

    Cons

    Lot of work...
    work 10~12 hours a day
    difficult to maintain family work balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harman International

    • 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

    Pros

    Salary is good, but at the expense of all else

    Cons

    no work life balance at all

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