HARMAN Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
123 Reviews
2.9
123 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
87 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance (in 12 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 6 reviews)

  • Cost cutting is painful and counter-productive as everything has been outsourced (in 6 reviews)

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    Senior Software Engineer

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    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 for more than a 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harman International

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    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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people and room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and 401k. Good vacation time and opportunity to buy company products.

    Cons

    Easy to get stuck in the same position forever. Lots of reorganizing every few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and keep talent from leaving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Devil You Know

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    talented, passionate people. great benefits. great products.

    Cons

    it's a big corporation. things move slowly. you have to deal with internal, division, and corporate politics.

    Too many rounds of layoffs after Americans have trained their low cost counterpart in India and China.

    Little to no push for innovation. corporate push to centralize everything is leading to a homogenization of iconic audio brands.

    Continue to push jobs out of the US. CEO has been overheard saying that India is the future center of engineering because American engineers are lazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a center of innovation and creativity.

    maximize the passion of the people who work for you.

    embrace smaller micro production facilities for faster prototyping and development

    get aggressive and acquire talent and technology that will carry the brands into the future

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good People Bad Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Hard Working employees
    Brand Name
    History of high quality products

    Cons

    Management is worse. No proper planning.They can dump you any time.
    Most of the work is outsourced to keep the cost down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. They are people too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Farmington Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Harman is a very flexible company with many opportunities. I have seen significant growth here, and there is more to come with the many products we are developing with our customers.

    Cons

    No cons to share at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working in Sound Design

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment all year round

    Cons

    None none none none none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Tshirts!

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Harman has a legacy of outstanding audio from famous brands such as JBL and Harman Kardon. It's especially strong in automotive and concert sound.

    Cons

    Cost-cutting may have weakened the quality of the company's products and has definitely led to layoffs and outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have outstanding people working for you. Let them do their best work, and send the work to outside contractors less.

  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Avoid at all costs - miserable people led by blind CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can get discounted electronics (refurbished sometimes).

    Cons

    Cost cutting of US work force for India. They have let go of all the good engineers and scramble when projects the engineers were working on suddenly go into crisis. Poor executive management that needs pinches pennies on individual contributors but fly half way around the world for a "meeting" . Poor company wide organization. Executives lead through fear - if you don't play ball or drink the Kool-aid then don't bother coming to work. CEO makes blind decisions and has blatantly lied in the press twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let CEO go asap and clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Farcical

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA

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

    Pros

    There are still some of the finest technical folks in the world on the payroll. If you're a VP at any other corporation, it'll be easy to get a job here. Just say, "Oh, your problems aren't so hard. All you need to do is...[Insert imaginary silver bullet here]". They'll pay you a lot of money. It's easy to vacation in your office.

    Cons

    No one in top management knows anything about the audio industry. Company is an ATM and entertainment provider for the CEO and his co-conspirators. Revenue generation by sales at any price and margin management by cost cutting isn't a recipe for success. Age discrimination rampant. Relentless focus on emerging market growth is a disaster waiting to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take short positions against your own company, if you haven't already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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