HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
140 Reviews

3.0
140 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
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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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the most depressing places you can imagine spending your waking life

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

    Pros

    - Sometimes interesting projects
    - being in Southern California obviously has its perks
    - working with talented people in the audio industry

    Cons

    - Incredibly low employee moral
    - Low pay compared to other companies
    - hideously drab and uninspiring office building
    - lack of management competence
    - zero room for growth
    - overall sense of worthlessness instilled in employees from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees; tame down the cost cutting measures; understand what our core competencies are and leverage them; decorate the office a little bit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be prepared to only see your family on Holidays

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    Former Employee - Analysis and Repair Electronic Technician  in  Franklin, KY
    Former Employee - Analysis and Repair Electronic Technician in Franklin, KY

    Pros

    The company offers good hourly wages; good benefits package; and a clean work environment. The site has a decent cafeteria.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they believe in ten hours a day and seven days a week. I lasted almost six months and then realized I wanted to be a person not just a worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A products quality will always go down when the people working are not given sufficient time off. Less mandatory overtime!

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    A company now run by bean counters who forgot Harman's core competency: great sound!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    Pros

    Harman has a wonderful history, some great brands, and has developed some great audio products in the past. The opportunity to produce great sounding audio products that people hear everywhere in the world is unmatched by working any other audio company in the world.

    Cons

    In recent years, corporate management in Stanford has become large and bloated, made up of mostly people from outside the audio industry who understand little about audio technology and the audio business. To make the non-corporate underlings more accountable they've put into place hierarchical layers of bureaucracy in all processes. As a result, decisions take forever to be made, often without valuable input from the people who know best. The slow decision process and compensation scheme means product managers are often unwilling to take risk: not exactly an environment to nurture innovation and new technology. Compensation is based on meeting unflexible targets set 1 year in advance (not long-term goals), so managers make decisions to maximize their bonuses, not always what's best for the medium-long-term health of the company and the consumer. A good example is arbitrarily moving factories/engineering to Mexico/China without adequate preparation. In the short-term, it saves money on paper, but at what cost? Time will tell whether the leaders realize what Harman's core competency is (good sounding products) and get behind it, before they destroy it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a medium-long term strategy around Harman's core competency (best-in-class audio and acoustics) and put into place processes, infrastructure and talented people who ensure that Harman continues to make best-in-class products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A lot of potential, that is most often poorly aligned and coordinated

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    Pros

    Ability to focus on priorities you set for yourself. High salary.

    Cons

    Difficult to understand how roles and priorities align to business goals. Lack of forward looking goals, roles, and efforts. Resource management engages in reaction to missed deliverables, or key departures, not proactively. HR treats employees as pests to be managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in developing and challenging people, if you want a profitable future. Don't treat your racehorses as pack animals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun, fast and ever-changing company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for the right talents and right organizational cultural fit. Learning potential in various areas if also great. Famous products and brands.

    Cons

    Very fast-paced and dynamic environment. Not for the faint-hearted or the laid back. Risk-taking not yet a welcome practice. Innovation could be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster greater product and process innovation. Let people fail some times if they're trying hard and going in the right direction, and if they have the right skills.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    Global company - with worldwide business and customers

    Cons

    The salaries are not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees. They have good ideas. Don't ignore opinions - less pre-determined change.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok but not the best place to be.

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

    Pros

    Cool Products. Decent benefits. Nice people to work with although not always helpful.

    Cons

    Poor quality. Poor leadership. Managers are in positions they are not qualified for and do not understand the work being done. Very poor performance review process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and retain qualified people. In my area there were many that had been promoted from within. However too much additude of this is how we do this even though it is not an industry best practice since they know nothing different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Educational and pleasant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    Pros

    nice environment with quality products

    Cons

    niche market may not appeal to all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up stay quality

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great for awhile now dismal

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    Pros

    Some of the major brands are still respected and employees are often greeted as celebrities in some markets. Once a collection of some of the brightest minds in audio and a few are still around. Weather in SoCal is good and there's a Jack-in-the-Box within walking distance.

    Cons

    Contentious work environment. Rare to nonexistent promtion of current employees no matter their contribution despite "focus on acquiring and building talent". Feedback from management rarely matches reality. Incentives are perverse and based on creating unbearable tension between disciplines. Cost cutting has eliminated almost all expertise. Senior management doesn't know the industry, the products or the markets and can't appreciate technical expertise. Empire building and ass covering are the norm. Executive compensation levels make monetary incentives for innovation and contribution from non-executives seem like a pittance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hurry and sell to someone who knows the business and values people and expertise before your incompetence is discovered and takes the rest of us down too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Last 3 years under current senior management were terrible. Current management are financial raiders!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    Pros

    Working relationships with real honest team players.

    Cons

    Leadership out of Stamford is disconnected from the actual workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat experienced talent with respect and promote within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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