HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
135 Reviews
2.9
135 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional and "Old School"

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

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    If you really want to be in Audio industry this might be an organization that would benefit your resume, however I would recommend looking at alternative companies.

    Cons

    Very negative work environment. The culture is negative, a standard conversation is confrontational, it's just the norm. Northridge, CA is the center of activity but executive management is in Stamford, CT. Stamford makes quick judgements, applying stereotypes very quickly. They have a limited profile that they respect--aggressive, traditional looking and acting manager.

    Long-time employees are threatened by new ideas and people and act out to undermine the new employees immediately upon arrival.

    Jokes which disparage people are openly told by executive management.

    360 feedback/survey was conducted and they hid the results. Some information was released many months later, some of which they said they would not be doing. Simple things like "casual Friday" was rejected. It should be noted that customers rarely come to the offices.

    Office environment is all gray and no natural light, it is a converted factory. The acoustics are unbearable (interesting given that its an audio company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity training for themselves and their employees (race and gender), this will hopefully lead to respecting, supporting, promoting their differences. Your company and your stock will benefit. If you remain focused on old school management styles and no diversity you will continue to struggle. And if the negativity continues to be the status quo you won't be able to attract or retain talent once the economy turns around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Tremendous turmoil since 2-3 years, lots of politics, CYA attitued of managers.

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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Good brand recognition.
    Good work life balance.
    Employee discounts / sales.
    Company with a rich history and heritage with founders such as Sidney Harman and J. B. Lansing.

    Cons

    Managers guarding their power and not delegating responsibilities.
    No one's willing to take any risks or innovate.
    Continous turmoil and org changes (since past 3 years) hinders creativity and innovation.
    Nor room for growth. Outside people are generally preferred over promotion of internal candidates.
    Communication from HR is more like a school principal trying to discipline young students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ever since Dinesh has came in as CEO, he has focused just on cost savings, to the extent that Harman will be hurt in terms of innovation and product development capabilities. He needs to understand that Harman is a premium brand and focusing of cost savings is good up to some extent, especially in the short-term profitability. However, there should me more focus on value creation and innovation, which drives the top line in the long run. I don't see Harman releasing innovative, high-quality products, as we come out of the recession. Instead of innovating, Harman will just copy market leaders and use its "premium audio" brand perception to differentiate, which will not work forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work. Cool products.

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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule. Competent coworkers. Business wins are going well. Cool products to work on. Good discounts on Harman products.

    Cons

    Poor training of new technology when it is rolled out to new projects. Very focused on growth in low cost countries, instead of US growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort on internal mentoring and training, particularly when new projects with new technologies are being rolled out. Establish mentoring programs for young / inexperienced engineers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management is abysmal

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Fun projects and products to work on. Pay is competitive. Freedom to work on a variety of products / projects. Easy to shine as a top performer.

    Cons

    Incompetent employees and managers are everywhere. Management cannot recognize or fix known broken systems or processes. Low performing employees can flourish at Harman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to build a competent and competitive organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harman International Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Northridge, CA

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    The new management team recognizes the challenges ahead and is positioning the company to face them squarely. The work-life balance is highly encouraged and the work environment is a casual one.

    Cons

    The company is not technology driven. It lags behind our competitive companies because of lack of innovation. Marketing is always afraid to make bold decisions due to "risks" and the products put out on the market tend to become a "me too" product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's return to the engineering roots that this company was founded upon. Form strategic relations with partners, cultivate engineering minds and leverage the brand names we have developed to differentiate Harman from the rest of the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, but size is concern to achieve good results.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Good technology firm in the Detroit area. They are located where they need to be around the world to do business with their customers. The global leadership is strong within the business units, but they don't seem to work together at all. The senior management seemed to communicate to their teams enough.

    Cons

    Very big company that is spread around the world. The engineering teams are mostly in Europe, but the Sales and Marketing teams are in the USA. Information is sometimes very difficult to find within the company. There is a cultural difference between the EU and US teams that was a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring the global teams together more ofern

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    See Sr. Management feedback.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Northridge, CA

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    You like living in the San Fernando Valley (but who does?). Decent discounts on employee purchase of company product.

    Cons

    Short sighted management. Management is all from outside Harman. Little or no inside promotion and recognition. Careers are okay if you are content doing the same job forever (ridiculous!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once free cash flow is restored to a reasonable level, try 8 plus percent of gross, consider paying a high dividend...maybe four percent to attract income investors. The baby boomer generation will soon reward the companies that can pay a reliable and consistent dividend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun products and coworkers; limited potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Good benefits, profit sharing, fun products to work on, fun and creative people, deep discounts on musical and home/car entertainment equipment.

    Cons

    High turnover, even in sr. management. The best talent comes then leaves through the revolving door. President is very demanding and has no long term vision for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This place has far more potential than we are reaching. Make it an environment where people want to stay and where talented individuals and middle managers can excel. You have to give people creative freedom or they will become demoralized and perform poorly. Take responsibility for the culture you have created, and stop blaming employees for a systemic leadership problem. Only then will we acheive our potential. Success is about people, not products.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Not Recommended!!

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexi timings, Travelling to US for some projetcs , Nice HR Policies

    Cons

    No personal Growth.. Not a good company to join as a fresher though the pay is good. No new tech , just integration work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Senior software engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    One place you can learn and grow fast. So If you are the person welling to work hard and learn, please join.

    Cons

    There are a lot of project parallel , so you have to handle this multi-task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the engineer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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