HARMAN Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. too much management change

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good medical, and decent severance package

    Cons

    Management changes direction to frequently


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Where Sound Matters," But People Don't

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

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

    Pros

    Multinational company with a good reputation for quality products

    Cons

    The focus seems to have shifted from quality to cost saving, as the company had moved more and more of the operations to China, India and Eastern European countries like Hungary. The company does not care at all about its employees, having laird off longtime workers who helped to develop and sell its technologies and products. Executives tend to favor bullies, as many Harman managers and execs manage with bullying, abrasive tactics. Management is focused on getting the most done for the least amount of money, sending jobs overseas, which has affected the quality of the products. For salaried employees, there is no work/life balance, as you are expected to do whatever is necessary to meet deadlines that often change at the last minute based on Corporate's whim. Office politics run wild, and there is no room for advancement for many, especially women and certain minorities. This is not a good place for them.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the employees who make your products possible. It used to matter that your products were made in the U.S. It still should. Overhaul your HR department, and bring in some people who can show some concern for people. Take some sensitivity courses or offer training so all staff know how to deal with each other as men/women and different ethnicities. Stop encouraging bullying and rewarding overly aggressive management styles.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Good place . Bad boss.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and technology. Dedicated people. Global operations - lots of moves; many opportunities. Company focused on great customer experience. For audiophiles the place to be!

    Cons

    Moved production out of US to china and mexico. Ruthless management that cared little about employees. Lot of pressure to meet the numbers. People getting burned out - if you are in company polictis and played well you did good..


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Environment is filled with negativity-AVOID THIS PLACE

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Engineering in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits, good work experience

    Cons

    Poor management, constant arguing amongst managers and employees, managers will give you good reviews and then tell the opposite to management, VP of this location is the most unprofessional person I have ever met. Constant foul language and hand slamming on tables during meetings

    Advice to Management

    Quit letting managers take 3 hour lunches while they only put in 6 hour days, Make managers perform and complete goals just like employees, allow employees to suggest ideas to improve the company


  6. Great product, great people to work with, high stress and very aggressive pace

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Infotainment is a very interesting business, continuous challenges and satisfaction from finished product. There are always new programs to work on and it's never boring to come to work.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, long hours, very aggressive deadlines and high throughput expectations. It is very hard to have a good life/work balance because of the shortage of resources and the continuous demands to meet program deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on employee retention is going to bring a lot of long term success


  7. Helpful (2)

    Future growth of the Luxury division in question...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

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

    Pros

    Products look good and have good sound quality.

    Cons

    Moving all US based R&D, engineering and ops overseas. Abandoning US Retail channel and reducing overall quality for cost savings.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Rewarding but painful

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Brand Services in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Brand Services in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A great tradition of high end audio system. Respected by audiophiles worldwide. Employees very dedicated and cohesive, overall.

    Cons

    Poor marketing efforts. They rely on reputation and word of mouth to extend brands. BOSE and Beats out-market Harman with mailings, print ads, web ads and broadcast commercials.
    Senior management determined to outsource all functions to China and India, Many lay offs in the US and Europe. Senior management rewards themselves with large bonuses while their products list numerous defects and the supply chain dynamics deliver damaged packages. Employees nervous about their futures within the company

    Advice to Management

    Bring jobs back to USA, especially engineering and manufacturing. Spend on marketing and operations so most products don't sit on shelves without recognition or visible box damage. Apply stricter quality controls in manufacturing to avoid releasing defective products.


  9. Helpful (1)

    this corporation is devil spawn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Franklin, KY
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Franklin, KY

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    located in small town so they got great tax breaks off the backs of the residents and a pool of cheap labor

    Cons

    to many to mention but you will not have a life unless you work management. 20 days on 1 day off. no concern for people, families, only profits

    Advice to Management

    treat employees like humans not lab rats


  10. Helpful (6)

    Not for everyone

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various Functions in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Various Functions in New York, NY

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great engineering teams so incredible products.

    Cons

    You will find only one, at most 3 people at the leadership level in HQ that are competent. Most should not be at the executive level. Direct quote from someone on the executive team “People that have MBA are just show offs”. What!? And this quote is not “taken out of context”. Is says exactly what you think it says. If you don’t believe me when I say that skills are lacking at the top, just attending one of the open “investor” calls (very embarrassing for Harman).

    The CEO dictates the culture of the company and unfortunately, that is not his strength. He is no doubt a person with strong financial skills, but he is far from being a mature leader. HR leadership at the top level, especially in the US is second rate, actually, let me correct myself, third rate, at best. Turnover rates are of course horrible! They try to hire the best (and from top companies) and guess what?? The best end up leaving (usually within the first year to a year and a half) due to a complete lack of professionalism and expertise at the VP level. People at the top, get promoted purely based on friendships. You better be having personal dinners with the CEO for you to be one of the “favorites”. Funny enough, the CEO is bold enough to mention this in one of his recent articles published in New York Times (way to go communications department). Last, but not least, if you are a woman, stay away! No matter how intelligent and accomplished you are, you will be just an object to look at, nothing more. Do your research, talk to people that worked there (you can always find them on LinkedIn).

    The success of the company is built purely on the passion of the acoustics engineering teams (I am not an engineer but their contribution is what keeps the company going). What goes on at Harman is shameful and there is no-one to stop it. Now, are the products exciting? Yes. Can the job be challenging and interesting? Yes. But be aware, is you are someone from one of the best-in-class organizations and are used to mature leadership, you will not find that here. It just does not exist. This will not change unless the CEO is replaced.

    Advice to Management

    You do have some incredible people working for you, let them help you create a 21st century culture in your organization. Your way or the highway is obviously not working. You have great products that people enjoy around the world, stop screwing it up.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Harman has figured out how to draw blood from a stone - everyone is overworked!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Fairly competitive pay
    Great sounding product
    Some people who have been in the industry for a very long time and new Harman in the good old days

    Cons

    IT infrastructure is among the worst I've ever seen
    Complete lack of resources
    - Leads to a finger pointing, non-cooperative work environment
    - Incredibly high amount of office politics
    Too much outsourcing to India and China

    Advice to Management

    Invest in IT infrastructure and top IT talent
    Start investing for the future (3-5 years out), and not just for the coming fiscal quarter-end. Being so cheap is hurting Harman's long term prospects for market dominance



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