HARMAN Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    Rewarding but painful

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    this corporation is devil spawn

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    treat employees like humans not lab rats

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful

    Not for everyone

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Rude management personnel, Poor installation jobs

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Highland, MI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Highland, MI

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    To get paid for your hard work.

    Cons

    Rude managers, lack of professional presence and conduct. Careless workers/peers, perform jobs with the least carefulness and professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind to others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Solid Company To Work For

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people were great and that really made a difference. Solid commitment to the brands from top management down. Learned a great deal when given the opportunity to work with VP's. Human Resources was always very friendly and open even when I decided to pursue another career opportunity. All vacation was paid out and HR even let me keep my phone for a few extra days until I started my new job.

    Cons

    Nothing specific...there are problems and issues at every company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer or give the opportunity of harder and challenging projects/accounts to people looking/wanting to work more. Also, I always learned a great deal when I had the opportunity to be a part of senior management meetings where VP's could offer advice, knowledge or expertise. You could learn a lot just by watching and listening. Maybe include people who want to learn more, gain more experience, etc. in meeting, situations, or just some one on one time with the people who are on a succession plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    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
  9. 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

    I worked at HARMAN

    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!

  10. 6 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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    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
  11. 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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    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

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