Harmonic Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
42 Reviews
2.9
42 Reviews
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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman
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  1.  

    Friendly environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, company events, great HR staff

    Cons

    Like other companies, the chance to excel takes a lot of effort and time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate interns a bit more, provide programs for them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. People were very friendly and the cafeteria was awesome and inexpensive. Policies for full timers seemed to be great however I was a contractor and wasn't under the same plan. Compensation was great as a contractor and I believe full timers were paid well also. Was a good experience while it lasted.

    Cons

    Would have been nice to have more communication with my boss. I can only assume I did a good job however the project ended early but I got everything and more done I was suppose to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with contractors and communicate. Don't dangle a carrot of FT employment if you're only going to keep them for a short term project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Harmonic, a good but not great company

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    Current Employee - Buyer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Buyer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The good thing about Harmonic is that you will do meaningful work and the compensation is decent and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    The work life balance only works for a select few groups, which function like country clubs. Other groups are driven and the job seem like a treadmill. In addition, nobody can seem to plan more than four weeks ahead of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, fix the demand planning problem. Second, treat everybody more equally. If the company is facing hard times ahead, everyone one should be staying late and doing whatever is necessary to succeed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Down Hill

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice recently built facility and perks.

    Cons

    Upper management has made bad decisions which has lost investors confidence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in house technology instead of acquiring other companies and hoping to increase revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Outdated company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and nice offices.

    Cons

    Too beholden to the largest customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Still absorbing acquisitions, more big-company BS than the company size warrants

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Relatively low stress. Generally a pretty safe corporate haven if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Product confusion. Harmonic management is still figuring out how to absorb all the acquisitions of the last 5-6 years. This leads to the traditional center of Harmonic (in the Bay Area) feeling left out of the loop because they're in the minority now, while the satellite locations/ex-companies are all feeling out of the loop because of lack of direction/integration.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Many years of management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with all associated benefits

    Cons

    Budget constraints. insufficient growth potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on minor budget issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    stable company, trying to be a big player

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    company has weathered the ups and downs for a long time. People want to change and grow the business. Have brought on some great senior leaders from other companies in recent years.

    Cons

    internal systems outdated, budgets restricted by sr mgmnt trying to keep stock price up. Most new sr. mgmnt is from Cisco, so turning into a Cisco style company with lots of process. lots of silos and no communication in different R&D sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go private or be acquired by another big player. spend some money on IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Stable company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmonic

    Pros

    Can learn video and audio technologies; very knowledgeable and friendly colleagues; new building with gym and very good cafe.

    Cons

    Struggling in business - projects were cancelled; aggressive management team; bad working environment: employees must find a way themselves to survive and fix tough problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice now.

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

    Solid company, generally always tries to do the right thing...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture is good, collaborative, highly technical, while being reasonable and laid back as well.

    Cons

    Mid-size company, too small and too big at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking at acquisitions with more ROI, and promote for leadership from within. Many people at Harmonic have been stuck in jobs for too many years. People can be shifted around and promoted to build skill sets and improve morale/alleviate boredom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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