Harmonic
2.8 of 5 36 reviews
www.harmonicinc.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 9, 2014

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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman

Patrick J. Harshman

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    stable company, trying to be a big player

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proscompany 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.

    Consinternal systems outdated, budgets restricted by sr mgmnt trying to keep stock price up.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 Senior Managementgo private or be acquired by another big player. spend some money on IT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Many years of management

    Accounting Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsLarge company with all associated benefits

    ConsBudget constraints. insufficient growth potential

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess focus on minor budget issues

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Regional Account Manager (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsStruggling 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 Senior ManagementNo advice now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Know what you are getting into

    Worker (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat people, wanting to succeed.

    Big pool, and lots of sun shining!

    ConsSharks in the water!

    Opressive HR that only appears when the boss wants to "change" things. Creates toxic culture based on fear. Keeps people from taking risks. Also they play favorites, and it is a great place to work when you are one of them, not such a great place when you are not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange culture to support you best resource, your people. Employees dont like doing their job wondering if this is what will be the thing that gets them shown the door. Employees learn quickly not to believe what you say, but to watch what you do, because they dont line up well!

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Test Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Prosflexable hours and a lot of work

    ConsOld equipment. Unwillingness to update

    Advice to Senior Managementgo on the production floor

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    DSP Firmware Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsProducts are audio/video encoding and decoding boxes used in professional broadcast environment. Development facilities for engineers are better than average including a excellent audio/visual lab. Had weekly project status review with hardware engineering group in Israel and firmware group in San Jose.

    ConsProject management seemed a unorganized and there was no system engineering group at San Jose office. Product documentation about average, lots of reverse engineering time required to upgrade existing product line to new features. No written interface specifications at either the physical layer or HDLC layer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to add System Engineering group to development detailed systems engineering specifications, system integration, and system testing for both hardware, software, and firmware.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A stable and comfortable company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsNew and comfortable building at convenient location

    ConsNot much move up momentum of career growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsFlexible working hours, good salary and benefits. Just introduced flexible time off to give a better work/life balance. New building with excellent working environment.

    ConsStruggling to take the next step and grow from current size.Upto recently the managemnet team were not very transparent with goals but that changed mid 2012.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on core business - stick to a direction and deliver. Dont get side tracked by short term objectives that defocus from the bigger picture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Eng (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsChances to switch to different tasks.

    ConsCareer development is not clear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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