Harmonic Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
38 Reviews

2.9
38 Reviews
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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman
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  1.  

    Outdated company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Many years of management

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Account Manager

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Know what you are getting into

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    Former Employee - Worker  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Worker in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, wanting to succeed.

    Big pool, and lots of sun shining!

    Cons

    Sharks 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 ManagementAdvice

    Change 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!

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    test engineer

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    flexable hours and a lot of work

    Cons

    Old equipment. Unwillingness to update

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go on the production floor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    DSP Firmware Consulting Engineer

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    Former Employee - DSP Firmware Engineer
    Former Employee - DSP Firmware Engineer

    I worked at Harmonic as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Products 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.

    Cons

    Project 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A stable and comfortable company

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

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

    Pros

    New and comfortable building at convenient location

    Cons

    Not much move up momentum of career growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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