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"A Good Company to work for"

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Harman is a very flexible company with many opportunities. I have seen significant growth here, and there is more to come with the many products we are developing with our customers.

Cons

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Other Employee Reviews for HARMAN

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Brand reputations being ruined by cost-cutting and cheap labor. Engineers are managers, not engineers."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA

    I worked at HARMAN (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Work hours reasonable.

    Cons

    Worked as an engineer at Harman for over 12 years. Went from designing great products in the 90's and early 2000's to overseeing the design of crap product by employees in low-wage countries. The current management ('08 to present) is doing everything & everything to show short term success & profitability at the expense of competency and quality. It won't be long until the formerly prestigious brands mean nothing to people (frankly the cats already out of the bag as the general consuming public is very informed these days). If you want to work as an underpaid engineer only to manage incompetent engineers overseas this jobs for you.

    Workplace attitude was terrible. Mostly because they laid off hundreds of employees and left a skeleton crew and acted like nothing was happening.

    Advice to Management

    Marketing is clueless on technology. Engineers should have input on the 5-year product roadmap. As engineers, no matter how much we tried to innovate, no one listened. Research was fruitless. Products were only spec'd in response to product innovation from competitors.

    It's a big company, and profitability rules all, but they need to look long-term. But they're not. The company is too big. It's all about the next 'quarter', and trying to convince investors that they're profitable. Senior management will pay themselves hefty salaries and then move on to their next venture... leaving Harman in the dust.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Farcical"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are still some of the finest technical folks in the world on the payroll. If you're a VP at any other corporation, it'll be easy to get a job here. Just say, "Oh, your problems aren't so hard. All you need to do is...[Insert imaginary silver bullet here]". They'll pay you a lot of money. It's easy to vacation in your office.

    Cons

    No one in top management knows anything about the audio industry. Company is an ATM and entertainment provider for the CEO and his co-conspirators. Revenue generation by sales at any price and margin management by cost cutting isn't a recipe for success. Age discrimination rampant. Relentless focus on emerging market growth is a disaster waiting to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Take short positions against your own company, if you haven't already.

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