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HARMAN Engineer Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
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Pros
  • very well balanced Work-life balance (in 73 reviews)

  • Work environment is very professional(at least in the project that I worked in) (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance is highly dependent on the Project you are working on (in 29 reviews)

  • there no work life balance and managers more more partial toward people they like (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Harman"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool Product, Good people, International Company.

    Cons

    Concern over long-term stability of certain sites/locations.


  2. "Good place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    exciting products to work on

    Cons

    Too many managers and red taping.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "It's a stepping stone to something bigger (Connected Car)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture depending on which group you're in, but the building is small as compared to an OEM so it is very easy to get to know to everyone. It is also very easy to rub elbows with management since everything is so tight-knit.

    Harman is also excellent with their tools despite some of the groaning that may be heard.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that everything is getting outsourced to India, which has been a priority for Dinesh ever since he took over the reins. I have seen so many H1B workers come in that Americans have become a minority. Harman does this because they have a hard time hiring talent, which stems from very noncompetitive salaries. Intentional? I think so.

    Mediocre work-life balance in most engineering groups, although they are working on this. It's definitely not as bad as Denso, but people have left because of it.

    Most of the higher management believes that they understand startup culture, yet none of them have actually been involved with a startup (except for a couple). I wrote my two-cents about it below. Although, the managers are good people and I had nothing against any of them.

    Most of the software management had been promoted out of necessity or because of internal relationships, which has had mixed results in terms of effectiveness. The hardware teams are also extremely understaffed and terribly under-supplied with equipment. On the other hand, the hardware teams and management are incredibly skilled and there are still a few veterans. You can learn a lot from them. There are also a number of software engineer veterans that are excellent at what they do.

    Advice to Management

    Startup cultures can only be inspired when the employees get a cut of the growth. After all, the sole purpose of joining/forming a startup is to grow a company and reap the rewards together. Without that, there is no reason that anyone would work overtime with noncompetitive compensation, except to temporarily grow their career and then get out.

    I viewed my experience at Harman to be like a stepping stone. The lack of resources allowed me to touch every aspect of engineering that I wanted to, but it was not sustainable.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very successful company on the business side, but engineering is a joke."

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok place for freshouts to learn some engineering concepts. Audio is a fun topic to delve into. DSP is the only "cutting edge" part of the company.

    Cons

    Even better place to learn what NOT to do. Desparately needs an upgrade in engineering management and technical competency. Feels like the wheels are ways about to fall off.

    Advice to Management

    Your managers are technically incompetent and butt-kissers of their clients and have no real appreciation for the internal resources who get them to their end goals. This is evident in the turnover. Engineers last 1 to 3 years and bail on you, while the PMs are retained for 8 to 15 years. Data speaks wonders, start processing it unless that is thd business model you desire.


  6. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HARMAN (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of work , flexible timing

    Cons

    Hikes not so good , they assign any work to any profile person

    Advice to Management

    Assign work according to employee profile, dont waste career of people by assigning any work to any guy


  7. "Harman Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, cool technology

    Cons

    Some inefficient engineering practices due to the nature of the industry


  8. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very Well work life balance

    Cons

    Average salary, management is not aligned with the working force


  9. Helpful (1)

    "SDET Architect"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best Place to work, Fun at work.

    Cons

    Nothing as such as far as me


  10. "Old fashion middle management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting technology relaxed work from home policy

    Cons

    Old guard management is out of tune with latest technology. Management living in QNX era.

    Advice to Management

    Reboot the management and ease out loud and lewd managers


  11. "Good company with good working env"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Stamford, CT

    I worked at HARMAN (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work life balance
    good managers

    Cons

    Salary is not up to the industry standars

    Advice to Management

    Nothing