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Updated January 15, 2018
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
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  1. "Interesting Observations From a Co-op in Infotainment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Novi, MI
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great personalities to work with, flexible hours, many opportunities to grow experience and flex engineering potential.

    Cons

    Processes aren't observed very well and are often ignored or forgotten, causing multiple issues along the way.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No new AMX products coming soon"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Richardson, TX location has a great atmosphere and good people working there for now.

    Cons

    Massive layoffs just occurred, and there seems to be no direction provided from the management team. Seems as if the Sales Management team doesn't communicate with the Engineering Management team resulting in continuing lack of clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Laying engineering people off to reduce costs will result no support for current products and no release of new products in the near term. This will eventually lead to unhappy customers. If the management team doesn't start leading with a clear direction, those customers will never come back to Harman/AMX products.

  3. "Not bad"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Novi, MI
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Cool products
    -new building
    -great team
    -employee discount

    Cons

    -Mangement issues
    -Already outgrew brand new building


  4. "Hardware Engineering Intern"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have loved working here! It's been a great place to work

    Cons

    Hasn't been a lot of work to do

    Advice to Management

    Let products go through to production


  5. "Software engineer"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Novi, MI
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    amazing pay, amazing deals on speakers, they spoil you. I was given an all expense paid business trip to Chicago. You get to drive nice cars

    Cons

    Amount of work varies wildly. Many interns felt like they had nothing to do. Some had way too much to do .

    Advice to Management

    Give your interns more work! that was a consistent complaint from most of the interns. And do the social events at the beginning, not the end.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Slow"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Richardson, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very big company makes for good push in the market
    Good benefits
    Relaxed culture

    Cons

    Very slow to bring product to market
    Difficult to move inside the company

    Advice to Management

    Lacks direction


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Software engg"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good tech company, good work life balance

    Cons

    Too many tools are used forevery day work

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Talented staff and engineers"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented staff and engineers, good benefits, good working environment.

    Cons

    No new projects/products in the works. Samsung acquisition may have done more harm than good for the Professional division of HARMAN.


  9. "A fun place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Materials Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Contractor - Materials Engineer in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you love music it is a dream job
    Atmosphere is fun and diverse.
    Opportunities to learn new things
    Good pay
    Awesome discount

    Cons

    I have autism and it was not well accepted.
    Do not want to employ those with disabilities.
    My boss shared private medical information with people outside of work.
    HR is the worst of any company I have ever worked for
    HR does not return messages
    HR will ignore employee issues
    Large employee turnover
    Jobs are leaving overseas and the company employs those from North Korea.
    Blacklists employees

    Advice to Management

    Do something about HR. You practice unethical hiring and firing of good employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not worth it"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, sometimes
    25 cent pop, free ice, and cafeteria that serves edible food
    easy to pretend you work for a trendy tech company with the nice interior and the Foosball
    It's not all bad in that you do get a lot of freedom in your work

    Cons

    no training whatsoever. You will be thrown into a project that is quoted late, months behind, doesn't have the people on it, no requirements (I literally cannot say this enough), no one working on the requirements, if you try to get necessary materials to do requirements analysis yourself you will be stone walled, no engineering process, traceability, or software design, and if you ask about these things people will look at you like you grew a second head. Best of all, you get to be the fall guy for their bad decisions if everything goes south

    If you are considering this for your first job out of school just don't. you will learn less than nothing, go for a company that actually values software as an engineering discipline, look for CMMI or V model.

    also, there is a bad habit of people having a "let me do that for you" mentality instead of documenting, showing how to do something, or explaining for future reference.

    They will insist that they are implementing better processes but you might not get to take part in that on whatever they assign you and life is too short to be ripping your hair out over making one off consumer entertainment software that isn't even cutting edge.

    Advice to Management

    you know the rest, but also get away from dead technologies, don't low ball new hires (they wont get anything else out of working there so better pay more, current pay is on the lower end), and most of all, don't set people up for failure